We are here !

It's 10:45 local time, sunny, we're fed, I've seen two new birds already (a chipping sparrow, Spizella passerina, and a Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottus), and we've just realised that we're less than 100 yards* from the nearest BART station.

The plan for the rest of the day is to trundle into the city to find our apartment, then I hear there's an interesting place to visit over on 2nd Street...

This is already shaping up to being a good experience.

UPDATE: Rather than clog up the forums with this stuff, I'm going to blog and tweet it.

*See, I'm talking American already!

Picture of Zee-bloomin'-ro!
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Kiteman (author) 4 years ago
I'm back on a proper computer!

Take that, new image format!
I am glad you got off that improper computer ;-)
He had to... The Queen complained.... (She doesn't like improperness you know). :)
:-) after 20-30 years of misunderstanding odd sayings and cliches I am old enough now that I can make fun of them....including taking them completely literally (drives my wife half bonkers sometimes LOL))
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
There's a guide now...


*Chuckle* You'll fit right in at LA, although you may be accosted by a stranger, you also may well get completely ignored too. We're a diverse group on this side of the pond ;-)
He's in SF not LA :p
although, wearing the Union flag as a bandana would confuse the locals in LA
good one.... nothing would confuse them more than wearing half and half 'colors'.
they would have to jump him anyway, just on principle.
That could happen in Oakland too....
or get swept up with the 1% thinking it is a Maker movement.
I think someone would have to slip him a tiny square of paper first...
Aye, I suppose. I've seen just about every type of misconstrued and odd dress codes, so I would probably not notice
Kiteman (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Although, LA Story is one of my favourite films.
Haven't seen it yet.
LA SF SD Chicago, whatever ! ;-)
Goodhart4 years ago
WELCOME KITEMAN ! Someday (as soon as I finish building this time machine) I may be able to visit the UK.
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
Thank you!
kelseymh4 years ago
Welcome to America, ya limey poofter!
Is that the standard SF inmate greeting?
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
I think it's the normal Brisbane greeting...
We'll keep it at a "manly handshake".....wait

< hugs >
eclipsed4 years ago
Welcome to California!
Kiteman (author)  eclipsed4 years ago
Thank you.
caitlinsdad4 years ago
Z*E*R*O ?
I don't think he's going to pay the absurd price for in-flight WiFi.
but that's the price to pay to keep the kids occupied on a long trip and the airlines know it.
Oh, come on. Those mini bottles of Bailey's are much cheaper, and much tastier, too. Just like little mocha milkshakes!
canucksgirl4 years ago
So do you have butterflies of excitement yet? Only one more sleep. Yay!

Awesome picture of Churchill btw... 
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
All the way down to my toes.

Although we leave home tomorrow, it's two sleeps until we actually fly - paranoia made us book a motel near the airport, to save delayed trains making us miss the flight.

(With reasonably good reason, it turned out - several lines have been delayed by vandalism, cable theft (for scrap value) and high temperatures making overhead cables sag to much.)
I would do the same thing... Even with all the Olympians that are flooding the region, you want to be as close to the airport as possible. We've been hearing loads of complaints on the news, even from cabbies.... people are having a tough time getting around.

At least there's free WiFi at the airport. :P

Is it just me, or is your page taking forever to load all the images? I'm seeing a lot of blank spaces.... (even though I have hi-speed internet). o_0
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
London has always been a tough city to get around by car, bus etc - I simply don't do it, sticking to the train and Underground.

LOL - call it a test of the new image layout...
I could get out a stopwatch and make an Olympic themed sport of it to see which image comes in last... lol
caitlinsdad4 years ago
It's a slippery slope when you start using hand gestures for 2, 1....
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
I had to be selective, since Churchill himself wasn't.

And there's always good old Ted Rogers...

Jayefuu4 years ago
Kiteman (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Ah, I shall alert the proper authorities to prepare for your arrival. Let's see, SF Mayor to give you keys to the city, zombie and vagrants welcome committee, TSA to give you the full treatment with pedicure...
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
The TSA are a concern - I have never left the UK without somebody in the party running foul of men in uniform...
I took my nephew and niece to visit the U.S. Mint long ago, didn't realize he carried his mini-leatherman with him, we were able to talk our way out of that one. Nowadays, you can't even carry a bottle of water through.
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
It's normally me that gets frisked - I set off metal detectors wearing nothing but cotton - but last year's Kenya trip had a rocky start when #2 son took a half litre of ginger beer through security.
I'm really quite torn between choosing to be repeatedly groped or walking through the porn machine (and getting a nice, unhealthy dose of radiation) on my next flight.
Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain4 years ago
I'm given to understand (eg via BoingBoing articles) that asking to be groped instead of irradiated is tantamount to an admission of terrorism in some US airports.
Getting back on line to be groped again is an admission of something else...
Oh that's just wrong....
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
On several levels.

He is on Her Majesty's secret service...
Well he has the tool for the job. lol... :P
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
I don't know whether to slap you or thank you.
and be careful if they ask you to go bike riding...
combining those two could be dangerous...
only if you are walking in front and stop short.
It's very sad that asking for a groping is now a "subversive" act. Ahh, America.
funny, I thought a semi-public grouping (especially if you ASK for it) was always a bit perversive......oh wait, you said subversive LOL
Make sure no tweezers or nail clippers in the carry on... I ran into that ordeal (as if they were weapons of mass destruction). o_0
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
"If you can hijack a plane with tweezers, you don't need the tweezers"

I will not be wearing that on a t-shirt...
Kiteman (author)  Kryptonite4 years ago
New Jersey 9 leads you to the Jersey Shore. You know, where there are people from the Jersey Shore.
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
Meh, it was a "9" that wasn't just a "9", and was also vaguely linked to the correct continent.
Why didn't you go for the correct state? Assuming you'll have a car while you're here, that one will even get you some Real Beer in less than two hours.
Kiteman (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
Mainly because I don't know about the road-numbering system in the US. It seems you have quite a few "Highway 9"s, but we only have one "M9" motorway.

The beer is a real possibility, because we plan to hire a car some weekends.
make sure you drive on the right side of the road...
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
"Right", as opposed to "correct"?
right is correct
Yes, since the steering wheel is SUPPOSED to be on the left
and cars are not supposed to be coming straight at you nor should they constantly be beeping you or offering obscene gestures.
wait, I take back the constant beeping and offering obscene gestures, that's normal
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
I've driven in the US before - the only thing that confused me was the thing about turning right through a red light.

The equivalent over here would cost you your license.
Right on red, IF you come to a full stop and it is clear AND if there is no sign indicating No Turn On Red, and if the state allows it LOL
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
I guess I'll stop at the red until the guy behind sounds his horn...
PKM Kiteman4 years ago
Though I'm probably a little late with this, the thing that really caught me out about driving in the States was that the red light tended to be on the far side of a road junction. I'm used to rolling right up to a red UK traffic light, so had a few "oh cr*p" moments when I realised I was only just able to stop before a crossroad.

It didn't help that this was in a car half a tonne heavier than my regular drive with two and a half times the horsepower o_O
Kiteman (author)  PKM4 years ago
Duly noted.
Even if one does, be careful. Some people beep the horn if you sit at a green light for one second longer than one second, and they don't always look, or see signs either.
Beep! Beep! Beep! Beeeeeeeeep! and no texting while driving or using the cellphone.
What.....now you're the road runner ? LOL
I've driven in CA before - the only thing that confused me was the thing about stopping for pedestrians when they stick their toe in the crosswalk...but now somebody passed a law about it in NYC too.
Aye we have it in PA too.
Oh! Be careful - while "right on red" is usually still legal here, in some areas it's not.
:-D The U.S. has four different highway numbering systems.

Nationally we have the pre-1950's U.S. Highways (in the Bay Area, U.S. 101 is the north-south artery) and the post-1950's Interstates (I-80 is the one from San Francisco to New York). These two systems combined are probably the equivalent of British motorways (M-series).

Each state has their own numbered highway system, with distinctively shaped signs. These are generally smaller than the national highways, and may or may not be limited-access roads; they're analogous to the British A-series roads, I think.

Most states also have county-by-county numbered roads, which are rather like the British B-series roads (typically rural, some may not even be paved!).
Kiteman (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
Unpaved roads are "C" roads over here. I've driven on "roads" in Eire where the only thing that separated them from farm tracks were the road signs.
Wow. I haven't driven on anything below a "B", then :-) And some of those (out towards Somerset and Cornwall) were pretty scary for me, with hedges scraping the windows!
Kiteman (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
Ah, proper roads!
caitlinsdad4 years ago
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
(Thanks for adding these, I appreciate it.)
just trying to rescue you from the obscurity at ibles HQ, seems the youngins know not of the Great Kiteman. Part of the intern hazing should include tests on knowledge of prolific and ubiquitous members at large.

canucksgirl4 years ago

okay... now that I got that done, its past my bedtime. :-|
caitlinsdad4 years ago
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
canucksgirl4 years ago
The excitement must really be building today... We're missing 7. :P
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl4 years ago
I've been on the road all day, and I'm posting this from my iPod. It turns out that I cannot do anything to add images to the topic, but I can edit the text.

I'll only be online sporadically, because we're currently visiting family before The Big Trip.
On the Seventh Day, Kiteman rested
Literally LOL... :)
caitlinsdad4 years ago
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