Describe San Francisco in One Word

How might a person describe this city of mine in one word. I was intrigued to see the responses in this video (via The Bold Italic):

I think if I were going to pick just one word to describe this city, it would be playful. There are so many opportunities to play here … to play with your own identity, to play with others in activities. More than anywhere else I’ve ever been, adults embrace the joy of play.

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Color Me Badd at Monarch

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My beaux and I originally met on the How About We dating site. A few months ago, we joined their relatively new site for couples where you pay a monthly fee and get a monthly date for free along with discounts on various dates. We’ve done some fun things through them although I’m not sure it’s worth the $18 monthly fee. A recent example of that was our date at Monarch, which was a fun date but not worth the $18 we paid just to get a free date for the month.

Color Me Badd

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The date was called Color Me Badd and was supposed to be a date for two at happy hour at Monarch. It was advertised as having 90’s slow jams and risque coloring plus two free vodka drinks. I assumed that there would be dancing since I’ve been to the two-level bar before but the bottom level with the dance floor was actually closed so it was just lounging. The music wasn’t danceable anyway; there were no slow jams and whatever was playing was more in the family of heavy metal than anything nostalgic.

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This MUNI Seat Thing

About a month ago I started seeing this sign on the seats at the front of the MUNI buses:

img 6902 This MUNI Seat ThingI wondered what kind of safety issue there could possibly be with those seats that I’ve used many times in the eight years that I lived here. So I turned to Google.

SFist explains: “the company that has manufactured many a Muni bus, warns its customers that “there have been three hard-braking incidents where passengers were ejected from these forward-facing seats and sustained quadriplegic injuries.” SFBG elaborates that it’s a fear of lawsuits that have caused the seats to be flipped up and permanently disabled.

It’s ridiculous. Yes, there’s a chance that if you’re sitting in that seat and there’s a sudden stop you’ll go flying and get hurt. But it seems like there’s at least an equal chance that the same thing will happen if you’re standing in front of the the flipped-up seat, which is what people now do in that space. So now there are just four less seats for sitting down on the buses.

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What You Learn Your First Year In San Francisco

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The Bold Italic recently had an article titled 25 Things You Learn Your First Year in San Francisco. It’s one of those things that resonates for locals. I thought I’d break it down into what I loved and what I passed over when I read it …

Made Me Laugh Out Loud In Agreement

  • “Make sure to step around all watery sidewalk puddles.”
  • “The people who like being naked in public aren’t always the ones you’d want to see naked in public. “
  • “There is never a simple explanation for which trash bin to use for what you’re about to throw away.”
  • “There’s a reason that Muni seat is empty while the rest of the bus is packed. “
  • Coffee is never just coffee. (Pour over? Single origin? Fair trade? Cold pressed?!)”
  • “Someone will inevitably tell you that San Francisco was so much better X years before you got here.”
  • “You’re gonna need at least five more costumes. Ideally ones that can get booze spilled on them.”

Made Me Smile Because I Get The Joke

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Bosque de los Alebrijes

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I’ve shared this image before because I’ve photographed it several times when walking down Haight but I never knew anything about the artwork before. SF Weekly just shared the history and info about this piece that I now know is called Bosque de los Alebrijes.

Some of what I learned:

  • It’s by San Francisco artist Jet Martinez who has done 30+ murals in the Bay Area.
  • It was created in 2012.
  • It’s not the first piece of art in that spot.
  • “Alebrijes are Mexican wooden sculptures of fantastical creatures.”
  • The changing light through the day makes the colors look different. (I never noticed – I’ll have to keep an eye out next time!)

It’s located at 1301 Haight Street.

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Mom’s Wonderful Visit

It’s been quiet all week on the blog because my mom came to visit and I was too busy enjoying her company to get on the site. In addition to just spending time together and talking about tons of things, we packed in a lot of San Francisco fun.

IMG 4166 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit We spent a lot of time with Lucy – walks, parks, playdates

IMG 4177 764x1024 Moms Wonderful VisitWe walked over to the Wave OrganIMG 4191 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit

Saw the swans at Palace of Fine ArtsIMG 4196 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Visited the new-ish Disney Museum for the first timeIMG 4263 764x1024 Moms Wonderful VisitCalifornia Academy of Sciences
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IMG 4406 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Watched the basketball game at Thai StickIMG 4422 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Lovely dinner at a friend’s houseIMG 4459 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Dinner Party at My House for St. Patrick’s DayIMG 4515 764x1024 Moms Wonderful VisitSpending time with a friend’s baby
IMG 4552 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Boat tour under the Golden Gate BridgeIMG 4578 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Pier 39 Sea LionsIMG 4640 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Castello di Amorosa wine tasting and tourIMG 3224 Moms Wonderful Visit Sha Sha Higby Solo Dance Performance at Theatre of Yugen / NOHSpaceIMG 3228 Moms Wonderful VisitOcean Beach

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