Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

I got up nice and early this morning.  Which is pretty amazing because I've been so slack since Wednesday.  I was eager to get back on my bike.  I headed off Corbett to Portola to Woodside to Dewey to Taravel and down to the coast.  I came up the Great Highway and stopped at Judah for a pic of the sun just starting to rise:



I continued on the Great Highway to Geary to 34th and up to the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  I got a nice shot of sunrise behind Pax Jerusalemme.  Pretty:



And a slightly blurry Palace of the Legion of Honor with reflection:



Me:



I got on Camino Del Mar and rode through Seacliff into Lincoln in the Presidio.  I stopped a little west of the Golden Gate bridge for pics.  Nice:





I stayed on Lincoln and stopped a little East of the Golden Gate Bridge for another view:



Lincoln to Halleck to Old Mason to Marina Blvd and stopped at the Palace of Fine Arts for pics.  Love it here:





Unbelievable architecture:





I took Bay to Scott to Chestnut to Polk to Pacific.  I saw this pretty apartment building on Pacific at Gough (I think)



Such fine detail:



I continued on Pacific to Webster.  This is one of the many pretty apartment buildings on Webster in Pacific Heights:



I continued on Webster.  This is the view up Grove from Webster.



I continued on Webster to Hermann to Church to Market to 17th to Ord and home to get cleaned up for work.  I came in on Muni.  It isn't my favorite transit but I'm gonna have to live with it. 

Check out my Christmas decoration:




Bike Mileage:

                 
Today19.4
Week to date19.4
Month to date779.8
Year to date7,579.0
Rolling Year8,285.6
Since Inception 10/1/0720,856.7

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

We got up and took Mom to the airport for her 7:45 flight and then I started cooking.  I had to have Beau, Buzz, and David over to talk about the CAT2 series and since I was cooking anyway I thought I'd invite other people and have a girly tea party.  Except we're San Francisco fags and most of us drank wine instead of tea.  I made a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, a butter cake that I'd made before, banana cake that was left over from Thanksgiving, maple pecan scones, and this delicious almond cherry sauce that was vegan and I found myself eating by the spoonful.  We had a pretty good turnout. 

Topher is on my bike team and is a really strong rider.  My hope is too fatten him up to the point that I can keep up with him.  Cue fourth piece of cake:



Wanderson is also on my bike team and is planning on tenting with me on the Lifecycle this year unless he manages to figure out how big of a loser I am before then.  Cue amnesia drugs:



Mr. Chris, David, and Sofi showed up.  With wine.  Always a good idea:



They also brought adorable twink Alex:



Ben and Courtnety showed!  I was expecting Courtney but Ben made an appearance which means he's going to have to do his community service another weekend.  They're recently engaged which is fantastic:



We also got a visit from adorable Richard who brought Mr. Poe his favorite Hawaiian cookies which he greedily squirreled away for another day.



Nathan and Russ.  Frequent visitors:



Poor Rufus and Ashley were totally wiped out by the end of the day:



"Stay away from my fucking toys."



Worn out from a long day of hatin':



Everybody cleared out by 5 and we had dinner and walked the dogs.  I was totally worn out by 7PM.  Again. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I got up early and Mom and I walked the dogs down to Dolores Park and then we had brunch and headed downtown.  First stop was the Hyatt hotel.  Mr. Poe had heard that their Christmas decorations had crossed over into the spectacular this year.  We weren't disappointed:









They have several unbelievably elaborate Christmas villiages:







Mom and Mr. Poe:



Then we headed off for the Ferry Building.  There's an ice skating rink at Justin Hermann Plaza:



We wandered around the Ferry Building.  This is mom and I at the dock with bonus seagull:



We headed off to my office to print mom's boarding pass and then headed off to Chinatown.  We stopped at Old Saint Mary's which mom tells me counts as going to church, and then we headed off to Union Square.  There's an ice skating rink there too and the Christmas tree is up:



The tree is also up at Neiman Marcus.  Fabulous:





Neiman Marcus's distinctive facade:



The windows at Macy's have adopatable pets from the SPCA again.  They're so cute:



Santa in California is a bit thinner than Santa elsewhere:



Check out this sulky thing:



You will pay for this affront, humans:



Pouty puppy:



Macy is all decked out for Christmas:



We headed up to Holiday Lane which is up on a high floor in Macy which has a fabulous view of Union Square:





They have some super fantastic Christmas trees at Holiday Lane:







From there we headed off to the Asian Art Museum to have a look at the new Burmese exhibit.  It's really fantastic and is highly recommended.  I immediately felt a little stupid because I thought that Burma and Siam were pretty much interchangeable and that's totally not the case.  The textiles that are in the exhibit were my favorite.  Very delicate and intricate.  So fabulous.  After the exhibit we headed up to the reading room.  This is the dome in the main staircase.  Perfection:



Then we headed off to see a floor of the permanent collection.  They have these recent Chinese prints on display.  So fabulous:



You know I love me some pottery:





And I also love me some textiles.  This one is so intricate.  And so sophisticated.  Likey:



Unbelievable detail:





I take a picture of this Japanese funerary urn every time I'm at the Asian Art Museum.  I think it's because it looks like he's disco dancing:



My mom thought this armor looked like a pre-Darth Vader:



I love the detail:



I love these very intricate Japanese bamboo baskets.  They're so incredible sophisticated.   They look so organic but they're very deliberate and very fabulous:





Then we headed home.  We took an N to Noe and then walked home on Castro.  There's a fabulous place on Castro between Duboce and 14th that's so incredibly fantastic:





Then we headed home for snack.   It was about time.