August 27, 2009

S.F. -- here and there

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photo by Donald Kinney

Last week I was rubbing shoulders with the tourists up on Conzelman Road -- when I noticed one of those motorized cable-cars pulling into the lookout area.   Of course the tour guide was loudly chatting away, but as he was coming to a stop at the edge of the cliff he yells, in a kidding tone, of course;   "I can't stop -- I can't stop!".   A roar of laughter rose from the group on-board.   I looked at the driver and muttered to myself;   "Hey, I know that guy".

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Yes folks, this is the character who was driving that motorized cable-car.   No, I don't know his name, but I spotted him about a year ago on the Embarcadero during the "Free Tibet" rally that just happened to coincide with the Olympic Torch run that never happened.

Yes, it was a "Free Tibet" rally, not a "Free To Bet" rally.

After I snapped his photo the fellow confided in me that earlier in the day a lady had loudly yelled at him, telling him that he was SO STUPID, and that the rally had absolutely nothing to do with gambling.   I guess some people just don't have a sense of humor...

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If you're ever near Washington Square at about eight in the morning you'd better just get in line, because it looks like the food at Mama's must be pretty darned good.   I suppose that's why it's called Mama's.

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I always marvel at how carefully the residents of Chinatown select their vegetables.   Oh, it's all top quality produce that the shop owners have previously inspected, but there is certainly no harm in giving it one last thorough inspection.   This is Chinese Eggplant.

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Louise said...

Those eggplant are too pretty. Sense of humor? I think most people with a cause have tunnel vision and can't have a sense of humor. Maybe when they're not dealing with their cause they do, but maybe they're insecure or something and view everything/everyone as a threat. But no, I don't see a lot of a sense of humor in those situations. (Not that I'm around them all the time. I'm sure in your location you have lots more opportunity, and it's too far for me to drive when the opportunity arises here.)

photowannabe said...

Love the Free to Bet sign and funny it was him doing the tour. Great shot of cable car and Bridge.
I was wondering how in the world you got that shot like that.

frankfurtsanfrancisco said...

I just happened upon your blog as I was searching for inspiration for my own photo a day project. I like your work. You're able to find the beauty in everyday situations. Keep it up!

Marcie said...

Love the dog captured at the beach with the surfers in the background. Wonderful series - as always.

Tomate Farcie said...

Love the first shot. I remember when I saw it load on the banner a few days ago, and it was a "wow" moment.

I would have laughed, too, had I seen that guy in the rally. Personally, I think that people who take themselves too seriously are a real bore and I try to keep safe distance from them as much as possible! Laughter is probably one of the best things in life.

Tomate Farcie said...

oops, I forgot, the purple veggies came out really well!

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