Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ma vie

Started potterie, explored tenderloin more, and visiting friends at google again!

Monday, July 06, 2015

fireworks in the mission


Fourth of July in the Mission district means amateur fireworks, which can be seen atop Bernal Hill. Watching the Mission light up with bursts of colors was fun, but the real excitement happened when walked down the hill, right into the action. Not bad at all for a street show!

Monday, June 22, 2015

places: fort baker

One day, many skies:

Sausalito: holds the artistic energy of Pollock, Diekenborn, Shel Silverstein. (All past residents), but I have yet to really connect with the place. Maybe it's all the tourists...

But well worth a little trek up the hill, about two miles is Fort Baker. With views of San Francisco, the bridge, it's also home to Children's Discovery Museum and Cavallo Point Lodge (which i'm curious to just use their spa for a day). Also, less tourists. 

Recommended if you do find your self wandering around Sausalito town: Le Garage to eat, HEATH ceramics to explore. I'm still exploring for cool places around...

Monday, June 15, 2015

places: japanese tea garden

Things I learned from my City Guides tour: gingko trees are transgender, and a male tree turned female in the garden. 
"Only in San Francisco," a fellow tour member blurted aloud. Ha!

There was also a "Koi massacre of 2004." Long story short, city water changes led to koi fish acting delusional, thus becoming easy prey for raccoons. 

Courts final ruling: Yes, the Japanese Tea Garden is indeed the birthplace of the fortune cookie!

web notes

Patrick Vale, amazing illustrator 
Mark Bittman in California
San Francisco, an illustrated travelogue part one and two

places: the grotto

(Pics from S's camera.)

west coast love

A motorcycle ride down the california coast, in theory it sounds romantic and vagabond(y). Though word to the wise, it can be a pain in the bum (literally!) But cruising down the 1, stopping wherever we please and letting spontaneity reign, makes for a great weekend catching great vibes.

Recommended: (In Santa Cruz) Penny Ice Creamery, watch them roll your waffle cone hot and fresh! / The Giant Dipper, though the Boardwalk can be a shitshow, it's worth stopping by for this 100+ year old wooden coaster. / Steamers Lane; we happened to come across a longboard competition. Great vibes, and there stands the surfer statue and the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. / (In Aptos) The Forest of Nisene.

design night: automobiles

Rainbow zucchini racers and Ferrari design, playing with things at Autodesk. 



*A dog with a mohawk. I can't... even.. 
*Fun with food, appetizers by a six year old.
*Keeping a "salad bar" in the fridge (everything sliced and ready to go) has def. upped the greens intake.
*And San Francisco skies and views. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

morning outings

A weekday morning, around 7:45am at Alamo Square Park. (Photos taken by mi amore.) 

I am by no means a morning person, but I'm now an advocate of morning dates, before going to work! Simple things like meeting up for breakfast and spending quality time at the park, makes it an almost sacred time, with less people out and the purity of a day that hasn't really started yet. Worth waking up a little early! 

phantom spires and lovers leap

Looking down on Middle Spire. 
Reminds me of Pink Floyds The Division Bell album cover
A place that welcomes climbers. Precious!
Having too much fun with breakfast. 

Things started rolling downhill. This trip was painful and scary. Added to the emotional sadness of bailing from a climb I had no problem doing a year ago. (Funny advice I was given: blame the shoes!) 
This weekend was what we call "type two" fun. Fun in retrospect. Lately my favorite type of fun, because, character building. (Or so i'd like to think.)

"Life begins outside of your comfort zone." -Neale Donald Walsch

And, this TED talk for inspiration: