San Francisco Retains a Little Magic, a Lot of Changes, and Loads of History

This summer has gone by fast, and I’ve made the most of it in the evenings after work. Wandering by the railroad tracks, up Townsend Street, past the ball park, I’ve walked many different routes. Looking around and exploring, taking the streetcar along the Embarcadero, catching the transbay bus in the newly reopened Transbay Terminal….

The Salesforce Tower Bus-Powered Fountain

The fountain is activated by the buses moving along the roadway on the bus platform level below. The transit center was closed for almost a year, while they fixed the cracked steel beams and made it safe again for transit riders. The fountain is up on the roof, bordering the public park. I took a…

An Evening in Fairyland, or, She Takes Selfies in Le Grand Ballroom

Le Petit Trainon, or 3800 Washington Street in Presidio Heights, San Francisco was a visual and intellectual delight last night. It’s the 2019 San Francisco Design Showcase House, and a bunch of us went after work last night. I had to remember to interact with the group of co-workers I arrived with, as well as…

Gumps is Closing Forever

It is with a sad heart (one can leave their heart in so many wonderful places in San Francisco) that I received the news that Gumps is closing, as in, they are going out of business. The store has been a Union Square destination shopping spot since the 1890s. I was thrilled to go in…

Transbay Thought

That moment when you’re on BART hurtling through the pitch black Transbay Tube, knowing that at the end of this 7-1/2 min ride, you will arrive. In San Francisco.

A Walk Through Yerba Buena Gardens

It’s amazing what a difference it can make in your morning if you just walk a few blocks off of your normal path. I take a carpool car into the city from the East Bay, and usually walk down First Street over to Mission, then up to work across Market near Union Square. This morning…