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Overheard in San Francisco

Four years ago I came to San Francisco for the first time, and the conversations in this awesome city took me by surprise in their randomness and entertainment value.

Last week I spent a few amazing days there, staying with a good friend, Erika, and basking in the brilliance of this diverse place. There were more gems to be heard, so here’s the sequel!

San Fran houses

• “Have some pizza, but only women and children! Men, you can suck on that, coz it’s women and children first!” – man giving away pizza on Haight Street

• “WOOF! Hahaha.” – a (likely) homeless man to Enzo, Erika’s dog

• “Oh shit, you really scared me, just as well I love you so much because when I jammed it in there you really gave me a fright!” – a guy on Haight St after putting a piercing in his girlfriend’s ear

• “No talking please, we’re rolling and your voices are carrying.” – production crew member outside Erika’s place

• “Yo, I got a CD, I’ve recorded the story of my life, my kids, my music, you wanna buy this, twenty dollars only!” – man on Haight St trying to sell me a CD about his life. (He really needs to go digital)

• “Oh heeeeey baaaabe.” – dude on Haight St holding a sign that read ‘CAN YOU SPARE WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET? I LOVE YOU’

• “A demon-fucking-stration? You gotta be kidding me. I don’t see no demonstration, you full o’ sheeit!” – a man on the bus to the driver after we were told to get off because of a demonstration

• “Walk faster, honey! I wanna see that JIGGLE!” – a man to a beautiful African American woman walking past him

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Photos from Alcatraz

On the first of this month Andre, Eunsoo and I made it to Alcatraz on a splendidly sunny day. The photo opportunities were plentiful but the highlight was the audio-tour….it wasn’t one of those monotone museum tours – it had variety and special effects so never a dull moment!

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The Castro District, San Francisco

If you haven’t seen Milk (starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk), you should. It’s an excellent depiction of the life of the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.

The Castro (district) became a gay centre following the Summer of Love in the neighbouring Haight-Ashbury district. When Milk began his political activity in 1972 as a gay activist the district further blossomed as a gay destination.

I took a walk up Castro Street and admired the multitudes of rainbow flags, the half-dressed mannequins in shop windows, the relaxed, cheerful crowd and the saucy, double entendre names of shops.

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The extraordinary Golden Gate Bridge

How does such a significant arterial route become such a major tourist attraction? Lesson 101 in bridge-building: Don’t make them so attractive otherwise there will be congestion every day!

The Golden Gate Bridge really did take my breath away. Could it be the reddish hue, ‘International Orange’ that coats the entire thing to prevent corrosion? Could it be the 92.7cm diameter of the two main cables? Could it be the tremendous 227.4 metre height of the towers? Or could it be the 128,747 kms of total cable wire length? Answer is ‘E’, all of the above. Plus the fact that it makes for an excellent view of San Francisco. 

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Huey Lewis and the News – Live in San Francisco!

The number of awesome music acts that are on in San Francisco blew me away. I missed out on a great festival this last weekend but managed to catch two great bands during my four days. One was Huey Lewis and the News.

The night before the show my friend Erika and I decided that we wanted to go but we thought we’d just buy tickets at the door of Mountain Winery. We arrived about a half hour before it was due to start and just as we were about to buy our tickets, the guy behind the desk said, “Here you go, have these. A man donated them to the desk so they’re yours.” We looked at the tickets – two VIP passes worth about $100 each! Needless to say, we were stoked!

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All the pretty houses in San Francisco

I loved walking around some of San Francisco’s residential areas just to see the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian style houses and buildings. ‘Painted Ladies‘ is a term for these types of houses that are painted in three or more colours to accentuate their architectural details and the most famous of these houses is the group next to Alamo Square, made famous by appearing in the credits of the late 80’s/early 90’s show Full House

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The strangest conversation I’ve ever heard on a bus

Scene – On the number 6 bus in San Francisco at peak hour in the afternoon, a man in the middle of the bus starts telling everyone on the bus about his drug addiction. Some other passengers tell him to shut up, and others contribute to the conversation.

Meth man: “Hey everybody! Guess what? Tonight I’m gonna smoke some meth! Do you know what that is?”
Old African American man (who is sitting up front): “Yeah, I know what that is! Does it make you as horny as it makes me?”
African American woman: “All I know is that it ages you 40 years in about 1 year.”
Meth man: (Nervously) Ah, haha, no it doesn’t! What it does do though is brings you closer to Jesus Christ, it’s the ONLY WAY! Who wants to smoke some meth with me?”
Old African American man (to boarding passengers): “Watch my coat! Nobody step on my coat!”
Meth man: (Desperately) “Oh man, I’m gonna get it in 3 hours, oh, I just need to make sure I get some before sunset, oh man!!! Please just let it be before sunset!”
Man sitting to my right (talking to a man that’s standing): “Um, sir? You have a toothpick sticking out of your pants.”
Toothpick man: “Oh, thanks.” (Tucks it into his pocket)
Meth man (after incomprehensible mumbling): “FURTHERMORE, let me tell you something. A man can eat a 10 pound steak and NOTHING CHANGES!”
Old African American man: “Now you just ain’t makin’ any sense. I’d shut up now if I were you.”
Meth man: “Ahaha, do you speak Greek? Are you saying that I’m speaking Greek?”
Old African American man: “Do I LOOK like I can speak Greek to you?”
Man to my left starts reciting Greek grammar from a huge book, and I am left wondering if I’ve been drugged.

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