Sometime Tuesday, my Mom, my sister, her husband, along with their podlings, Rachel and Ryan, will descend apon the city of San Francisco. This is a highly joyous occasion, as I only get to see them every 3-6 years.
As before now, my brother in-law swore to never step foot in San Francisco for he was certain the second he did the Big One would strike and all of the city, with him in it, would be destroyed, this could very well be portents of impending doom. In that case, you have been warned. Be prepared.
While they will be here enjoying the respite from the 115 degree weather, we will also be enjoying all the touristiness the city has to offer. I hope to also introduce them to some of the people I hang out with. This is somewhat difficult, the kids being under 10 yrs, as there are many people I really only interact with regularly at clubs and bars. Hopefully, more of my really-real world friends will be available (voodoosmile
I am looking at you, but not only you *stares at YOU
*). If only they were here a week later, I could have brought them to the Thunderdome benefit.
Now I am soliciting suggestions for Can't Miss things to do in San Francisco. Of course there is Sutro and Palace of Fine Arts, and we are taking the kids to Exploratorium. But, what else? What is not on the tourist list of things-to-do that I may be overlooking in my numb familiarity with the city? What food can they not leave without trying? Don't bother with "Mission Burrito" suggestion. My family is from Az, and there is nothing that tries to pass for Mexican here that can impress them. And, with all the Italian mobsters that have retired to the Phoenix Metropolitan area, they have plenty of fabulous Italian, Northern and Southern, where they live. What they are short on in Phx is Indian and Thai places. Slightly exotic places. I myself am painfully unfamiliar with Korean and Vietnamese foods, so I am unwilling to try to introduce them to those. They have sushi there, but not like here. (Of all the things to do, my mind is stuck on food. Typical).
Any places you would like to join us to introduce to us are very welcome as well. I really want them to see San Francisco the way I live in it, as well as all the fun touristy stuff.
My sister, is very "normal", a school teacher/mother/coach, but has the kindest heart of anyone I have ever met, and always sees the potential good in everyone and everything (kinda makes ya' sick, huh?). My brother-in-law was/is a basketball playing jock turned basketball coach/teacher/father, but is open minded and fun loving. My mother was a wild-child in her younger days, but has definitely grown a bit more conservative as she hit her 60's. Even so, I know she is proud of my carefree tendencies and unconventional life choices. Unfortunately, my dad no longer feels well enough to travel since the surgery and the diabetes.
I can not wait. I miss them terribly. Yup, I said it, I miss my mommy. And I am not ashamed to say so.