Saturday morning, at 4:30am, Sharon and I grabbed our gear and jumped in a cab with my co-worker and his girlfriend and made it to the airport. The magic of the Ex Hex show was still running strong and I kept bouncing around to the show’s soundtrack in my head.
It was my intention to try and get to City Lights Bookstore that day so I could lose myself in a world of beat writing and other cool literature. After some food and a nap at the hotel, everyone decided they were into joining me. Awesome!
On my last SF trip I had spent a few hours in City Lights, deeply exploring each section of the store so this time I could head straight to the highlights and not bore everyone with a multi-hour bookstore experience. I did find a few books, most of which I had been meaning to pick up.
When we were done with City Lights, everyone was hungry again and across the street was E’Tutto Qua, a boisterous Italian restaurant with a small lineup so we slid over for what turned into a delicious meal of homemade pasta in one of the most fun restaurants I have ever been in. Waiters were running around, shouting at each other in Italian and gathering to sing Happy Birthday at nearly every table in the place. I have vowed to come back for my birthday one day.
After the Italian adventure we wandered back through chinatown and picked up a last beer at the Thirsty Bear, a brewpub I had been meaning to stop in to on my last trip. The beer was interesting, but I have to admit that none of us were wowed by it. The early morning and exciting day had caught up to us so we came back to the hotel and collapsed into bed.