Posted by: facetothewind | July 4, 2016
Pride and Precipice
Chuan walking along Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture in the Presidio in San Francisco.
Our pre-nuptial tour of the Bay Area continued through Marin at Jean’s house on the lagoon, Mt. Tamalpais, Wildwood Retreat Center, Armstrong Woods, and San Gregorio. Our self-guided tour culminated with a stay with Simon at his place in the Castro. Then after nearly missing the train because of traffic, we hit the rails to Portland on the Coast Starlight. It was a great trip with lots of picnics on cliffs, parks, and beaches, and a lot of worrying about the crazy cost of living in the Bay Area. Thank you to Jean and Simon for letting us stay for free! Oh, our thinking about Gay Pride in San Francisco — skip it! It’s a big, trashy, drunken party.
Here’s the video encapsulation of the month by the Bay…
And here’s the photo montage of the month. AGAIN, forgive the endless selfies and wefies. Immigration needs to see that we are indeed a couple and have a history with each other. Click on a picture and then scroll with your arrow buttons. Each photo is captioned.
picnic in Dolores Park. We did a lot of picnics in SF – the only way to manage on $50/day as we’re doing.
Kristel and Lawrence at their home.
This is a $25 pizza at Pizzeria Delfin in SF
Mt. Shasta as seen from the Coast Starlight northbound to Portland
vintage street cars in SF – full of drunk and homeless people. Cute but not practical.
our wedding rings – hand made by Bruno at Quoio in SF.
De Young Museum
Full moonrise at Jean’s house.
Ethiopian food with Richard in Oakland
Simon and Chuan at Eric’s restaurant – still wonderful after all these years.
Fast food of gay wedding. The guy was very unfriendly but said he had married 3 couples that day.
Horrendous heat in Tucson that we were grateful to be skipping.
Everyone needs a tangerine sofa, no?
Ghandi statue at embarcadero in SF with Bay Bridge in background
at UC Berkeley campus
at Kristel and Lawrence’s for dinner
dinner with Steven Baratz and Patchez of Light
Chuan on a mini-hike on Mt. Tamalpais.
Our Mt. Tamalpais picnic spot.
with Bill Fultz in the Castro.
Jerusalem sage – so fragrant
gay film festival at the Castro Theater in SF
Toontown San Francisco
Nice to see the few remaining freaky peeps in San Francisco.
My long lost friend Sky Evergreen at the AIDS Memorial. (Jean is to the left of my hand – but very much alive and well.)
Donald Trump piñatas in the Mission. Strangely, they look a bit like Hillary too.
De Young art museum
Chuan with the Sisters. From their Facebook page: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.
with Jean at Eric’s Chinese restaurant in Noe Valley.
Picnic at the precipice in Marin Headlands.
rose garden in Golden Gate Park, SF. This is with his faves: Double Delight and Mister Lincoln. Mine: Chrysler Imperial and Fragrant Plum.
Reading on the train is one of the great pleasures of life.
With Simon at San Gregorio Beach
$12 for this hot fudge sundae at Mel’s Drive-in
San Gregorio Beach in San Mateo
fish tacos at Picante in San Rafael.
The Asian Art Museum decked out for Pride. Their admission charge is now $25. Shame.
with Gregg Cassin
On the Coast Starlight to Portland.
Next stop: San Francisco for the big wedding on August 9.