Christmas in the city
These hens and chicks are our home's current plant occupants. Look at those little guys grow! I'm optimistic...!
I seem to have either some moisture in my camera, or a smudge on something somewhere, resulting in a gauzy effect in my recent photos (for the most part, not there in real life).
- road work, Market St.
- Stockton St.
- woman on bike, window-shopping en route (how I wish these images had turned out better)
- Macy's window, set-up by elves in progress
- ever-present flower stand
- worker's strike at the Grand Hyatt
The New People complex has opened in Japantown, featuring a movie theater, design and fashion boutiques, and a top-floor gallery. Good people-watching. The place to go for your Harajuku fashion needs.
S*bux receipt from yesterday.
A fundraiser for La Cocina, the San Francisco Street Food Festival happened today in the Mission, featuring both street food vendors and other restaurants and bars. Yes, it was super-crowded, and yes, the lines were very long; however, the divide-and-conquer method seemed to produce good results. I think the key to the afternoon was to chill out and enjoy the weather and people-watching while standing on line. My patience was rewarded with creme brulée from the infamous Creme Brulée Cart (see after the jump).
(Next... bacon-wrapped hotdogs!)
We took a very short trip to Washington DC this past weekend for a wedding: a quick, fun visit. We got a taste of East-Coast summer (which I probably enjoyed a lot more than J), and were able to do a tiny amount of sight-seeing in between the festivities.
- concourse at the National Gallery
- snack at Founding Farmers
- National Gallery, main floor Corcoran Gallery/street art
- lobby @ the Westin Grand
- L'Enfant Moderne Gallery/the Corcoran
- Calder @ the National Gallery
Friday night event for the opening of the Richard Avedon exhibit.
Happy Holiday weekend! Last night we headed down to the water by Ghirardelli Square to watch fireworks. There were tons of people there, as you'd expect, plus dogs, kids, blankets, glow sticks, etc. Over closer to Fisherman's Wharf there was a band playing, covering punkish/80's hits in a decidedly Lite-rock style. They wrapped up shortly after we got there, and the 'official' pre-fireworks soundtrack included (old) Madonna and Bell Biv Devoe's Poison, which the crowd *loved* and apparently knew all of the words to. We managed to score a good seat on the brick wall around the shore, and our only complaint of the whole night was that we didn't bring a hot beverage and maybe a blanket.
In this photo, a group of kayakers is mulling around by the docks before heading further out to watch the fireworks. I really like the lights on the kayaks. (And I think the fuzziness of this shot actually adds to it.) For some excellent shots of the fireworks themselves, check out Jaeha's images...
Pride weekend + the approval of the SF Bike Plan (bike infrastructure improvements) = what seemed like a really big, festive crowd in this week's Critical Mass. Note in the 4th photo the line of Muni buses waiting on Market St for cyclists to pass. (Also note in the 2nd photo the stylish late-model American car turning bikers' heads...)
Discarded, on the 45.
Fly Bar and Restaurant, in the Tenderloin