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San Francisco wrap-up

What a fabulous trip! I had a wonderful time there hanging out with all sorts of good people and met quite a few new ones as well.

As mentioned earlier, Delta lost my bag Thursday evening. They got it to me late that night. Apparently a lot of bags got lost as they had a long line of people there with the same problem. That's a first for me. pharmbear got me to his lovely home in the Mission district. It's just amazing to go walk out your front door and pick one of dozens of places to eat within a block or two (and it's not part of a chain).

Friday I spent the day traveling on the cable cars (I want to know more about how those things work) and doing a tour of of Alcatraz. This was well worth the money and it was a huge help to get the tickets online in advance saving me about a half hour waiting in line. Lots and lots of pictures of Alcatraz, the city and the bay. Getting back was a challenge as I was trying to come home in the middle of the rush hour on a Friday. Train after train kept going by and there was no way for many of us to get on. I ended up walking a good 15-20 minutes back to Market street and then caught MUNI the rest of the way back--not too bad. After resting for a bit, pharmbear and I went to get some tasty food and then saw Religulous--very good.

Saturday morning came and I finally got to give coryblank a big hug in person. :) We spent the day traveling around town, Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Twin Peaks, dinner and dessert in Castro and finally made our way back home. It was a long day, but we both got lots of pictures and I was able to help coryblank out with some photography skills. It was really nice take in all of the sights and feelings around Castro where it was so perfectly normal to hold hands with another guy.

Sunday morning we were all up to help out pharmbear with a brunch he was having for several of his friends before the opening of the Castro Street Fair. pharmbear is one hell of a cook and did a fabulous job. We then marched off to the fair only a few blocks away to take in all of the sights. There was food everywhere and all kinds of displays to take in. One in particular had some truly amazing photgraphs. All kinds of guys around from the totally conservative to the totally outlandish-what-the-hell-were-you-thinking get ups. Lots of music at every turn. After the fair we grabbed some dinner and then coryblank whisked me off to the airport for a 10:00pm flight (yeah, red-eye, again) to PHL.

I was actually able to sleep most of the way and not totally zombied out when I got home around 10:00am. I'm still not entirely sure what timezone I'm in at the moment. As for US Air on the return trip, I don't think I'll fly them again. Nothing terrible, but nothing to rave about either at all. Anyway, all of the photos got uploaded last night and I just now got all of them with tags and descriptions, so enjoy the photos (there's about 150 I think out of the 300 I actually took). wish the trip was longer, but just too much stuff going on right now. Will definitely set aside time for a longer trip in the future.

Here's a link to the entire set of San Francisco pictures...


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Oct. 8th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Great shots and lovely people. Thanks for this set, Joe!
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Great shots, Joe! If you ever get bored of the IT stuff, you should be a photographer!
Oct. 8th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Those really are great pictures Joe! I am so happy that you were able to visit. I loved that shot of Pinot the dog licking Corey! You should frame that one!
Oct. 8th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such a terrific time - SF is a really remarkable place, & I'm glad you had the chance to explore it, with such great folks to boot.
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