San Francisco, How I Love Thee – Let Me Count the Days

DAY 6 MONDAY

TOAST Eatery for a late breakfast and California Cable Car to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). They have a great collection of masterful and modern work contained within a unique and weird set of buildings. I was surprised to see a lot of the pieces I’ve been recently hearing about (Thanks PBS for Art:21). Then off to The Castro to the 440 to view Pete Doolittle’s art work. He just happened to be offering his wares outside Twin Peaks Tavern. I bought 3 small original ink pen robot works. Oh happy me!

I went back to the 440 for a beer or three. Burning friends arriving soon . . . went back to welcome them home. Chatted a bit, got some sleep.

DAY 7 THURSDAY

Up late, lady of the house made amazing sausage and brown rice bowl! I biked to Camera Obscura at the Cliff House. That was a grueling ride. I hopped the wall to the old remains/ruins of the Sutro Baths. Exploring them is more interesting than it first sounds. Walked my bike up the very steep hills and took short cut to Legion of Honor which is now my new found favorite museum. They are hosting the Dutch and Flemish masterworks exhibit. I could have fallen into all of those paintings – truly my favorite. They also had a spectacular permanent museum collection and some Picasso pottery, kind of funky. I swung by the old Painted Ladies via bike on the way there; cute; like a movie set. It was cold on the east side and I was tired. I threw my bike on the bus and went home. The bus dropped me off one small block away – fantastic. Meeting folks in The City seemed effortless. I had a late night date with someone I just meet a few days earlier. It was nice. I went back to The Castro for dinner and play. Starbelly for steak, bottle of champagne in a coupe and a salted caramel dessert, so nice, I did it twice. Around the corner to 440 ran into my first Homobiles driver (off duty) and we partied a little together then he took me to the Mix for more . . . uh . . . mixing. So many people out at bars with their dogs, fun.

DAY 8 WEDNESDAY

Swan Oyster Depot for brunch, packed, California St and Powel St cable car lines, the long and scenic way to The Fisherman’s Wharf. RocketBoat adventure; it’s a 3,000 horsepower speed boat with seating for 125 or something ridiculous. Hysterically fast driven by an awesome female Captain. She took us all the way out into the bay under the Bay Bridge and back. Awesome 360° turns and wave hopping. That kept a solid smile on my face for a full 40 minutes. When we got back I yelled, “…just like Southwest!” She and her crew laughed and laughed. Ah good times.

Mission Dolores Park for half a day . . . . Everyone was sunning themselves in the park and epic views of downtown. Sky so clear I could almost see the entire Bay Bridge. I stopped for a quick dinner at Woodhouse Fish Co. on the way back home. The fish’n chips and bread pudding were surprisingly great. I rode F-Line to a bus home.

It was time to head back to airport.

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