Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday, December 30

I loitered around the house until 4PM watching cartoons but I finally made it out on my bike.  I rode 18th to Valencia to Mission to Richland to College to Murray into Saint Mary's Park.  Then I rode over 280 on the pedestrian footbridge and then Cambridge to Bacon to Girard to Woolsey to San Bruno Ave into Bayshore to Guadalup Canyon Parkway into East Market where I took this pic of a cool pool hall:




I continued on E Market to Washington to 87th to South Mayfair to John Daly Blvd to Skyline into the Great Highway and then up the coast.  I turned to Cabrillo to 32nd to El Camino Del Mar to Lake to Arguello to Clay to Fillmore to Broadway, through the Broadway tunnel (eek!) to Columbus to Montgomery to Market to 17th and then home.  I made my goal for the quarter!

Bike Mileage:
Today                               31.2
Week to date                  189.7
Month to date                 845.8
Quarter to date            2,523.1
Over goal                           2.5

Friday, December 28

After work I rode out 2nd to Howard to 11th to Harrison to 25th to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose Ave to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey to Santa Clara to Portola to Corbett and then home.  I noted that people are already taking down their Christmas decorations.  Which made me sad.

Bike Mileage:
Today                               26.6
Week to date                  158.5
Month to date                 814.6
Quarter to date            2,491.9
Remaining to goal             28.7
Over(Under) plan             53.5

Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday, December 28

Rain!  Cold!  Yuck!  It was one of those mornings where I just wanted to stay in bed with the dogs and watch cartoons but I knew I had some biking to do so I got on my bike and headed off Corbett to Mars where I realized I'd forgotten my backpack and had to go back home back to Corbett to Portola to Woodside to Dewey to Taravel and then down to the coast.  I came up the Great Highway and went into the park at MLK.  I crossed over to JFK at the Chain of Lakes and followed JFK into the panhandle.  I came down the panhandle to Baker to McAllister to Larkin.  This fantastic building is at Larkin and O'Farrell and I will be returning when it's nicer outside and I have more time to take better pics of it:



I continued on Larkin to Bush.  This is the view down Bush from Mason:



And this is me at Bush and Montomery:



I continued on Bush to Sansome.  This is Sansome Street from California:



I continued on Sansome into work.
Thursday, December 27

After work I headed off Howard to 11th to Harrison to 25th to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose Ave to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey to Plymouth to Montecito to Westwood to Wildwood where I saw this well lighted house:



I continued on Wildwood to Faxon to Ocean to Country CLub to Lake Merced to Herbst into Zoo to Skyline to the Great Highway and then up the coast.  A storm was coming in and I could see that surf was crazy and the whole highway smelled ocean-licious.  I turned on Cabrillo to Arguello to McAllister to Stanyon to Hayes to Scott to Duboce to Castro to 17th and then home.

Bike Mileage:
Today                              45.1
Week to date                  131.9
Month to date                 788.0
Quarter to date            2,465.3
Remaining to goal             55.3
Over(Under) plan             54.3

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thursday, December 27

It was cold this morning!  I got bundled up and headed out on the bike anyway.  I went Corbett to Portola to Fowler to Teresita to Foerster to Monterey to Plymouth to Northwood to Westwood to Wildwood where I got a beautiful view of the sun rising behind San Bruno Mountain:



I continued on Wildwood to Faxon to Holloway to Lake Merced to Skyline to Sloat to the Great Highway and then I headed up the coast.  I went into Golden Gate Park at JFK and headed for Sprekels lake.  It was very peaceful this morning:



And one of me as well:



I came out of the park at 36th and then took Cabrillo to Arguello to McAllister to Parker to Golden Gate.  This was the view down Golden Gate this morning.  The beautiful tower on Rincon Hill is prominent.  You can see it from everywhere:



I continued on Golden Gate to Market to Sansome and then into work.
Wednesday, December 26

I slept in a little and so I just came down Market and into work.  Over lunch, I took a few shots around Union Square.  This is the Phelan Building at O'Farrell and Market:



And this is the building that houses Forever 21.  Blissfully, the building has finer detail than the clothes:





At home, Sofi was still pissing Mimi off:



Here are Rufus and Sofi waiting for Mr. Poe:



And Mimi looking harmless.  Trickery!



After work I headed out Sutter to Fillmore to Clay to Arguello to Lake to 28th to California to 32nd to Clement into Seal Rock to Point Lobos to the Great Highway and then down the coast.  I came up on Vicente into Santa Clara to Monterey to Diamond to Chenery to Randall to San Jose to 30th to Mission to Valencia to 18th to Diamond to 17th and then home.

Bike Mileage:
Today                              28.8
Week to date                   86.8
Month to date                 742.9
Quarter to date            2,420.2
Remaining to goal           100.4
Over(Under) plan             36.6

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tuesday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

I got up nice and early and headed off on my bike.  I headed down 18th to Dolores to 19th where I saw this beautiful lighted tree. 



I continued on to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey to Plymouth to Montecito to Northwood to Westwood to Wildwood to Faxon to Holloway to Font to Lake Merced to John Daly where I got this great view of the sun rising behind San Bruno mountain:



I continued on John Daly to Skyline where I got this beautiful view of the coast with Marin Headlands and Mount Tam in the background:



I came up the coast and got on the Great Highway and rode that up to Geary and then to the Palace of the Legion on Honor.  It was a cold, clear morning and there was a great view of downtown from there:



The museum looked gorgeous in the morning light:



As did I:



I went down Camino del Mar to Lincoln in the Presidio.  There wasn't a lot of bridge traffic which is really rare:



I continued on Lincoln and then made my way down to Crissy Field.  This is the Golden Gate Bridge rising behind the old hanger buildings on Crissy Field:



I continued past Crissy Field and then I went through the Marina and then over Fort Mason and up Columbus to Montgomery.  The Financial District was deserted:



I continued on Montgomery to Market and then home.  The dogs were very happy to see me.  Even sweet little Sofi:



I got changed and we headed off for the spectacular brunch I was taking Mr. Poe to at the Top of the Mark.  We drove because I didn't think he'd be able to do a lot of walking after a buffet lunch.  I was right.  This is the Masonic Auditorium on California on Nob Hill.  It's modern and fabulous:





Are these the Village People??  I think they are:



This is the Flood Mansion dates from 1886 and you can read more about it here.  It's currently the home of the Pacific Union Club.





Hello gorgeous!



This is the Fairmont Hotel:



This is the Mark Hopkins Hotel.  The Top of the Mark is the fabulous restaurant on the top floor of it.



I think this is my favorite hotel in the city because the interiors are swanky and cool without being too crazy-opulent like the Palace or the Fairmont:

  

We got one of the nicest tables in the restaurant:  right at a window with fantastic views west and north:







The other side of the restaurant had a great view of Union Square.  It had a rare view of one of my favorites, 450 Sutter the Maya Revival building:



  

Here is Mr. Poe about to dive into plate #3 from the buffet.  I wanted to document it in case the cardiologist wanted to know what he'd eaten that day:



After a couple of hours I managed to roll him out of the hotel and we headed back to the car.  This is the pretty view South from the driveway of the hotel:



This is the view down Taylor at the new Federal building I like so much:



We went home and Mr. Poe had to sleep off brunch for a couple of hours.  I took Rufus and Sofi to the park so they would be nice and sleepy for when the guests came.  We were at the park for an hour and a half and they were practically comatose by the time we got home.  Here I am with Rufus and Ashley:



And just Rufus and Ashley.  Rufus is such a good boy with the new puppy:



Russ and the Fangs came over for dinner and it was really fun.  Mr. Poe managed to roust himself from his shellfish induced coma and made a delicious Italian meal.  I still managed to go to be early. It had been a long, fun, day.

Bike Mileage:
Today                              27.8
Week to date                   58.0
Month to date                 714.1
Quarter to date            2,391.4
Remaining to goal           129.2
Over(Under) plan             35.2

Monday, December 24

I headed right home after work and we went to the Gay Men's Chorus at the Castro Theatre and then out to dinner and then right to bed.  Long ass day.

Bike Mileage:
Today                              30.2
Week to date                   30.2
Month to date                 686.3
Quarter to date             2,363.6
Remaining to goal            157.0
Over(Under) plan             34.8

Monday, December 24, 2007

Monday, December 24

I headed off Corbett to Portola to Fowler to Teresita where I saw this fabulous Holiday display.  I like anything giant and inflatable:





I continued on Teresita to Monterey to Plymouth to Montecito to Westwood to Wildwood to Faxon to DeMontfort where I got a great view of the beautiful moon:



And also Saint Emydius:



I continued on DeMontfort to Ashton where I saw this bungalow being raised to add a floor underneath.  Such an interesting process to watch:



I continued on Ashton to Holloway to Font to Lake Merced to Skyline to Sloat and down to the Ocean.  I came up the Great Highway to Cabrillo to 42nd to Geary.  This is a pic of the big Russian Orthodox church on Geary.  So pretty in the morning light:



  

And one of me as well:



A few blocks down the street is Saint Monica's:





I took 23rd to Lake to Arguello into the Presidio.  I came out of the Presidio at the Lombard Gate and rode Greenwich to Polk to Broadway to Battery to Sacramento to Sansome and into work.