And everybody was pillow fighting…

Posted on February 24th, 2009 by win
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at Justin Herman Plaza across the street from the Ferry Building at Embarcadero.

On Valentine’s Day 2009,  couples and singles (and I guess triples) alike joined in the largest, fluffiest, most insane pillow fight I’d ever seen - the Great San Francisco Pillow Fight 2009.  Besides, what better way to say those three little words than with constant beatings in the face with a large rectangular mass of feathers.  Unfortunately, being the tree-hugger I am I decided not to participate in the actual fight because all of my pillows were of the polyester or memory-foam type.  Neither of which are as earth-friendly as feathers strewn about the ground.  Nonetheless, I had a great time watching others enjoy the random acts of violence across the park.

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To give perspective on the sheer number of pillow soldiers there, at a few points during the night I do a 360 with my video-cam setting and all you can see are pillows and feathers flying in all corners of the park.  By my estimates, there were 5 kajillion people there - give or take a few kajillion.

Hopefully next year I’ll get to spread the love from face to face to ribs to shoulder to mouth…

For videos and more pics of the fight check the flickr.

Like a vulture, I scavenged the city…

Posted on February 18th, 2009 by win
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in search of all of its eccentricities including its random plaques, emergency fire hose outlets, streetlight control boxes, locksmith signs and sidewalk graffitti.  As random as these items all may seem, a rhyme did in fact play along with the reason we had to find each and every artifact.
Two weekends ago I participated in the [...]

This year I resolve to…

Posted on February 4th, 2009 by win
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..blog more.
And here we begin with the list:

Learn to play the guitar - I’ve recently begun weekly guitar lessons with a hippie-ish mandolin/guitar player who lives in the MIssion district.  I can now successfully play “This Land is our Land” and strum the chords for “Green Day’s - Good Riddance”.
Take up rock-climbing - [...]

Life moves pretty fast…

Posted on December 10th, 2008 by win
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If you forget to blog about it, who’s going to know it ever happened?
I admit I’ve neglected this blog for the past couple weeks.  I apologize to anyone who still reads this and especially Jody, who was the first from the Virginians to keep this lonely expat entertained for an entire weekend.
After a rocky and [...]

Muir Woods and Alcatraz

Posted on November 25th, 2008 by win
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filled up most of our day on Saturday.  We headed out to Muir Woods - about 30 - 45 minute drive from the city - around 10 am or so.  Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge was a surprisingly cool trek.  The clouds covering most of the bridge and the way up ahead definitely created [...]

Bittersweet

Posted on November 19th, 2008 by win
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would probably be the best way to describe last weekend - which started with my very first visitor. The first, I hope, of many.
Jody came on Thursday night. It was really nice to see someone from home - I almost missed it a little less. So when I met up with her [...]

A walk in the park…

Posted on October 21st, 2008 by win
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ended up turning into a whole-day event when I decided to hang out at the Golden Gate Park some Saturday morning.  After a 45-minute bus ride from my old Noe Valley sublet I was wandering the park aimlessly trying to remember where I was supposed to meet the church youth group I was planning on [...]

My little apartment in San Francisco…

Posted on October 16th, 2008 by win
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via video..ooohhhhhh
Thanks for watching.

Every city has its idiosyncracies…

Posted on October 12th, 2008 by win
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and San Francisco is definitely no exception.  There is no question that San Francisco, with its colorful people, eccentric past, and vibrant present stands as one of the most unique American cities.  Besides the small restaurants and boutique stores that make up most of the commercial areas in the city, its uniqueness flows even into [...]

It took me 20 minutes to walk to work today…

Posted on October 8th, 2008 by win
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and it was sweeet.  Walking down through the heart of the Tenderloin is not something to be done at any time other than busy working hours they say.  The truth is, there is plenty still to see even when the sun is up and the shadows are gone.  Ten minutes into my jaunt to the [...]