A view from on high
OK, I had planned to write this yesterday, but sometimes, plans don’t just work out! Prior to going up on Broadway, where the other half lives, we had gone to a park to just sit for a few minutes and watch people play and interact.
It was quite fun. We sat in the park, watched people play Frisbee, talk on the ubiquitous cell phone (I got so many shots of people talking on cell phones that I just may do my little ‘out of touch’ series!), walk their dogs, talk to friends, etc.
All four of us began taking pictures of one lady who was sitting in the grass, talking on the cellphone, and eating a sandwich while her dog attempted, quite unsuccessfully to get a bit of the sandwich. It was quite comical. This lady was so engrossed in her phone conversations that she didn’t see 4 guys, not more than 20 feet away from her taking her picture. We weren’t not even trying to be inconspicuous. We were standing up, snapping away, and laughing all the while.
That’s right. Talk to your friend … You will giiiivvvvvvveeee me the sandwiiiiiichhhhhh
After leaving the park and heading for the hills, we stopped drove through Chinatown and then we stopped at Lombard Hill, the crookedest street in America. John, our official, and quite knowledgeable tour guide said that no trip to SF is complete without this stop. We took his word for it. We found that it is not possible to get a good shot of the street to show it’s crookedness without doing an aerial view. Since John’s helicopter was in the shop at the time, we had to settle for a ground view or two.
I was more interested in the people coming down the street rather than the street itself. I saw one guy running down the hill with his camcorder in hand filming the crazy curves of the street. Obviously he didn’t see the sign that said to keep off of the street! They have stairs next to the street, ya know!
Wait till my friends get a hold of this!
We were going to go out to some cliffs, but it was getting late, and as usual, some fog was rolling in. So, we headed to Will’s house for some California cuisine! We arrived there just before dark. Sue had prepared a snack for us, steamed artichoke. Well, not being ‘hip’ the California culture, I had no clue as to what to do with a steamed, or otherwise cooked, artichoke. Sue was nice enough to provide lessons for Richard and me. Apparently, it’s very simple: Pull of a leaf, dip it in the mayo or butter, your choice, and eat the very bottom of the leaf. That’s it! Simple instructions that I could follow! Simple was good. I was pretty tired.
Just a quick note. John is very spry and likes to hike a lot. Also, since he’s quite smoking (Yea! John!), he’s rather long winded. It’s kind of tough to keep up with that guy!
Now, back to the story: After the appetizer, and several thousand rounds of petting Cooper, the Labrador that doesn’t like water, it was time to eat. We were treated to John’s special Salmon recipe. Yummy!!! We felt honored.
After getting our fill, it was time for John to drop us off at home. He stopped by briefly and met the wives, and away he went, like a ghost in the night. We had a very good day, indeed! Much thanks to John and Will for the time and for being such great hosts!
In the end, I had seen a lot of wonderful things and, the best part was, I have added two new friends!