i took that picture last week during my stay at mariko's. portland was not kind to me; it decided to throw a surprise thunderstorm to prevent my plane from landing. but i survived. so, it decided to be rainy and/or gloomy for my entire visit. of course, it cleared up on the day i left town. alas.
despite the terrible weather, i had fun. i got to meet mariko's mom and brother, visit my old college roommate, and experience my very first facial. i took a load of pictures and posted the decent ones to my flickr. you'll notice that about half of the pictures are of deedles. pictures of friends and places are merely incidental.
that's my favorite shot from last night, when jg and i went to suppenkuche to meet megan (a local) and sashi (mariko's crazy brother). sashi is here from portland to crash parties. see if you can spot the trouble maker in red.
sashi: i've been walking around town with two lap tops!
the crazies with spaetzel and sauerkraut
i've been blue lately. the waste of a weekend i just spent in bakersfield didn't help. so i thought i'd bake today to cheer myself up. i went for terrific cookie recipes given to me by mariko and holly.
neither green nor tasty
except i totally fubard. i followed the green tea cookie recipe word for word but they didn't turn out anything like the ones mariko made.
sugar doesn't make cardboard taste any better
the only ingredient i missed for the ginger cookies is one teaspoon of cider vinegar. they turned out tasting like pulped cardboard, nothing near what holly made.
on the bright side, i didn't burn anything. even so, i don't think i should attempt baking anything else. another batch of abysmal cookies may just be the thing to push me into a bottomless pit of depression.
the weather was possibly the best i've ever experienced in san francisco. i had a great weekend even though i had to attend a dreadful eight hour seminar on sunday. i got a load of pictures. these were taken on saturday.
making like a dune bug at ocean beach
two can play this game
yes, we are aware that these hats make us look very uncool. but we obviously don't care. because we enjoy matching. plus, looking good is overrated.
thirty cents left of a sand dollar
jg and i spent hours walking around but i didn't take that many pictures. the beach was flooded with people lying around sunbathing. something about half naked people that does not motivate me to use my camera.
i got a lot more pictures sunday, when i was away from the ugly sun worshippers.
seen on lunch break from seminar
i was rather grumpy after eight hours of lecture. i needed to go for a walk so jg took me to my favorite hike in the marin headlands.
once again on the coastal trail
that crow hovered above me for some time before it came to a perch. it continued hovering over me well after i passed the rock. it was a bit eerie, but i was glad that it did not poop on me.
orange riding hood
orange tabby male
not another nose shot
am i dreaming?
that last shot was taken saturday morning. everything was perfect, the clouds, the light, the warmth, and absolute lack of wind. i couldn't stop staring out the window. at one point i had to ask jg: are we in san francisco?
andrea sent me that camera for my birthday,* complete with 35mm film rolled on 120 reels. kelly from cnsf helped me load the camera saturday night. by this morning, i'm already done with the first roll.
i won't be able to unload and reload the hawkeye until later today. in the mean time, i'm running around taking pictures through the viewfinder. this trick is like another new camera in itself. whee!
*andrea actually sent me three cameras. quell the surprise!