I Left My Time, In San Francisco

I’m back, though I’m admittedly hurried because I slept too late.

Rice-A-Roni, The San Francisco Treat
I didn’t eat any Rice-A-Roni, nor did I get an opportunity to eat at an In-N-Out Burger but we made the best out of the brief amount of free time that we had in California.

We finished out meetings in Foster City a little earlier than initially scheduled, so we loaded up the rental car and drove to San Francisco.

We drove through San Francisco, down Lombard Street, to Fisherman’s Wharf (where we got out and walked up and down the piers and saw the sea lions), over the Golden Gate bridge, back over the Golden Gate bridge, made a wrong turn and headed through Golden Gate Park, drove down the Pacific Coast Highway, and then back to Foster City. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The entire time I cursed myself for only having an iPhone camera at my disposal.

The only real downside of the trip was the food that I ate, and the beer that I drank. Wednesday’s pizza lunch was delicious, but seriously, I’m making pizza at home so there’s not a whole lot of “wow” factor to pizza. Dinner on Wednesday night proved to be a bust. We walked from our hotel to a place which sounded good, “Harry’s Hofbrau”, which turned out to be “The Carvery at Harry’s Hofbrau” which was more like “odd cafeteria with to raw turkeys cooking via heat lamps at the front door.” We left immediately and wound up at a Mexican restaurant.

ITP Flickr Pics
If I had my camera I never would have had so many opportunities to capture images.

Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the north side.
San Francisco

Sun setting into the Pacific Ocean.
Pacific Coast Sunset (With People And Bird)

I doubt that I will ever get the same photographic opportunities, though I just might have to try.

Del.icio.us Is Dead, Long Live Del.icio.us
For years I’ve been using del.icio.us (now called www.delicious.com, at least until its overlord Yahoo! pulls its plug) to manage and archive my bookmarks. This week the world found out that Yahoo! fired all of the del.icio.us developers and has plans to “sunset” (read “kill”) off the service.

I am becoming increasingly frustrated with Yahoo! and am considering severing all of my connections to them. The biggest problem is that they own Flickr and it may be impossible for me to update all of the Flickr links embedded into InsideThePerimeter posts. Dangen!

Another Busy Weekend
Forget that this is a Black Sheep (and hey, guess who just bought the domain www.blacksheephash.com) weekend, this is going to be a busy one for me.

Tonight I’ll be making a trip to Variety Playhouse to see/hear Chatham County Line perform. This will be the first time that I see the boys perform in a “larger venue” so I’ll be interested to see how their one-microphone style translates. But before that, it appears that I’ll be making a stop at Six Feet Under to join some coworkers for some holiday spirits.

Tomorrow night I’ll be dining in the Inman Park area before heading over to Horizon Theatre for my annual viewing of “The Santaland Diaries.”

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous about many things
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Goodbye del.icio.us, I’m going to miss you.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~5.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 55 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 14

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

December Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run no fewer than 75 miles
– Prepare Sharpened Stone, LLC for 2011
– Lose two pounds
– Eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– A couple of secret goals which I will not divulge

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers, completed

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to I Left My Time, In San Francisco

  1. Vic says:

    I don’t know if you use Firefox or Safari, but Firefox has an add-on called X-Marks that I love.
    Yahoo bought Music Match(i think that was the name) that was what I used for all CD ripping and organizing. Then they just messed it up completely and finally dropped it. Jerks…

  2. I’ve not tried X-Marks, who nearly went out of business themselves this year and were just purchased by someone else. I may have to check them out.

  3. Barb says:

    So I have to ask – how many $$ did it cost to park to go walk around Fisherman’s Wharf for a short time?
    When we stayed a hotel right near there last spring, it cost more for parking overnight than it did for the hotel room.
    But – I really liked San Fran – we had a great impromptu pub crawl while walking down a street to get to our dinner restaurant (which of course changed to a differnt restaurant after talking to locals in the bars)

    p.s. – I like Rice-A-Roni…… and In-N-Out has a good burger, but it is more hype because we can’t get one here I think.

  4. Martha says:

    I’ve never been to San Francisco but it is near the top of my list. Really great pictures, I would have never known they were taken with just a phone (okay maybe an iPhone isn’t just a phone).

    It will be a busy weekend for me as well, I need to bake a ton of cookies for the Branan christmas/bingo party, buy a tree, pick up my “holiday hound”, try to get some exercise in and maybe look at cars (haven’t had a chance to do this yet)…plus may have to have breakfast tomorrow with Jerry’s brother and SIL when they drive through town.

    At least my Christmas shopping is complete, heading to the post office in a bit to mail off the last stuff to my niece.

  5. Dang, I just realized that I need to finish filling out and mailing some Christmas cards, else they’ll never get there in time.

  6. Barb says:

    My Christmas cards are ready at Target- hopefully Allan will pick them up this afternoon so I can get to work on them this weekend. Some of you ITP readers will be the lucky recipients – but sorry, nothing is burning on the cards this year.

  7. Martha says:

    Back from the post office, the last of my christmas shopping/gift giving is complete. Don’t expect any cards from Knott Street, it just didn’t happen this year.

    However, I did manage another purge of my closets yesterday, I’m hoping while Jerry is gone and I have time to myself I’ll be able to get lots of stuff done around the house.

  8. I’m back from the free Tin Drum lunch a coworker won for ten of us (of course we had to sit through a presentation first). Did I need another lunch today? Of course not. However, I’m considering it a very early dinner.

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