31 October 2011

Behr Trip: 1

As I mentioned in previous posts, this week I am in the San Francisco Bay area for work. I flew up this afternoon.

The flight - Jet Blue out of Long Beach - was a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10; there was slight turbulence and the cabin felt overly warm to me so hence the deduction of one point. Otherwise it was a quick and painless ordeal. I always fly into Oakland and my luggage appeared rather quickly. That was a first!

I was able to board AirBART to the Coliseum BART station rather quickly as well. And at the station, as I came up the escalator my BART was sitting there waiting! I found a seat and the ride was fairly uneventful. I say fairly because a young lady was asking if that particular train went to downtown Berkeley and I answered I didn't know. Two queens started dissing her as the door closed. "Oh honey! Wrong train! And get a better outfit!" I always thought SF people were kind.

I'm staying at my usual hotel in the Financial District. Although I will commute to Walnut Creek (a 30 minute +/- BART ride) I stay here because I know where things are and how to get around. It's home base, so-to-speak.

This evening I rode the California Street cable car - something I enjoy doing although the cost went up - to the end of the line. I then walked a block or so to Grubstake, which is one of my favorite places here in the city. It's near the corner of Polk and Pine and serves an array of menu items, including the Portuguese dishes. Tonight I had one of the specials, Pork Piccata. Delicious! It came with a large portion of steamed veggies and scalloped potatoes. Yummy!

I then did the unthinkable...I walked down Polk and made my way to Market Street. I walked Market all the way to Kearney, which is where the hotel is (Kearney/Sutter). I'm pooped! I considered getting on BART at Civic Center but decided that the exercise would do me good AND there were lots of people out. Some of them even had costumes on! It was a good walk.

I am now safely ensconced in my room, updating this here blog thing, and trying to decide whether to turn the TV on or read my book. Hmmmm.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Hallowe'en. BEHR HUGS


Wonder Man said...

read a book... Tom of Finland

Cubby said...

I hope you have a chance to see your bud while you're in town. Do you have a camera on you? Take some pics around town and post them for us.

CJ/Rick said...

It's as if I'm there you discribe everything so well.
It's been 20 years and a 100 lbs since I've been there. A place called Sears is where I ate breakfast. It was up from the St Francis hotel in Union Square.
At any rate, I hope you manage to have some fun as well as get all your work done.

Stan said...

It's been 35 years since I was there and like CJ/Rick said the way you describe it I feel like I'm back there again. "Sigh* Some day.