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:: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 ::

Sightseeing Plus


Wah, what a week! Mark's parents visted from Ontario, so we took every opportunity to do the tourist thing. I'm warning you right now, this is going to be very picture heavy!

First up, Muir Woods, home of the California Redwood!



But first you have to get there. ^_^ The best way is over the Golden Gate Bridge, which was neat! Quite foggy that morning (not unexpected, if you saw my earlier weather post), but that just added to the mystique of it.



Pedestrians and bikes can go over the bridge for free. Cars don't pay anything to get out of the city, but there's a $5 charge to get back in.



Once you get close to the park the roads get really hairy--basically climbing up a mountain and cominging halfway down the other side. Mark did a great job driving--I would have been so scared!



See? Sharply turning road, white line, no shoulder, three tufts of grass, cliff. Eeeep.



Once you're there it's incredibly beautiful. We were lucky to catch a ranger tour that was just starting. He was a great tour guide and we learned a ton. One girl on the tour was celebrating her birthday, so she got to wear a banana slug on each arm for the duration of the tour. I kinda wish I got a picture of her, it was neat.



Being a federal forest nothing is disturbed--fallen trees included. The only exception is where fallen trees obstruct the walking path.



Mark's parents and I in the large hollow of a redwood tree.



Mark and I in the same spot.

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That's it for right now--more pictures upcoming, though!

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Actually, fallen trees do get taken cared of - especially ones like that over the path. We call that kind of snag a "wider'maker" for obvious reasons. It's nice to see pictures of that park ;-). About how far a drive was it from San Francisco?
 
The ranger dude said that in Muir Woods the only trees that get touched/moved are those across paths, so... ~holds hands up in the air in an "I have no idea!" fashion~ -_^

The drive isn't too long--under an hour, I think.
 
I heard that they dont' touch them unless they are blocking a path also.
 
I'm not accusing you, dear. ;-) I'm just telling you what *we* do at *our* National Park. I should know, I report those snags to trails all the time. Of course, we have plenty of reasons for our trees to be a safety hazard - Chestnut Blight, Dogwood Blight, Hemlock Wooley Adelgid, ::counts off list of zillions of other tree diseases because of non-native infestations and general human stupidity:: Oh, and Justin wants me to tell you that the road has lines on it - so it shouldn't be scary. I guess he's still feeling resentment for the 1 lane gravel mountian road I drove him up at breakneck speed. ;-)
 
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:: Thursday, August 17, 2006 ::

The View from Here



  

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The view from my apartment window! Well... actually, the view when standing on our fire escape, but shhhh. -_^ At far right you have the Transamerica Building, the most recognizable skyscraper in the city. In the middle on top of the hill is Coit Tower. Between them you have a glimpse of the Bay--how much of a glimpse depends on the fog. -_^

Going to have a new apartment soon (cross your fingers for the lease!), so soon there will be a new panorama, yea!

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:: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 ::

A Sit Read


A Sit Read

This is in the spirit of a "daily photo", but without the promise of being daily. -_^ Taken on California Street.

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:: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 ::

Six Ways to Say the Same Thing


Only in San Francisco. Read seven day forecast aloud for full effect. ^_^

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so - i hear san fran gets some morning fog now and again...
 
you know, someone told me or i must of read it some place, that san fran gets morning fog now and again!
 
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:: Monday, August 07, 2006 ::

The Simple Things



Okay, call me totally simple minded, but there is a joy to be had from having your iced vente passion tea lemonade marked with "Our Karla". (We put people's names on their drinks when they order.) That whole sense of belonging and so on--warm and fuzzy! *^_^*

It was a good day at work--I was on the register for my entire shift and took in around $1,100 in sales(!). I'm feeling a little better at marking cups, which is a code of its own. And tomorrow was made a day off, so I'm only closing three times this week, wheee.

Oh, and it turns out I'm not eligible for tips while I'm training... but today was my last "training" shift! Yea!

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:: Sunday, August 06, 2006 ::

Let There Be Morphs


Mark and I went to an Anime Convention right here in town... well, it used to be an anime convention, but now they're trying to make it more of an animation convention. Which was awesome. ^_^

We got to see Merlin, the director of, get this, the Wallace and Gromit movie that came out last year. He brought a suitcase of characters along with him, including a couple of Gromits (he's Gromit's lead animator) and the were-rabbit.



And then afterwards he held a claymation workshop where we could make our own charcter! He taught us how to make Morph, basically the simplest human-esque character possible in clay.



They came out with varying levels of success... Mark's fella, on the right, is giving my sorry guy a pat on the head. :P



Mark and the were-rabbit and Morph.


~warning: webcomic madness below~

Other highlights include meeting Greg Dean of Real Life Comics and Jes of MacHall. It's all a very twisted web: Mark works for Three Rings, and Ian of MacHall was recently hired there. Jes is his girlfriend, I am Mark's girlfriend, and Greg is a friend, period, and so on. (Everyone, by the way, is super cool. Super super cool.)

Anywho, later there's a webcomics panel, and we arrive a little late because the main room was running way over on time. By the time we pop in the panel has degenerated into god-knows-what. Greg and Jes are there, along with a girl we don't know and a guy we don't know. As the guy-we-don't-know rants we realize... it's Shirt Guy Dom from Megatokyo! The one webcomic that I've read the most of. Sort of mind blowing in a way, especially when Mark is pointed out to him (as a Ringer) instead of the other way around.

...okay, I realize that probably made no sense to anyone but Elizabeth, and that my writing skills are less than sterling this morning, but I hope that was at least somewhat coherent.

Anyway. We had a lot of fun. ^_^

To make up for all of that crazy rambling blab, here are some San Francisco pictures for ya!



Cable car! This is near the Chinatown library.



The State Seal, as found near City Hall. Yes, that is Minerva, who is also the symbol of the University at Albany. Real life convo with Mark about the motto:

Karla: Our motto is Eureka, as in, "I've found it?"
Mark: ~shrug~
Karla: That's dumb. New York's motto is Excelsior, which means, "Ever upward". I like that better.
Mark: But we don't need to go ever upward--we already found it.

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:: Thursday, August 03, 2006 ::


A Job!

Sorry I didn't post after my interview, but I've been a little busy... with my job! ^_^ You are looking at one of Starbucks' newest baristas, yea! Interviewed on Monday, started Tuesday, worked the closing shift Wednesday (yesterday), and work the close again today and Friday. My store is really really busy, so 7pm-12:45am is the only time it's possible to learn with less pressure. I'm hoping that once I get into things I'll get more (busy and fun!) midday shifts, but we'll see. I may have to open now and then too--that's 4:15am >_< Luckily, the store is only three well lit blocks from my apartment, so it doesn't look like the walk should be a problem.

Anywho, just wanted to pass along the good news! ^_^

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Congrats!!! I know you're happy and relieved. Think of you often, have fun!! love love love
 
Yaaaaaaaaaaay!!
 
Now I know where to go to get free coffee!! Aimee
 
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