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Indians welcome

Indians welcome

I didn't know that the American Indians claimed Alcatraz as their own and camped out there for several years after it was closed as a prison.


Sad times

Sad times

There are no laptops in prison cells.


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This is my cell

This is my cell

See, there is an accordian.


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This is how they make fortune cookies

This is how they make fortune cookies

At the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. My poor co-worker had to spend an hour with me looking for this all over Chinatown. I wouldn't say it really is a factory -- it's more like this one woman making cookies and charging $1/photo.


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The Castro Theater

The Castro Theater

Like the Alabama, Fox, Tampa Theater, and how the Castro district got its name. The 50th Annual San Francisco Film Festival was being held that weekend. I tried to get tickets but they were a hot commodity, and George Lucas didn't return my calls.


Harvey Milk Plaza

Harvey Milk Plaza

A memorial to San Francisco's first openly gay politician.


A flag you probably won't see in the middle of Birmingham

A flag you probably won't see in the middle of Birmingham


Cool sign

Cool sign


Typical street in the Castro

Typical street in the Castro


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I left my heart ....

I left my heart ....

Shoot, this is where I put it


Mama is too old to climb these streets

Mama is too old to climb these streets

Feel the burn.


Kneel before the tiki god of the Tonga Room!

Kneel before the tiki god of the Tonga Room!


Appeasing the tiki god with a mai tai

Appeasing the tiki god with a mai tai

The Tonga Room's mai tai is always voted San Francisco's best.


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It "rains" every 30 minutes in the Tonga Room

It "rains" every 30 minutes in the Tonga Room

The Tonga Room's lagoon used to be the hotel pool. It has a floating boat where a band plays on weekends.


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The California Mille

The California Mille

There was a huge antique car show at the Fairmont when we stayed there. Then all these rich car owners took their sporty cars and drove the California Mille, which is West Coast speak for driving up the coast wearing ascots.


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Good front view of the Fairmont

Good front view of the Fairmont


Nate's car

Nate's car


My mother's day present

My mother's day present

Thanks Shane!


A seal

A seal

Love it.


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America's first floating sushi boat restaurant

America's first floating sushi boat restaurant


Lucky Cat

Lucky Cat

I thought this cat was just a kitschy staple in Chinese restaurants but no, it has great meaning for Japanese people. It's a lucky cat, and when his left paw is raised it means, "welcome visitors" and good luck. But when his right paw is raised it means "step off."


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San Francisco Bay cruise

San Francisco Bay cruise

We took a cruise and watched the sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge. This only fed my obsession with taking a bazillion photos of the bridge, some of which can be seen here.


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