After my very-ambitious day prior, I was feeling a little less motivated.
I got up slowly, read a bit, then wandered around some of the stores
at Union Square. Macy's, Levis, Old Navy, etc.
My hotel had given me a great coupon for Macy's. There I fell
in love with a cool pair of sneakers
- which I later bought. They will be in a picture further on in the
trip report. They are Skechers,
and I am just hip enough to be aware that these are quite popular right now.
I was not, however, hip enough to notice that they are pronounced (and
spelled, for that matter) Skechers, not SkEEchers. Sounds like
sketch-ers. Ah well. They are comfortable and nice-looking shoes,
and they have a zipper, so you don't have to tie them!
Next I visited the conference briefly, to check my email and pick up
another free t-shirt and smoothie.
I wanted to see the infamous Good
Vibrations store. Now being a season SF traveler, I pulled out
my map and quickly realized that I could take the BART down two stations,
walk a couple blocks, and I'd be there...so off I went!
Good Vibrations is, um, an adult pleasure store. Its exterior
is discrete and tasteful, with frosted windows and a small sign (making it
a challenge to find). Inside it is very clean, bright and cheery...and
full of female sex-toys! It also had a small display of kinda-scary-looking
The area I was in was kind of interesting, because it wasn't at all
touristy or businessy -- it felt much more urban-residential than anywhere
else I'd been. It had a distinctly Hispanic flair to it, so I had to
stop at its local taqueria for a chicken taco and some chips.
Next I took the BART back to my hotel, then I walked around Chinatown
for awhile. I wandered through lots of little shops, and ended up buying
myself a leather bag/purse/satchel (whatever you'd call it). Plus I
got a few souvenirs for my friends and family.
I also visited the Golden Gate
Cookie Company and watched a couple of Chinese women making fortune cookies.
Fortune cookies originated in San Francisco, not China, incidentally.
They were folding the cookies faster than my eyes could follow...pretty
After trying one of their samples, I walked back to the hotel, meet
C, and dressed up for the RSA's Gala.
The Gala took place in the City Hall. It was quite lavish, with
good food, great deserts, plenty of drinks, some acrobats, and a live band.
We ate, drank, danced, and had a generally good evening.