For the last few days I’ve been getting up super-early to get all my work done so I can enjoy these warm January afternoons. I have found them to do more to make me feel good than just about anything else. (It is also nice to send pictures of the thermometer on Irving Street to all those folks back east in the blizzard that rag on SF).
Yesterday I took a ride on the F Line, and ended up staying on all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. Normally that’s not my kind of place to hang out, but I took some nice pictures of the boats and stuff. I also pulled a prank on that annoying “Bushman” guy who makes loud noises behind some branches. Now, normally I ignore such people as the kind of irritant one has in Our Fair City, but while taking pictures of fishing boats, I noticed he did his trademark nonsense that scared the crap out of a small, developmentally disabled child.
So, in a bit of Street Justice, I walked past him and before he could do anything I leaned in slightly, waved my arms and shouted “BLEAHHH!” (but not in a threatening manner). The tourists who were standing around saw this and were both shocked and amused.
Yeah, I know, right? Maybe it was a “had to be there moment.”
I ended up taking the cable car home, and decided to try out my phone’s video camera. The video I shot was so-so, but what made it fun at all was the fact that an 80 year old gentleman named Hubert boarded at Union Street who was really nice. He wanted to stand on the outside, but the conductor insisted he sit down, so he exchanged places with a kid from Australia. We soon got to learn a lot about SF from Hubert, who grew up in Chinatown. It was one of those “Why San Francisco is an awesome place to live” moments, for sure.
At the end of our ride, Rigo, our conductor, gave a short talk about how the brakes work for some tourists so I shot that too.
Overall it was nice. Today I haven’t been so fortunate to get out of the home office like I wanted, but I hear we’ve got maybe one more day of this weather, so tomorrow I’ll try and get out and do one last roundup of pictures and videos, iPhone battery permitting.