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.
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!
Some new, some old, all taken by me during walks in San Francisco’s Japantown:
I was recently walking along 24th Street in Noe Valley and wandered into a store that sells various art and sculpture from around the world. I wish I’d paid closer attention to the name of the store. I think it might actually have been Global Exchange but I am not certain. I’d know it if I saw it again. In any case, what I loved here was actually the backyard area behind the main part of the store where there were some beautiful plants and sculptures.
Ah, relax, breathe …