remember that time i went to san francisco?

The St. Regis Hotel in downtown San Francisco was probably the poshest hotel I’ve ever been in. The phone had a touchscreen LCD, which was kind of lame, until I discovered I could touch a button to have housekeeping sent up, turn on the “Do Not Disturb” light, raise and lower the blinds, and a myriad of other such amenities. There probably was a button that would have had the butler dress in a blue Lycra fish costume and danced around for my amusement (like you haven’t thought about it), but I got bored with exploring the phone and enjoyed the large top-down shower head in the bathroom. Which was fantastic. Fan. Tas. Tic. …Tac…Toe.

I was overly amazed at how all the houses were attached, which is not something you see in the south very oft-ever. A. pointed out that many of the houses in the Northeast are also attached. He points out lots of things. I countered with a flimsy argument and went back to being amazed by domestic proximity.

The surfers at Ocean Beach surf even when it is freezing cold. Which it was. So they were surfing. I enjoy doing things. I enjoy running. Even biking (back in the day). Hiking. Camping, even. But I have a lower temperature threshold that, once breached, will prevent me from running into the Pacific Ocean in a rubber suit and a large fiberglass board. Not so with surfers.

A. is in better shape than me. So when we rode across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, he didn’t have to stop and take deep, gasping breaths and feel his heart pounding in his chest and realize he’s getting old and really, really needs to start running again as soon as it gets warm enough or maybe deciding that he finally needs to join a gym or something. No, he didn’t have to do that.

Old Vietnamese women are racist. Assuming that just because you are the only white person at the table, you need a fork with your noodles while everyone else (who ordered pho) gets chopsticks is racist. It is.

When the older gentleman on Muni does not realize that he has dropped his very large kitchen knife, the proper response is to quietly return it to him instead of spending 10 minutes wondering if he is a murderer and is taking public transportation to his next victim because even the homicidal maniacs in San Francisco are trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

I usually hate old movies, but “The Trouble With Harry” seen in 35mm at the Castro Theatre at 2:30pm when you have missed the bus (twice) to go watch a podcast up in Petaluma is absolutely wonderful. All old movies should be seen that way.

Sitting at the window on the 17th (or something like that) floor staring at San Francisco at night is one of the best ways to end a day. Try it.

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  1. Didn’t you just love it there? Northern California is one of my favorite places in the country. I loved it.

    Posted February 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  2. Zane Q

    I love SF too, it used to be my home till I moved to NYC for all the snowstorms. “Old Vietnamese women are racist” So true, love it…(well at least most of ladies in my Vietnamese ward are, they like white Elders better than Viet Elders :) You are so awesome! Is there a place I can sign up to be your eternal fan? When I read your posts (from another blog as well), I find comfort and hope. I see the very daunting challenges that I face. I see another Me out there, but this person is more courageous, more honest, and more true than I am. Thank you!

    Posted February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink