Football season is over! No more sitting in a cave watching pixels flash on a TV monitor while the sun is shining outside and all your vertebrae beg to be un-squished from that armchair! What will you do with all this free time? Here are some ideas to get you started. (Full disclosure: we are not football addicts so we had a head start on alternatives!)
Why not? Take public transportation to the city. Feel the freedom of not having that 2000 lb anchor dragging you into dark dank parking garages too far from where you really want to be. And there are great possibilities for people – watching. (Can you see the little blond girl in pink sitting on her mother’s lap beyond the bicycle? I missed the shot of her flopped upside down, hair streaming almost to the floor, as she solemnly regarded the world from a different point of view, but the memory gives me a smile every time.)
Why not? Eat at a restaurant you have never tried before. This is the Grove Restaurant on Mission Street, whose décor oddly evokes a ski lodge. I wish I had stopped to take a picture of the delectable poached eggs on avocado toast which I was served here, but I was hungry and devoured them before I thought. (They serve the breakfast menu all day.)
Why not? Check out a small specialized museum’s feature exhibit. This is the California Historical Society on Mission Street in San Francisco. The excellent exhibit on Yosemite is closed now, but their next exhibit will feature the Pan-Pacific Exhibition of 1915 which gave us the Palace of Fine Arts and Treasure Island. I think it’s a don’t miss! The exhibit hall also features a graceful staircase to the inaccessible second floor. A plaque informs us that this is the Nancy Pelosi Staircase, as she first announced her candidacy for the US House of Representatives from this stairway. History is everywhere!
Why Not? Check out some public art. The two figures are emerging from the walls of the Millbrae BART station. The non-representational structure above graces a lawn at Stanford University.