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Sleeping in a strange bed

I'm a long way from home this week--in San Francisco, to be precise. We got here Sunday and we're heading back home Friday. I'll admit it, I'm a homebody and I miss my house and my cats. It's an encouraging thing to have the Internet. I feel like I'm at least marginally connected to my "real" life.

Everything seems to be closed on Thanksgiving except the zoo, so I guess that's what we'll do Thursday. We bought a pass that lets us go to many of the museums, plus functions as a bus pass, too. We got a BIG dose of the city riding the bus in Chinatown, lemme tell ya. Also, we're staying in the Tenderloin District, which now as I look at an online guide claims to be one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. Well, we did think it seemed seedy and noticed a lot of people who smelled like pee talking to themselves. But it was no worse than Chicago. (My SO lived in a neighborhood that seemed on par with this one.) We went to the big pier/tourist neighborhood yesterday and both thought we were happier to be staying somewhere authentic rather than a creepy tourist trap.

I never thought I'd say hooray for Starbucks, but hooray for Starbucks. I've been crabby living off starch and grease, and they had a breakfast plate with fruit, cheese and a hard-boiled egg. I feel almost human again. (We have a Starbucks gift card I got for free from my Discover rewards, so it's almost like Starbucks is free, too. Though I do feel bad that it's not an authentic SF experience.) The authentic SF breakfast experience yesterday had ants crawling on the tabletop, though.

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deborak
Nov. 25th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I've been to SF twice, and something creepy happened to me both times, lol.
jordan_c_price
Nov. 27th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I'll ask you what after I get home! Today was somewhat miserable (raining, slippery shoes, and seemingly waiting for various buses for hours) but it was punctuated by some interesting things.
rbm00
Nov. 25th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I went to Chinatown in SF, and there was this lady selling hair bands made out of used(?) condoms. Hella gross...
jordan_c_price
Nov. 27th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
We were so burned out by the time we got to Chinatown, I probably wouldn't have even noticed. But, eew.
blue_jay12345
Nov. 25th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I hate tourists traps as well. The first time I went to the US I visited a friend of mine who lives in Oklahoma and we just drove around in a big red pick-up truck for about two weeks (which of course is nothing special to you I suppose, but to me who had never travelled farther than from The Netherlands to the UK, it was a real adventure). It was just great. I got to see things no one else in my country ever got to see and I'm still using the experience when I'm teaching. However, missed my cat too ....
jordan_c_price
Nov. 27th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
I like driving around, too. We can usually tell you what's fun within 1-2 hours from our house in any direction. But farther than that, we start getting crabby and missing our house.
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