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Old 09-21-08, 05:18 PM
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San Francisco (pics)

I went out to SF on business last week. Having never been to California, it was a litle bit of culture shock. And holy crap, the bikes! Everywhere! Now if someone would pay me $200K a year so I could afford a $1.25M 1,400 ft^2 house out there...

Chillier than I expected, and I'd think the lightrail tracks on the roadways would take some getting used to when riding a bike. Doesn't that make things difficult?

I didn't bother riding out there ($30/Day to rent a bike?). Did tons of walking and took transit when needed.











More pics.

I'll definitely be back there again some day. Maybe I'll bring a folding bike with me.
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Old 09-21-08, 05:34 PM
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Nice bridge, but dont you think the city has a lot of cables?
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I didn't bother riding out there ($30/Day to rent a bike?).
Heh, those rental bikes are a scourge. You should have gotten one of those three-wheel cars with a lawnmower engine and a tape deck that yells touristy information at you and everyone nearby.

Nice pictures.

Next time, skip the giant chain record store (Virgin) and hit up the good places: Amoeba and Rasputin. Also, tell the Northern California forum here about your plans, and at the very least, someone can give you some recommendations of things to see and places to go. Might even be able to take you on a bike ride and loan you a bike.
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great pics, thanks for sharing! San Fran is one place I haven't been, but am itching to go.
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Old 09-21-08, 06:57 PM
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Yeah, the overhead Muni bus/tram wires were fascinating but ugly. It's a miracle that system even works.

I only had a few hours of spare time out there and most of it was after dark. I tried to catch up with Fritz (from cyclelicio.us and commutebybike.com, I think rmasoner on BikeForums) but he was tied up with other stuff. I need to spend a whole week (and both weekends around it) out there, really. And I need to be out there without work obligations.

I've visited Chicago and Wash. DC before as well, but SF is by far my favorite of the bigger cities I've visited. I remember Portland and Seattle fondly as well but I wasn't even a teenager yet. So many places I'd like to see.

My lack of free time and lack of a resident tour-guide meant I stuck to touristy things like Virgin Records, Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero and stuff.
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Love SanFran! glad you had a good time!
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I agree. I was out there for a few days visiting a friend and his fiance. It really impressed me as a city.
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I both hate and love the place. It's crime ridden, and the hippie gun banners there don't care. It's also home of the most over bearing police and security I've ever seen. But at the same time it's great if you loves nice weather, bikes, nice scenery, and gay rights. Plus if you drive not too far from there, you have some of the prettiest forests in the world.

I think the area is best left to 1 or 2 week vacations.
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The only fault I found with Sf is the Fault. Everything else was fine by me. Well.....maybe not the trustafarians pan handling....

going back in the next few months (I hope....we'll see what Wall Street and Jet Blue have to say about that)
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The only fault I found with Sf is the Fault. Everything else was fine by me. Well.....maybe not the trustafarians pan handling....

going back in the next few months (I hope....we'll see what Wall Street and Jet Blue have to say about that)
I actually had a fascinating half-hour-long bout of Drunken Bible Trivia with one of the panhandlers. I.E. We were BOTH drunk. It was the best $0.18 I've ever spent.
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I actually had a fascinating half-hour-long bout of Drunken Bible Trivia with one of the panhandlers. I.E. We were BOTH drunk. It was the best $0.18 I've ever spent.
That may have been my problem with them - I was str8 and still working my way up to brkfast...all that patchouli and attitude was a bit much first thing in the AM
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This was a brother from New Orleans. No patchoulli or fabulouth flagranth here. Boy was he drunk, though.
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Ah, Cali my hometown.
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It's crime ridden...

It's also home of the most over bearing police and security I've ever seen.
Hmmm...
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Originally Posted by ax0n View Post
Yeah, the overhead Muni bus/tram wires were fascinating but ugly. It's a miracle that system even works.
Not only does it work, the electricity for it, and all other municipal uses of power (street lights, city buildings, even the airport, etc.) is basically free and clean. It's all hydro-electric power generated by the city as part of the water system.
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Goin up and down the coast was nice too....Santa Cruz, Muir Woods....Pacific Ocean kinda kicked the Atlantic's butt imo....still a lil nervous about that shifting terra tho....
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paraphrased: the electricity for it is basically free and clean. It's all hydro-electric
Tell that to the entire local ecosystem that was destroyed in order to build the hydro plant and associated reservoir.
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Tell that to the entire local ecosystem that was destroyed in order to build the hydro plant and associated reservoir.
Hey, everything has a cost. 99% of the time I side with the view of environmental activists on stuff but the more I learned about Hetch Hetchy, the more I realized this is is one case where I feel the environmental costs were totally worth it for the benefits it has provided human beings and will continue to provide. Having that totally reliable water supply (and super clean water as well: its one of one two surface water sources in the usa that isn't required to be filtered), and power generation to boot is just priceless these days.
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Now if someone would pay me $200K a year so I could afford a $1.25M 1,400 ft^2 house out there...
get in line
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Goin up and down the coast was nice too....Santa Cruz, Muir Woods....Pacific Ocean kinda kicked the Atlantic's butt imo....still a lil nervous about that shifting terra tho....
Shifting Terra happens so infrequently. Last tremor I felt was years ago, now nor'easter, hurricanes, tornadoes, those seem to be yearly events and very devastating. I'll take a tremor or two every few years over that. Most of the time, their fun to ride out!
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Dunno about fun - but I'd take the occasional tremor and a lingering threat of catastrophic doom to live in SF; beats assured tropical storms in the SE imo....
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Also, tell the Northern California <cough>serial killers forum here about your plans, and at the very least, someone can give you some <cough>painful flesh wounds recommendations of things to see and places to go. Might even be able to take you on a bike ride and loan you <cough>cement shoes a bike.
Fixed ?
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Fixed ?

And here I was about to offer up my Cinelli.
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