Love and Haight in San Francisco

I love San Francisco! Char drove me down to the city this afternoon; and a more perfect afternoon you could not hope for. When we rode across the Golden Gate Bridge the sun was shining, there was a very light breeze and the sky was a deep blue. This is what California is all about; this is The Sunshine State ©.

I arrived at Robert and Nicola’s guesthouse on Pacific Avenue around 2:30pm; Zack came out to meet us (I’d called, a little lost). The place is fantastic — we got a brief tour of the main house too, which has an incredible view of the bay area; almost as though Robert and Nicola had been given a checklist of landmarks they wanted included in their View ™: Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, er… that Roman-looking building at the Marina, the Bay Bridge, the Russian Embassy across the road.

I took a ride in a red VW (with faulty brakes, in a city with steep, steep hills) with Zack, to a hi-fi shop (which didn’t sell the Bose headphones he wanted; which didn’t sell the Bose headphones I wanted). We ended up on Haight Street (am I spelling that correctly?) at Amoeba Records, a second-hand record store situated in a former bowling alley. It sells EVERYTHING, new or used. They didn’t have what I wanted. I got stuff anyway.

What the evening holds, I dunno! I need to text Jane with a 200-character review of the house. Then, who knows?!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.