Woke up yesterday grumpy. It hasn’t been sunny in SF in a while. Finally got moving and grudgingly rode my bike to a Public Bike party at South Park. (an emotional grudge, not logistical. Thank you so much Cindy for the invitation!!).
I got to talk to a product designer at Public about this weird little loose-ish screw on the bike. (I won’t go into it here) and he responded “That’s quite astute of you to notice”. Ha! We had a great little product design and user experience conversation.
I got to meet the owner of The American, a new Grilled Cheese restaurant in San Francisco! I’ve spoken with Charlotte many times somewhat flippantly about wanting to open a grilled cheese restaurant. You can make them sweet or savory, it’s almost the perfect food! (ok, I don’t want to hear any non-perfect comments… to me, it’s almost the perfect food!). I explained how I didn’t know anything about being a restaurateur. His response, “Me neither. I just quit my job at Oracle and put my life savings into the business! We’ve been open 3 months and, so far, it’s going really well.” Anything is possible, eh?
At the end of the party, Cindy’s friend Dan had to get his Fun Cycle conference bikes back home. He was asking “Hey who wants to ride these bikes back to Pier 39 and Golden Gate Park?” I was thinking, “Umm, my legs burned on the way here via bike, I don’t need to push it. But I’ve got nothing else going on today… Feh, why not” And we were off!
Ok, conference bikes are fun! We must have had our picture taken 50 times on our route down Embarcadero to the parking lot near Pier 39. People are all waving and smiling. We stopped and got beers for the ride, and did donuts out on one of the piers! It was such a blast!
We parked the bike and Patrick and I went into the Spy Shop across the street from the parking lot. Boys Toys!
Then it was back to South Park to pick up our bikes… but first a stop at 21st Amendment for drinks! Wee!
On to a birthday party for Cindy Woo in the Mission!
Laurie suggests we go to a party at Adobe Books and then the Lexington, and we’re off! Adobe has it’s requisite compliment of fun and weird! Then we’re off to the Lex where I met Carla :-). We meet up with these Brits who say this is their last night in San Francisco after a whirlwind tour and keep demanding we show them the “real gay San Francisco”. Carla and I walk them from the Lexington to The Cafe in the Castro, meeting a few characters along the way. These 2 boys saying joyously despondently “Oh, it’s 1 am, all the good looking guys are already gone!” I say hopefully to our British contingent, “Now there’s just desperate guys left. Maybe even some good looking desperate guys. You’ll find yours, don’t worry!” We drop off the Brits at The Cafe, get some pizza slices and walk back to fetch her car from a garage in the Mission. :-)
What a night!