Monday, November 10, 2003

I Left My Fart in San Francisco

It's Monday and I'm not quite rested up from the big Mission: Visit Princess Karlita in San Francisco road trip. Here's how it played out...

We left at around 10am on Thursday morning and got there at around 5:30pm. The drive wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, of course, I didn't drive a lick. I just sat in the back, quietly listening to Dashboard Confessional, Something Corporate, Trapt, and Yellowcard.

After Erico Suave did the devil's bidding of retrieving Santa Claus' head, we met up with Princess Karlita and went back to her place for some talking and sleeping.

Friday was our tourist day in San Francisco. If you ask anyone what's there to do in SF, the first words are almost always "Fisherman's Wharf." Pier 39 is arguably the most recognizable tourist destination in SF, next to the Golden Gate Bridge. Anyway, that was our first stop. As a kid, I used to go there and have a blast, but I realized Friday that there's really nothing to do there. We watched a juggler take 20 minutes to set up a trick, basically telling the crowd to tip him after the show is over (only after about 15 minutes, it becomes begging). We saw the sea lions gather which was the best part of the Wharf.

We then hiked a few blocks to Ghirardelli Square which doesn't have much either. It was a nice picture spot and they have absolutely amazing chocolates (as I remember from childhood trips), but that's about it.

So after that, we went on a quest to find Lombard Street. I had never been there on foot, always in car, so I figured it'd be fun. We walked and walked up SF's damn hills and that's when my feet started to kill me. We found Lombard and took a few pictures, then walked down the steps off to the side.

After that, we hiked up to Coit Tower, which we learned was shaped like a fire hose. On previous trips, I always saw Coit Tower and wondered what it was. This time I finally saw it. It's home to a museum depicting worker life in the 30's or so. We didn't go into the museum, but we got a nice view of SF.

Our final stop was Chinatown. The only thing I have to say is that their boba sucked.

It was time to go to our Cirque du Soleil show "Alegria." I had a pretty good seat for the price I paid. The only downfall was that I had a pole in my way and it was off to the side, but I could easily see most of it. Very cool show and it made a fan out of me. I'm going to see the Varekai show in Pomona and then La Nouba in Walt Disney World next January.

Saturday, Princess Karlita joined us to pick up MacArthur's friend who lives in Berkeley. We drove over the Bay Bridge and then the Golden Gate Bridge. At the lookout point, it started raining really hard and got us soaked. The visability there was very limited and because it was raining so much, we decided to eat a early dinner and wait out the storm. We found a nice little pizza place in Sausalito called Dario's. They had really good bread and pizza and calzones.

When the rain stopped, we went to Haight Ashbury for some shopping. I was excited because Haight St. is mentioned in one of my favorite Third Eye Blind songs. Pretty nerdy of me. Since it was late, we couldn't do much. We ate some Crepes with chocolate, went to the Gap of all places, then went into a few other trinket stores, and finally Amoeba Music store. I bought two used albums: Dashboard Confessional's "The Swiss Army Romance" and Yellowcard's "One For the Kids."

Throughout the trip, I was trying my best to contain my farts, but sometimes it hurt too much. So I just walked away and did my business plenty of times. I don't know what it was, but I was entirely gassy the whole time there.

On Sunday, we left Princess Karlita's place pretty early and headed to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. That place was really cool, weird, and beautiful. The house is just awesome and the story behind it just begs a ride at Disney's California Adventure. We did two tours, the second one taking us on a more in-depth tour of the house, showing us how it worked, ran, and survived. We got to go into the basement. There will be a short Route on the Winchester Mystery House as soon as I develop my pictures.

After that, we drove home. One the way home, we saw a full rainbow arch, something I had never seen before. It was complete and amazing. I don't care if rainbows have a bad rap now, they're still awesome wonders of nature. And that's about it. All in all, it was a very fun trip. I can't wait to go to Florida now and Vegas trips should be a freakin' piece of f***ing cake.

Now road trip friendly,