Several years ago I participated in a wonderful photography project called I Live Here: SF. I was one of the first to participate, seeing a post on a blog looking for people willing to be photographed and to share their “San Francisco story”. That was when I met Julie. Julie went on to photograph so many wonderful local people in so many different settings in San Francisco. The collection she came up with was amazing and it was exhibited as a solo exhibit at SOMArts as well as put up for awhile at San Francisco City Hall. I was thinking about this project recently because I went to SOMArts for something else and I wanted to take a look back at my part in the project.
The Photo Shoot
The full photo shoot, done in my North Beach apartment (where I lived at the time) and around the neighborhood there can be seen on Flickr. A few of my favorite shots:
Last week The Bold Italic shared some beautiful photography work that captured my imagination in so many ways. Three photo/videographers went up in a helicopter and got amazing images that you can see more of in the original post. My favorite (teaser) was this one from Michael Shainblum:
Late January marks the start of Cherry Blossom season here in San Francisco. It always makes me happy to see these flowers, which stay alive only briefly for this short part of the year.
While the rest of the country was immersed in snow, things here were mostly nice weather wise. We decided to embrace this by renting a Zipcar and getting out of the city for a few hours.
First we had to climb the stairs on California Street to get the car …
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Last week I went to the Maker’s Faire, which is the Friday night event associated with the annual Edwardian Ball. I’d seen many photos and posts and heard tales of Edwardian Ball from others but had never been before. So I finally went and it was lovely fun.
We played games. I was best at Skee-Ball. I was excited when the gal at the Shooting Range booth showed me the right way to shoot a rifle and I actually popped one balloon. I skipped the Cyclecide spinning bicycle.
We watched shows.
This past Christmas I went to my Tucson hometown to see my little sister graduate from college and spend the holidays with my family. While I was there I went to some of my favorite old attractions (Winterhaven, Old Tucson) but I also visited a lot of places I never actually went to when I lived there (Biosphere 2, Kitt Peak, Pima Air and Space Museum). It was lovely to play tourist in my hometown for the week.
Pima Air and Space Museum
We randomly decided to go check out this airplane museum near the air force base, which I’d never thought about going to before. My mom had been there a long time ago but she said that it’s way bigger now. It was stunning how many aircrafts were on display here in a number of different hangers, as well as outside, plus there are exhibits about the space exploration stuff. Really actually quite impressive.
I knew the basics about Biosphere 2 because it was a big deal when it was a living project back when I was a kid. However, I’d never been there to visit. My brother, sister and Dad had been there once before but they said that at the time there wasn’t a lot to see. We went and checked it out and they have formal tours.
You learn a bit about the history of the place. Basically there were two different groups who lived here trying to be self-sustainable inside the mini-earth that it is. There were ups and downs, which are well documented in the writings from those people. Since then it’s become a place for various kinds of research, first under one university, then as a privately owned place and now under the University of Arizona.
It was amazing to see the different environments that are built here under one roof, from a rainforest to a desert climate. And it was cool to see the underground workings of the place. It was neat and worth a visit for sure. Plus it’s a nice long drive out there (north of Tucson) and I got to enjoy lovely desert views, spotted a roadrunner and generally just felt like I was really home again.
A little while back I was on a day trip north of San Francisco and ended up in Novato, a town I really didn’t know anything about. We decided to take a random turn and ended up checking out an art gallery and then the Hamilton Field History Museum.
Recently I went on a Fire Truck Wine Tour with some friends. It had been offered as a discount through Groupon or some other similar site and sometimes it’s fun to play tourist in our own city so we had decided to go for it.
We had to go down to North Beach near Cannery Row to catch the truck. I used to live blocks from there but hadn’t been in the area in awhile so it was kind of nostalgic to look around. I didn’t learn a lot on the tour that I didn’t already know as a local but I always pick up one or two new things from these types of tours and this time was no exception. I learned that the statue in Washington Square Park is a time capsule and it’s 100 years will be up in another couple of years so it will be opened soon. Fun.
The tour itself wasn’t very extensive. It basically went up Columbus through North Beach towards Market Street and then just went over the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island where we got to stop at a Winery and do a wine tasting of about four wines.
I had only ever been to Treasure Island once. Without a car it’s not easy to get to and honestly there’s not a lot of reason to go there. But it was nice to go, cross the bridge in the fire truck, and see the beautiful view of the city skyline from there.
The winery was nice and spacious and the wine was good.
I wouldn’t say that it would be worth trekking over there just for that but as an overall experience it was fun.
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Earlier this year I saw this infographic:
It ranks San Francisco as the 7th happiest city in the world, although the way it ranks it is really odd to me. We get high marks here for shopping centers, middle marks for outdoor and culture locations and lower marks for performances and amusements. We do have ample shopping here, I suppose, but I really think of us as a place with lots of performances and culture locations. Interesting. In the end I guess what matters most is that I’m happy here!