There was this kind of scary guy on street near our place that would never look at you but would sometimes say “I’ll KILL you before you kill me” as he rocked back and forth sitting at the curb.  I started saying “I’ll LOVE you before you love me” as I passed him but, like him, I could never bring myself to say it to his face.

You never know if someone like that will breakdown and start hugging you or stab you in the eye.

After a somewhat wet December we had the benefit of pretty nice weather for our sojourn in San Francisco.  Although we had some cold days it was definitely dry so that we could get out and about without much misery.

After a somewhat wet December we had the benefit of pretty nice weather for our sojourn in San Francisco.  Although we had some cold days it was definitely dry so that we could get out and about without much misery.

A memorable night in the neighborhood was the monday that we walked up to Mission Chinese. We only had to wait about 20 minutes which was fine. The food there is pretty fun. Surprisingly Bon Appetit rates it as #9 in the list of most important restaurants in America.  I don’t know about that but we did have a good meal with a bit of leftovers.

On the way back home we drifted into a hole in the wall, Amnesia.  Monday night is Bluegrass open mic night.  We bopped around for 5 or so songs before heading back home.

Simple but memorable.

Mr Pollo

Donna and I dropped in for the early seating at the local sensation, Mr Pollo.  The tiny restaurant seats a dozen people at most.  For $20 they do a 4 course tasting menu. We sat right at the counter and enjoyed bantering with the chef. The food was delicious.

GBUS TO MTV
There is a daily armada of private buses that ply the neighborhood on weekday mornings and evenings.  Silicon Valley companies do their best to attract employees by giving them free transportation to and from work.  I’ve seen buses for Google, Facebook, GenenTech, Electronic Arts, and Apple.  They all have super comfortable seating with wifi available.  My understanding is that you need to sign a non-disclosure agreement before you can ride the bus.  Not to prevent you from talking about work but to prevent people from sharing where the bus stops are so that real estate prices don’t get skewed near the bus stops.

GBUS TO MTV

There is a daily armada of private buses that ply the neighborhood on weekday mornings and evenings.  Silicon Valley companies do their best to attract employees by giving them free transportation to and from work.  I’ve seen buses for Google, Facebook, GenenTech, Electronic Arts, and Apple.  They all have super comfortable seating with wifi available.  My understanding is that you need to sign a non-disclosure agreement before you can ride the bus.  Not to prevent you from talking about work but to prevent people from sharing where the bus stops are so that real estate prices don’t get skewed near the bus stops.

I occasionally use biking shoes on my ride to work. They are really efficient but… There is a bit of a trick to unclip them from the pedal before you can get your foot down when you stop. Every now and then (my previous last time was at least two years ago) I unclip from the right but tip over in slow motion to the left. 

I’ve never hurt myself but it does leave a sting to the ego.

I occasionally use biking shoes on my ride to work. They are really efficient but… There is a bit of a trick to unclip them from the pedal before you can get your foot down when you stop. Every now and then (my previous last time was at least two years ago) I unclip from the right but tip over in slow motion to the left.

I’ve never hurt myself but it does leave a sting to the ego.

Elemental Nesting

About a year ago Donna and I had a fabulous meal at the famous restaurant, Chez Panisse. The meal was a wonderful experience but what I remembered most were the plates. They were elegant yet substantial and they did a perfect job of holding my food in the plate without spilling when I was fishing around for a bite. I did a bit of research to discover that the dinnerware was designed by the restaurant in collaboration with a local ceramics shop.  

It turns out that Heath Ceramics has been doing well since 1948 from a little shop in Sausalito. I’ve been coveting these new dishes for a while. We stopped by the factory just time for an impromptu tour and learned all about how their pieces have been and continue to be manufactured. When we discovered that we could purchase seconds at a special discount there at the factory we launched into a mad purchase frenzy that still leaves us a bit dizzy.

Tonight we had our first dinner together with our new dinner ware.  It feels like home.

A Wise Choice of Pastrami
Since I work from home only one day a week, my choice of lunch is one of the most important decisions I make on that day. Today I had a pastrami sandwich from Wise Son’s Deli.  You just have to savor the simplicity of warm fatty pastrami layered on slices of delicious rye bread.  It was a taste out of an ideal past.

A Wise Choice of Pastrami

Since I work from home only one day a week, my choice of lunch is one of the most important decisions I make on that day. Today I had a pastrami sandwich from Wise Son’s Deli.  You just have to savor the simplicity of warm fatty pastrami layered on slices of delicious rye bread.  It was a taste out of an ideal past.