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Downtown San Francisco and the bay from Christmas Tree Point, Twin Peaks

Bad Patient Climbs Twin Peaks, San Francisco

I arrived in the San Francisco neighborhood of Twin Peaks in mid May after a two week stay in the hospital with pneumonia. I’m a cancer patient and was on aggressive chemotherapy at the time, which creates havoc with the immune system. Whether or not I would survive became a matter of speculation for awhile, […]

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Haight Street Market

Good Day Sunshine in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair If you come to San Francisco Summertime will be a love-in there From: San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) Well, it is indeed summer and the 3rd of July was one of those rare San Francisco phenomenon – a summer day in […]

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Motorcycle store on Valencia Street

The Cool-Hunting Hipsters Hit Valencia Street, San Francisco

“..the wide, low-slung street has become a gathering spot for the city’s latest breed of cool-hunting hipsters” (NY Times Travel) Being a cool-hunting hipster myself, it was only natural that I would eventually end up on Valencia Street.  My equally cool hipster friend Cathy was coming up to see me in San Francisco and we […]

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The Music Store in West Portal

Street Walking in West Portal, San Francisco

My first introduction to the San Francisco neighborhood of West Portal was the day after my second chemo. I awoke to find handfuls of my long hair coming off in my hands – a typical side effect.  I was in San Francisco at the time and was not interested in spending the next week shedding […]

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Vertical Gardens and the Virgin Mary in Bernal Heights, San Francisco

Bernal Heights is quickly turning into one of my favorite San Francisco destinations.  A wave of gentle gentrification has brought positive changes to what was once one of San Francisco’s most dangerous, problematic areas. Located within walking distance to the Mission, I found Bernal Heights to be a pleasant, walkable neighborhood, anchored by Cortland Street […]

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The Linden Street Alleyway

The Ecstasy with no Agony and a Quite Pleasant Little Brunch in Hayes Valley, San Francisco

After a very satisfactory morning shopping in downtown San Francisco at the non-profit clothing store A Miner Miracle (and feeling quite righteous about it) my shopping friend and I decided that it was time for a break.  We were planning to stop into a coffee shop across the street from the store, but the two […]

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A home in the Cherry Street historic district

Tarantula Woman visits Santa Rosa

When I woke up on the morning of Sunday, October 31st, I was a more than a little surprised to run into a stranger in the bathroom. She had long blond disheveled hair and was covered in tarantula tattoos. The person in the bathroom turned out to be me – the original Miss Priss – […]

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4 Star Rated bathroom in China's Forbidden City

San Francisco: The Ferry Building and Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday morning with mom and dad.  We headed out on the 9:40 Ferry from Larkspur Landing.  Plenty of free parking – my parents sprung for the round trip tickets and off we went.  On the way in, we sat on the top, facing the back of the boat.  It was cold and foggy on the […]

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Egyptian Containers

Belgian Waffles and Egyptian Mummies

Although our original plan after our day in Fresno was to barrel straight through to San Jose for the night, exhaustion and a finite amount of daylight hours made Los Banos a more logical stopping point. Sydnee and I had passed Los Banos on the way down and it had been clear that there would […]

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Iranian American Cultural Festival

Fresno: Japanese Gardens and Iranian Dancers

After the Forestiere Underground Gardens, Sydnee and I still had a few hours of afternoon time before we headed up to San Jose. With a population of over half a million, we figured there would surely be lots of things to do in Fresno.   We asked several people at the Forestiere Gardens what they would […]

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Pomegranate

Fresno: Sicilian Catacombs

an·to·nym: [an-tuh-nim] –noun a word opposite in meaning to another. Fast  is an antonym of slow. Here’s another example: Fresno / Tourism. That said, one Saturday morning my friend Sydnee and I found ourselves hurtling south to spend the day touring Fresno.  The plan was to see the Forestiere Underground Gardens and then continue on […]

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Motel coffee maker

Sunrise in Los Banos

Days Inn Los Banos California This just in from the department of “miracles often happen while you are whining about irrelevancies”.  A friend of mine and I are in a motel in Los Banos, California as part of a short road trip that included several points of interest in Fresno yesterday and which will take us […]

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Legend of Bigfoot

Road Trip up CA 101 with Bruce and Teresa

So my friend Bruce came by the office one day and asked me if I wanted to drive up to Oregon with him for a couple of days.  I said “why not?” and when my BFF and partner in crime, Teresa, heard about it, she said she wanted in on the action too.  The goal, […]

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Old Town Eureka

Eureka and Arts Alive

“Eureka is an exclamation used as an interjection to celebrate a discovery. It comes from the Ancient Greek Εὕρηκα/Ηὕρηκα – Heurēka/Hēurēka meaning approximately “I have found it”. From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka_(word) Well, we found it.  After the Patrick’s Point / Emerald Forest campground / Arcata Marsh escapade, Teresa and I headed down 101 to Eureka on Saturday […]

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The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Center

Who visits a wastewater treatment facility while on vacation?  Or at any time? As it turns out, I do.  And I think you should, too. In the early 70’s, the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Center was home to a landfill and an aging wastewater facility. Leachate was seeping into the Humboldt Bay and rats, feral […]

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