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Peeking upward from the museum's fourth floor to the fifth floor bridge and the shoe soles of the daring people crossing it.


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At the 24th/Mission BART station, San Francisco, a few minutes into October 3, 2010.


Pets on BART: "BART allows pets to be brought aboard at no additional charge. The only requirement is that the pet must be secured in a container that is specifically manufactured for transport of a pet."


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And the San Francisco Mart building. San Francisco, August 15, 2009.


SFGate, 2008: "In 2005, 300 furniture wholesalers filled the San Francisco Mart. In 2008, 30 remain. Last week, those were given notice to vacate the 1937 Art Deco building at 1355 Market St. by the end of the year so that the developer can turn it into office and retail space."


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One level above is the Interstate 280 Extension. One level below (not pictured) is the 22nd Street Caltrain station. And between the two is this intersection.


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The last remaining two-level freeway in the Bay Area. That's not counting the Bay Bridge and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. But they were built to cross the bay. This was built to save on right-of-way costs. So were the two-level roadways of the Central Freeway, Embarcadero Freeway, and Cypress Structure. But those are gone, and only this is still standing. As long as it's still structurally sound, this structure seems a lot more acceptable than the other three, especially since it passes through a mostly industrial neighborhood. But I know I'm not the only one who thinks of the 1989 earthquake when I drive it.


More about two-level freeways.


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While J-Church trolleys are rolling along the tracks behind me, I witness a huge crowd of twentysomethings watching on a big screen at the bottom of the hill what appears to be The Breakfast Club. It's Film Night in the Park at Dolores Park.


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Peeking upward from the museum's fourth floor to the fifth floor bridge and the shoe soles of the daring people crossing it.


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Finally got to try the place widely acknowledged as SF's best bakery. The pain au chocolat and breakfast bun might be quite a bit larger than how the French would make them, but who cares about what the French would think? Especially when the pastries are tasty and cafe au lait comes in a big bowl like it should.

It was a relatively chilly night so we sat inside instead of out in the courtyard where the old foreign movie was playing. It was too bad we missed out on Foreign Cinema's namesake schtick, but the space inside was very nice, too, with high ceilings and good spacing between tables.

And it was, too.


SO had slices of Kobe bavette steak with arugula and tomatoes. Michelle had halibut on a curried chutney.

I had the salmon wrapped in fig leaf. Sam chose the Middle-Eastern-spiced lamb skewer.

Thankfully our typhoon-delayed travel plans didn't affect our dinner date with Sam and Michelle in SF.

Arrived at the San Francisco airport fresh and hale in the morning.

Several withdrawn Muni riders in a candid, composite image made with a Vivitar Mini Digital Camera, Autostitch, and my best spy-camera technique.


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Crossing from the East to the North Bay connecting to 101 on our way to Sonoma Co.

Some pepper for the Caesar salad? Yes please.

The signature roast chicken is superbly done but to be honest probably not really worth the hour wait and the shockingly high price, even when you include the tasty bread salad sitting underneath. Sam went over the top with the thick pork chop, well-brined and juicy.

High ceilings, big windows, a loooong bar, copper-clad tables. The perfect blend of the Californian culinary aesthetic and American comfort food. No wonder at Zuni's perpetual popularity.

Unfortunately Michelle got called in at the last minute and couldn't make it.

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Transamerica bldg, looking toward bridge

Gold gate bridge looking back