On my first day in San Francisco this past June, I had plenty of time to just wander the streets. I happened to pass by the Apple Store on Stockton St on my way to Chinatown on this day, the day before the latest iPhone was to be released. Predictably, a line had already formed and, from the looks of things, some people at the front had probably been there since the day before. I guess people really want their phone ASAP even though there really wasn’t much of a shortage this time around and Apple does a pretty good job with updating their stock online so people don’t have to resort to this. I’m an Apple fanboy and even I don’t think I’d ever wait in line the day before. Well, maybe to sell my spot like the guy in one of these photos. After all, money talks.
My second trip to San Francisco in 2008 came with it a second visit to PPQ Dungeness Island for what I think is the best dungeness crab in the city. On our first trip, Justin and I came here because we figured we had to have dungeness crab while we were out there but we didn’t know where to go so this just became the place to go based on online accolades. Well, the praise was well deserved because the crab and the remainder of the meal was just perfect for the two of us and at a moderately decent price. When I went back out there a few months later, my co-worker Sonu, also out there for WWDC, heard me sing PPQ’s praises and really wanted to go. Fine by me. We just couldn’t find any time to do it and as the WWDC closing party/concert dragged on, it seemed like we just might not be able to get it in before Sonu’s flight home the next afternoon. Thankfully, the band wrapped up and we hopped into a cab, getting there less than a half hour before their kitchen was set to close for the evening. Mission accomplished!
On my second trip to San Francisco in three months, this time for Apple’s annual WWDC, I took one morning off from conference sessions and went on a tour of AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. As far as ballpark tours, it’s one of the better ones I’ve been on. We got to see the tiny room where they do their smaller press conferences before heading up to the upper level of the stadium which, with a stadium devoid of fans, afforded us a great view of the empty stadium. A brief history lesson and then we were off to the Oracle Suites level which was followed by everyone’s favorite part of the tour, walking onto the field and getting to enter the dugout. Then it got even better – since I went on an off day where the visiting team for the next series hadn’t arrived yet (it was the Oakland Athletics so it’s not like they really needed to get in the day before), we got to enter the visiting clubhouse. One final treat came when the clubhouse manager let us into his office so he could show off all the player bobbleheads he’s received over the years.
On our last day in San Francisco, Justin and I bummed around the city, doing little but moving around a lot. One of our stops was the Ferry Building for some coffee and, later, lunch. The building is home to a bunch of shops on the ground level but offices occupy the upper levels. While the view of the building from the ground level would have been nice, it doesn’t compare to the one pictured here, taken from one end of the building on the second floor. Here, you get the full view – the shops on the ground, the mezzanine, and, finally, the windowed roof. Just an awesome sight.
It was Aaron and Jeremy’s last day in the Bay Area but we hadn’t really spent much time seeing the sights in San Francisco. We had some time to kill before dinner so we spent a little time walking through Fisherman’s Wharf, especially in and around the piers. While looking out across the bay, I took a photo of the sun as it poked out from above the clouds, reflecting on the dark waters below. The combination of the bright sun, grey clouds, dark water – awesome.
Shortly after my flight from SFO to JFK took off and we were told we could use “approved electronic devices,” I quickly whipped out my camera so I could grab a shot of the moon in the pitch black sky as it hovered over northern California.It was a picturesque end to a week full of great images caught through my lens. And plenty of great food too, all of which you can see at Foodie Call: