Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
As we rounded the third corner to the right, it started to all come together. In traffic, at night in an unknown corner of Daly City in the fog or clouds or whatever it was, the way was becoming clear. Even though the constant mist covering the windshield wasn't. We had missed our turn, but the trusty GPS was routing us back around the block to get us back on track.
This whole trip was with some trepidation. Moving a friend from the wide open Central Valley into the crowded confines of Daly City for a job she was to start in The City had us trust heavily on the GPS. That little piece of electronics is truly a marvel. In the old days, it would have required printing a bunch of pieces of the trip out and then trying to get enough light to read them in the dark, the rain and the traffic. In the even older days, it would have been a fold out map and much worse!
So there we are, back on track and before you know it, we are parked at the garage below her apartments loading all her belongings onto an elevator. Job complete, we headed out to get something to eat. Going to the end of her street and turning left made me realize how convenient it was where she lived. Right there in plain view was a BART Station. All she had to do was walk two minutes, catch the BART and her company had a shuttle two stops away! Wow! Why have I been commuting so far for so long?
After all that lifting and moving everyone was hungry, so a stop on the return in Downtown San Mateo near one of our other friends helping with the move was just the thing. Having worked in nearby Foster City, I had been to the area during the day for lunch, but had never experienced the electric atmosphere that was present this night. We didn't do anything special, just dropped in to Pho Little Saigon 3. Vietnamese noodles at their freshest best. If you haven't ever had Pho, this is a great place to try!
This whole trip got me thinking of how much fun it would be to share Our SF Bay area with others. It's a fascinating place with something to interest just about anyone. That electric feeling we got from downtown San Mateo, we have felt before in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and in The City. The City itself has different Districts for every flavor and the surrounding areas from Marin to the North of the Golden Gate Bridge all the way down to the far reaches of the South Bay and out to the Midwest of California, the Central Valley, all have some different idea about fun and food and people. So come with me and let's explore it all! Let's find that electricity together. For some fun side trips in life...check this out!