Sunday at Ocean Beach

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Walking on ruins of the Sutro Baths

Today we took a walk into the fog and mist to Ocean Beach. It was cold and wet, but worth every second because we were together and didn’t have to think about anything else.

Caspian Terns

It was the first time I had seen Caspian Terns. At first, I thought they were sea gulls, but they would all take off, circle for a second and then land again as an entire flock. I have never seen gulls do that! But these guys did, and they wanted everyone to know because they were calling out the entire time.

The Terns take flight

Where did July go?

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Over the past three weeks, my life has been a little bit crazy. I have started a couple new things, and day dreamed about a couple others. I turned 29, and we finally set a date for our wedding (just before I turn 30). I haven’t slept enough, but haven’t explored enough either. Nik has worked a lot more hours than normal, and I have missed him a lot more than normal. We have eaten a few fantastic meals, and haven’t gone to the grocery store nearly enough. It kind of feels like we have been living one day at a time, and have been on a tight time schedule.

This weekend, we finally had the chance to check back into life and slow down a little bit. We started the weekend on Friday evening by going to the Apple store on Chestnut Street to purchase two brand new matching devices that have the potential to alter a few little aspects of life. I promised myself that I wouldn’t purchase one of these devices until they were good enough to be a computer, camera, phone, notebook and map all at the same time. I believe I held out just long enough. Now, the price was low enough to somewhat justify the purchase and enough people have them that the apps are plentiful and useful. My shiny new toy is still a little box of mysteries, but I plan to use it to its fullest potential. I will be more connected with the outside world, and I hope that is a good thing!

Saturday began with a few mundane but necessary household chores, then flowered into an afternoon of ocean gazing, handmade browsing, bus stop feather kicking and marina watching. The evening closed with dinner at home and dual app hunting.

A gull by the bay (taken with my phone)

Fog rolling in (taken with my phone)

Sunday puttered a little bit in the morning as Nik did some work, but after a lunch of Vietnamese sandwiches, it was nothing but fun and games. Literally. Because we went to the Giants game! It didn’t start until 5pm, so first we took a scooter ride down to Flora Grubb Gardens and to Building Resources, then through the industrial area. We stopped for a while to watch an oil tanker leave the dry docks, then went into town to find snacks for the game and a good quick getaway parking spot. The game was against the LA Dodgers, and was great!!! The stadium was packed with 42,000 fans for our people watching eyes, the weather was perfect, the plays were impressive enough to keep us interested in the game, and the hot dog & garlic fries dinner was top notch!

Nik at Flora Grubb (taken with my phone)


Good View


Recycled RUUD Heater


Large Red Doors to the old PG&E power plant

Tanker going out to sea

A few fans watching the game


This weekend provided a much needed reconnection with the city that I am starting to take for granted. San Francisco, I promise to do my best to appreciate you.

People Watching

Friday, July 16th, 2010

After having my hair cut by a student at the Aveda Institute downtown, I lingered around Union Square hoping that I could convince Nik to join me for afternoon coffee. When he called to say he was ready to go home, but couldn’t quite yet, I decided to find a corner coffee shop and people watch while I waited. I sipped my Pike’s Place Roast very slowly because I knew I would be there a while. Then, after an hour, I took out my notebook and started to write down what was going on around me. These are those notes…

At Starbucks at the corner of Grant & Bush.

A family of 6 resting and waiting for the next thing. The two youngest boys are twins and both have small cameras dangling around their necks. And they just seem happy!

A buff guy in yellow shorts with a “Monster Tunes” t-shirt. Speaking Spanish.

Guy in all ochre (jacket & pants) walks across the street on the phone in a hurry.

Girl in flip flops, leggings, skirt and blue scarf holding a “PINK” shopping bag chatting with friends. Speaking French.

Group of 5 pausing to take photos of China Town Gate. Speaking Chinese.

“I don’t want to talk about work outside of work” says the red head.

Two girls with dark long hair, black long sleeve shirts, purses crossing their bodies and boot leg jeans.

Guy with horn rimmed glasses.

“That’s a private bus.” ” That would be comfortable.” says the middle aged group walking by in shorts and tennis shoes as a big “Silverado” bus passes by.

Mom takes photo of teenage son with her Nikon DSLR, then mom turns and sees me. She smiles.

Blond headed man with receding hairline and khaki pants pauses in front of the trash cans in his all white Nike tennis shoes.

Guy with Beatles hair cut, denim jacket and royal blue sweater crosses the street with a stern face.

10-12 yr old boy in blue abercrombie & fitch sweatshirt turns and strikes a pose for his dad with the little point-and-shoot.

“There’s a Starbucks on that corner too…Were you siting here the whole time?”

1/2 bald man in lavender oxford and brown plaid sports coat looks east as he sends a text message.

College sorority girl poses with her younger braced-teeth brother as mom takes photo while standing next to her greased-back-hair dad.

20-something couple walks by with 3 dogs.

Working girl with blond highlights, slouchy big grey bag, steel blue wedges, loose grey jacket and black skinny jeans walks by.

Sister in All-Stars. Brother in Sambas. Mom & Dad in Asics running shoes.

Two Asian girls with rolling suit cases.

Cute Indian couple. Girl in grey + blue. Boy in plaid shorts, sweatshirt and holding Banana Republic bag.

“This isn’t what her mom does”

Asian guy in all black looks at a map then begins folding it while his lady friend in a red-pink trench coat and guy-friend in all black laugh.

“BABY PHAT” says the purse the girl in all black carries.

Horn rimmed glasses walks by again.

Muscle man in tight white t-shirt, shorts and backpack leans into the corner as he turns left.

“Everyone else drank your beer this week. I didn’t want to be the a**hole”

“No. I don’t want to go.”

“You can follow us.”

“See, my mom was stupid…I want Starbucks”

Couple with backpacks, fleeces, hiking pants and walking shoes.

Petite Asian girl with black leather biker jacket, lavender sweater, jeans, flats and her hair twisted in a knot turns the corner while texting a friend.

Blond 7 year old in a pink sweatshirt and pig tails runs by in her flip flops.


“There there there, it’s very good” says the 6 year old boy with a head full of curls to his dad.

Black hood. Pink lips. Blushed cheeks.

“I got a picture of”

And then it was time to meet Nik and take the bus home. I absolutely love sitting and observing life. It makes me wonder if I would have been a good contemporary anthropologist. So many people with insanely different stories, and I got to spend my time imagining what those stories might be.

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