Sunday, October 30, 2011

Clarion St. Murals

A little less than a block away from me, Clarion Street, a small alley-like street, is a hidden gem of murals. The Mission, my neighborhood, is known for the street art, murals, sidewalk messages/sketches. Every single inch of build space along Clarion Street is covered.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lovely Sunday by the Bay

NYC Marathon - 14 days!

When my brother and I entered the lottery for the NYC Marathon this year (or last ? -- it was so long ago), I didn't think I actually get in. Greg and I have been trying off and on for the past few years, with no luck. This year, as things would go, I had my Ironman in July, and then I get into the NYC Marathon! But Greg didn't. I felt I was mentally (and physically!) tired from the Ironman training, but I really wanted to run the race. My brother said he didn't mind if I go without him, so I decided to do it. I've heard the Marathon is a fantastic race. There are crowds (2-3 people deep) the entire course -- if you're a runner, you know this rarely happens in longer races, especially marathons. There are 40,000 people who run the race, and friends who've run have told me it's the best organized run they've taken part. Despite all the excitement about the actual race, I don't feel 100% prepared. I know I have a base from my Ironman training, and I knew going into this that I wouldn't be able to train as hard as I'd like (because I am tired). I'll get through the race, a little slower than I'd probably like, and it'll just hurt a lot! But, fall in NYC will be great, and I will stay with my good friends JD and CS in Red Hook / Brooklyn. I am looking forward to catching up with those two, and exploring the city.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Wanna D8"

I saw this license plate this morning while sitting at a stop light. The holder around the plate says (which is a little difficult to read), "Single? Interested" along the top, and "Inquire Within" along the bottom. "Wanna D8" is very clever. Though, I don't think I'd be brave enough to put it on my car...not sure what a plate like that would attract! I didn't get a chance to see the driver of the vehicle--to see if it was a man or woman. And, if it was a man, and cute...I might have "inquired within!"

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Healdsburg 1/2 Marathon

This morning, I ran the Healdsburg 1/2 Marathon with RQ and her running club. They're a fun, outgoing, talented bunch. And they let me tag along! The race went through Sonoma County, along the beautiful vineyards, past the wineries. Afterward, several wineries set up at the post-race party for wine tasting--we were given complimentary wine glasses, with the race/date inscribed and our medals also double as wine-stops. Though, I have to admit, I was not in the mood to sip or taste wine afterward. I was in the mood to guzzle water and beer (of course, I didn't guzzle the beer!). Luckily both were available to quench my thirst. The weather was a little warmer than I'd prefer, but still too bad. The race went quickly, but hurt a lot. Congrats to RQ, who won her age group and a bottle of wine!

Stroll through Chintatown

Yesterday, I was a few minutes early to the wedding I was helping set-up flowers, so I took a stroll through Chinatown.

Chinatown Gate, Grant Ave

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kiwi Berries

Yup, taste like kiwi!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pay for Bathroom?!

1 quarter or token for the bathroom at Whole Foods...Haight Street, San Francisco...