It turns out that Facebook (or Twitter, if you prefer that site) is a pretty good way to chronicle your travel adventures.
As I looked back last week on all the Facebook updates I posted while I was in San Francisco, I realized I had quite a number of unusual, if not downright amusing adventures while I was on the west coast.
Now, I did not chronicle everything I did, like visiting the giant redwood trees in the Muir Woods National Park, or my half day at Alcatraz, or seeing the Golden Gate bridge from roughly the same height as the top of the bridge's twin spires. I did, however, post enough updates to give a somewhat decent picture of what I did in California.
Therefore, I thought I would share almost all of them (except one, or two for space) with everyone, complete with the spelling mistakes I made on Facebook. So here they are! Just keep in mind the times listed are Pacific Standard Time.
April 3, at 8:16 p.m.: "@ Pier 39 n San Francisco, with a crowd of people watching sea lions by the pier, and one of the sea lions just began trying to hump another one..."
April 4, at 2:15 p.m.: "In Chinatown working up the nerve to try a Chinese meal, anyone got any suggestions on what to try?"
April 4, at 3:45 p.m.: "Went with roasted duck on rice. Now on a trolley, headed for Lombard Street. Ding ding!"
April 4, at 6:11 p.m.: "Turns out duck is mostly fat, and thick bone, with a little bit of meat on it."
April 4, at 6:15 p.m.: "A seabird landed near me by the bay, tried to find something to eat, and then put its head between its legs and started squaking. What does it mean?"
April 4, at 6:23 p.m.: "A girl was laying on the beach by the bay just now, wearing a tank top with her somewhat, slightly fat rear stuffed into a small bikini bottom. I didn't want to be mean, so I bit my tongue and didn't yell out 'Hey gurl, your cellulite is showing!' "
April 4, at 7:19 p.m.: "So, after finding there was not much to see at Fort Mason, I have somehow made my way to the Marina District to see the sun setting on the Golden Gate Bridge."
April 5, at 1:24 a.m.: "Got back to my hotel after a long day of sightseeing, only to find that someone broke into my room while I was gone, smoked a cigarette, left their clothes and glasses, and made a complete mess. Fortunately, it appears all that was stolen was one of my dress shirt and pair of pants (and they left theirs behind). Guess who's not getting a good review on hotels.com now?"
April 6, at 10:23 a.m.: "Ouch, walked what felt like four miles yesterday, and now my legs are so sore" (Found out later that it was more like seven miles).
April 7, at 5:03 p.m.: "Just did wine tasting (2 whites, 2 reds) at the Robert Mondavi Winery, in Oakville, Calif. I now feel lush with refreshed life!"
April 8, at 7:08 p.m.: "I'm eating at a 'Bistro Burger' at a mall on Market Street, and my receipt included a spot for a tip. WTF, this is a mall food court, you don't ask for tips in a food court."
April 8, at 10:24 p.m.: " Well, I experienced two things I never to expected to experience, while walking back to my hotel tonight: A female hooker tried to start a 'transaction' (if that's what you call it). Then I walked by another hooker, in a school girl outfit, negotiating a 'transaction' with a potential 'customer' "
April 9, at 8:27 a.m.: "Is all packed up, ready to go, and the shuttle won't arrive, to take me to the airport, for another 3 1/2 hrs ..."
April 9, at 1:17 p.m.: "Wow, the options for buying food on this terminal, at the San Francisco airport are scarce (only 2 food places) and those options are almost worthless."
April 9, at 1:47 p.m.: "Looks like I've been bumped up to a better seat, and boarding zone, on my Delta flight ... SCORE!"
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.