||[03 Oct 2004|12:15am]
I so need to move to that city.
San Francisco was amazing, as it always is.
So where do I start? We ended up not even getting there until 3 p.m. due to the fact that my mom doesn't know how to set her alarm clock an hour (or three) earlier. Within a few weeks though, my friends and I can legally go up there alone. But anyway, yeah, the car ride was extremely cramped because we had 6 people in a 5-seater with my sister in the trunk area. That sounds strange, but i'm too tired to explain.
So we finally get there, and me Andy/Alex just bail out of the car and leave the parking to my mom, her boyfriend, and my sister. We found this awesome bridge in Chinatown to eat our lunch at. We walked around Chinatown for a bit and Alex bought a few VCDs. You can get alot of stuff in Chinatown for probably about a 4th of what you'd pay regularly, and generally it's of similar quality. Of coruse, buyer beware. Anyway, I wanted to go to Fisherman's Wharf(big expensive tourist attraction but fun nonetheless), so we went there and ended up going on a friggin mini-cruise around Alcatraz island in the bay. It was this fairly small, more personalized boat that must have held a total of 30 people or so at 10 bucks a person. But we got seats at the very top where only 8 were allowed, and I got to sit in the friggin captain's chair the whole time. We also met these two nice girls up there. One was from Mississipi, and she was just blown away by how amazing SF is. The motion of the boat, the wind, the scenery...that was so fucking worth it. When we got back about 40 minutes later the nightly fog had already started to roll in which made for some killer scenics while on the boat.
*Paragraph break* So when we got back we went back to Chinatown, and by now it was about 7:30, but half the damn shops closed up already, which is strange, considering how packed the place still is even until 3 am. We took a look at a few more shops, then went to this Sushi bar where you choose this sushi from these mini boats which flow by on water while the chef stands in the center and prepares it. It was good, but I'd definately go to alot of other places over that the next time I go. (soon) Next time I go I think I want to get some obnoxiously expensive seafood. They were also filming this movie right outside the restaurant we were eating. No idea really on what movie or anything, but there was this huge croud gathered around. No matter what time or where, stuff is always happening all over the place in SF. I really can't describe how amazing this city is.
Anywho, by now it was almost 9 and we were on our way out. Stopped and got some hot chocolate at Starbucks(first time i've even been to a Starbucks...ironic considering there's like 300 of them in SF alone) And the ride back blew royally because my ass was all cramped up. The hot chocolate wasn't anything special.
Thinking back on it, i'm looking foward to getting there WAY earlier and getting alot more done next time. I didn't really get a chance to buy anything I was looking for, other than a pair of glvoes for a buck in Chinatown because my hands were cold. We didn't realize all the stuff would be closed up so soon in Chinatown, and we didn't really get that much done. But it was still damned fun, and I cannot wait to go back. The culture in that city is just amazing. I don't think there's any other place like that in the U.S. I asked my frien Andy to compare it to New York, and he said NY is just "Taller buildings, smells worse, and no culture."
My friend got over 100 pictures which he's gonna uplaod soon, so as soon as that's done i'll post a link or something. When my friend Jordan went there on vacation from Salt lake City, he said everyone was so mean. But there were so many people who offered to take our pictures and stuff and *didn't* run off with our camera afterwards! Heh. Maybe he means when driving? that I can understand. Driving there is...hell.
Hey, look, it's my birthday.
Oh yeah...I worked out in the morning instead of at night and it's like the world got lifted off my shoulders because I didn't have to worry about doing it all day. I wonder if I could make that work on weekdays - finding time to workout in the morning. Or find a way to actually enjoy working out. It's ironic how I hate doing it, but if I didn't i'd just obsess more about my body composition and get depressed because i'd lose muscle.
It's funny. My mom was under the impression I was going there with 20 dollars while I infact have over 100 saved up. Boy, if she knew that, I wouldn't have a dime. When she found out I had 20 dollars she preceeded to promptly "borrow" it. She gave it back to me a few days later, sure. Then "borrowed" it back the very next day! As I understand, what she/her boyfriend did royally sucked compared to the fun we had. (wandering around with no money) Call me an ass, but they deserve it. If they're gonna blow all their money on bagels, donuts, juice, and other crap before we even leave for SF, well...anyway. I'm being an ass, right?
What we did today though wasn't even the tip of the tip of the icerberg of all there is to do in San Francisco.