Goat Festival on 4/20 in San Francisco. Yep, that sounds pretty epic in the world of people-watching if I do say so myself. This festival was posted all over the place. Had to be great without a doubt. It was a festival dedicated to goats! Well........it was less than grand. It was actually flat out disappointing. The farmers' market was going on and there were three scattered tents for the goats. One tent actually did have baby goats you could pet, but you had to wait in line for an hour to fight your way to touch one (unfortunately no pics of goats...sorry, folks). So, goat festival = fail.
The farmers' market was pretty rad. As we walked up to it we were passed by a group of naked bicycle riders. Well, actually some of them wore jackets and top hats, so I guess that would be bottomists? Then there was a group of Venezuelans demanding the recount of a fraudulent Venezuelan election. I wonder how effective that was in San Francisco. I really have no idea. For all I know they hold Venezuelan elections in San Francisco.
It was a beautiful day, so despite the goat festival disappointment, just getting out and seeing the sights was lovely.
I've never lived near or in a big city. Tallahassee absolutely does not count. Although it is the capital of Florida, it is strangely laid out and by no means has the feeling of a big city, or a capital city for that matter. San Francisco is my first big city. I've been told time and again that SF is not that big, but relative to where I've lived it is gigantic! Skyscrapers, people walking on top of each other, a dozen modes of public transportation, and the occasional naked person (we love our crazies in the South, in fact we tend to parade them around, but we keep them clothed) - that is big city San Francisco so far.
I have a couple of cousins that have lived here for many years. We grew up about an hour away from each other, so we knew them fairly well growing up. As with a lot of relationships that go global, we didn't really keep in touch much after they left FL. It is nice living in a place with other family. I try to get together with them every so often for lunch or whatever. It's been great getting to know them again. Today, I had lunch with Graham. He works in the financial district so I can just jump on the BART and meet up with him for lunch really easily. Before I met up with him, though, I walked around a little so I could start getting a feel for the city. This wasn't my first time walking around but I've made it a goal to get to know the city better on foot and without my gps (note to self: need to start acting more like a local, and not the I'm-homeless-and-my-best-friend-is-a-blade-of-grass kind). Anyway, I got off at the Embarcadero BART stop and walked up toward the Ferry Building. I took a few pics, which are posted below.