Sunday, July 27, 2008

San Fran, in general









As I said, San Francisco is great. I mean, the Yelp headquarters is there, they're representing hardcore with a serious Little Italy district (where I had an awesome eggplant parmigiana sandwich), and it's just full of art, books and positive energy. This trip I visited the Mission district, which has a lot of interesting people, stores, vibrant murals and great Mexican food.

At 826 Valencia in the Mission, Dave Eggers, the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,has a Pirate Store. It's a brother of The Super Hero Supply Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to selling pirate supplies like mirrors with mustaches glued on, so you can see yourself as a pirate, boxes for severed ears, lard, and a collection of other pirate paraphernalia, the store runs writing workshops for kids. Eggers himself teaches one on Tuesday nights and all the students' work is available to purchase in the store. I also bought an awesome literary map of San Francisco. I'll take a whole other post to elaborate on that. For now, here are some general pictures of the city, the Mission and the pirate store. Arrr (like with a pirate voice).

4 comments:

Petey said...

Do those sea lions kind of remind you of something from your past??? How about "seals in the wash?" Does that sound familiar?

Ms. Martini said...

Yesss...he reminded me of both Muffin AND Petey. What is "seals in the wash"? That I really don't remember at all...! No one else concurred with me about the seal's resemblance to chihuahuas....

Petey said...

When you went on a "major" trip to a place called Swaffam, one of the big selling points was "seals in the wash."

Ms. Martini said...

oh!! Why did they say "in the wash"? Does "wash" mean water? That trip was SO insane. At least I can wear my pajamas to breakfast on this road trip, you know?

Oh! You HAVE to see the elephant seals that we saw up close on the cali coast. I can't get my personal lap top to work with Andreas' internet so I haven't uploaded them yet, but I will. You'll LOVE them. Thankfully, we've never had any kind of crazy looking dog that looked like them...that would be really ugly.