Posts Tagged ‘san francisco’

I Say ‘Yes’ to Noe Valley

May 15, 2010

More fun steppin out and about in the city. Noe Valley, below the Castro, mainly a residential area (lots of SF cutehomes there) has a nice little shopping/dining area. It’s like one of the quaint small towns outside of the main city, except still within it.

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Garage Store! Just off the main drag. It was like a garage sale but more legit.

At one of several shoe stores, they had this sweet pony.

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I think the salesgirl thought I was weird for wanting to photograph it. You clearly just don’t understand pony culture, miss.

Also, I got really excited about these space socks:

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I can’t wait to wear these with… everything?? They also had them in purple. I probably need those.

Also bought a scholarly book on the history of disco (Edit: This book turned out to kind of change my life. Peter Shapiro’s Turn the Beat Around)

More Dolores Park funtimes last weekend…

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Majestic mohawk poodle! Also was velvety soft! You can kind of see in this photo how neat the fur texture was… I give this dog 10/10 on the awesome scale.

Several impromptu musical performances…

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Oh hey, band.

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Oh hey, DJ dudes.

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Divisadero and Its Many Murals (and More)

May 10, 2010

Many a neat mural in my hood (not even a fraction of those found in the Mission, though). Divisadero/NOPA area.

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Plant It Earth

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This one is just outside of a convenience store. Party time!

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Hooray for jollity.. this one kinda reminds me of Sanrio. It’s probably at least 30-40 feet long. (Edit: They plastered over the left-hand 8 ft or so with commercial FUGLINESS. I am sad.)

Sweet art collective/gallery (Big Umbrella) right around the corner. Kinda weird hours but very cool.

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Scads of gorgeous pink flowers lining 19th street.

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Parking myself…

May 4, 2010

One thing I especially love about all of the parks here is how they protrude from the hills so you can see over much of the rest of the city, including over to the other parks. They look like big green lumps coming out of the buildings.

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Alta Plaza. Giant grassy steps into the hillside. Pictures do not do the view justice; you have more than a 180-degree panoramic view of the city from pretty high above.

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Up and over the other side of the park, you can actually see out into the bay. So pretty! It’s like a little window into a peaceful ocean world.

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From a certain angle, you can see Alcatraz really well.

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Alamo Square is not as high up, but still has nice views. It is also filled with many cavorting dogs.

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This particular hill is a stop on some tour-bus routes (Full House!) so every 15 minutes or so tourists swarm over the hill to take pics. Also it’s usually insanely windy, so don’t be deceived by its serene looks.

San Fran has a lot of very picturesque things.

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Haha, the owner of that Beetle will probably think I’m stalking them, because today I passed by and once again that damn car was just looking super cool in the driveway.

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I also took this random picture, because I liked all the shapes and textures going on. Also, you can’t really see, but Obama is on that milk carton on the left.

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Then there are the parks that are bigger and more exciting, but take more effort in voyaging to them (also fun, when I have time). Dolores Park, on weekends is so crowded it’s pretty much an event unto itself.

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It’s a lot like going to a music festival, with slightly less music. Only slightly! Because many people have instruments and sometimes do impromptu performances. And people do and wear odd and interesting things, and roving dogs come up to sniff and greet you. And sometimes passing merchants will offer wares to you. And now it’s sunny, and it’s positively grand!

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Plus, the SF institution Bi Rite ice cream is adjacent…worth the line! Coffee Toffee … now that’s a flavor I can get [my mouth] behind.

Buena Vista. Tis in the Haight and is extremely big/steep, and has much foliage. The top is a fairly small enclosed circle of trees with some grass and limited views through the trees, but quite a few people were up there picnicking or laying about (both of which I proceeded to do).

(In fact, I have hiked up to the top once before, on New Year’s Eve of this year, intending to see the fireworks… buuuut because of the dense trees, we actually could not see ANYTHING, could only hear the booms and pops and speculate as to the starry wonders beyond our vision. Alas!)

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I took this picture during the hike up, not from the top. It seems I still  managed to find the ‘Buena Vista’, tee hee.

So that’s all the park news for now. Hooray for parks. Is what I’m saying.

Edit: Golden Gate park deserves a post (or several) unto itself. McLaren park is another very interesting one (featuring the Jerry Garcia amphitheater! Seriously!) So mayhaps more on which, AALD.

Cutesaurus (IRL)

March 25, 2010

At last we meet.

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Outside a shoe store in the Haight (Her back says “Please don’t sit on me”)

Leaving the beach we came upon an apartment building. But not just ANY apartment building.

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OH MY GOD. It’s Cutesaurus as a building!! (Hey EJ.. show us yer tits…!)

In the morning we first went to the SF Botanical Gardens at Golden Gate Park. Exciting flora to be seen.

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Nature is most tranquil.

The next day, we went to the Fillmore square farmer’s market, which had funky jazz accompaniment by a cool band (sick bass!) and was attended by an amusing cross-slice of city denizens.

I queued up at the most popular vegetable vendor and was making my selections, rummaging through the beets and rainbow chard. I wanted to try something new… like a celery root, but I wasn’t sure about the celery root since I’ve never cooked it myself before… but I looked in the line and almost everyone was holding a celery root! So I was like wow there must be something to this celery root business. So I got a celery root too.

I know you’re probably thinking, HEY, if everyone jumped off a cliff with their celery root, would you do the same thing? And I answer you: probably.

Plus, what the heck is up with salted duck eggs??

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Looks like a party, right?

The Beach in the City: Nice.

March 24, 2010

The beach on the coast of San Francisco.

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The water was of course fffreezing, but it was actually much sunnier and warmer than I expected. I totally did not wear or bring anything remotely like beach-attire, but whatever. I still had fun:

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We walked down the beach for some time and saw some amusing things. Like this:

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Haha, she was just like, faceplanted in the sand (sunbathing, presumably…) The fellow in the distance was previously hard at work on the sand sculpture.

I found a crab body shell and decided to give Crabby a new life.

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Go back to the sea, Crabby! Be free! …Go on, GIT!

City Life Continued

March 22, 2010

Walking to the park, out of nowhere I came across this special message carved in the concrete:

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That’s my name! HELLO!

So that was pretty exciting. I also got some more pictures of *adorable* San Francisco homes.

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Once and awhile you come across a store that makes you realize: I could really use an ornamental bird right about now.

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I want to copy this birdcage yarn/felt art. So cute.

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I continued on my way and got a disco sweater.

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If anyone is wondering when I will wear such an item, I’ll have you know that I am considering wearing it to the Roller Disco on Thursday

And then of course I ended up spending a bunch on records!! AHH THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS. But I did get this awesomeness from the bargain bin.

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I think the one in the belly shirt wins this Showdown… thoughts?

City Life

March 10, 2010

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(Photo taken on top of my roof! woo)

Yesterday I came upon a promising pile next to a dumpster from which RoboCop’s steely visage gazed at me from a VHS tape box and I was lured in, like a moth to the flame (as many could tell you, RoboCop is basically catnip to Cutesaurus.) There were many more VHS, but none I felt I had to have in the end. (It turns out it was RoboCop 2, which I already own on VHS. Nerdout)

There was a box of books, however, which became increasingly exciting to me as I delved. The best thing was Martin Amis’ sizeable collection of essays, which I don’t already have and have been wanting!! ZOMG. Trash pile, you love me. I snagged a number of others including some Michael Palin travel books, a George Saunders novelette, and a few others.

Some of the books were a little bit wet, and I was at first perturbed by this news. It did rain a little this morning. I also gave a sniff and it seemed to be okay… and let’s be honest here. I probably would have taken the books anyway. Martin Amis!!

As I was pawing through them, a middle aged Middle Eastern woman (or, a MAME, if you will) was passing by and stopped to look at what I was doing, and peer at the goods. We exchanged words about the stuff, and I told her it was slightly wet, and she was like “Maybe somebody pee.” I was like OK. THANKS A LOT.

Anyway, needless to say I was *stoked*.

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(“So True” Cjaelzuriel’s Salon (?!?), Mr. Bling Bling, Esquire Salon… fine establishments all)

Hills aside, The City. It’s awesome. I have been walking until my feet and legs grow sore, exploring the neighborhood n stuff. I am already seeing two shows at the Fillmore soon, which is several blocks from my house. (Trivia: my first concert was at the Fillmore! Aww. It was Blondie and it was awesome.)

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(Not my house. I wish my house was cute like this. There are many other cutehomes in SF, as I’ve discovered repeatedly. Will try to document further instances.)

There have also been exciting sightings (that’s fun to say) of colorful folk. Last night I saw an azn dude dressed as Cloud Strife?? with the giant sword thing. Wish I had gotten a pic! Also I saw this awesome bike yesterday (though this was actually in Berkeley…)

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Also the neighbor’s cat and I have been exchanging gazes (I think it’d be fair to call them longing gazes) through the window across the narrow space between our buildings.

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(S)he stares at me very intently sometimes. Also in the last 24 hours (s)he was joined by a chihuahua (sadly did not document this photographically).

Holiday Adventures, Part One: Christmas

January 5, 2010

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A few days before Christmas, we had our second annual San Fran Double Date fun day (me + sis +bfs). Last year we went to see Let the Right One In, and that was awesome.

Anyway, as with last year, we first ate delicious dim sum until we were mere seconds from bursting. When the bill finally came, we discovered that dim sum is, alas, not an inexpensive meal. But we regretted nothing. In fact, I wish I had some now. The pork buns.. and the shrimp shu mai, omg. SO DELICIOUSSS.

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We were planning to see Avatar in IMAX 3D, but it was sold out!! We decided to see it at a later date, and moved on to shopping around Union Square for gifts and for our ownselves. 😉 I got a disco ball lip gloss!! that I am probably too fond of, haha. Also, some shiny magenta tights. Very practical.

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We also ice skated in Union Square! which was a delight, and a novelty. It was verrrrry crowded and at times perilous, what with a number of children careening forth in all directions, unable to stop and ultimately ending up ramming into the rink’s walls with full force.

However, we managed to avoid them by-and-large, and had a pleasant skating experience whooshing around, undoubtedly the envy of every yuletide passerby.

In the evening we had fine wine at my new place of employment, and then returned to Berkeley for deliciousss hot dogs. I have eaten more hot dogs since moving here than I have in like, all my prior years of life combined.

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We had plans to watch a movie, but our oldass TVs in my apt actually DON’T have a way to plug in a freaking dvd player. Wow. But, all was not lost, as we turned to playing Trivial Pursuit and listening to wonderful records. I have to say I think that turned out a lot more fun 😀

Christmas was a busy and enjoyable time with many family-related gatherings. On Christmas Eve we had a “crazy hat” theme which of course made things considerably more wacky. (Sadly didn’t get the pictures from that, or the skating yet).

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I also got many *awesome* gifts! My favorite is my sickk new bass and amp. THX MOM + DAD. My second favorite gift is my Astronaut Barbie. (Thx again Mom) I got tons of other delights, clothing, books (Promethea, yess.), makeup, other girly cutestuff, and… the most ridiculous thing, a LEOPARD PRINT SNUGGIE.

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ahhhh. My grandma bought these for EVERYONE in my family and for our bf’s too.. I reiterate – ahhhh! It certainly made for a memorable evening.

I have to say.. it is warm though. O;)

Also, Baxter the kitty was curled up adorably on a Christmas kitty cushion.

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And all was well.