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14 January 2009 @ 09:02 am
the streets of San Francisco  
I'm holding off on the Best of 2008 voting for another week because I'm going out of town and the voting will make for easier cannned posts. So the competition begins a week from today.

In related news, did I mention that I'm going to San Francisco? It's a work trip, so I'll be sequestered at the convention center and arranged dinners most of the time, but I'm still psyched. I've been wanting to go there ever since I first read Tales of the City fifteen years ago. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to best fill my free hours there?

 
 
Listening to: Jude - "The Not So Pretty Princess"
 
 
 
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on January 14th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Is that *actually* all that Way Back? I'm just curious about the date.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: seonna hongassmonkeydiary on January 14th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's Saudek so it's probably not that old.
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on January 14th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)

Probably older than I would've guessed. I was thinking 1990s, maybe later end of the decade.
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 14th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
I also was going to say I didn't really think this was actually Wayback, due to the modern-looking messy hairclip thing.

But have a fun trip, grid.
Professor Mortisprofessormortis on January 15th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
You know, I have no idea what made me think that, but maybe that was it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on January 15th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks, dude!
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on January 14th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
do the standard tourist stuff...it's pretty fun, and easily walkable. embarcadero centre has a lovely fountain, ghirardelli square has all that damn chocolate, fishermens wharf has yummy, cheap food....etc.

avoid the hashbury at all costs. it sucks...it's all gap and starbucks and fuckery.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on January 14th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks!
(Anonymous) on January 14th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
it's not all the bad. my favorite bar while i was there is on Haight. i stayed not far from there so i wandered haight and ashbury quite a bit. it was many a year ago but there was still some flavor from yester year if you chose to overlook the latest commercial trappings.

http://www.toronado.com/
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: funky eye hurtyassmonkeydiary on January 14th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Thanks!
...: diabetuswyndebreaker on January 14th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Since I was a little kid, I always loved the Exploratorium.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/index.php

Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on January 14th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Intriguing. I do dig science museums...
micah: boylaerm on January 14th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
San Francisco [...] I've been wanting to go there ever since I first read Tales of the City fifteen years ago.

you know that's rather open to interpretation, right? ;)
Her geekiness knows no boundsvloky on January 14th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
that's hot.
(Anonymous) on January 14th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
have a great time, man! here's my suggestion: The Stinking Rose, A Garlic Restaurant. do you know about it? a little gimmicky, it's true, but man: it *is* an experience. I'd make the trip back just for the roasted garlic they serve in a cast-iron pan with all these crusty loaves of bread.

cheers,

alex

PS from www.thestinkingrose.com/index.htm:

"When in San Francisco, all you have to do is "follow your nose" and it will lead you to one of The-City-By-The-Bay's most unique and entertaining dining experiences... The Stinking Rose: A Garlic Restaurant.

Located in North Beach, San Francisco's renowned Little Italy, the "original" Stinking Rose has become famous for celebrating the culinary euphoria of garlic and serving over 3,000 pounds of the pungent herb each month. Named after an historical term for "garlic", The Stinking Rose offers sumptuous, contemporary California-Italian cuisine prepared and adorned with garlic - and strives to accommodate every palate. There is hearty fare for the truly adventurous, mild for the novice, and sans garlic for those finding the herb's folklore and aroma more appealing than its taste."
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on January 14th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's the third recommendation I've heard for the Stinking Rose. Thanks. With my appreciation of garlic, it's definitely looking like a likely stopping place.
hopefoothopefoot on January 19th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
You can have that shot if you want it if only for your archieves.

This photo is so strange. I like it.

Did you go to SF yet?