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Tue, Jan. 16th, 2007, 10:34 am
Shaking my tail in San Francisco

I had an awesome time in SF! I saw the sea lions at Pier 39, ate sour dough bread from yeast that is 150 years old, did a trashy tour of the bay (which did at least let me see the under side of the Golden Gate bridge) and got to explore some of the beautiful architecture of the city. Speaking of which, I was told of the character-filled housing in San Francisco, but I didn't expect I'd be staying in one myself! It's a beautiful Victorian house from the late 1800s, the style of which is quite common in the area. Although modesty forbids them from agreeing, the house I'm staying in is the best of its kind because of the lengths the residents have gone to to make me feel welcome. Copious and extended thanks to nicodemusrat, kit_ping and 3catsjackson for their many acts kindness for a slightly bewildered and homesick rat. If I have the time and the energy, I may post some photos of my adventures thus far (things are expected to hot up considerably when FC starts, but I'm not sure when LJ posts will start filtering through).

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
porsupah

You see why I love the City so? ^_^

You've got to see something more than the traps, of course - I'd heartily recommend Haight-Ashbury. Easy to get to, as is just about anywhere - the Muni site has all the maps. Plenty of good places to grab a nibble, but if you're wanting something a bit more relaxing, I'd go for the Magnolia Cafe; and a pint of their cask conditioned Proving Ground IPA is difficult to beat. Or, if you're just in need of MEAT, Memphis Minnie's in the Lower Haight (a modest walk east, downhill) is always a good bet.

A wander down Mission's worth the time - again, part of the real San Francisco, all jumbled up. (El Farolito, just north of the 24th St BART station, is an excellent place for a real burrito - get something like a carne asada super burrito with extra meat for all of $5.50, and you won't need to eat until the next day, or later =:)

Wonder if the Apple Store might have one of the iPhone prototypes on display? ^_^ Good place to relax - plenty of seating upstairs, and free WiFi. Some good demos now and then, too, like Reason 3.

And for more food, well, North Beach has a pretty good selection.. not that the rest of the city doesn't. ^_^ I could point you towards a few sushi places too, but you've only so much time. ^_^

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I'm so sorry you're not in SF right now. I would love to have a local with me.

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
porsupah

*sigh* Me too. I hate being so far from where I belong, but so it goes. We'll meet, though, maybe next year, or whenever I can next get to revisit Brisbane and Sydney. ^_^ (And there's SL, of course. Do you have a SL-capable laptop with you, by any chance? Not that you don't have better things to be busy with =:)

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
tzup

Glad to hear you're having fun. Nbowa and I will be in SF later today ( Wednesday ). See you at FC! :)

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
savant_da_rat

Yay, say hi to Nicodemus and KitPing for me please :) Gah it feels like I moved away from the Bay Area a million years ago, I really miss it... Glad you're having a great time there, sounds like you managed to get yourself some terrific hosts :)

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
espilonarge

As long as you don't go and do that "dance all over the world" thing some guy did back a year or so ago, I won't have to shake the rest of you. :P

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
ponypig

cool your having fun
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Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
kupok

With that much lag, He may have to aim quite a bit ahead of his targets.

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Jet lag hasn't really been an issue. I was tired on the first day I was here, but I think that was from the long almost sleepless flight here.

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
kupok

Wah, Denver cant really compare to San Francisco!

Except our massive wilderness, hehe.

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I'm afraid you might have to keep me inside. The wind on the Bay cruise was almost more than I could handle. I do still have a few tricks up my sleeve for dealing with the cold that I haven't pulled out yet, but I don't think it will be enough.

Wed, Jan. 17th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
johnny_dog

The day before your arrival we are predicted to have light snow. The day of your arrival predicts the sky being partially cloudy and temperatures around 5°C. The next few days are predicted to be sunny with temperatures hovering around 6½°C.

Also, Kupok has been attempting to arrange a few interesting activities for you while you are here. I have arranged to have Tuesday off and I am trying to get Wednesday and Thursday off. I have no choice but to work Friday. Kupok and I will have Saturday and Sunday off, of course. Any day I don't have off, I am hoping that Kupok will have off.

Thu, Jan. 18th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Everyone's being so nice to me. It's almost more than a poor rat can understand. *stifles a whimper but smiles up at you happily*

Thu, Jan. 18th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Michigan Rick

Roo, If you get up this way, give a shout! 810-796-2466 or my cell is 586-306-7112. I'll show you GM World where I work, and cook some grub for ya. No vegemite. Rick.....

Thu, Jan. 18th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat: Re: Michigan Rick

Thank you! But I won't be up Michigan way on this trip. The closest I'll get is Chicago O'hare Airport for a few hours. Too northerly for an antipodean creature!
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Sun, Jan. 21st, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
kiffa_kitmouse

Ah, I visited San Fran once, about 12 years ago. I'd love to get back there sometime. There's far too much that I didn't get to see, because it didn't occur to my host that I might actually like to *sight-see* when I visited a city I'd never been to before lol. Luckily, my cousin, who also lived there at the time, made sure I at least got to visit Alcatraz.