Tuesday

31 August 2010

How to turn 49:

The day before, go check out a Dave & Busters, be really disappointed in it, so instead wander around a mall you've never been to.


It'll be cool. Really. Much bigger than your local mall.



Then, do something you've always wanted to do. Like, go see the Golden Gate Bridge. Walk on it. Then go into the gift shop to get a sweatshirt that actually fits...


Then go see other things. Like Union Square. And Pier 39. and express incredible disappointment that there's a sign forbidding anyone to get on that giant macaroni noodle, because you realy really wanted to sit on it ;)

Then, go to a flea market:


Spend the day walking around, looking at other peoples' crap, but chances are, you won't find any fleas...

Then...go to Six Flags.


Walk around all day, but take the time to see the tigers...even if they do get a little dramatic and lie prostrate on the ground, as if wailing No...stop taking my picture...! and one of the coolest parts of the day will be seeing two baby tigers, and then two grown ones playing Thundering Herd of Elephants.

Oh, and when you caually say "It would be really cool if he got into the water" while sitting there looking at a beautiful tiger, and he gets up and gets in the water, your day will totally be made.

Next, go to San Francsico. To avoid the driving nightmare of having been there to see the Golden Gate Bridge, take the BART train in, even though it smells like pee.


First order of business: walk. Walk and walk and walk. Up the biggest damn hill you've ever walked. Keep walking, until you've gone halfway across San Francisco and are at the Wharf.


Finally get to see Ghiradelli Square...


See all kinds of unique people...

Then walk some more so that you can catch a cable car back to where you were:


...because you've never ridden one before, and if you're going to do the tourist thing, you have to ride it at least once.

Then walk around a whole lot more. See the big mall. See the people. Take the BART train back, even though it still smells like pee.

Oh, and don't do all of this in one day. Not possible. At least not advisable.

Do it all...it'll make turning 49 fun. Or at least take the sting out if it.

12 comments:

Christie Critters said...

Happy 49th Thumper! San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to eat my way across. Glad you had a wonderful day.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Happy 49.. I'll send the Woman down in two years... :)!

Angel and Kirby said...

Happy Birthday Thumper! Those are fun things to do in San Francisco. I love Ghiradelli Square and their chocolate.

Roses said...

Please, please, please tell me Ghiradelli Square is one giant square of chocolate. Please.

Happy Birthday!
(You're standing on my chocolate.)

Amie Sugat said...

oooh you've made me miss SF and particular the pacific coast so bad... i miss my homelands... and i'm stuck in east texas missing my homelands... sigh

i've never lived in SF, but i lived in oakland, san jose, and several other cities near there as a baby and pier 39 was one of my favorite places to go when i was a kid.

oh and happy 49, congrats, you made it!

kenju said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Thumper!!

Thumper said...

Yes, Rises, it's one big ass choco-block, and I ate the whole thing... ;)

Geekwif said...

Happy Birthday!

Chicka said...

Wait what? I thought you were still 32? ;P

The Furry Bambinos said...

Happy Birthday! I had to do a triple take on the interesting people photo - I thought it was a statue. Wow.

Mom Sue to The Furry Bambinos

Carmi said...

Definitely the coolest birthday celebration ever. May you have many more annual adventures in your future. May we get to virtually share them through your words and images.

Happy, happy birthday!

Marti said...

What was wrong with Dave & Busters? Did you eat there and it was bland food (like Applebees)?