August 23, 2011

Something Sinister

I spent the better part of yesterday following a strange sort of "delicious but hidden bakery/cafe/restaurant" map through San Francisco, splitting meals with friends so we could try as many things as possible. We went to Humphry Slocombe Ice Creamery where they had some of the strangest ice cream flavors ever. There was a "Jesus Juice" flavor that actually tasted like red wine and coke, a "salt and pepper" flavor that wasn't so great (it tasted like salt and pepper), and several other more tasty ones. We tried out Sol Food where they had a great assortment of vegan friendly entrees as well as a tasty Arnold Palmer tea & lemonade. There was a place called Cowgirl Creamery's Artisan Cheese that smelled really scary because they had so many extremely smelly cheeses, but the samples turned out to be very unique and fantastic! We visited a honey shop called "Bee Kind" where I got to try out honey from all over the world! It was very surprising how many different textures, colors, thicknesses, and flavors of honey there were. We got a bunch of donuts from Dynamo Donuts. Among those were Apricot Cardamom, Candied Orange Blossom, Bacon Maple Apple, Strawberry Earl Grey, Ginger Orange, and Open Hand Peanut Buddy. We visited a burrito place that I can't remember the name on, but it was on Mission St. and it was really good! We went to Far West Fungi where they sold every type of mushroom and truffle you could imagine. There was Boccalone Salumeria too, though I didn't try that place.

We were in the SF Ferry Building near pier 1 close to sunset and they locked us inside of the building and warned us that a large group of BART protesters were angry and outside of the building. So basically people inside were saying they wanted to get out and the protesters outside were shouting they wanted to get in. After that point in the eveining, there were numerous times I walked past groups of 30ish protesters being followed by twice as many cops.. and all the subway stations were closed.

Geoff with his wooden hand

Jo in front of a mural on Mission St.

BART protesters along Market St.

August 19, 2011

Can't teach an old bird new tricks

I was thinking about getting in touch with my friend who is working at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which is near East Bay in the SF Bay area. We met at Moorpark college at the campus zoo where she was training a Bobcat, a Sheep, and a really cool Amazonian Parrot! They can be as intelligent as a 3 year old child.. which is pretty incredible.

Long story short, I haven't posted any zoo pictures from any of the two weeks of zoo shoots. So here are a couple pictures of my friend Jacqueline!

And here's a salty little quote to go along with dolphin training and following your dreams

"Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little."
Paul Carvel

August 15, 2011

New York, France, and Six Toed Kittens

Going to Europe was an interesting experience. It really didn't feel that different from some other places I've been aside from the language barrier and not being able to use my cell phone. I got to do a lot of touristy things such as seeing museums, landmarks, and eating a lot. The most fun I had came from the simpler things though, like talking to people on the subways and wandering a french mall with my friend Devon. Did you know they sell leather converse in France?

The rainy weather forecast for the entire upcoming week prevented me from continuing on to the United Kingdom, so I bought a ticket back to California with a layover in New Jersey. Upon landing in Jersey, I asked my friend Lauren if she wanted to hang out for a few days and she said yes! So I ditched the Jersey airport while they were boarding my flight and took a train over to Manhattan. I ended up spending a week and a half in Lauren's loft in Brooklyn and meeting a whole bunch of incredible, friendly artists and going on lots of adventures. Some of these included perusing vintage book stores, seeing movies, going to a few museums, and going to the beach! On the second to last day, Lo and I were walking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and adopted a homeless kitten with six toes. Lauren named her Lucky because she was lucky to be adopted and she is lucky to be able to make kitty fists with her extra toes. We proceeded to buy her all the kitty necessities such as litter, food, and toys. After some shopping, we continued on our journey to the museum for an awesome time.

Pictured above: Lucky the Six Toed Kitten

Hannah Banana

My friend Hannah and I were messing with her studio lights. This is overexposed, but I still like it for some reason.

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