Croquet Tournament 2015

Okay, Steven and I flamed out in defeat during Round 1 but we had a blast anyway (once they got the sprinklers turned off on the croquet field). Sarah and Jonathan were gracious hosts as ever. We drink a bit of champagne and enjoyed the lunch buffet before our stunning defeat at the hands of Keith and Andrew (Keith being a world champion croquet-er, so no surprise there!). Continue reading “Croquet Tournament 2015”

Mission Bowling

Steven invited me to join him, Devlin, and Danielle for some bowling and drinks at the 4-year-old “Mission Bowling” alley on 17th. I expected a kind of tongue in cheek hipster joint but it was, in fact, very casual and unironic. People were enjoying the full bar, having fun bowling and sitting on the couches being friendly to folks on nearby lanes. We ate outside on the patio afterwards — and it was damn good food for the price. I remember the old electronics and sheet metal warehouse that used to be in this space, but I have to admit the conversion to a bowling alley was really smart and well done. The Mission District — ever-changing but always interesting. Continue reading “Mission Bowling”

Holiday Cookie Party!

I baked six different cookies and invited friends over to celebrate the season with some mulled cider and Bing Crosby tunes. Darryl, Matt, and James also baked cookies (peanutbutter-chocolate rice krispy squares, bacon-fat gingersnaps, and Mexican wedding cookies, respectively) which I sadly didn’t get photos of. Too busy gabbing with friends, old and new! It was a dry, clear evening despite being bookended by weeks of rain this year. Thank you, weather gods. Continue reading “Holiday Cookie Party!”

Darryl’s birthday up in Russian River

We spent the weekend in a lovely 4 bedroom home in Guerneville (called “Vista Serena”) just over the bridge from downtown. The gray skies didn’t dampen our festive mood: lots of home cooking, watching shows, playing Password and Cranium, the small town Parade of Lights, and plenty walking over and around the river. I baked three test batches of pecan shortbread, Linzer christmas cookies, and Parmesan cheese puffs to boot. Let’s just say it wasn’t a low-calorie weekend. But it’s always nice to get out of the city for a bit. Jax loved the change of scenery and all the extra walking around. Continue reading “Darryl’s birthday up in Russian River”

Pink Saturday 2014

Darryl hosted another of his annual Pink Saturday cocktail parties chez lui. Fun to see everyone (again) and catch up with Liza and Stacy, who I simply don’t see enough of! After the party, we braved the chaos to walk back to my place, take Jax for a walk, and see Stacy off on the J-Church train. She had to park way up at Church & 23rd. Yes, it was that crowded and crazy this year. Pink Saturday has become the new Castro Halloween, with all the attendant downsides, I’m afraid… Continue reading “Pink Saturday 2014”

A first time in Maui

I took up the offer of splitting a very low-cost condo in Kihei with my old (since 2006) Swiss friend, Reto. The condo wasn’t much to get excited about but it was very central, allowing me to wake up early and go for a long walk up the main commercial corridor of Kihei every day. Reto is a Maui veteran (his 20th year of coming to the island) so I got the advantage of having a local expert: all the best beaches, restaurants, places to see the sunset, guided tours to the volcano, and the perfect snorkel boat (the 6:30 am catamaran, Kai Nani II, for those of you going in the future). It’s a cliche to call Hawaii ‘magical’ but that’s because it’s true. Maui was an escape from all stresses and a long, warm bath in the most inviting waters I’ve ever experienced. Definitely going back. Continue reading “A first time in Maui”

Emily & Ariyeh visit Uncle Patrick

What a sweet weekend spent with my loving sister Emily and newest son Ariyeh, who flew down from Seattle to stay with me a few days. My nephew is so adorable (age 4 months) with his laughs, smiles, and sound-making! Great Uncle Steve and Great Aunt Jane came up on Friday night from Aptos and we shared dinner, wine, and yacking till they had to hit the road. Emily and I got in some quality time, catching up on life (long overdue!). Every morning making black tea with half-and-half (along with a few cappuccinos and Reese’s peanut butter eggs.) Continue reading “Emily & Ariyeh visit Uncle Patrick”