Blogs from San Francisco, California, United States, North America


In my younger days, I was a bit of a jokester and prankster. Perhaps this was a remnant of my college fraternity days. Or maybe I was just destined to be an entertainer? Regardless, here are some jokes to lighten the mood in this health crisis. I promise not rants about shortages, death statistics, poor leadership, and politics. But among the 60,000 thoughts you will have today, here are just a few funny ones to brighten your day! A sign on a cosmetic surgery clinics says:“If life gives you lemons, a simple operation can give you melons.”... read more

Is the Corona virus altering some or all of your travel plans. Where do we stand right now? The travel industry's refund policies are changing almost by the minute. Here's what they look like now: Airlines are waiving their change fees for flights in March and April.Cruise lines are offering credit for sailings until the end of spring.Hotels are loosening their cancellation policies for certain areas affected by the coronavirus o... read more

url= Today, March 14, is pi day. That is pi day, not (national) pie day, which is celebrated in January. Pi day is observed on March 14, since the first three significant numbers, in decimal form, are 3, 1, and 4. Was it the former professional and college basketball star, Jerry Lucas, who memorized pi out to hundreds of digits? ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 11th 2020

Pre warning- this first blog is for the 10th of January, which lasted 43 hours for us, so it’s a little long. Honestly, I kept looking at the date and going, “really? It’s STILL the 10th of January?”. So, you’ve been warned. We left Brisbane at 11am and the 13 hour flight to LAX was actually not too bad. We thought we’d made it through the entire journey without any issues until 2 hours before landing the little girl in front of us threw up her strawberry yoghurt- you can imagine the smell. But other than that it was a pretty good flight, as far as long haul goes. Arrived safely in LAX at 7am (still the 10th of January, we went back 4 hours in time), and then went through border security which was terrifying ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 1st 2020

We have arrived in San Fransisco! Having spent a beautiful family Christmas in Marin and saying goodbye to the forests, we moved into the Inner Sunset district just in time for New Years Eve. It is winter but sunny. The house is beautiful: cosy and open with a lovely patio overlooking a sweet little garden. we live right near the Golden Gate park with 1,017 acres (412 ha) of public grounds: bicycle paths, walking paths, forest paths, sports fields, bison grounds, music concourse (outdoor concerts) Art museum, science museum as well as duck ponds, botanical garden and Japanese garden. Already we have visited the last two gardens on the 1st and 2nd January 2020. A very nice introduction to the area. Lots to explore. Looking forward to an interesting and exciting year ahead.... read more
Driving to new home
New home outside

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 17th 2019

Things taken out by Eloise on the bike today - pole = 1, barrier = 1, mother and child (almost) = 1. The 1906 earthquake had nothing on this kid, except that she gave a little warning, in the form of a high-pitched squeal, audible only to dogs, before she connected with her target. Other than the path of destruction, and the mid-Golden Gate meltdown, a lovely day was had by all, as we cycled from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito. Despite warnings that we would freeze in the middle of the bridge with the wind and our relatively light clothing, we were actually shedding layers after the huffing and puffing (and crashing) on the approaches and the hairiness of the descent (given lack of directional control, someone’s mother may have strongly suggested she walk the steep ... read more
Very brief mid-bridge photo opportunity

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 16th 2019

Another glorious sunny day here...which we made the most of by sleeping in...almost over the dreaded jet lag. Today’s mission was just a wander around some of the tourist hot-spots - Fisherman’s wharf, Lombard St and Ghirardelli Square. A walk to the street car took us through the beautiful streets of the neighbourhood we’re staying, enjoying some of the lovely houses. First box to tick was the Pier 39 sea lions, which were out in force. Lucky we also had our resident marine biologist in attendance who was able to bombard us with facts about them and their predators. Taught the scientist in the education centre a few things. Luckily she had enough words left over to whinge her way all the way to the ‘world’s steepest street’, but was temporarily silenced by some ice cream ... read more
Some of the neighbourhood houses
More houses

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz December 15th 2019

After lying awake for four hours in the wee hours battling jet lag (and booking a Santa visit at Macy’s at 3am local time), I was genuinely hoping that San Fran would live up to its reputation of not having bad coffee. Not so. I have now had what I am aiming for as the worst coffee of the trip. Let’s hope the aforementioned objective of not visiting Starbucks doesn’t destroy that very low-set bar. But there was an upside - truly the greatest almond brittle I’ve ever tasted, with chocolate and sea salt...lucky they suckered us in to buying a big container to take home. Since Sydney got another light rail line today (no transport nerdiness here), we thought we’d branch out from our success with the buses and try the street cars (not to ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 14th 2019

It’s always lovely, when you’re entering a country, particularly after 13 or so hours sitting on a plane, if you’re given the chance to really savour the experience. We were doubly lucky this time - not only did we get an additional hour to sit on the plane waiting for a gate, but once we were graced with one, we got to stand in the immigration queue for another hour, watching the ‘Welcome to the USA’ sign flash repeatedly before our eyes. We felt welcome. After that, the trip to our accommodation seemed to fly by. The Airbnb apartment is lovely...and we are looking forward to the fog lifting so we can enjoy the view to the city. Had a quick walk to the shops to pick up some supplies then a great Japanese dinner. Then ... read more
swimming resident of swamp
Bobbing resident of pool

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission October 31st 2019

Excitement this time of year centers on many sports, the NFL, the NHL, the start of the NBA season and of course, the fall classic, the World Series. It is the one time of the year that I might watch a game from start to finish. It is a showcase of the best in baseball for the season. Though my Giants are not in the World Series, I am rooting for the first timers, the Washington Nationals, originally a team that moved from Montreal. When my guys are not playing I root for the underdog, or the first timers. Or anyone not named the Dodgers! My first World Series experiences were the Oakland Athletics, who won three straight in 1972 to 1974. Why? Many of the players lived in Alameda, where I was working in my ... read more
Matt Cain and Buster Posey
Rookie of the Year!!!!
Pimp Daddy

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