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The Sartorialist

Scott Schuman photographs people on the street in NYC -- with his own take on fashion and authenticity: http://www.thesartorialist.com/

NYC Last Night




More Hot Day Leafiness



Cooper's, A Great Pub


8th Ave, betw. 18th-19th. 28 beers, cider on tap. Good food, ambience. Run by 3 Irish guys. Before leaving, bartender Barry made me a great Irish Coffee and informed me that this drink originated in Ireland after WWII and was not invented in San Francisco at the Buena Vista Cafe by Stanton Delaplane in the '50s, as SF lore would have it.
This panorama is a bit skewed.

City Signage




Carole King Musical, "Beautiful," a Dud

How can you go wrong with all those great songs? Well, by sugar coating everything. If you'd ever seen or heard the Shirelles or Drifters or Clovers or Little Eva singing "Locomotion." you would be struck by the dumbing down/gussying up of all this music. Big lack of authenticity. I left after the intermission. I even thought some of the singers were lip-syncing. Just phony. Worse than what Motown did with the Supremes. Heavy handed and yes, it's had great reviews. Go figure.

Last Night in NYC

Stumbled into great restaurant last night (the brewery I was heading to was closed), The Cookshop, 156 10th Ave. (at 20th), local mostly organic ingredients, on-the-ball chef. Same people have a Mexican restaurant ("at 2nd and 2nd") I'm going to check out.



Pierce Arrow Beauty in United Airlines Terminal, San Francisco Airport


Tiny 3-Story Brick Home in Greenwich Village


Lovin The Redeye/Citizen Kane at 30,000 Feet

First class* -- Ooowee! Take it from one who has suffered the indignities of steerage—er—economy class repeatedly, this is such luxury. Got it from frequent flier program but mostly Visa charge card. So this is how the 1%, or maybe 3-4% live. Mos def not shabby.

First to board, comfortable, spacious seats that fold out into a near bed, large personal monitor, wi-fi, DC plug-in, dozens of movies. My return to SFO will be economy. But to tell the truth, I've found economy a whole lot better than it used to be. United is on the ball these days. Their website works perfectly, flights have been on time, the crews have been great. The new United wing at the San Francisco airport, still under construction, is really slick. Wi-fi works immediately, cool Dogpatch espresso stand, lots of chairs desks, with DC power.

I love the redeye. I get to stay up all night, writing, watching movies, writing (travel stimulates), watching the sparkling orange/yellow lights of the East Bay as we take  off, seeing the sun rise this morning as we dropped down over Long Beach heading for JFK.

I watched Citizen Kane, had never seen it in entirety, wow! The cinematography! I just read about its uniqueness: http://www.takegreatpictures.com/photo-tips/tgp-choice/artistic-photography-in-cinema-citizen-kane Seeing it filled in a big gap in my film knowledge.

I'm at a cool cafe in the Village now, having oatmeal and a latte, soon to take off exploring until I can check into my room. Not a wink of sleep and I don't feel the least bit tired. Such is the pulse of this city.

*More luxe than "business class"

Artist Sean Yoro Paints Meticulous Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle Board