Well we finally got around to a legitimate pub crawl in our new neighborhood.  It wasn’t entirely planed but it worked out quite well.  So my friend and coworker Rich and I met Jo in the city after work on Friday.  We started off innocently enough, getting off BART from our commute from Dublin, meeting Jo near Montgomery street, then walking to to B44, a very nice Spanish, tapas restaurant at Belden Place.  If you ever visit San Francisco I highly recommend having dinner at any of the restaurants in Belden Place.  It’s an alley way with outside seating and a very European feel.

Our intent was to have a light dinner and some drinks then show Rich our new apartment.  Well, that was good and all but things turned out a bit different once we started drinking.  So as best as I can reconstruct the evening, here is a run down of the events.

 

6:20 PM: Tapas and drinks at B44 Belden Place
Drinks: 2 pitchers of sangria between Rich, Jo, and I
Atmosphere: Good conversation, good drinks, and good food
8:00′ ish: Stopped off at our apartment
Drinks: Each of us had a glass of wine
Atmosphere: Showed Rich our apartment and dropped off my stuff from work
8:30′ ish: Moved on to Bacchus Kirk bar on Bush Street
Drinks: Each of us had a margarita on the rocks
Atmosphere: Very loud music, young crowd, OK drinks, just not our vibe
9:00′ ish: Walked over to the Pour House, wine bar
Drinks: We had a bottle of French Sauvignon Blanc between us
Atmosphere: Very nice, chill, great music, light snacks, Jo tried to buy the disco ball hanging from the ceiling and totally weirded out the waiter
10:30′ ish: Stop off at our apartment
Drinks: None
Atmosphere: Jo called it a night and Rich and I moved on. Our intent was to get him back towards BART
10:45′ ish: Walked across the street to The Summer Place
Drinks: 1 margarita and 1 screwdriver each
Atmosphere: Chill, nice local dive bar, lots of locals, good drinks, fireplace, fun
12:00′ ish: Walked down to Bouche, a small but great French restaurant
Drinks: 1 glass of wine each
Atmosphere: Good music, busy, great service, great place, Jo and I love this place
12:45′ ish: Walked back up toward the apartment and stopped in Chelsea Place
Drinks: At least 1 beer each, after that it’s all sort of fuzzy
Atmosphere: Rich and I realized that we wouldn’t make it to BART for the last train so we stopped into this bar on the way back to the apartment. Fun, good crowd, good bar, good service, eclectic music, will go back
Well after 1:00 Walking home through the streets of San Francisco and Skyping with my friend Brad back in Texas, showing him the city and kind of weirding out other folks leaving the bars but it was fun.
Drinks: No more
Atmosphere: Crazy night and lots of fun

So here is map of our little pub crawl.

 

Nothing special for this post but we did manage to catch part of the North Beach festival in the city. When I say part of it that means we found a little beer garden set up in the street that was blocked off and had a beer until the fog started to roll in. I aslo spotted one of the Bansky pieces here in San Francisco.

 

Our friend Lori had wanted to hike to the Point Bonita Lighthouse for some time. So for her birthday her friend Emily had arranged a picnic and walk to the lighthouse for her birthday with some of her close friends. We were honored to be included in that crowd.

The weather was amazing and fortunately there was no fog. So on on a day that the rest of the bay area was sweltering in heat we were in possibly one of the coolest places we could be. Not to mention the scenery, views, and company were all amazing. So on the walk to the light house you pass through a small tunnel, around some rocky foot paths over looking the water, and finally across a suspension bridge to the lighthouse.

It’s funny how I begin to appreciate more the place I’ve lived for a year and the incredible person that my nephew is, who has been staying with us for four months, just before it’s all about to end.  But that’s just how it is sometimes.  This year has had many incredible changes for me personally.  My father passing away, my mom leaving Texas to live with my sister, my company moving from Livermore to Dublin, right across Dublin Blvd. from where we live.  My job going through changes, Jo leaving Safeway to go to work for Gap Inc., and now Jo and I moving into San Francisco.

I don’t think I’ve had time to processes what this year has thrown at me so far.  But the fact is I’m looking forward to this newest change with every fiber of my being.  I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life with Jo in one of the greatest cities in the world.  But I will look back fondly on the period, just before the current chapter of our lives ended, here in Dublin, the East Bay of Northern California.  Here with Jo and Zach and eating good food, drinking good drinks, and having very good conversations with people I love.  Jo and I will not have children but we will always look fondly upon Zach.  Not that we had any part in raising him but in hoping that we were able to provide some positive influence for him and hopefully help him to see what we think are the important things in life; quality of life, family, friends, art, philosophy, science, facts, debate, discussion, aesthetics, intellectualism, and design.

We will miss our life here in the East Bay and briefly with Zach, but we hope this next period in our life will bring more wonderful and fulfilling experiences.  Here are just a few photos from our last weekend in Dublin Ca.

Jo and I ran the Las Vegas Rock & Roll half marathon together. This was my first half marathon and Jo’s fourth now. Jo decided to pass the torch of running as Elvis to Rachel this year. We met with our friends Lori, Rachel, Warren, Mike, Lisa, Drew, Maika, and Zach as well. This is turning into a yearly event which is just a blast. It’s fun to go to Vegas and have something else to do besides gambling the whole time. We can’t wait until next year, in fact I think we’ll be running the Rock & Roll half marathon in Dallas in March.

I also thought I’d post the route we ran since I tracked the run in RunKeeper.