Friday, August 22, 2008

Summer in the City

We celebrated our anniversary with a day in the city, and the old adage proved true: "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
Luckily, I've lived here long enough to know to be prepared. I started off with a lovely new summer dress and strappy sandals and ended covering up with a sweater and boots.
I took a few pictures for lovely Caroline's competition, but the Golden Gate Bridge did not cooperate and kept hiding in the fog. Ah well, I suppose it's a more accurate portrayal of San Francisco in August. A friend pointed out that the wind gave me "cartoon hair" in that picture, and I admit I was impressed with the volume and curl since I left home with straight hair.
Since there was a good chill in the air, we were able to enjoy clam chowder bread bowls at the touristy Pier 39 before ending the night at a hilarious local musical, Insignificant Others, which is about a group of midwesterners who move to the city and embark on amorous adventures there. If you're ever in San Francisco, I highly recommend it.
All in all, it was an excellent celebration.


Caroline said...

I love the photos. They made me feel rather excited. If I am ever in San Francisco, I will be sure to let you know.

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

Happy Anniversary!

JJ said...

Happy Anniversary Angie. I love the pictures. The badge one with the bridge in the mist is really spooky. Brilliant.

Yvonne said...

Congratulations Angie. Looks like summer in Ireland!

Kristen said...

I'm glad you kids had so much fun. SF is just a great place to pass the time. I really want to see that show!

Sarah*G* said...

Happy Anniversary! When I was in San Francisco,November 2001 for my honeymoon,I got almost all imaginable weather! It chucked it down with rain one day then glorious sunshine the next and the required fog when trying to take pictures of Golden Gate bridge.

Bumps Stump said...


Good blog.

Writing can certainly be a pain - but then you obviously keep plugging away. Maybe you secretly enjoy the process? I think so.

I am an old retired geezer that also enjoys trying to write. So far I've limited myself to opinions and observations. That tends to put me in the non-fiction category so far, and deadly boring I'm afraid.

It is my hope to transition to a running story. That is, to start with a character or more, put them in a setting, and begin a day with them. I've not yet decided if I need a goal or should simply let the story flow where it will - but the general direction is slowly getting established in my mind.

I'd like my central character to be a British Preacher with opinions, and I want his challenge to be the pursuit of a humanitarian replacement for modern warfare.

Why mess around?

Shooting wars eliminate millions of potentially productive contributors to humanity every decade. I'd like to find out why our modern civilization has not produced the intellectual power to stop this historic fact and solve this most basic of human problems.

Do I detect another Anglophile?

I've family roots in the Norfolk area and I suppose that's at the bottom of my continuing interest in the merry old sod. What's your excuse?

Anyway, good pictures, San Francisco is always a treat, your pooch Drew looks like a terrific writer's helper. Lucky you.


Angie said...

Caroline, thank you, and I'd love to say hi if you're ever in SF! I think a US book tour is in order. :)

Thank you, Chad.

JJ, thanks. I believe you have one coming up, right?
The fog looks cool, but it was swallowing the bridge minute by minute. That evening it was invisible.

Yvonne, ha, I suppose it does. Luckily it wasn't raining, though it was definitely thinking about it.

Kristen, thanks for dog sitting. :) You should definitely catch that show if you get the chance. It's on until the end of the year, at least, so chances are good.

Sarah, sounds like it was testy (and normal) for your honeymoon. It does keep you on your toes, doesn't it? ;)

bumps stumps, thanks for visiting and welcome. Another anglophile writer, huh?
I love the process of writing, it's just painful most of the time. :) Bit of a catch 22, I guess.
My anglophilia came early from reading the Narnia books, and then I fanned the flame by studying in London during college. I loved the people, the history, the city, everything. (Oy, now I want to go back!)
Drew is a fantastic writer's assistant. I am lucky.