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Saturday Night's Alright for Partying
Yeah, I know the song is a little different. We threw a reception on the last Saturday of December to celebrate the vows we spoke 2 days earlier. We were joined by around 85 friends and family, ate Chinese drank Stella and wine, etc. Good times. It seems that most of our friends who have kids have little ones, and the party broke up by 11. Just as well, though, as Boo and I had a morning flight to SF the next day.
If You're Going to San Francisco
The hotel (Hotel Renoir) is over 100 years old and sits right on Market Street between the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the Warfield Theater in Tenderloin. The hotel had recently undergone a renovation, but it appeared to exclude the heat system. For the 4 days we were in the hotel, we were on our own for heat...in late December / early January... during a unusually cold snap. Hotel management did comp us free breakfasts for the 1st and 2nd, though. We napped, checked the view from the roof and then walked to Walgreen's and bought a space heater :) Problem solved. We grabbed dinner at a fantastic Thai place (Lers Ros) and walked a bit of Tenderloin to get some bearings, including a walk-past of the Civic Auditorium to see what the lines and crowd were like to anticipate NewYears. It was not impressive. Lots of drug scene, and not much in terms of quality wares being sold. The line was ridiculously long too. Hmm...
New Years Day
We spent the better part of NewYears Day sleeping and watching football. That evening, we had been given a gift of cocktails at "Top of the Mark" (TotM). Not thinking about the effect of SF hills on legs that spent the prior night dancing for 5 hours, we set off on foot up Russian Hill (I think). Nearly sweating upon arrival at TotM, the view and the treatment were amazing. We sat, sipping champagne, watching the shadows stretch from the setting sun across the Bay. Again, we set off on foot, through the Financial District to the Esplanade, and then along the warfs to Pier 39 for dinner.
|Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
I don't know how much we walked in SF, but I'm sure it was multiple miles. Our last morning was a flash of checking out, BART'ing and bus'ing back to Oakland International. We absolutely loved SF, and decided right then that we'd adopt the 49ers. We also discovered we can travel together... we roll and press on the same things. That's it for now.