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2013/11 Moments, November 2013

Moments, November 2013
Denver, CA; San Francisco, CA.

Art at Denver Airport A gates
Art at Denver Airport A gates. Dual Meridian by David Griggs overhead in atrium by trains from Terminal A. Also heard Train Call song by Jim Green as doors were about to close, a welcome alternative to the usual boring warning tones. (Denver) 20131128 1041

SFO Terrminal 3 art installation
SFO Terrminal 3 art installation. Japanese Toys! From Kokeshi to Kaiju display at San Francisco Airport, between the speedwalks to T3 departures. Discovered that UA720 at 5:44 a.m. PT must be the first flight out for the day, as under-capacity security personal said I was the third person checked that morning, around 4:15 a.m. (San Francisco Airport) 20131129 0429

2012/07 Moments, July 2012

Moments, July 2012
San Francisco, CA.

Silver Terrace, southern San Francisco
Silver Terrace, southern San Francisco. Residential and commercial buildings up the inclines around Portola and Bayview, west of I-101 on the way to SFO airport. The city may be scenic for tourists, but the departure is less glamourous in Silver Terrace (San Francisco, California) 20120726 101210

Salty Peanuts, Mildred Howard
Salty Peanuts, Mildred Howard. Art installation of saxophones and scores at SFO International Terminal, above the doors at Gate A2. Outcry by musicians at Sax on the Web. (San Francisco) 20120626 125919

2011/01 Moments, January 2011

Moments, January 2011
Toronto, Ontario; San Francisco, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona.

Walking on College Street, Sottovoce Wine and Pasta Bar license suspended for 10 days beginning January 1. It must have been a wild New Years Eve (Toronto, Saturday) 20110101 2130
Walking on College Street, Sottovoce Wine and Pasta Bar license suspended for 10 days beginning January 1. It must have been a wild New Years Eve (Toronto, Saturday) 20110101 2130
Biked to Canada Computer on College Street, found boarded up from fire in September. New store at old location across the street. I haven’t bought computer parts in months! (Toronto, Sunday) 20110102 1600
Biked to Canada Computer on College Street, found boarded up from fire in September. New store at old location across the street. I haven’t bought computer parts in months! (Toronto, Sunday) 20110102 1600
Jade hairpins, worn by women, as well as men before the Qing Dynasty. In the “Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in Chinese Art and Culture” display by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, at the SFO pier for United Airlines. A pause, as an alternative to zooming by the moving sidewalk behind (SFO, Tuesday) 20110104 1230 PT
Jade hairpins, worn by women, as well as men before the Qing Dynasty. In the “Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in Chinese Art and Culture” display by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, at the SFO pier for United Airlines. A pause, as an alternative to zooming by the moving sidewalk behind (SFO, Tuesday) 20110104 1230 PT
"Bleaker", Don Olsen 1978, acrylic on canvas, special exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Art, in the G. W. Anderson Family Great Hall (Salt Lake City) 20110108 1400 MT
“Bleaker”, Don Olsen 1978, acrylic on canvas, special exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Art, in the G. W. Anderson Family Great Hall (Salt Lake City) 20110108 1400 MT
Grilled catfish from the Jam Burritos food truck at the Phoenix Public Market on Friday, There’s a videographer from the Food Network shooting Eat Street (Phoenix, AZ, Friday)
Grilled catfish from the Jam Burritos food truck at the Phoenix Public Market on Friday, There’s a videographer from the Food Network shooting Eat Street (Phoenix, AZ, Friday) 20110128

Express walkway at Pearson Terminal 1 International gates is running. A January Monday afternoon doesn’t seem busy. DY dropped me off for the CPH-HEL outbound, 26 hours after picking me up from PHX inbound (Toronto) 20110131 1630
Express walkway at Pearson Terminal 1 International gates is running. A January Monday afternoon doesn’t seem busy. DY dropped me off for the CPH-HEL outbound, 26 hours after picking me up from PHX inbound (Toronto) 20110131 1630

2008/12/12 San Francisco Ferry Building, market and ships

With an hour to spare before a meeting in downtown San Francisco, our group wandered around the Ferry building, and saw a streetcar (not a cable car) near Market Street.
Since we were in the Bay Area, I arranged for a meeting with a colleague in his office in downtown San Francisco.  We packed out of the hotel to drive into the city, and traffic was lighter than expected.  Thus, we had an hour to see some local sights.  The San Francisco Ferry Building was right down the street.

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I’m not sure what I expected to see in a ferry building.  With people passing through on the way to catch a ferry to the other side of the bay, I guess it’s more than a bus terminal, but less than an airport.  Coming through the front door, the hall extended both left and right.  I turned right.

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A ferry rider arriving a few minutes early could stop by the artisan bakery for a selection of specialty breads.

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Meat has become fashionable again.  A salumeria — cured meat delicatessen — is in keeping with the times.

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The refrigerator cases with complete pieces of meat remind us about animal origins. Continue reading2008/12/12 San Francisco Ferry Building, market and ships

2008/12/07 Pier 39, Fishermans’ Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Japan Center

How much of San Francisco can be seen in about six hours on a Sunday?
Taking advantage of a conference in Santa Clara, we arrived at the San Francisco International Airport after noon, picked up a rental car, and drove … the opposite direction, north, into the city.  I lived in San Fran for a few weeks in 1982, and have visited frequently, so I know the local sights relatively well. Our first stop was Pier 39.  The carousel is a hub at the pier.

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We had saved our lunch hunger for the Pier Market, ordering the local specialty: seafood.  In addition to a view of the open kitchen serving meals, the hostess had given us choice seats overlooking the bay.

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After lunch, we walked out onto the pier for sightseeing, as do thousands of tourists every day.

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The sea lions entertained us.  Most just lie on the docks and sleep.  When one wakes up and honks, a few others join in.  With a slight shift in position, one sea lion falls into the water, and then swims around to squeeze into another spot.

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There’s plenty of other tourists around with cameras, so we just asked one to snap this group photo with Geovanni, Kia, Nancy, Stephen and myself. Continue reading2008/12/07 Pier 39, Fishermans’ Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Japan Center

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