Tuesday, October 28, 2008

San Francisco, Part One

In case you haven't seen David Letterman's Tribute to Paul Newman from 29 September 2008:

And this one that talks about his charity work:

They made me cry, but I'm a wuss.

As usual, it's taking me forever to write a post. I've been back from vacation almost two weeks (tomorrow night), but I came home sick and very tired. I had a great time in SF and Vegas, although I probably should have switched weeks as the weather was iffy my first few days in SF and it was FREEZING in Vegas. I packed for 90F since that's what was forecasted when I left. Not so much really. And SF had to have its stupid fog which is the reason I'm so prone to bronchitis in the first place. True San Franciscans love that fog. I hate it which definitely indicates that I was never a true San Franciscan.

Schneider pointed out to me last week that every time I travel I get bronchitis. And I agreed with him until I just looked at my calendar. Yes, I did have bronchitis in February, but it didn't happen until a good 2.5 weeks after I had gotten back from Vegas, so there goes that theory. My personal favorite theory is that my lungs suck canal water which is more appropriate than sucking rocks.

I, being completely addicted to yarn and having zero self control when it comes to yarn (and books and CDs and DVDs), should not have gone looking for yarn stores when I was in SF, but I did anyway. The very first full day I was there, in fact. I was heading out of the house on Thursday [I got in so late Tuesday night and then stayed up an additional few hours drinking wine with Suzy and talking and catching up that it was pretty late in the day (2:00-ish) when I finally got into the City on Wednesday] when I discovered that I didn't have a key to the apt. (I had one to the outside door), so I called Sal at work. In the end, his partner came home and we ended up going out to lunch at a vegan restaurant and then walking downtown to the yarn store on Sutter St. OMIGOD, this place was yarn nirvana. The yarns were incredible gorgeous in color and in texture. I was so mad at myself for going there as I did NOT need more yarn. And if you remember, I have ZERO self control, especially when it comes to gorgeous yarns.

They had this model prominently displayed and I had to have it (a tad overpriced I must say, pattern-wise) in this color (Color 09 of Tantra – just in case).

Right next to the Tantra yarn was Sylph which I had to have in color #14 (at least, I think that's the color – it's showing too red on my computer screen). I thought I behave myself pretty well considering I really wanted Kyoto in color #35

After I escaped from Pure Temptation aka Art Fibers, I called Soyon and left her a message saying "I've been really bad." She called me back and asked, "You were really bad? Or really mad?" "Really bad." "Were you just in a knitting store and bought yarn?" Ah, does she know me or what? So, I told her about the place and how they had a website which she immediately got on and I told her about Tantra and she asked, "How far are you from there?" "A few blocks," I replied, whereupon Sal's SO stopped dead, looked at me, and turned around to head back to the store. She wanted the Tantra in the yellow that the pattern is shown in (she can wear yellow, I can't unless I want to appear to be sans clothing). And then she wanted Tsuki (I was very proud of myself for not buying Tsuki for myself as I ADORE mohair) in a very light grey color. She cussed at me for calling her, but how could I not share such a fabulous yarn store with her? I'm very proud of myself for not buying more yarn when I went back the second time, especially Tsuki.

A week after I had been there, I got an e-mail saying they were closing their store and going to be a mail order business only. It's a bummer but understandable as I can't even begin to imagine what their rent in prime downtown SF must be. As nice as their website is, it doesn't do justice to the unbelievable sublimeness that is their yarns, as you can't feel them or really judge the colors properly. Sad.

Thursday night, we, of course, watched the vice presidential debate and played the drinking game. My aunt came by after work (she was leaving for Detroit early Saturday morning, so I wouldn't see her otherwise) and she watched it with us. Since she was driving, she drank iced hibiscus tea (yummy!), but I was worried she wasn't going to be able to make it home w/o peeing her pants with all that damned "change" and "maverick" –iness going on in the debate. I'm pretty sure we made up some rules as the debate progressed, but it was a good 3-4 weeks ago at this point and I don't remember what they were, although one of them might have been to drink whenever she would wink at the camera. Oy vey. That was freaking annoying.

There was a remarkable lack of true sightseeing happening in SF. I hung out with friends, ate at all new restaurants (except for Thai Stick because I had to have crispy crunchy tofu), although I did go to the brand new California Academy of Science with Knucklehead. It was very cool and while I didn't have the childhood memories she had, I did enjoy my time there.

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At Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, Blogger Evil Twin's Wife said...

I'm so glad we don't have very many decent yarn stores here. We have a couple of really good ones, but they're out of my way, so I remain safe. Sounds like you had a really nice time!

At Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, Blogger LL said...

That's it? You spent your time drinking and buying yarn? *sigh* :ewink:

At Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

ETW - Artfibers.com ;-) You can order on-line.

LL - No, it's all I've had time to post so far. I haven't even gotten to Vegas yet!

At Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, Blogger fermicat said...

Hooray! You're back and feeling better.

At Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, Blogger fermicat said...

Are you going to post pictures of what you make with the fabulous yarn?

At Wednesday, 29 October, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Fermi - Thanks for the welcome. Ah, here's the problem with me and yarn. I buy great stuff for myself, but rarely knit for myself. Sometimes I'm just too Catholic - guilt, you know. ;-)

At Thursday, 30 October, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

If you were that Catholic you'd only be a vegetarian on Fridays.. ;-)

At Thursday, 30 October, 2008, Anonymous Suzy said...

Oooh...wild silk! Wow!

It was great to see you!! I'll have to find away to get to the D soon.


PS I have to admit, I'm a fog lover! :)

At Thursday, 30 October, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Jorge - Oh, I'm definitely not that Catholic, however, my mother is. To this day, she never ever eats meat on Fridays, it's not just a lenten thing for her.

Suzy - You really do need to get here. I know you love the fog, you were one I was thinking of when I wrote that. ;-)

At Friday, 31 October, 2008, Blogger Ben O. said...

I loved him in the Color of Money. When he realizes that he has been played at the tournament - that look in his eye.

Great stuff.

Ben O.

At Saturday, 01 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Ben O - I own that movie and need to re-watch it, it's been YEARS since I've seen it. Maybe I'll have a PLN movie day on Tuesday after I vote.

At Saturday, 01 November, 2008, Blogger Fantasy Writer Guy said...


At Sunday, 02 November, 2008, Blogger dr sardonicus said...

This was a good yarn...

At Sunday, 02 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

FWG - Without a doubt. ;-)

Dr. - Cute.

At Monday, 03 November, 2008, Blogger Beth said...

Drinking and buying yarn ... that's like my idea of heaven!

At Monday, 03 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Beth - You and me both. ;-) My yarn stash is stupid outrageous. Have to figure out what project to take with me to the polls tomorrow, so if I have to wait hours I'll be okay.

At Wednesday, 05 November, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

Dinner- How does Friday or Satuday evening work for you?

At Wednesday, 05 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Jorge - Busy both days. Babysitting Friday and a concert on Saturday.

At Wednesday, 05 November, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

ooookay. Sunday is out for us, I we have a birthday/confimration.

Next Friday would work.

Next Saturday is out, Mona is going out with her Moms Club pals.

Sunday might work as well.

If those are no good I'll welcome any suggestions.

At Thursday, 06 November, 2008, Blogger Heather said...

Glad you're back and feeling better. Enjoy your new yarn! :D

At Sunday, 09 November, 2008, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

And SF had to have its stupid fog which is the reason I'm so prone to bronchitis in the first place. True San Franciscans love that fog. I hate it which definitely indicates that I was never a true San Franciscan.

I love that fog. Sorry it causes bronchitis for you. :(

Unfortunately a lot of stores are closing and going mail order. Rents are ridiculous.

I'll have to watch the tribute. I like both Letterman and Newman, and too bad about Newman. He was a good guy.

At Monday, 10 November, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

How about Friday or Sunday night for dinner?

At Tuesday, 11 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Either Friday or Sunday works for me, although Sunday might be better for me. Did we decide where we're going? Time?

At Tuesday, 11 November, 2008, Blogger Beth said...

What project did you bring? I'm trying to whack away at all my current yarn before I get any other yarn. Any knitter knows that so much easier said than done.

At Tuesday, 11 November, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

Glad to hear from you. I was getting a little worried, especially with the lastest news from your employer.

Lets go with Sunday then. As far as I know that's all we've figured out.

How does 6 work for you? That's about right for The Peanut.

As far as the place goes, either Al Sultan or Cedar Garden. They're within a mile of one another.

Al Sultan is more of a neighborhood kind of place, but for my money it's as good if not better than anything I've had in the Warren and Schaffer area.

My brother has been to Cedar Garden but his is the only review I've had.

So I'll leave it up to you. One of us is going to try a new place. Who's it going to be?

At Wednesday, 12 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Beth - When going to SF? I can do any project on a plane as there's nothing to take up my attention, so lace is all good on planes. Grocery stores

Jorge - Sunday at 6:00 at Al Sultan it is...where exactly is Al Sultan?

At Wednesday, 12 November, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

415 Inkster Rd., Garden City, MI, 48135

It's on the West side of Inkster about 3 blocks North of Cherry Hill.

It's across the from the apartments North of the bowling alley.

It's got a red awning.

See you Sunday!

At Wednesday, 12 November, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Excellent! I can avoid Ford Road and Michigan Avenue! See you then. Will you be wearing the WVSR hat? Or should I just look for Mona and Peanut? ;-)

At Wednesday, 19 November, 2008, Blogger Scott said...

I've been meaning to comment on this post. Paul Newman is one of my favorite actors. I loved Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He was so intense and a great example of a man.


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