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29 July 2008

San Francisco: Arriving

The last time I was in this city it was only for six months. We lived in an apartment in Pacific Heights and I loved every minute of it. San Francisco has only improved in my absence.

From my hotel window I can see the giant statue of a man reclining high up on the roof top edge of a building, a structure that is such a visual distortion that it must be the oddest place in the world in which to work, the Bridge to Oakland and a spot called Mel's Diner that apparently has the best milk shakes.

It's amazing how many RWA people now arrive on Monday. I've been doing it for years but the few I talked to came early to do some serious sightseeing before the conference starts. The group I am with will do what we always do on Tuesday -- go shopping. There are some fabulous stores all within walking distance of the hotel. I know this is the land of Ghirardelli chocolate but I am hoping to find some See's Truffles -- my personal favorite

Note that the only bit of history in this post is that I lived her for six month once upon a time. I must add that I would love to do it again.


Blogger Pam Rosenthal said...

Hi Mary and welcome to our fair city (as the guys on Car Talk would say).

My experience of this RWA, since I live here, will be quite opposite -- how to get the most out of the conference, without the simultaneous pain and pleasure of being away from home...

...especially because we're leaving San Francisco in a week, for 10 days in Berlin, meaning I have to verify cat care, decide what to pack, deal with house-sitters...

...while I also make my house ready for my RWA conference guest, Janet Mullany...

...and decide how much of my real life I want to obtrude into conference time...

But I am looking forward to seeing you and the other hoydens who are coming.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Mary Blayney said...

Had so much fun today. The women here are so very well-dressed, at least in this part of town, near Union Square. The locals are friendly and generous and not a single person jaywalks.

Pam, I will be in your position next year when the conference is in DC -- though I expect I will stay at the hotel as I live about 90 mins from town.

Hope to see everyone at the Literacy Signing tomorrow night!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Tracy Grant said...

Welcome to SF, Mary! Hope you had a fabulous time shopping! Like Pam, I'm coming in from home for meetings and events, trying to balance them with "real life." It's definitely less disruptive, but I sort of mis hanging out in the hotel with fellow writers and exploring a new city.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Mary Blayney said...

The Beau Monde/Hearts Through History Conference was a masterpiece of information, entertainment and good food. Thank you,Kalen, for all you did to make it such a well rounded experience for us. I missed the evening soiree which was after the Literacy Signing which makes it a really long day. Despite that my conference experience would not be the same without the Wednesday focus on all things historical.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Pam Rosenthal said...

Chiming in with Mary. The Beau Monde/ History conference was a jewel -- I did Courtney Milan's workshop on women's property rights; Kalen's on costume; Kalen's on tippling (wonderful period alcohol) -- and then I reeled over to hear about Roman hand-to-hand combat (cause I guess I'm still hooked on classics). Lunchtime conversation was mostly 18th century France. What a great group of women, and what a great and fearless leader Kalen is (she's prez of the chapter). I told her she was like our Jack Aubrey, sailing the ship new and exciting places, inspiring the crew...

9:25 PM  

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