Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day weekend

This past weekend was spent making trips out and seeing new things.  On Saturday, Thom and I ventured out to the Bayview neighborhood and stopped in at Scrap.  Scrap is this huge warehouse where people drop off and donate reusable items and materials.  They have everything from framing wood to fabric to old film slides.  The best part is that all the items are severely marked down and super cheap.  They even have a rotating free section where items come and go.

 Unfortunately for me, I am without a current project.  And I found nothing to pick up and take home!  But I do know where I could come for a large variety of affordable fabric, papers, yarns, notions, and framing materials.

On Sunday, Thom and I made absolutely no attempt to see the fireworks for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Celebration.  Cold weather, fog, crowded spaces and young drunk people?  Pass.

Ironically though, we ended up having to take the dreaded 28 public transit bus line that evening.  (One of the few bus routes that was in full operation to transport every other SF resident to the Golden Gate.  No cars were allowed anywhere near the bridge that day and everyone that wanted to see the grand fireworks finale had to take public transit.)  It's funny how I can become so fearful of groups of people when riding a bus.  By the time our stop had arrived, the bus was so packed, Thom had to shove people back out of the bus in order to get out.  I actually jumped!  Some people just do not understand how riding a bus works.   

Bus stops.  
Let people out.  
Get on bus.

You would think such a simple concept would be easily understood and followed out.  But no.  Somehow we be come basic and so primal that our only need and desire is to get on that already-packed bus.

A low point in human civilization for sure.

Anyway, we ended up making up for it and spending a terrific night with friends, playing cards, drinking cocktails and catching the first half of the fireworks from the roof top.

I typically associate Memorial Day with BBQing and flea markets.  Since we do not own a grill and there were no flea markets to be had, Thom and I made an adventure to the Mission district yesterday.  We visited sunny Dolores Park, which neither of us have visited since moving here, one year ago.  The weather seemed warmer and there were many people out enjoying the holiday.

We stopped by Delfina for lunch.  And I'll say that it was all everyone has said their pizza would be.  After reading so many Yelp reviews, SF articles and food blogs on this place, I was afraid it would not live up to the hype.

Thankfully, we were not disappointed.

Now we'll just have to stop by Flour & Water to make our ultimate pizza comparisons.

And just because, because, because, we stopped by Bi-Rite and grabbed an ice cream.  Thom choose the ever popular cookies & cream and I choose toasted coconut.  There were the other infamous flavor combinations like Lavender & Honey, Balsamic Strawberry and Creme Fraiche, but I just couldn't resist a familiar and comfortable flavor.  Perhaps next time I will get adventurous.

In all, a great weekend to spend before I head back to New York!

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