Sunshine Safari

We woke to a fabulous sunny and relatively warm day in San Francisco.  We covered over 3 miles today trekking around Nob Hill, the "Tender Nob", and Pacific Heights. 

Check out these talons!  
You Say Tomato is a grocery store on California St. stocking items from the UK.  They sell yummy black currant wine gums.  If you need your fix of all things British, this is the place to go.

I find this barber shop fascinating.  We've passed this storefront countless times in the last 2 years and every time I think to myself, I wish I had a camera with me.  Now I do...  Those clown heads are so bizarre...

I don't know about you, but I prefer my liquor on the rocks...

We stopped for some coffee at Cup-A-Joe Coffeehouse in the TenderNob.  

They have gelato for a hot afternoon.

and lattes, of course, served in pint-sized beer glasses.

I wonder how Einstein feels about being so close to the tarot card reader.

Watch your cars, everyone, or you might end up as someone's canvas!

Check out this clock atop the building across from Cup-A-Joe.

Here's an interesting statement about our American culture.

This pole features a sticker advertising counterfeit sneakers.  I guess signs on a a barbed wire post attract just the right audience for that sort of thing.

We couldn't help but peek our heads into Candy Darling, a brand new sweet shop on Sutter. An interesting bit of trivia...Candy Darling is the name of a transsexual beloved by Andy Warhol who appeared in two of his art films.

Continuing on our way, we came upon two very different stores situated next to each other:  Argonaut Book Shop and Brand Fury.  Both are run by mild-mannered middle-aged gentlemen.  However, the merchandise is very different.  

Argonaut Book Shop features rare books and eclectic art including a $37,000 (!) collection of Jack London first editions.  The owner also told us that the original Argonaut Book Shop on Kearny St (his father's store) was featured prominently in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.  We purchased a reprint of The Pacific Tourist an illustrated, trans-continental guide to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific which was originally published in 1880.

Brand Fury on the other hand is known for "Ass Kicking Apparel, Action Figures, Urban Vinyl Toys & Collectibles". 
There were two t-shirts that I liked, one of a cartoon Godzilla kissing a cartoon statue of liberty and one featuring a lightbulb wielding, man-cutting robot.  

I opted for the Godzilla tee since I thought it would be wearable on more occasions.

Moving on, we sighted some more interesting specimens including this Golden Gate Bridge shrubbery pot.
Flyering is still apparently an effective means of advertising, especially for magicians.  Nearly all the paper tabs have been taken.
Watch out, barefoot, mannequin lady!  Those scorpions are on the attack!

My first bicycle had a banana seat and tassels on the handle bars.  What an awesome bike!  Love it!

Trinkets galore graced the window of this dry cleaning shop on Bush St.

Here's a shop that defies logic...  Inga Donut sounds like it should be a donut shop but it's really a Chinese restaurant.  

Mailmen beware, but I thought this guy was cute in a junkyard dog sort of way...

There's nothing finer than champagne on a beautful afternoon.  This mural graced the side of liquor store on the corner of Polk and Pine Sts.

We stopped for a slice of pizza at Victor's Pizza on Polk St. between Pine and California.  This garlic garlanded clock was just too kitschy to resist.
Will the carnage never end?  We saw this burnt skeleton of a Christmas Tree on a street corner in Lower Pacific Heights.  Who would do such a thing?

I thought I'd close with another gratuitous dog shot.  I befriended this little guy on Fillmore St. Awwwww...



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