It’s hard to believe I’ve been here a full month. I am glad to be returning to places I like and to start going out of my comfort zone a bit to stay on discovering new spots.
Thursday started off with a quick stop at Haus Coffee to get some internet errands done before work. My day flew by and before I knew it, it was time to head over to Japantown to attend the Volunteer Orientation for the San Francisco International Film Festival at the New People Cinema. I was truly pleasantly surprised that there aren’t any major hills between work and the area I’ll be volunteering in. Glad to know I can pop over there easily and not sweat up my volunteer t-shirt.
I had some time to kill, so I grabbed a quick bite at the YakiniQ Café. Admittedly I was a little disappointed with my Thai Chicken Caesar Salad, however I made up for it with this tasty little Cassis Cookie which paired nicely with my green tea.
For some reason, I wasn’t in much of a “talk to people” mood when I went to the orientation. I did introduce myself to the Volunteer Manager, since I had gotten an email intro through my lovely Milwaukee Film contacts. But then I just sort of sat and chilled, eavesdropping on conversations. It was a diverse group of volunteers, and I’m truly excited to get to know people through doing the festival. Hopefully by the time it rolls around I’ll be less introverted.
It was also sort of amazing to discover toilets of the future in the New People. I mean I’ve heard these exist in Japan, but here’s another example of not having to hop on a plane to travel somewhere exotic in your own city. Yes, the small things still do excite me.
While waiting for orientation to begin, I did map out my route back home. It appeared cutting all the way up Webster, through Lower Haight would be the easiest. I thought I’d work in a stop at Toronado since on twitter it was National Beer Day. I certainly earned my beer, as there were some crazy hills up Webster. BUT I made it all the way up without walking. My legs are eventually going to be amazing.
I ran into an awkward scenario while sipping my Moonlight Brewing Company Boat to Bombay IPA (which was a little too bitter for my tastes), in that once again all the bar seats were taken, so I had to stand and sip and look terribly out of place. No wonder I used to smoke when I would go to bars alone. I mean, it’s a good way to meet people when you do have a seat at the bar, but otherwise taking the leap of faith and “traveling” alone can be socially uncomfortable. Still, I can’t let anxiety get the best of me. I think it’s good to test oneself.
I did have one brief convo with a smoker while I was unlocking my bike, he complimented my “I Support Bumperstickers” bumpsticker. Glad to give someone a chuckle. Armed with the confidence of human interaction, I decided to finally pop into a neighborhood bar I’ve been eyeing all week called Dirty Thieves.
As I expected, it was a cool little hipster place (see photo) that seemed like it would exist in Riverwest or Bay View. I ran into the awkward seat situation, but fortunately one opened up not long after I ordered my Dogfish. I had to meet up with a woman from the YNPN listserv to hand off some Green Festival tickets, so I was perfectly positioned to be close to home. Unfortunately just as I was getting comfortable (and allowed the bartender to convince me to order an Anchor Steam), I got the call to head up the hill. Probably for the best, but I look forward to popping in here again.