Summary: Mexico City vacation ends; Teotihuacan exhibit at the de Young with Patrick; John W and Patrick S visit; Tom of Finland biopic film at Castro Theatre with Patrick; Chewbacca visits Honma House; Joey Alexander, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland at SFJAZZ with Patrick
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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" (mid-season 1 finale) on CBS All Access with Patrick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 7 of a cold. Drank lots of water all day. Breakfast: Whole Foods chicken with penne soup, side of foccacia. Worked from home despite still being somewhat symptomatic. Task followup, identity retheme work. Lunch: Whole Foods chicken with penne soup, side of foccacia. Dinner at home with Patrick: italian roasted chicken, side of foccacia, side salad.
Day 8 of a cold. Slept in. Walked to lunch at Smile House Cafe: egg noodle soup with pork and shrimp dumplings. I realized too late that by default this dish doesn't come with any vegetables beyond a few tiny green onions. My other important realization about this cafe is that the menu is huge and overproduced. Got a few groceries from Safeway for Patrick. Walked home. Began preparing my 2012 iMac for sale. Bought Parted Magic for $11 because I wasn't sure if Apple was really correct about not needing to sanitize your SSD before you sell your computer, and then it wouldn't mount or copy correctly due to error: "no mountable file systems" so I sent them a support request. Dinner at home with Patrick: Patrick prepared a test gumbo today which was based on recipes from both Antoine's and Brennan's. Late snack: macaroni salad.
Day 9 of a cold. Breakfast: leftover steak salad. Snack: cherry turnover. Lunch: gumbo and focaccia, water. Recharge Medical work: built an html email, sent it to Phil and Drew for review. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs carne asada tacos with chili salsa, side salad, Spindrift. Configured a new domain and email address for Patrick.
Day 10 of a cold. Breakfast at home: scrambled egg on english muffin with Spice Ace fines herbes and Tillamook sharp cheddar, peach yogurt, hot water. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. Identity retheme work all day. Chatted with Eric. We agreed upon a new title for me today: Senior Front-end Developer. Lunch at Rigolo: cow burger with fries, large latte, water. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs pho ga (which they oddly and mistakenly called Chicken Pho Ga).
Day 11 of a cold. TouchID again lost my fingerprint after restarting from an external USB drive. Breakfast at home with Patrick: omelette, hash brown, sausage patty, pumpkin english muffin. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day with a little bit of microsites work: SMDC and Arkin Lab. Lunch: almost ate at As Quoted but walked out due to too much noise. Lunch at Picnix: five-spice chicken with rice and side salad, lemon-flavored sparkling water. 1-on-1 with Eric. Rode Uber Pool to the Castro. Met Patrick for dinner at Poesia: we shared: bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, insalata invernale (fennel, arugola and oranges salad in citrus vinagrette). Patrick had fileji di renato (Calabrese spiral pasta with pork ribs sugo in roasted garlic tomato sauce). I had a tagliatelle with mushrooms special. Dessert: we shared an order of tiramisu, which turned out to be larger than the tiramisu at most restaurants. One espresso each. $129.76 after an $18 tip. Service by Alessandro R was terrific. After dinner we visited the Castro Theatre for a showing of Tom of Finland, a biopic of Touko Laaksonen. The film was better than I had imagined, with just the right amount of humor, tenderness, and poignancy.
Day 12 of a cold. Breakfast at home with Patrick: oatmeal with fixins, hot water. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day. Late lunch at Sugar Bowl Bakery at Kaiser on Geary: won ton noodle soup. Errands. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers.
Thanksgiving day. Day 13 of a cold. Breakfast at home with Patrick: chocolate multigrain pancakes, long sausage, unsweetened hot chai. Sam picked up Patrick and me, then we picked up Mom Ryan. Visited Century 20 Daly City for a showing of Disney's Coco. Snacks while watching: pizza, popcorn, root beer, water. Sam dropped us all off. I immediately took a nap. We all liked the film, but Patrick and I were perturbed that it was preceded by another Disney film which we had no expectation of seeing—a film about Frozen's Olaf and Thanksgiving. This wasn't just a short film. It felt like 30 minutes. We both felt trapped, having been forced to watch this film before seeing the one we paid and wanted to see. Dinner at home with Patrick: we decided this year to take it easy with no huge feast or special meal: leftover pho ga, taquitos. Late meal: Chunky Soup sirloin steak, a glass of red wine.
Day 14 of a cold. Slept in. Patrick made biscuits from scratch. House chores. Cut my hair, showered. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery via EAT24 from Patxi's Pizza went very wrong because Patxi's handed our food to DoorDash for delivery without including the delivery instructions specified in my EAT24 order. Our order (10-inch mushroom and pepperoni thin-crust pizza, meatballs, butter leaf salad, bread) was delivered to a door where someone answered to the name Frank, but we never received it. I contacted EAT24 which contacted Patxi's which contacted DoorDash which contacted me saying they did not have the delivery instructions that I had said was included in my order. Patxi's reordered the order and it was delivered about 35 minutes later which was two hours and five minutes after our original order. After this ordeal, it's unclear whether we should avoid using DoorDash, Patxi's, or EAT24. EAT24 seems least at fault, though. Also, it's not clear why the deliverer doesn't ask the person answering the door what the order is for to confirm that that is the right person. To add insult to injury, the receipt included with my order had my name spelled wrong (FRAK) and again failed to include the delivery instructions. Finished watching Dan Cummins: Don't Wake the Bear on Amazon Prime downloaded video.
Day 15 of a cold. Packed for an overnighter. Lunch at home with Patrick: leftover pizza, salad, and bread. Nap. Departed for my sister's house taking Muni, BART, and Caltrain. Left at 2:00 pm. Walked to 19th and Taraval. Waited 20 minutes for the next Muni 28. Rode Muni to Daly City BART. Waited 18 minutes, encountering and chatting briefly with Jorge. Rode BART to Millbrae. Walked 7 minutes to In-N-Out Burger then realized there was not enough time to order and receive a snack. Walked back to Millbrae Station. Snack: three cuties. Rode Caltrain to Mountain View. Rode Uber Pool to Honma House. Total time door to door was 3 hours and 20 minutes, but I estimate that at least 40 minutes of that was waiting on Muni. Dinner included three kinds of rice, egg rolls, spam musubi, noodle salad, pound cake bites, vegetables and hummus, cheese and crackers, and much more. Others in attendance: Shawn, Gena, Paul, Diane, Dave, Lani's friend Tina, and lots of kids. After dinner I wore my Chewbacca onesie and bear paw slippers, which everyone seemed to enjoy. They reserved the tauntaun sleeping bag for me.
Day 16 of a cold. Return by transit from Honma House was uneventful except for rain. Caltrain Mountain View to Millbrae. BART to Daly City. Muni 28 to 19th and Taraval. Muni L to 26th and Taraval. Walked home. Much shorter than the trip there, this trip was about 2 hours and 30 minutes door to door. Lunch with Patrick: Good Eggs elbow pasta with roasted cauliflower and ricotta, which Patrick had made yesterday and to which he added diced sweet italian sausage. Nap. Rode UberX downtown. Dinner at Monsieur Benjamin with Patrick: appetizers: potato and leek croquettes, butter lettuce salad. Mains: duck confit for Patrick, roast chicken for me. Drinks: BTG cotes du rhone bauries serre de la dame for Patrick, sly fox cocktail for me, sparkling water for both. For dessert we shared a marjolaine, and Patrick had an espresso. $174.47 before a required 20% service charge (no additional tip required). Saw a jazz performance at SFJAZZ: Joey Alexander, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland. As part of a 90-minute set with no intermission, Joey Alexander played two new original compositions called Bali and Fourteen. I was blown away.
Day 17 of a cold. Breakfast at home: leftover pasta. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. Identity retheme work. Built a redirect table in preparation for SMDC going live. Lunch at desk: leftover pasta. Arkin Lab build. Created a new hallway poster for Cindy: ACCP 2nd Place. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mount Zion. Doctor appointment. UCSF shuttle from Mount Zion to Parnassus. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: roasted salt and pepper chicken breast with carrots and farro and sliced brioche loaf. Dessert: one small scoop each of masala chai vegan gelato. Watched 35 minutes of Chris Tucker: Live on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Began playing an iOS game called Faraway: Puzzle Escape by Snapbreak Games. Edited and uploaded photos to Flickr.
Day 18 of a cold. Finally reached Parted Magic technical support, but Patrick Verner gave me an extremely rude and unacceptable response, so I requested a refund instead of trying to resolve my problem. Breakfast at home with Patrick: scrambled eggs, sliced brioche with butter and cherry jam, sausage patties, orange juice. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Updated the CP orgchart again. Made live the new SMDC microsite then worked with Christophe to implement redirects. Performed other post-live followup tasks. Submitted Cindy's poster job to Documents and Media. Rode Uber Pool Express home. Continued reading The Untethered Soul. Continued playing Faraway: Puzzle Escape. Confirmed that my Parted Magic refund was completed. Began (hopefully) sanitizing my 2012 iMac's Fusion drive in preparation for selling it. I used 'diskutil secureErase freespace 1 /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD' which I found on a Backblaze blog post. Late snack: a few pieces of dark chocolate with coffee crunch.
Day 19 of a cold. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Parnassus. Dean's Breakfast in the IRC. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Identity retheme hero and spotlight work with Eric. Rode Uber Pool home, bringing home Patrick's new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers. Watched s1:e6 of Will & Grace 2017 with Patrick. Watched 25 minutes of Chris Tucker: Live on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Confirmed that the secure erase I executed yesterday completed successfully. Next step for later: try to recover data from the drive.
Day 20 of a cold. Breakfast at home with Patrick: scrambled eggs, sausage, english muffin with butter, hash brown, san pell. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Identity retheme work all day. Lunch at As Quoted: chinese chicken salad, chai. Met with Susie to discuss feedback for the recent identity.ucsf.edu redesign and the unofficial shuttle schedule. Printed and distributed my unofficial shuttle schedule. Rode Uber Pool Express home. Finished watching Chris Tucker: Live on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Continued playing iOS game Faraway, and began playing iOS game Warp Shift on my iPhone 6 Plus.