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San Francisco in one day

I leave for San Francisco at noon on Thursday and plan to spend Thursday evening and most of Friday with pharmbear who is graciously hosting me. :) Saturday morning coryblank drives in and we'll be hanging out Saturday and hopefully into Sunday. I don't leave until 10:00pm Sunday night (yep, another red-eye). I did take the day off Monday to recover. I was hoping to meet innout, but I recall him saying he was going to be out of town. :(

This will be my first time ever to SFO and looking forward to it. Much picture taking will be involved. I don't even know where to start in this city and counting on friends to guide me around.



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Oct. 1st, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. I would love to meet ya, but guess it won't be this time around.

I'll be at the airport while you're in flight here, and will probably be at LAX when you're landing back home.

Guess that means I'll have to come visit you instead.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Grr..., oh well, hope you have fun on your trip. It will just give me another excuse to come out your way again. :)

Yes, you should come to North Carolina! Not as exciting as California, but definitely different. We do have the best BBQ, you know.
Oct. 1st, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
have an awesome time, man.

Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Mind a stowaway?
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I got to this too late. Sounds like you can Brian should so some traveling yourselves?
Oct. 1st, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
When you get there, buy a copy of the Street & Transit Map for $3.20. It will be your best friend. Also, buy a 3-day or 7-day MUNI (bus) pass. Take the bus everywhere; you'll be glad you did. There is a major BART/MUNI station at Market Street and Powell where you can find these things, if you don't find them elsewhere. When you fly in, you can take BART (subway) to the Powell Street station, and you will be there, and downtown. BART and MUNI could save you hundreds of dollars.

Find a reasonably quiet place to spread the map out and look it over. You will see that the various neighborhoods are labeled. There's the touristy stuff at the top, along the water -- the piers, etc.

Find Market Street. It runs diagonally and is one of SF's main drags. Look for where Van Ness Street crosses. It is a great jumping off point, and there are a number of interesting things right around there, including all of the art buildings, city hall, museums, and low_fat_muffin's place. Market Street is a good home base; you can always get back to it.

South of there is the Mission neighborhood. It is delightfully Latino. If you go there and walk around, you will think you have left the US. Also, Mr. S Leather is between Market St. and the Mission.

Go directly west of the Mission, following Market St. until you find the neighborhood marked "Castro." This, as you know, is the gay mothership. Take a trolley from Van Ness and Market to the top of Castro St. You'll see a gigantic rainbow flag there. If you walk south on Castro, you will see lots of nice shops and restaurants both on Castro and on the side streets.

Just northeast of the Castro is the Haight. You can take a bus from Market and Haight for several blocks until you start getting into the funky neighborhood. Watch the shops and you will know when you get there. You are in the neighborhood of Janice Joplin (she lived at 112 Lyon St. in the second-floor apartment), Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg, and lots of other famous, legendary people. Haight and Ashbury are, of course, the cornerstone of the American counterculture movement. Keep walking up Haight, exploring the shops and coffee houses. If you walk to the end, you will be in Golden Gate Park -- I'd be interested to know your impression of it. A couple of blocks north of Haight is the Panhandle, a nifty park where famous people gave free concerts in the '60s.

Kent and I would move to the Haight in a heartbeat.

You can nab a bus from the corner of Haight and Masonic that will take you up to the Presidio, the former Army base that is a wonderful wooded area. Once you are in the Presidio, you can take another bus over to the Golden Gate bridge. The Presidio is a bit like being out of town in the woods, and the bus schedules get erratic toward the end of the day. Just keep that in mind.

There's a book that can help you out, called Walking San Francisco, by Tom Downs, from Wilderness Press. It can help you figure out other places you might like to go.

The Castro and the Haight are the must-go places, in my mind.

Have a freaking blast!

Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, Joe! I can't believe I overlooked all of these comments. I've just been so damn busy that I have not had time to sit and review all of the amazing things people have been suggesting, but your post was the motherload here. :) Even pharmbear was telling me last night, "You need to read that comment from that Joe guy".

I will definitely make it a priority to checkout the places you suggested. Thanks!


PS--So why haven't you and Kent moved here already?
Oct. 3rd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
I think there are several things that will keep us from moving to SF. Probably the most major one is that even though we love the city, neither of us is accustomed to urban living on that scale. We like it in doses, but I'm not sure it would be right for us in the long run. We LOVE Madison, and it is just about the right size.

Of course, there's the expense of living there, as well. We do pretty well here.

pharmbear looks like a real cutie! I imagine he and I have a lot in common, academically.

Hope you are having fun!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yep, I could see that. Sounds like you need to keep SF as a special place to come and visit to get away from other things rather than being immersed in it everyday. No kidding on the cost of living differences.

pharmbear is a really great guy and I could definitely see some things you two would have in common. We'll have to meet some time (I know, I keep saying that) so that I can compare you two.
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Enjoy an In and Out burger for me (minus their sauce, of course, and ignoring the Biblical quotes on their wrappers)!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hmmm..., I'll have to ask pharmbear about that.
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Rely on your local men to guide you around. I wish I could be there to experience your first time in my favorite city and show you around a bit myself. You are there for a very short visit, hopefully it will leave an impact and you will be eager to return.

If you can, get up to twin peaks - have one of the guys there drive you to the top for (weather permitting) a great view of the city.

Public transportation is a great option, but no trolley's go to the Castro, only muni (bus and train) - since this is your first visit. Hop on over to Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 - you CAN catch a trolley from Powell and Market that will take you over there and is a great 'San Francisco' experience also a great photo taking experience if you can. (and I was RIGHT there just a couple of weeks ago!!!!! staying at the St Francis....)

Hit me up when you get back and lets eat - I want to hear ALL about it.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent, thanks! I'll look for the places you mentioned and will likely need to come back here to reference this. I have an idea of some of the things I have planned for today and how to get around.

I'll call if I need any help. ;)
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Dude, you're heading to my hometown! It looks like you already have local guides, so enjoy the city! Did you know I attended elementary school smack dab right on Castro (and 14th st)? :) You should try some yummy dim sum if you have time, my fav is Ton Kiang on Geary and 22nd ave.

Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Do I know you? :p

I forgot you are from here, cool. I'll mention the restaurant to . I'm learning there is a lot more to see here than I anticipated.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Ofcourse, there's the whole bay area besides just SF. Anyways, have fun and take lots of great pics!
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