san francisco [day 3]

We started our third, last full day in San Francisco by going to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. I hate to admit it, but it was the second time on this trip we were standing in a line that we didn't know what it was for. So, here we stood, outside in a line as it started to rain. 

Thanks to some girls next to us who also wondered after about 5 minutes what they were in line for, they investigated. Turns out everyone was a line to get a cruffin [a croissant / muffin hybrid], which wouldn't be available for another 20 minutes. Sure a cruffin sounded delicious, but it wasn't worth waiting for in a long line, in the rain. 

We decided to bypass the long line and get a boring 'ol donut and bread pudding.

The show we had planned to see this particular afternoon was Superego. We had first seen them the last time we were in town for Sketchfest

Not only did we see the Superego regulars, but some amazing guests where there as well including John Hodgman, Amanda Lund and Janet Varney.

The show we saw has not been released, however, you can check out TONS of Superego on Howl.fm. I highly recommend this.

After the show, we found out there were still some tickets left for the Workjuice Players [basically, The Thrilling Adventure Hour]. However, it was for the late show. Meaning 10:30 pm. MEANING 12:30 am our normal, back home time. You know, two hours past our normal bedtime. 

But, we decided to live it up and got tickets. Knowing we had a late night ahead of us, we decided to not do too much and just walk around / explore. Maybe grab a beer and a snack. 

The beer and snack idea did not go as planned. We found a cute coffee shop, but they had JUST stopped serving food. 

Then we found a brewery Eric wanted to check out. Both their bar areas were full, but since we would be sharing an appetizer they would not let us sit in the dining area [even though it was before the dinner-time rush and only 2 tables were currently occupied].

[Thanks for nothing 21st Amendment Brewery.]

We were about to give up and head back to the hotel when we came across a little sports bar on the water. At this point we were exhausted from walking and just needed to sit for a bit.

For dinner that night we stopped at Gott's at the Ferry Building before heading over to the Brava Theater

It's probably worth mentioning that we spent most of our time in SF at Brava. All three shows we saw took place there. Needless to say we knew our way around that area pretty well by the end of the trip. 

The Workjuice Players started out with a solo by Rhett Miller, singing Life on Mars. [Unfortunately it was the next day that David Bowie passed away.] You can hear Rhett's great performance here. You can also hear Sparks Nevada, the story it proceeded, here

I'm glad we stayed up way past our bedtime for this show. There was so much talent on the stage and it was such a fun way to end our trip. 

san francisco [day 1]

This past January Eric and I traveled back to San Francisco. In most cases I like to travel to new places [Seattle / San Juan Islands excluded from that statement], but Sketchfest was calling our names again.

We went for the first time in 2013 and had so much fun, we had to return. Our plane left on a Thursday morning and once we had arrived and checked into our room, we went for a walk. It was too early for supper and we had just been sitting most of the day. 

Eventually we ended up at Mikkeller and sat down for a beer. A very good beer I might add.

By now we were started to get hungry so we made our way over to Uno Dos for some delicious tacos.

We hadn't planned to see any shows at Sketchfest this first night, but instead wanted to check out the Exploratorium. Since it was Thursday, it was open from 6-10 pm for their adults only After Dark event and we had read there would be exploding ping pong balls. 

The Exploratorium was huge! I'm sure we could have spent a whole day there if we really wanted to look at everything. It was a bit overwhelming that there was so much to see and do. 

Before 9:00 we made our way over to where the ping pong balls would be exploding. I didn't get a picture since we were told to cover our ears, but you can see a video of it here. There were over 3000 ping pong balls in a garbage can which exploded when liquid nitrogen, which had been in a sealed bottle, exploded. Now that's how you end your first night in San Fran. 

Polish Moon Bike Ride

On Friday night we headed to Milwaukee for the first Polish Moon Bike Ride. It was a block party and ride put on as a fundraiser by the Bike Fed of Wisconsin.

For those not familiar, the Rockwell Clock Tower [aka Allen-Bradley Clock Tower] in Walker's Point is mainly known as the Polish Moon because of the predominant Polish community that surrounded it. 

As we drove into the city we were looking forward to everything but the weather! I know, I know - so many of you Wisconsonites lately have been complaining that this summer has been too cool. I disagree. It has been a perfect summer, one where we haven't even hit 90 degrees yet! Although Friday we still weren't hitting 90 degrees, it was annoyingly humid so much that it felt like it was almost 100 degrees in Oconomowoc. Gross. 

Luckily, we got to watch as the temperature dropped the closer we got to the city [thank you lakefront!] and when we arrived to Walker's Point, it was actually quite nice out. 

But, enough about the weather [for now], let's talk about the party! We arrived and they had the street between the relatively new Annodyne Coffee Shop, Central Standard Craft Distillery, and Milwaukee Brewing Company closed down. A mariachi band played and there was great food to choose from. 

We walked around, ate supper [sausage grilled by the guys at Ben’s Cycle and Fitness/Milwaukee Bicycle Company, MKE Brewing Co. beer, and I may have snagged a few free Clock Shadow Creamery squeaky fresh cheese curds] and listened to the band. 

About 20 minutes before the start of the ride, I noticed a man creating giant bubbles. I am still not sure if he was part of the event or just saw a group of people who thought his bubble mastery would entertain them, but either way I am glad he was there. 

Around 8:00 we lined up to start the ride. It was now getting quite dark outside and a heavy fog had covered the area. We started to ride a bit slow at first, but with a group that big it is expected. We were led by motorcycle cops which would keep zooming by us to stop traffic and every time they would go by we would freak out that it was an annoyed driver [I hate that we as cyclists have a fear of all drivers hating us]. 

The ride was nice. The fog was present the whole time and sometimes it felt like gentle rain since it was so thick. We explored parts of the city I had never seen. Families came out of their homes and waved while we rang our bike bells and waved back. Many observers had their phones out either taking pictures or videos. I'm assuming somewhere on the internet, we are stars. My friend Amber and I tried to remember and sing campfire songs. Another friend on the ride, Ester, told us stories of her recent overseas vacation. 

I'm glad the Bike Fed put on this great event and look forward to it happening again next year. It was a night full of great food and music, sharing stories with friends, and hopefully showing the city how awesome biking is.