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San Francisco Trip Log, Part 1 of 5, Saturday and Sunday
Saturday, 4-12-2003
  • (I didn't pull out my camera the first day, so no visual aids for day one.)
  • Arrived at Oakland 1pm, took a shuttle to our hotel, the Hilton, right downtown, near Union Square.
  • Took a cab to The Stinking Rose restaurant, a delightful all-garlic-all-the-time place! "We season our garlic with food" is their motto. Had possibly the best roasted garlic appetizer I've ever had, and the entrees were equally yummy.
  • Walked leisurely back to the hotel, wandering through the city. Saw City Lights bookstore.
  • Walked through Chinatown, bought my nephew an adorable fleece jacket and myself a magnet. C got sunglasses.
  • In the evening, took a cab to the Civic Center and watched play "Calculus, Newton's Whores" by Carl Djerassi at SF Performing Arts Library and Museum. This was an interesting play, but unfortunately I was a little too sleepy to fully enjoy it.
  • We walked back to the hotel. On the way, we saw three guys fighting in the street: 2 with one another, and one carrying on a spirited verbal and fist fight with only himself. We steered clear. We discovered later on that we'd walked through the Tenderloin area of the city, which my guidebook recommends we avoid at night... oops.... but we were fine.
  • Needing a before-bed treat, we shared a Perfect ice cream sundae at Lori's diner, a little place which we could view from our hotel window.

Sunday, 4-13-2003
  • Started the morning with a mocha at the nearby Ghirardelli store....mmmm, very chocolaty ...now that's how a mocha should be made! I kept meaning to try their famous hot fudge sundae as well, but somehow never quite succeeded, darn it.
    Bill and Rennie enjoying Dim Sum
  • We found the conference at Moscone Center and visited the Metreon next door. Saw a Sony Aibo demo in Metreon. A little robotic pet dog, which recharges its batteries on its own when it needs to, and doesn't make any messes. My quote: "Why mess around with a real dog, when you can have one of these?"
  • Met whumpdotcom, walked to the New Asia restaurant in Chinatown for Dim Sum. I've never had Dim Sum before, but always wanted to try it. It was great!
  • Walk/bus/cab to the Palace of Fine Arts. It was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition with a "Roman Ruin" theme. It is filled with huge columns, gardens, and a pond. We spent a few minutes walking around the grounds and taking photos.

    Chad attempts to lure a swan

  • The original building now houses the Exploratorium, a really fun hands-on science museum. We played for hours with the science exhibits. Bill's quote: "A place like this is wasted on children."

    Bill and Rennie at the Exploratorium

  • On Bill's insistence, we tried a classic San Francisco treat (no, not Rice-a-Roni) ....an It's It ice cream sandwich! mmm....
  • We walked to the Cable Car place, intending to do the properly touristy thing and ride one, but there was a huge line. Instead of waiting in it, we found an out-of-service car and just took pics on it. We probably had more fun doing that than we would have riding a crowded one, plus we got better pics!

    Sort-of riding a cable car

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joline From: joline Date: April 25th, 2003 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
and one carrying on a spirited verbal and fist fight with only himself.

that's the san francisco chapter of fight club, see.

and, i like the swan picture! :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 27th, 2003 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
OH, that explains it!

Thanks. I told C to go hug the swan. He wouldn't, but I did succeed in making him stand by it. Then it started to wander off, so he tried to entice it back to him, which is what's in the picture.

It was such a pretty place!
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: April 25th, 2003 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


you're wearing my favorite kind of sweatshirt, and you were just 20 miles from here!

Shame on me for not making sure we got together! AND you went to the Exploritorium! GOOD move! SOOOO fun! It is TOTALLY wasted on kids! I didn't realize how much till I got older! We *loved* the shadow box when we were little, now I like SO much more too ;)

So glad you had a great time!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 27th, 2003 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: awww...

Yep, I thought a techy shirt would be appropriate for RSA. I thought of you.... It's also just a nice comfy shirt!

It's a shame we didn't manage to hook up. But it sounds like you've been pretty swamped, which explains it...next time. (:

I played in the shadow box a lot, even took a picture although it's fairly fuzzy. It was fun!!

The whole week was pretty great, yep. More to come....
bjohnson From: bjohnson Date: April 25th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good for you....

Did you stop in @ City Lights?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 27th, 2003 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good for you....

We wandered around a bit, yes. Didn't buy anything. Neat place though!
ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: April 25th, 2003 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great pics. I love these kind of illustrated adventures. LJ at its finest!

(But next time, carry your camera from day one, so that we dont miss a thing.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 27th, 2003 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

I will, sorry about that! *laugh*
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cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 26th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
It's twue, it's twue!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 27th, 2003 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Okay, okay, I'll confess my secret. It's really quite simple: I only post the cute ones! (but thanks)
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 26th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You're so loved, so many people commenting on your journal!

Actually, one of the fights was in Chinatown, and the crazy homeless guy walking along cursing and swinging wildly at the wind (or an invisible opponent) was more in the theatre district heading towards the tenderloin... maybe in the tenderloin.

Thanks again for the sunglass suggestion, I'm so happy with them!

It is interesting how so much of your post is about ice cream and chocolate.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 27th, 2003 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I love to be loved!! (:

Okay, so the fights weren't in the Tenderloin. Still makes a better story that way! I'm definitely glad I was with you, not alone, for that walk, wherever we were.

The sunglasses are great: they look good on you, and fit your glasses much better than I expected them to. Yayness!

Well, post #2 has only 1 ice cream, but I admit the chocolate runs rampant throughout all the posts..... so I'm addicted. What can I do?
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 28th, 2003 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was definitely watching carefully and walking towards populated areas, that's for sure.

I'm not sure there's anything you can do... or would want to do!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 29th, 2003 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you were, since I was basically just trusting you to get us home safely. (:

So true!
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