09/16/09: 2 miles through Nob Hill

You may be asking why I'm only doing two miles today. Well, first of all, I stood on my feet most of the day at work and they were sore BEFORE I started walking. And secondly, Nob Hill is steep. Two miles is plenty.

I started out on the Elephant and Castle Pub by my office. I love the interior of this place. It just seems like a place where everybody knows your name (are you thrilled I just got that song stuck in your head?!). They also have good iced tea.

To see really big redwood trees, you have to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods. However, to see baby redwood trees, you can just go to the Transamerica building. Not sure what the long-term plan is when the trees grow to be as tall as the building, but for now they are very nice to look at.

Yep. The vertigo is setting in.

I'm a big fan of the Pony Express but how many members could this association possibly have?  I need to look into this...

This is a very fancy plaque in the sidewalk that everyone in front of me just stepped on as they crossed hte street.  No respect, I tell ya.

It's true.  There are in fact beautiful things in the store.

I love the paper lanterns strung across Grant Street.

Wait.  Do I get a fourth choice?!

Laundry day.

This is the Chinese Historical Museum at 956 Clay Street.  The door is pretty but it really is a hole in the wall, making it easy to miss.  I'd like to stop in and check it out sometime.

Geez, buddy.  We get it...

View looking south from the top of Nob Hill at the corner of California and Jones Streets.

I got brave and went to the front door of the Masonic Temple.  The huge seeing eye in the window creeped me out.  So that was the end of that exploratory mission.  Editor's Note: I think there is a cosmic power controlling this particular picture...it refuses to center like the others.  Wierd.

You know it's a steep sidewalk when they have to put steps in it.

A federal administration building you guess...ERR!  It's the Ritz Carlton on Stockton.

Keeping Union Square classy.

Ack!  My namesake looks like a total dive!  Dang.  Why couldn't my name be Ritz Carlton?...

My treacherous journey ended at the King of Thai Noodle House where I got the duck panang.  Brace yourself for the ingredients:  duck, pineapple, tomato and peppers in the red curry sauce.  I thought for sure the pineapple/tomato combo would be a deal breaker but honestly, the dish tasted awesome.


  1. Pineapple is good on pizza, so the tomato/pineapple thing has precedent.


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