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Friday, July 04, 2008

Dog Days

Caught a bit of family fluff in a movie Firehouse Dog. Of interest to Rumpsters, the canine star (who is pretty much the only thing of note in this film) is referred to at one point as "Wonderdog". The Dog's name in the film. . . .Rexxx!


Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

Yo, Rumpus. CIV & family plan to visit San Francisco this summer (August). Got any recommendations?

(I realize that SF and LA are far apart, but maybe you visit SF sometimes?)

We are more tech than nature, and so have Google, Frye's, and Weird Stuff on the must-see list. Might want to visit a vineyard, though we prefer beer to wine. Probably will work in a college tour or two. (Stanford? CalTech?)

Hope summer's treating y'all well and that you're nowhere near those fires.

July 10, 2008 9:18 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Hey, CIV! Hope all the CIV family are having a wonderful summer, too!

I haven't been to SF in a while, but here are some tips and suggestions:

-- Be prepared for lots of homeless people and sometimes aggressive panhandlers when you're in the city (although I've read recently that even the famous bleeding hearts of the City by the Bay are beginning to be fed up with it).

-- You can take a ferry to Sausalito and spend a day or an afternoon there. It's very nice, but it can be chilly, so bring sweatshirts/sweaters.

-- I think you can also visit Alcatraz, but I've never done that.

-- About an hour (or less) from the city -- in Marin County, I think -- you can visit really beautiful Redwood groves.

-- I liked visiting City Lights bookstore.

-- Watch Vertigo before you go.

-- Stanford is a nice campus, and Berkeley is interesting, too.

-- Unless you're planning to take a loooooong drive, you'll have to save Cal Tech for your next visit to California. It's in Padadena.

Have a great time, and let us know how you liked SF!

July 10, 2008 11:58 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Oops, make that Pasadena.

July 10, 2008 11:59 AM  
Blogger stewdog said...

"The coldest winter that I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" ---Mark Twain

Should be a great trip. Do all the touristy things. . Coit Tower. . Garabaldi Street, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown. I haven't spent all that much time there myself. If wine isn't your thing, I bet you can find some good microbrewries in SF.
I love the drive North to Mendocino or south to Santa Cruz and Carmel/Monterey. Wonderful Aquarium in the latter.

July 10, 2008 1:47 PM  
Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

KM, it's a good thing I married a Californian. I won't be doing the navigating or setting the itinerary, I suppose. I'll cross CalTech off my list.

I visited SF many moons ago. Saw Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Sausalito, and even Carmel. Also Union Square (and a famous hotel - St Francis?), something Embarcadero and that twisty street -- Lombard? -- and I recall seeing Ghirardelli Chocolate signs, but don't think I went there.

But the RugRat hasn't ever been, so there will be some repeats for me. I don't think we went north and I know I never visited Alcatraz nor rode a cable car (can't stand long lines), so for sure there will be new stuff to see and do.

Just wondered how much things have changed in 20+ years. I heard something about seals or some similar creature taking over the SF water front. And of course I don't know enough CA geography to follow the news reports about the fire.

Guess I need a new guide book.

July 10, 2008 3:11 PM  
Blogger stewdog said...

Mendocino is really beautiful and not too far from SF. . Nice drive through the Anderson Valley. We have stayed at the Alegria B and B and the Stanford Inn by the Sea and liked them both very much. The drive north of there to the "Lost Coast" is also very beautiful. Just don't talk politics with the locals.
If you opt to go South to Santa Cruz, the Adobe on Green Street is our favorite B and B. It is like being home and close to downtown.

July 11, 2008 11:27 AM  

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