Archive for May, 2010

The Week in New York

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

It’s been such a busy week here in New York.  It’s been non-stop visiting friends, shopping and more shopping.   And last night I was taken out by my friend Jim to see the opening night of the new season for the American Ballet Theatre at the Met Opera House.   Now that was very cool!  Caroline Kennedy and Blain Trump both got up and gave speeches.

So once again it’s my last night in New York and I’m a bit sad to be leaving.   And this time it’s going to be one very long trip home.

San Francisco… I’m Exhausted!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Oh man this visit to San Francisco has been busy.  I was sad that I only had time for 2 work outs on my 7 day pass to Gold’s Gym.  But the rest of the time was spent wisely meeting friends, shopping and researching possible new projects for life in my 40′s.  And I can say that from meeting certain people I now have more motivation than ever.  Some people are so inspirational.   It really makes you question how you are spending your life.

San Francisco will always be my favourite city in the USA.   I have to keep myself from booking a ticket and returning next month.  Tomorrow I start my trip to New York.

The Sun is Shining in San Francisco – Day 3

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

And out comes everyone to soak up the sun.   Even these nudists hanging out in front of my guesthouse.  I had to return a bag I had bought at the Sports Basement so Steve kindly drove me back to that side of the city.   Earlier in the morning I had a nice breakfast with the guesthouse manager and then had my first work out at Gold’s Gym.   It’s kind of an old gym with pretty old equipment.   It is also quite expensive compared to others nearby.   By the guys here take their work outs very seriously.

Later in the day I met up with Dan who I had met last time I was here.  We spent the afternoon drinking beers and eating.  It’s been so nice this trip seeing so many people who I would now call friends.   It’s still pretty cold here, but it’s not too cold to get out and about.  Mental note…  Cafe Baghdad has good burgers and Cafe Flore has cheap beer (both on upper Market Street).

San Francisco – Day 2

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Who doesn’t love San Francisco?  I took it easy the first day, just seeing friends and relaxing.  But day 2 was quite different.   After a brekky at Orphan Andy’s in the Castro my friend Steve drove me down to the Sports Basement so I could start my shopping.   I finished around 6pm with my last purchase, two pair of trainers at Footlocker.   Macy’s was having a one day sale (and I think Macy’s are always having a sale)  and spent up big!

Eventually I headed back to the guesthouse because I couldn’t carry anymore bags.  Big day.  No shopping tomorrow.

San Francisco Day 1

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Just a quick post.  I had a quick and easy ride from Melbourne to Sydney to San Francisco.   I slept for 8 hours of the 13 hours trip over here.   Along the way I saw Pam An’s very funny 2 hour comedy show in London on the Qantas entertainment system.   It was the perfect program to watch on a long haul to the US.  And good on Qantas for showing it considering it is all about making fun of the airline industry.

I am staying at the same guesthouse that Chris and I stayed in last year.  I’m pretty sad that Chris could not come along.   But within 3 hours of being here I had already joined Golds Gym (a 7 day membership pass) and met up with 3 friends.   I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting week here.   I will post pics soon.