Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunday I ended up cancelling my planned Different Spokes ride because I felt really crappy in the morning.  I was still wiped out from my adventure in moving crockery on Friday and the prospect of riding out the Point Reyes Station and dealing with that horrible bridge congestion in both directions was very unappealing.  I hung around the house and felt generally better as the day progressed.  It was a good decision.

Sunday night we had a dinner party for our friend David's birthday.  I broke out all of my new kitchen stuff and made these fabulous little ruben paninis for appetizers and then I made ice cream to go with the maple pear upsidedown cake that I'd made for dessert.  Mr. Poe made pork tenderloin, fried rice, and salad.  I had a really good time-- perhaps too good of a time because I had a nasty headache for some reason the next morning.  I worked from home until lunch and then headed down to the office on Muni.  After work, I walked home.  I had a bunch of errands to run for Mr. Poe's upcoming birthday and I hadn't walked home from work for a while.  First I headed to Union Square and then I headed towards Japantown.  I love the painting on this building.  I've eaten there a couple of times back when my friend Quela used to live in the neighborhood and if memory serves the food is pretty nasty:

What caught my eye was the World Famous Hot Corned Beef Cocktails.  God bless the Irish:

I made my way over to the Cathedral which is jaw droppingly well designed:

Then I headed over to Japantown:

The inside of Japantown Center:

This is the pretty bridge over Geary at Webster:

Then I headed over to the Fillmore.  Which gets nicer every day.  This is the Raymond Kimbell playground which had both football and soccer matches going on:

I headed home through Alamo square.  Sadly, I couldn't get everything I needed for Mr. Poe's birthday dinner at Molly Stone's so I'm going to have to go to more grocery stores.  We had dinner and went to bed.  Long day.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I felt pretty crappy when I got up.  I didn't pull anything lugging all of my crap back from Crate and Barrell but my whole body felt used and abused.  I had a ride on the calendar and it was pretty short so I went on it.  We headed over to Marin Headlands.  I'm not going over the Golden Gate Bridge again on a bike until they have the west span reopened and not even then if it's open to pedestrians.  It's a complete shit show getting over that bridge and should be avoided.  I think I'm gonna start driving over and parking at Mike's in Sausalito.  I don't know what else to do. 

We headed over to Rodeo Beach first.  Which is always fun to visit and beautiful:


Sophie and Travis--

There were a bunch of students studying the flora:

Some of them were cute little cubs with smart pink ties:

From Rodeo Beach we headed over to Hawk Hill where sadly it was too foggy to see much:

The sun was peekin' out on my way down Conzelman:

We headed back over the bridge which was a total eek and then I headed home for dinner.  I was totally beat.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date120.2
Month to date245.4
Year to date4,435.9
To Goal3,564.1
Over (Under) plan(802.5)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(1,091.0)
Rolling Year6,248.2
Since Inception 10/1/0732,941.4

Friday, August 26, 2011

I was feeling pretty tired on Friday morning and I elected to come in on the train instead of biking.  I planned to ride on both Saturday and Sunday and I wanted to make sure I was up for it.  I had a bunch of errands to run over lunch and I decided to add a little to that and went for a walk.  First I walked through Chinatown and took a bunch of pics:

Grant Street:

I love the outta-sight! color scheme on this building.  Fabulous:

I love this mural on Trenton and Pacific.  It's spectacular:

Pretty Our Lady of Guadalupe church:

The view from Ina Coolbrith Park:

I love this awesome house.  It has fabulous Maya Revival detail and if google maps is to be trusted, it has five levels:

The view down Pacific from Taylor:

Huntington Park:

The Mark Hopkins:

Looking south from California and Mason:

I headed into Union Square to run errands.  One of which was about sixty pounds of stuff from Crate and Barrell that I had to lug back to work and then to the train and then up the hill.  I know I should have taken cabs.  But I'm a cyclist and cabs are the enemy.  Also, I'm too cheap.  By the time I got home I was way more tired than I would have been if I'd gone riding.  Mr. Poe was at a movie so I had dinner with Mr. Chris, David, and Alex and then I went home and went to bed.  Long ass day.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday I came into work Market to 14th to Folsom to 2nd to Market to Sansome and into work.  I headed home for lunch and went for a nice ride after work.  I headed off 2nd to Howard to 11th into Bryant to Precita to Mission to Richmond to Leese to Crescent to Agnon to Justin to Murray and into St. Mary's Park. The playground there is recently redone and looks fantastic:

Below that is a nice big dog park that always seems to be scantily attended:

I used the footbridge to cross the 280 and then took Cambridge to Bacon.  The big water reservoir in the Portola District used to be a farm  There are a couple of remnants.  The first is the farmhouse which is now an administrative building:

I continued on Bacon to Hamilton where I had a look at the other remnant of the old farm.  The old greenhouses which make a gorgeous ruin:

Still lots of roses in there:

I took Woolsey to San Bruno and got a a pic of San Bruno Mountain from around Somerset:

I continued on San Bruno to Bayshore to Visitacion and up into McLaren Park where it was very, very foggy.  I got on Mansell and stopped for a pic where there would be a grand view of downtown if it wasn't so foggy.

I continued on Mansell into Persia to Ocean to Alemeny to Roussea to Still to Lyell to Bosworth to Milton to San Jose to Duncan to valencai.  I stopped at 22nd for a pic of the fog rolling in:

This is the restaurannt Boogaloos.  It has an amazing restored facade:


I continued on Valencia to 18th.  This is the view looking up 18th from Valencia:

I continued on 18th.  This is Mission High at 18th and Dolores:

The view up Dolores from 18th:

I continued on 18th to Douglass to 17th to Ord and home for dinner.  This ride had a whole lot of climbing and I'm a little out of shape because I've been so lazy all summer(hangs head in shame).  It totally kicked my ass and I was in bed before 8PM. 

Bike Mileage:

Week to date93.2
Month to date218.4
Year to date4,408.9
To Goal3,591.1
Over (Under) plan(785.6)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(1,114.5)
Rolling Year6,224.7
Since Inception 10/1/0732,914.4