Monday, May 09, 2005

No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn

I just got back from a whirlwind vacation in San Francisco. Some highlights and observations:

● All airport stores and kiosks are marvels of modern inefficiency. I spent 10 dollars on a soggy croissant-egg-concoction this morning and nearly missed my plane. However I did have a delicious bratwurst in Chicago. Sometimes layovers payoff.

● I had next to no sleep the night before both of my flights so had awesome naps on the plane. Plane sleep is amazing.

● It seems lame to spend your vacation watching TV, but since I never watch TV at home, I tend to do just that. While in San Francisco I watched The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Midnight Cowboy. I had never seen any of them before and my time was not wasted.

● San Francisco is full of very interesting people. On this trip I met the guy who made the film "24 Hours on Craigslist," a girl who writes all the press releases for NASA, and a tugboat captain. Last time I was there I met a rockstar and an ex-Olympic athlete.....Ah, San Francisco.

● I went to one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen in my life. It had a view of the whole city, a hot tub, a landscaped backyard and several terraces. Every place in San Francisco seems to have a view, because of the uneven street setup (aka lots of hills). It sure beats the view of the elevated F line across the street from my apartment.

● Cigarettes in San Francisco cost $3.75. I bought a carton. This elates and depresses me simultaneously.

● My friend Kevin works for Macromedia. He is very very smart and has probably designed everything you have ever used on your computer. The day before I arrived he took 500 people from his company to the movies. This really makes me want to work for a computer company.

● Somewhat related to the previous item: San Francisco is to the computer/technology industry what LA is to the entertainment industry. You cannot swing a dead cat without hitting a computer programmer in the face.

This is the first vacation I have ever had where I missed NYC. I guess that's a good thing.

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