Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday, September 30

I managed to drag my ass out of bed at a respectable hour this morning and then headed off on my bike.  I took 17th to Eureka to 18th to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey to Plymouth to Montecito to Eastwood to Westwood to Wildwood to Faxon to De Montefort to Ashton to Head to Holloway to Font to Lake Merced to Skyline to the Great Highway.  I came up the coast and went into Golden Gate Park at JFK and then followed it to the Panhandle.  Then I took Baker to McAllister.  This is the cool sculpture on the State Building at Van Ness and McAllister:



I continued on McAllister to Larkin to O'Farrell.  Apartment building like this are a very common sight in San Francisco.  This one is pretty and caught my attention while I was waiting for a light:



I continued on O'Farrell to Taylor where I saw this pretty mural.  I think it's Chinese and it's all shades of fabulous:



Me on Taylor:



I continued on Taylor to Post.  This building on Post at Grant is recently refurbuished and it's so pretty on the exterior.  Me likey:



I continued on Post to Kearny to Bush to Sansome and into work.

Monday, September 29

I was a complete wreck in the morning because we'd gotten in so late that I just came down Market into work.  But after work I rode a little.  I headed off 2nd to Howard to 11th to Harrison to 24th to Treat to 26th to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey to North Gate to Upland to Manor.  This is the City College from Manor:



Me:



Pretty Spanish home with an enormous palm tree:



I continued on Manor to Kenwood.  This is the view West towards the ocean from Kenwood and West Gate.  You can see the sun peeking through the fog.  Pretty:



I continued on West Gate to Ocean.  This is the interesting Ingleside signs where West Gate turns into Cerritos:



I continued on Cerritos to Winston to Lake Merced.  I think these people are practicing for the Dragon Boat Races that are coming up this weekend and that you can read more about here





I continued on Lake Merced to Skyline to the Great Highway.  I came up the coast and took Taravel to Merced to Hernandez to Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  We went to bed really early.  It was a looooong day.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                         28.4
Week to date                               28.4
Month to date                            647.1
Year to date                            8,275.6

Remaining to Goal                   1,724.4
Over (Under) plan                      816.6


Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28

Sunday rolled around and it was time to head back to San Francisco.  Huzzah!  I managed to get us a little lost getting to the airport (I blame the map) but we finally managed to get there.  Check in and security were both reall fast so ended up with a couple of hours in the A side of the terminal to kill.  The A side is connected with two satellites, Airside 1 and airside 2, that are connected by train.  I wish you could walk between them.  There's a walkway but it's closed.  Both airsides are under construction with Airside 2 being a little farther along than Airside 1.  I'm not sure which of these this is.  You can see the walkway they won't let you use between the two sets of tracks:



Looking back towards the terminal



Jetblue coming in:






Southwest:



Delta:



Aircraft at the gate:















Oh Air Canada.  Must it be mint??



American Airlines 1315 Dep MCO 3:45PM Arr MIA 4:50PM 757

This was a very short flight with no drink service.  We departed and arrived on time.



I had a window so I could get some pics.  Orlando tower:



UPS:



I could see a storm brewing after we took off:





Coming into MIA





Cargo at MIA:



British Airways 747:



Virgin 747:



Iberia A340.  I don't see a lot of these and we don't get Iberia in San Francisco so this was my favorite find of the day.  I love Iberia's livery.  It's retro and modern at the same time.



Lots of American at MIA:







Storm rolling in ....



Fantastic terminal:



It was already raining by the time we got to the gate.  Pretty soon it was pouring rain and the airport was shut for I think two hours.  Ugh.  What a mess.  My flight was to San Francisco was delayed for three hours.  Luckily, MIA has had a lot of construction and the result is really pretty and spacious.  The roof leaks, but I'm not sure if that's because they haven't finished it yet. 



Reminder of Pan Am:



Pretty terminal D:



It wasn't so bad to be stuck in.  People who had
landed later than us were stuck in their aircraft on the tarmac for two hours so I'm not complaining.  I think American did there best to keep it all together but they could have given us more updates and the electronic signs at the gate puzzlingly didn't update with the new departure times which was kind of confusing.  We finally boarded our 757 at about 9:30 and then we had to wait on the tarmac.  They removed four passengers from the aircraft before we left for excessive drunkenness.  I think.  They'd been drinking for hours at the bar across from the gate and had been getting increasingly loud and obnoxious.  They actually seemed a little surprised that they were being removed.  Hint.  When the gate agent tells you to talk to her in the hall and to please bring your luggage, you aren't going on that flight.  I wonder if they were rebooked on a later flight or whether they were just left to their own devices.  I'm guessing the latter.  One of their friends was not yanked from the flight and he looked like he just wanted to crawl under a rock and die of embarrassment.  I've been there, baby.

American Airlines 1817 Dep MIA 10:30PM Arr SFO 1:30AM 757

I'm guessing that it was as long and unlpleasant a day for the crew everybody was really nice.  There was a single drink service along with the crappy food for sale they had on the inbound but they also had sandwiches.  The flight attendants walked around with water the whole time and tried to be helpful but everybody on the flight was just wiped out because most of us had been up almost 24 hours by the time the flight landed.  And I couldn't sleep a bit.  We finally got into SFO and then we waited for out luggage and went and got the car and headed home to see the dogs.  They were all very, very happy to see us.

I liked flying American and would connect in Dallas again to go to Orlando but not Miami.  Weather or no weather, it's still a five and half hour flight from MIA to SFO and if I'm going to have to connect, I'd rather connect halfway in Dallas on American or Albuquerque on Southwest so that the segments are shorter.

Saturday, September 27

Saturday, we headed off to Celebration which is how Disney envisioned small towns should be if they were meticulously planned and micromanaged.  It was a drive.  Which everything in the Orlando area is.  But we did get to see the wizard themed gift shop.  I heart it:



Celebration is architecturally interesting in that it doesn't have a homogenous style but instead the buildings represent a progression as if the city was founded in the early 1800's and slowly grew into the charming resort town it is today.  It reminds me a bit of Petaluma, CA in that it's a little town with great architecture and lots of money:



We stopped for Pizza and this squirrel tapped me on the arm to get some grub.  Help a squirrel out!



The deco inspired movie theater is fantastic:



The view across the lake to the hotel:



Downtown from the far side of the lake:



Sign at the lake:



We got a little lost and it took us about 45 minutes to figure out how to get out of Celebration.  But we managed.  Then we headed home because Mr. Poe was making ribs.