On Monday, Gary and his family were visiting SF. They drove up from LA after spending some time in Las Vegas as well. I took the Caltrain and Muni up. This time I took an express bus (8X) instead of what I did last time around and it went a lot faster. Got there in about an hour total. Mass transit here is SO expensive though. Getting there and back would have been $12.50. My trip was even more ($14.25) since I had to go to Mountain View afterwards to meet up with Brian. We walked around Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf all the way to Ghirardelli Square. We had lunch at Pier Market Seafood Restaurant, which wasn’t bad for a touristy restaurant. The waitresses kept trying to up sell everything. Gary was kind enough to treat me to lunch. Thanks! It was yummy; the bannock was surprisingly soft and pillow-y. Matched the delicate salmon well.
On the way to Ghirardelli Square, we passed by a huge crowd surrounding a spray paint artist. We stopped and saw him finish a gorgeous painting that sold immediately for $10. Gary really wanted one so I told him to ask the guy to paint another one. He did and we got to watch the whole thing. The end result was gorgeous and totally my type of thing (sci fi). He used a paint scraper to etch in the golden gate bridge and part of SF’s skyline including the Trans America building. It was done super fast!
Finally, I took them uphill to see Lombard St. and then I had to leave to meet up with Brian.
Brian and I had to rush down to San Jose to wait in line for the screening of Inception (starring Leonardo DiCaprio). We were there at around 5:50 but the line was really long already. We made it in but there were only really crappy seats left in the front. Luckily, the theater guy yelled at everyone to move in and two seats freed up, which we grabbed. They were literally the last two seats together with a good view. We were super lucky (lucky with parking too, right by the entrance). The movie started at 7pm so we sat around for half an hour watching people trying to look for seats. Finally, they packed the theater to capacity and the movie started. It was so good I need to see it again to catch all the details. The cast was strong, there was a novel story line and the special effects were realistic. Only bad thing was that the story line was so complex it was hard to understand how everything worked. Awesome.