There were also several elaborate dwellings made from driftwood on the beach so I wandered over and took a picture of one...
At 5pm we headed back north on HWY One and in Half Moon Bay, the home of Odwalla Corporate offices we found a homegrown funky little fish house to have some clam chowder in. Pam had to get on the plane later that night so we went into the city and I got a cup of tea at my favorite place, Peet's coffee on market street. After all these years the same woman was managing it. She told me she had a kidney disease and needed to have the benefits and that Peet's was a good match for her. She had just recently celebrated her 16th anniversary with them. (Understandable to me, I worked more than 20 yrs for Odwalla).
A little later that night I dropped Pam off at her sister's house in the mission then I went over to Potrero Hill, my home for seven years during the early 1990's. I stayed with my old friend Joan and her new girlfriend Teresa. We chatted until 11 that night and the next day Joan and I decided to take a long walk through the city.
San Fransisco has long been a city close to my heart not only for it's complexities and micro-cultures but for the amazing amount of random art strewn upon walls, walkways and store windows.
This first one is a store window that uses brown paper bags from Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Safeway to make an interesting backdrop for the life size cutout..
Page, someone I met many years ago, started making these hearts for a woman she fell in love with that lived across the street from her in 2005 and 2006. Less than a year after they met, Madelene died of ovarian cancer and this past Valentine's day Page published a book that has gorgeous photos of 100 different hearts she had made for Madelene over the years. The photography is superb as are the hearts, made from an amazing variety of mostly everyday things, including food, plants, flowers, paint brushes and metal shavings. I don't have permission to post any of these pictures but the book is available at Book Inc. on Market street next to Peet's. She had an opening on May 26th for her show at Dolores St. Cafe. The show featured several hearts from the book enlarged. I haven't tried it but you may be able to get the book on Amazon.
At some point during my visit, Teresa and I, who have never met before except on Facebook, realized we both knew a woman named Mary Wings. I hadn't seen Mary in 12 years so Teresa picked up Joan and I and we went for a visit to see the lovely Mary in her Boho style house in Precita park. Here she is standing in front of her house...