San Francisco – February 2011

Finished off what is always a motivating, rejuvenating office visit with my team in San Ramon with a mini-vacation in the City by the Bay, one of my new favorite US destinations. Cara joined me just in time for the weekend, and Michelle and Brian generously offered to serve as hosts and tourguides, taking us through a sampling of SF’s exotic cuisines, dive bars, swanky patios and world-famous tourist attractions. The weather was in the 99th percentile, fantastic and sunny like the Fourth of July in the middle of February, and the city’s welcome was as warm as the sunshine, from the friendly local faces to the available front-door parking spots at seemingly every venue. Cara and I had an incredible time together, further cementing our shared belief that we would make excellent co-hosts for our own travel show, and Michelle and Brian kept us enthralled with their city and doubled over laughing until the moment we hugged them goodbye. It was an epic weekend, one I will remember fondly forever, and I hope the pictures capture at least a sliver of that feeling for everyone that flips through the gallery.

You can also download this Google Earth file to see all the places we visited.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

I have nearly memorized all the produce codes

Whoa, busy week! I worked five nights last week at thriftway – something i started doing, well, last week, so i can pay off those college debts a little faster. My coworkers are very friendly and fun, and i’m getting the hang of it pretty quickly. My first paycheck will come in two more days (wednesday) so of course i’ve already started spending it 🙂 . A small present for me at home depot today, but the rest will go to some town in delaware, to pay for all those months of bills that are accruing interest :Q . So that’s why i’ve been more unreachable than usual and have neglected you all, but that’s not what my typical work schedule is going to be, so it will get better.

I’m coming to you today from john l scott’s office in gig harbor; for those non-locals it’s a sleepy little town on the olympic peninsula, that big chunk of dirt that keeps Seattle from being beachfront property. Oh, and it holds up some neat mountains and stuff, too. Anyway, that meant driving across the tacoma narrows bridge, which you’ll remember as “Galloping Gertie,” the bridge that snapped in a high wind in 1940. Obviously, the same one is not there now (it’s bigger, and doesn’t undulate under your car). But it’s still a big whopping suspension bridge and pretty cool to drive over. The only downside is that you have to drive thru tacoma to get there – bleagh. At least i made it thru without my car getting stolen…

What else did i do this weekend… Helped Patrick and Jason do some stereo work on Patrick’s car. Actually, i got there in time to take the car apart, and then had to leave to go to work – but not before getting stuck in puyallup fair traffic :[ . So i haven’t seen the finished product yet, can’t give you a professional opinion at this time. Patrick’s got a sweet car, tho (a 2k2 Max) and i’ve seen Jason’s handiwork, so i suspect it’s first-rate. Now Patrick and i just have some rattles to address in the rear fender lights and the trunk lid, and we’ll be good to go. Totally different subject: Friends season premiere is this thursday!