June 22nd, 2009

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made it through the weekend with my body parts (mostly) intact

The synchronization of C having a weekend free from work; GGAFL playing footy games at a field just south of San Francisco, and Sunday being Father's Day, made for the perfect circumstances to go to the city for the weekend! We drove down Friday night, checked into a hotel South of Market, and made our way to dinner.

In celebration of my first "big game" of footy we had dinner at South, an "Australian Foot + Wine Bar" near AT&T Park. The food was very tasty, and the dukka encrusting my chicken, along with the pavlova I had for dessert, were both very Australian (according to the footy folks the next day).

Saturday we were up at a reasonable hour, eventually got breakfast at a small cafe near the hotel, then made our way via BART and bus to Gellert Park in Daly City for footy. C and E stopped off at the mall while A and I went to the field. I got there rather early which gave me plenty of warming up time. People, many with Australian accents, started showing up and all of a sudden we were getting ready for a game of footy!

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Post-footy a couple folks gave us a ride back to the hotel, which was very nice of them. This allowed us to rest up before dinner, which was very very nice (lying in bed, legs up on pillows, felt *really* good). Dinner was at an Indian restaurant across the street from the hotel. The food was solid, but the chicken tikka masala was excellent and made everything better.

After dinner, C and I went to ACT to see "At Home at the Zoo" by Edward Albee. Overall we liked the production but thought there were some problems with the first act both in terms of play and in terms of the connection (or lack thereof) between the actors.

Dessert was at Colibri, a nice Mexican restaurant across the street from the theatre, where we had drinks and some tasty fancy churros and a nice mixed-mousse dish.

Sunday we got up early, packed everything, checked out, grabbed breakfast at the hotel Starbucks, then headed out to Pier 33 to go to Alcatraz. I've lived in or near the SF Bay Area for 26 years and I've never been to Alcatraz. Shame on me. Alcatraz was very neat, especially the guided audio tour which used first-person accounts to really put me into the life of the criminals and guards on the island. Also, it was a crystal-clear day in San Francisco and the views were spectacular!

After Alcatraz we strolled down the Embarcadero to Pier 45 and the Fisherman's Wharf area, where we had a late lunch then went to Musee Mechanique. The Mechanique was much fun, with many many old-style coin-op "arcade" machines I remembered from my youth, especially the ones that were pre-digital (old style pinball, arm wrestling machines, hockey games, etc). There are also machines that go back to the early 1900s (way before my time). The kids liked checking out all the old machines.

Finally, it was a bus ride back to the hotel where we collected our bags, trudged off to BART to El Cerrito, and then drove home. We stopped at a roadside fruit stand outside Davis that we've long seen but never tried and came back with much delicious produce. At home everyone took showers, ate fruit, and relaxed. I ended up falling asleep on the couch about 9:30 while doing a crossword puzzle.

It was an excellent Fathers Day weekend and I had a great time! Thanks to C, E, and A for such a great weekend present!
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm "yeff")

  • 09:42 Mon (morn) puzzles: jumble = 1:22 (eh); nyt xword = 4:12 (solid). T, 5D = decries #fb #
  • 15:05 so much for that on-sale bag of Peet's chocolate covered cranberries. They were delicious. #
  • 21:12 catching up on email, watching "Cry the Beloved Country" with E and C #
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