November 2017

Summary: Mexico City vacation ends; Teotihuacan exhibit at the de Young with Patrick; John W and Patrick S visit

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Wed Nov 1, 2017

Mexico City trip day 2 of 4. Breakfast in the hotel. We walked insurgentes to reforma stopping at Starbucks for refreshment and rest along the way. Church San Hipolito. museo mural diego rivera. palacio de belles artes. drinks and a lite meal at la azotea: churrasco with vegetables, rib eye with vegetables. Paul made us walk back and forth twice to an Uber pickup point. Rode UberXL to Museo Soumaya. Rode UberXL to drinks and chips at Cafe Tamayo at Camino Real. Walked back to hotel. Nap. Pool. Walked to Havre, failed to secure a table without a reservation. The chef spent several minutes chatting with us helping us strategize our next choice. On his recommendation we dined at Galanga, which was terrific. I had chicken pad see yew. Xaman underground bar with lounge music and lots of sage smoke. Back to the hotel. To bed.

Thu Nov 2, 2017

Mexico City trip day 3 of 4. Breakfast in the hotel. Danny remained in the hotel. The rest of us (Drew, Phil, Paul, and I) looked for a Starbucks and found it permanently closed. Found another Starbucks a block away. Rode UberXL to Basilica de Guadalupe. Rode a small UberXL to the pyramids at Teotihuacan. The driver said we wouldn't have an easy time getting a return ride, so we let the meter run for about 35 minutes while we quickly toured the site. It was hot and sunny with partly cloudy skies. Vendors sold all kinds of souvenirs, the most annoying of which were whistles that mimicked sounds of various animals. I was the only one to climb to the top of Pyramid of the Sun. It's extremely steep for only part of the way and steep the rest of the way. Handrails are provided for the harder parts. I climbed down then stopped at the restroom. The others had walked ahead and almost drove off without me. Back to the hotel. Shower. Midday meal at Havre 77, which was delightfully very French but with service you’d expect from American fine dining. Appetizers: green beans, beef tartare with sliced radish and very finely crosscut potato chips. Steak frites for Phil. I had a côte du boeuf. Dessert: a deliciously light mille feuille. Everything was excellent. Rode UberXL to drinks and sunset/moonrise at the rooftop bar at Hotel Condesa. We walked to our hotel then had a nap which turned into early sleep. I awoke near midnight to find Paul making cup o noodles.

Fri Nov 3, 2017

Mexico City trip day 4 of 4. Breakfast in the hotel. Danny remained in the hotel. Starbucks. Independencia de Revolucion. Casa Gilardi. Bosque de Chapultepec primera sección. Search for castle. Audiorama. More walking in park. Arrived at castle but did not enter because tickets were US$40 per person, which we thought was unreasonable. We stopped briefly at Centro Decultura Digital but did not enter except to use the restroom. We searched for food, finding an underground mercado, but decided to not eat there. We split into two pairs since each pair had different things they wanted to see. I rode UberX With Paul to Coyoacan district, getting stuck in heavy traffic along the way. Lunch with Paul at Coyoacan Market: chicken enchiladas verde, chicken enchiladas suizas for me. Both three-course meals included tortilla soup, french bread, tortillas, and fixins. Paul drank water that he had brought; I had a limonata which unexpectedly turned out to be gigantic like a mega drink from 7-Eleven. Museo Frida Kahlo with Paul, including temporary exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving. This was more about her home and her personal life than it was about her paintings. I had known little about her before this museum and was moved by her accomplishments in spite of the significant misfortune in her life. We rode UberX to the hotel. Walked to dinner in a shopping mall with the group at La Destileria, which in Mexico turned out to be part of the same restaurant group as Chili's, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden (Grupo CMR). Our bar table had a nice view of the sunset. I ate puff pastry chicken enchiladas. Walked to the hotel.

Sat Nov 4, 2017

Rode with Danny, Drew, Phil, and Paul via UberXL to the airport. After getting our boarding passes and going through security we lounged in the Aeromexico lounge (very slow wifi: VIP SALONES PREMIER). I ate a tiny plate of chilaquiles and half of a boiled egg with coconut water. I was the last person to board I think because I was randomly selected for an additional security screening, which was annoying and stressful. On the plane I watched Jaws (1975) via downloaded Netflix then skimmed through Wonder Woman (2017) on the in-flight entertainment system. Rode UberX home. When I arrived at home, Patrick was preparing a test run of gumbo in preparation for a future gathering. Snack: leftover spaghetti aglio e olio. Unpacked while doing house chores. Upon starting my MacBook Pro today I again encountered the problem of it forgetting my Touch ID fingerprint. Updated my medic alert cards. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: gumbo with half each of an onion bialy. Watched Superstore s3:e5 on Hulu with Patrick.

Sun Nov 5, 2017

Slept in. Brunch at home with Patrick: leftover gumbo with rice, samosa with dipping sauces. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs roast pork sandwiches with roasted fingerling potatoes, side salad. Watched s1:e8 of Star Trek: Discovery: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" on CBS All Access with Patrick. Dessert: Wise Sons apricot rugelach, bailey's on the rocks. Edited and uploaded old photos to Flickr.

Mon Nov 6, 2017

Upon unlocking my MacBook Pro today I again encountered the problem of it forgetting my Touch ID fingerprint. Breakfast at home with Patrick: Patrick prepared scrambled eggs, sausage, toast with butter, and leftover potatoes from last night. Rode Lyft Line to UCSF Laurel Heights. Gave html email advice to Julia C. Created an onboarding task for Kim K. Followup with Lucia about her printer problem. Smart Diaphragm website edits. Responded to a student request for the School logo. People info followup with Gitanjali K. Microsite followup: Staff Wellness Group, Calpoison, Arkin, SMDC, Renslo. Ed news followup. Had trouble getting an Uber Pool ride home, so I rode the UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus then rode Uber Pool home from there. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs mediterranean roasted vegetables with chickpeas, yogurt, and pita; sparkling mineral water. Dessert: Wise Sons chocolate rugelach, Nola Coffee Liqueur on the rocks.

Tue Nov 7, 2017

Breakfast at home with Patrick: Patrick prepared scrambled eggs, sausage, toast with butter, and hash browns. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Ed news work and launch. Microsite followup: Staff Wellness Group, Calpoison, Arkin, SMDC, Renslo, Smart Diaphragm. Resolved errors on local with identity retheme with Eric's help by dropping databases and reloading them. Today Marley hints that more content is coming for DRU. Today we schedule Calpoison for launch tomorrow. Helped Stu troubleshoot problems with mail delivery. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Lyft Line home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs roasted chicken thighs with a warm mushroom grain salad, raspberry lime Spindrift. Dessert: Wise Sons cinnamon-walnut rugelach with vegan chai gelato and dulce de leche. Watched Superstore s3:e6 on Hulu with Patrick.

Wed Nov 8, 2017

Breakfast at home: Patrick prepared oatmeal with sliced banana and fixins, hot green-and-mint tea. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights: $7.07 after a $1 tip. Reworked an old page I created about how to report spam to point to newer content owned by IT. Followup with Lucia about her printer problems. Chatted by email with Zev G and Millo P about resolving incorrect markup on his website. Calpoison site launch. Staff Wellness Group site launch. Followup with Erin H about an editor help request. Snack: seaweed. Lunch: leftovers. Orgchart work: add Kim K to Education, prep to remove Marny from CP. Web edit for Cindy: SSAC. Calendar management: added work holidays. Microsites work: SMDC ready for review. Rode UberX to the Mission: $17.85 after a $2 tip. Dinner and a movie with Patrick at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission: Thor: Rangarok with truffle popcorn, fennel sausage pizza, and drinks. Rode Lyft home: $18.01 after a $2 tip.

Thu Nov 9, 2017

Breakfast at home: I prepared two croissant sandwiches with egg, white sharp cheddar, and black forest ham; 8 ounces of orange juice. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Microsites work: SMDC changes. Watched while Eric created a new sopsuite folder and restructured our dev sites with symlinks to it. Arkin Lab draft content edit. Errand: returned an item at Target. Lunch at Chipotle: steak burrito, water. Styling work: began work to redo hero styling from scratch because of spaghetti code. Office celebration: assorted tiny desserts, all delicious. Rode Uber Express Pool home for the first time. Uber Express Pool asks you to walk a little bit before your pickup and after your dropoff and in exchange gives you a fare even lower than Uber Pool. Worked for me, but it seemed unclear that it saved the driver time at the dropoff. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs sloppy joes with spinach and tomato salad. Finished watching by myself Demetri Martin: Live (At the Time) via downloaded Netflix.

Fri Nov 10, 2017

Breakfast at home: Patrick prepared baked eggs on bed of roasted tomatoes and maple sausage and toast with orange juice. Did very little of anything all day except organize stuff and tidy. Lunch: leftovers for me. Nap. Rode UberX with Patrick to the Inner Sunset. Dinner at Pacific Catch: Drinks: agave margarita for Patrick, pom-ginger martini for me. Appetizer: tempura sashimi. Mains: two tacos platter for Patrick, one taco a la carte for me. Dessert: boston cream malasadas. I enjoyed everything. We had expected each piece of the tempura sashimi to be fully battered; it was only lightly breaded on the surface of the seaweed. The malasadas were sliced before filling rather than injected, and I was disappointed that they did not have sugar coating the outside. Afterwards we visited Free Fridays at the de Young Museum. I was surprised to find that we could enter the Teotihuacan exhibit for free as well; the normal adult price is $28. We mistakenly got drinks first and quickly found signs barring entry to all exhibits and the tower if you had food or drink. We browsed what we could while sipping our drinks, then visited everything. There were two ambient music performances, both of which were not much to our liking. Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire was a much larger exhibit than I expected, and I enjoyed it, learning more beyond my recent, short visit to the site in person. Rode UberX home.

Sat Nov 11, 2017

Breakfast at home: Patrick prepared pancakes and sausage with hot chai. Lunch: tuna melt on burger buns, tortilla chips. Patrick stayed home to do schoolwork while I rode Uber Pool to the Castro and met with John W and Patrick S for a few hours following a wedding they attended in Sacramento. We had chips, guacamole, and drinks with excellent service from Travis (with hair partially dyed red) before getting champagne from the grocery store. We still had an hour before they had to leave so Patrick took the champagne back to where they were staying while John and I hung out at Midnight Sun waiting for him to return. Donna Sachet and another host whose name I did not hear entertained us. We visited Autoerotica, then later QBAR where we listened to 90s hip hop a while until time for them to leave for a potluck near Duboce Park. Patrick was expecting me home for dinner, so I left, riding Uber Pool home. Dinner with Patrick: italian sweet sausage and roasted red pepper pizza. To bed earlyish. Over the course of today I realized I was coming down with a cold.

Sun Nov 12, 2017

Day 2 of a cold. Breakfast: Siggi's skyr/yogurt black cherry, toasted pumpkin spice english muffin with butter. Definitely have some kind of mild cold; an occasional cough and a funny feeling in the throat. Chatted on Facetime with Tina. Drank lots of water all day today. Midday meal with Patrick: chinese chicken soup. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: ramen with noodles made from rice, ginger broth. Watched s1:e9 of Star Trek: Discovery: "Into the Forest I Go" (season 1 finale) on CBS All Access with Patrick.

Mon Nov 13, 2017

Day 3 of a cold. Remained home from work due to a cold but did a few work things nonetheless to keep projects moving. Drank lots of water all day. Breakfast: chicken noodle soup from a can, one mandarin orange, water. Lunch: azuki bean and squash soup, one pear, water. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs pistachio pesto pasta with roasted butternut squash. Watched s2:e1 of Stranger Things on Netflix instant watch with Patrick and microwave popcorn.

Tue Nov 14, 2017

Day 4 of a cold. Remained home from work due to a cold but did a few work things nonetheless to keep projects moving. Drank lots of water all day. Breakfast: Whole Foods classic chicken noodle soup, one mandarin orange, water. Patrick finished baking a loaf of brioche today using a January 2009 recipe found on Epicurious by Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of The Bread Bible. Lunch: Whole Foods classic chicken noodle soup, water. Snack: cheesy crackers, brioche slices, pistachios. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs roast chicken and bread salad. Watched s2:e2 of Stranger Things on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.

Wed Nov 15, 2017

Day 5 of a cold. Had trouble sleeping last night due to the cold. Remained home from work due to a cold but did a few work things nonetheless to keep projects moving. Drank lots of water all day. Meal: azuki bean and squash soup. Troubleshot a problem with failing to receive calendar invitations sent by Patrick to me from Apple Calendar. There seems to be no solution, but the workaround stupidly is for Patrick to not put a location in the invitation or to send the invitation to my Gmail address instead of the one I normally use. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs Thai steak salad, San Pell for Patrick, hot water for me. Watched s2:e3 of Stranger Things on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.

Thu Nov 16, 2017

Day 6 of a cold. Drank lots of water all day. Late breakfast: Whole Foods chicken with penne soup. Worked from home despite still being somewhat symptomatic. Task followup, identity retheme work, microsites work: SMDC, Arkin. Today Patrick baked a delicious and perfect olive and rosemary foccacia from scratch. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Mozzarella di Bufala via Grubhub: small caesar salad, chicken marsala with side of spaghetti. Watched s2:e4 of Stranger Things on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Cleaned an OXO vegetable peeler of gunk. At first I tried soaking it in vinegar and scrubbing it with a stiff nylon bristle brush, but that did nothing. Rubbing the gunk with Goo Gone worked better, but it took a long time. I also realized that it's possible to easily remove the blade by bending the device backwards. That made a big difference in the ability to clean it.