"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted." -- Bill Bryson

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Addenndum To Some SanFran Posts

Remember the Musee Mecanique? Well, in the Musee Mecanique they had these for sale:

It's a collection of all the photos left in the photo booth over the years. It's very similar to the movie Amelie (where Amelie collected photos left in photo booths). Well, as a super surprise, Sarah got me one of these collections for Christmas! It is super cool.

San Francisco: Day 3, Part 2

Once we meet up with Rachel, we get all dolled up for a night out. First stop is Hol's house for a BBQ. I don one of my new outfits from the day's shopping and we hop the BART across to the "East Bay" or Oakland area.

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Hol picks us up from the station and we join the party. Interesting people, and good food. Of course, it's Saturday, so we cannot justify wasting a night at a house in Oakland. San Francisco calls. We hitch a ride in the back of a van owned by a couple of Hol's friends back to the BART.

Here we are stuffed into the back of the van:

We arrive back in The Mission District and head to our first destination: Beauty Bar. I've now officially been to Beauty Bar in three separate cities (Austin, SanFran & New York City). The interesting thing about Beauty Bar is that it is sort of a 'hipster' bar. This is ironic because generally, hipsters look down their nose at chain stores/businesses. I can only assume that most of the hipsters that frequent Beauty Bar are unaware of its other locations. But back to the matter at hand...this Beauty Bar is tiny. Hardly any room to get up to the bar and definitely no room to dance. Sarah even finds it pretty much impossible to get to the restroom. We decide to drink our drinks as quickly as possible...but luckily we're slow enough that we get to witness the drunkest woman in the world fall off a minuscule stage in the corner. The stage is only large enough for two dancing people and she manages to spill sideways into the crowd, right off the stage. Miraculously she wobbles back to the stage and drunkenly crawls back on. I can only admire her persistence.

We escape Beauty Bar and head off to a bar that is much more my style, called Kilowatt (sadly they don't have their own website). I'd consider it a 'metal bar.' We find a spot at the bar to admire the tattoos of all the bartenders. Next to Sarah is a man that we dub '1984' (real name: Sean). He has Dee Snider's hair from the We're Not Gonna Take It video but in black.

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He also has a leather studded jacket, a tattoo of the grim reaper and leather fingerless gloves. Needless to say, he was very amusing. At one point he asks us to watch his stuff while he goes to the restroom and I managed to take this photo of myself.

The evening is filled with delightful San Francisco characters besides Mr. 1984. We also meet a couple of guys who introduce themselves as Lion and Dragon. Being both completely non-intimidating we learn that their real names are much less scary than Lion and Dragon. We close Kilowatt down and head back to Rachel's apartment for some sleep. A rather fun night, overall.