San Francisco Trip 2007 — https://ellehctur.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/san-francisco/
One of the advantages of the social network was to reconnect with old friends – you know those people who were there and vanished just because and later on you will find out they are living in another country… Just like my friend Kathy, she was there and then she was gone. I was trying to recall when was the last time I saw her but my memory just retrieved a big blur. I’m having those memory gap moments recalling it. One thing I cannot forget though was how I met her. It was the early 90’s, no internet, no mobile phone and the landline is the only medium of communication unless you’re psychic. A friend of hers dialed my number wrongly and I was feeling chatty. We then decided to meet up and she tagged along Kathy. I tried to hook Kathy up with my friend but she ended up with my other friend… so there you go…clear as a mud!
I gave her a heads up of our visit and she was unselfish enough to give us her weekend. Coming back from NY to LA she picked us up from LAX in the wee hours of the night and let us stayed at her crib to rest and prepared for the road trip to San Francisco, that’s 8 hours drive. Along the way there was nothing much to do but sit, sleep, wake up, and looked at view – sit, sleep, wake up, looked at view and occasionally pee. It was long ! Everything in America is drive, drive, drive, roads, roads, roads it was unending stretch of mass of land!
As we almost reached San Fo we stopped for few hours at our fave spot– factory outlet or just the ‘outlet’ as my friend corrected me – outlets are for high end labels at low price and this is what we loved about the US. Without this the vacation will be such a dull. Anyways, as the climate was freezing, nighttime came early. We reached the fisherman’s wharf by 6pm for dinner. The place is a tourist attraction located in pier 39 with a lot seafood restaurants and souvenir stores. It’s famous for its clam chowder – the best tasting we ever had by far. We retired at Marriott near the airport.
In the morning, we went to Twin Peaks, the two hills situated at the geographic center of San Francisco, California. They form the second highest point in San Francisco, after Mount Davidson. It’s the best spot if you want to have a look out of the city.
Then we went to a tower located at the Telegraph Hill named Coit Tower. The tower, located in the city’s Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the city of San Francisco. As per Wikipedia: Lillie’s fortunes funded the monument four years following her death in 1929, as she had requested. She had a special relationship with the city’s firefighters. At the age of fifteen she witnessed the Knickerbockers Engine Co. No. 5 in response to a fire call up on Telegraph Hill when they were shorthanded, and threw her school books to the ground and pitched in to help, calling out to other bystanders to help get the engine up the hill to the fire, to get the first water onto the blaze. After that Lillie became the Engine Co. mascot and could barely be constrained by her parents from jumping into action at the sound of every fire bell. After this she was frequently riding with the Knickerbocker Engine Co. 5, especially so in street parades and celebrations in which the Engine Co. participated. Through her youth and adulthood Lillie was recognized as an honorary firefighter. Her will read that she wished for one third of her fortune “to be expended in an appropriate manner for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city which I have always loved.” Two memorials were built in her name. One was Coit Tower, and the other was a sculpture depicting three firemen, one of them carrying a woman in his arms. Lillie is today the patron saint of San Francisco firefighters
Next stop is the most winding street in the world the Lombard Street. Surprisingly there’s a lot of tourist who visits this place. We passed by this crooked street to experience the curve. The houses were as fabulous. Afterwards, we had dim sum lunch at Chinatown and the rest of the afternoon we took pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I met an old friend for dinner at Boudin Bakery –known for its sourdough bread (called the “Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread”. It was more than a decade since I last saw her and thanks to Facebook I was rubbing elbows with her again. Just to note, I was actually surprised with a lot of friends, relatives, former classmates, and colleagues who after commenting in FB I was in the vicinity, they message me that they wanted to see me – touching really! Anyways, back to my friend Edna. I knew her back in high school, well actually the whole student body knew her because she was that popular and she can make everybody laugh, she was too funny to go unnoticed. She was ahead of me but we happened to share friends and hanged the same group during our early college days. I remember going to a road trip, she sang bohemian rhapsody from the foot to the top of the hill with feelings and with facial expression (that was the first time I heard that song and is now connected with her by memory). She can make that crazy conversation that goes in circle that somehow you’ll end up confused and she gets it. After dinner the celebration continues at a karaoke bar where we witnessed Manny Pacquiao beat the hell up Margarito.
I don’t mean to be mushy but my 2nd trip to San Francisco made me realized that indeed It takes a long time to grow an old friend they are hard to find, hard to lose, and impossible to forget… and there’s no distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth…So thanks friends for sharing with me the best weekend @ San Fo (where i hope to live in my next life).