Mon., Sep. 30 - Day 5
Spent the afternoon with my cousins Hardy and Andy... Hardy is a professional touring musician and Andy does marketing training around the globe. They are both veteran residents of the Bay Area and it was great to rendezvous in the city and catch up.
On the way to meet them I stopped at the Showplace cafe to grab necessary caffeine. I got a beautiful cup of pour-over. Showplace is hidden in SOMA, adjacent to Showplace motors. Inside the shop, you can see the garage through a glass door. There was a canary yellow vintage car getting work done. It was sort of out of a movie.
There, I met an interesting clothing designer and ex-radio DJ named Raymond. I shared some of my music with him, and he sent me a link to his designs... very classic. They're here.
We started with Mexican lunch by the water... Then hopped in the car for a drive to the Golden Gate Bridge. This was the first day of my trip that I got to see the famous fog (which the loft mates claim is named Karl... I think this may call for some research!) It swirled up and around the bridge, but I got some cool gif-ready photos on the drive over. All along the way I got a tour of the city through my cousins' eyes, recalling weddings, first apartments and places they'd work. I love that stuff; it transforms a city from being a series of scenes into a storyline.
Andy dropped me off at Kidrobot in Haight Ashbury. I met Luke and Ryan, and we chatted a bit about the city and the toys. They were super nice, and I picked up a Mini-Munny to bring on the rest of the tour, since I couldn't fit the 18" Munny in the luggage. I'm super excited because in the box came a "Hello My Name" is sticker, and an accessory–white framed glasses! AWESOME! I posted a pic to Instagram. The suggestions list for customizing the doll is growing, and I can't wait to get back and begin the project. It will be a real challenge to get all the imagery into the one design.
Haight Street is lively and dense with quirky clothing, gift and record shops as well as a bookstore I love called The Booksmith. I inquired about carrying my book if it went to print... Looks like I will have my work cut out for me. I'll need a distributorship. That's going on the checklist.
I stopped to recharge with a hot soy chai at Cantata Coffee, where I made some friends. The chai was unusually good - not too sweet, which is a tough balance to make. They let me plug in my phone, and hang out for quite a while, tucked in a little corner.
Then it was back to the loft to pack for tomorrow's trip to LA. This time I'll leave from the Oakland airport. Everyone is home tonight, so we had pizza, and sort of co-worked until bed-time. We're all exchanging information and projects. Nice vibe here. I'll miss it.