Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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Second post from San Francisco

The Greater San Francisco Metropolitan Area! Pixar is here! ILM is here! The Mythbusters are here! Daniel Handler is here! Starfleet Headquarters will be here!

This is a cool place. I've been here once before, overnight in 1995 while driving home from an L.A. trip. I didn't see much other than from the car: I made sure to stop at Ghiradelli Chocolate, of course, and also a film-music-geek location, the record store that Intrada Records used to have. This time, I have more time. I don't have to make a high-speed pass...

My big accomplishment today, once I reached the hotel on Post St., was to walk to the Ferry Terminal and along a short bit of the Embarcadero. I zigzagged through downtown so I could walk past the TransAmerica pyramid. Window cleaners were working on two sides. I once again realized I could never do that job, and walked on. (It made me think of the film I'd heard had been planned once, with Jackie Chan as a window washer at the World Trade Center. A film cancelled by events beyond the control of Jackie Chan. (Or even Chuck Norris.))

So: so far here I've seen an anti-Bush protest, the top level of a BART station, the message "SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- THE CITY OF INDUSTRY" that's written on the side of a hill south of San Francisco (it was a detail in Daniel Handler's novel Adverbs), the bay, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the glorious sight of the roasted duck noodle soup and Thai iced coffee I was about to have for lunch.

Tonight is the reception at a gourmet pizza place. Now, I'm going to relax in my room, digest, and see if I can tune into Jayn (a former Portland DJ) on Radio Alice.
Tags: peregrinations, star trek
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