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This isn’t an invitation for you to go home and cut through things to see what they’re made of…

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“Over There”

A scary short horror film by CryptTV.

The Sound Traveler takes us to the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, Japan. Best with headphones.

Day 4: Saturday, April 28, 2018 (continued)

Tim & I arrived at Fisherman’s Wharf and the place was slammed. This guy was playing “statue” for tips. We have a guy in San Diego who does this same thing, only with a silver suit.

When he *does* move, little kids and adults alike are startled.

We had a blast exploring the Musee Mecanique. It’s an interactive museum in an old warehouse full of 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts. Admission is free, and most of the games cost only one or two quarters.

A steam-powered motorcycle!

Love Tester:

I got “frigid.” LOL

We took turns sitting in the “Magic Chair.”

Check out the STINK EYE that little girl is giving me!

There were several Player Pianos and Wurlitzer Automatic Bands:

Fortune Tellers:

My fortune!

There are plenty of these really old flip-card viewers:

Some showed 3-D pictures of the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fires.

Some were “X Rated” – basically girls posing in their negligees. Pretty tame by today’s standards.

A number of these enormous tableau:

Wooden dancing men in the “Thimble Theater”:

Some were quite dark, like this English Execution:

Or this French Execution:

I’d heard there was also an Opium Den, but we didn’t see it. Bummer.

There’s “Laughing Sal,” a creepy life-size laughing doll near the entrance:

They had plenty of Penny Press machines, but all with SF images like the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Wharf on them. When I saw a Laughing Sal penny press, I had to get one:

All sorts of fun stuff. Bell-Tolling Monks:

The Drunkard’s Dream:

A Mechanical Carnival (too bad the roller coaster wasn’t working):

Sleepless Father with Crying Baby:

“Last Stand”:

Lots and lots of fun.

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From Fisherman’s Wharf, it was a short walk to the bottom of the curvy part of Lombard Street. On the way, I spotted this cable car bus full of Furries, having a grand time:

Getting to Lombard involved some SERIOUS hill-climbing. You can hear me on this video still catching my breath. I was surprised to see cars snaking down Lombard – I’d thought they closed it to non-resident vehicles on the weekends, but apparently not. ALso got some nice shots of Coit Tower and a lovely hillside garden.

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Took an Uber home. Spotted this cool house on the way:

I loved the copper onion domes.

Rested for a while before heading over to a dinner party at Tim & Alex’s neighbors Jonetta and Bill’s lovely home. Next door was another of Tim’s HOPIs:

Ooh, PURPLE.

We had a marvelous time. Jonetta is an educator and Bill is a defense attorney who does work for the Innocence Project. First we had martinis and appetizers upstairs in their sunroom while watching the sunset. We had spicy shrimp skewers, brie cheese with cranberries and crackers, and chips with some delicious poke. Johnny Cash crooned on the stereo, covering “Desperado” and “Oh Danny Boy.” Xena and their two dogs dozed at our feet.

Early in the evening, Jonetta had my name as “Samantha” for some reason. We cleared up the confusion when Bill came in, but for the rest of the night, “Samantha” became my alter ego. Bill asked if I wanted my martini strong (because Tim’s wasn’t, the lightweight) and Tim said, “Oh, Sammy likes her drinks REAL STRONG!” and I’d chime in with, “But not Kim, she’s not like that BITCH Samantha.” Like that. It was funny.

Then we got down to dinner. Some of it was Munchery food. We had stuffed artichokes with homemade aioli sauce, a salad made from those lovely greens from the farmer’s market, Kobe steak, roasted Brussels sprouts, marinated salmon, plus a Gewürztraminer and two different red wines to wash it all down.

For dessert, we had a selection of brownies, cheesecakes, carrot cake, and more of those macarons, plus more brie with crackers and fig jam.

OMG OMG OMG

By the time we left, it was well after 1:00 a.m. After I’d gotten ready for bed, it was 2:00 a.m. I haven’t stayed up that late in forever. Great time.

**Next post: Day 5 – Fund Raiser, Palace Hotel, Zam Zam

 

Participants of the Hindu festival Rakher Upobash in Bangladesh by photographer Syed Hassan.

Destin of SmarterEveryDay has a side interest: woodworking.

The Slow Mo Guys teamed up with Destin of Smarter Every Day to borrow his massive .50 cal rifle and destroy things in the Alabama woods.
Warning: This gun is INCREDIBLY loud. Be careful with headphones!

Kids Who Were Raised By Animals

For real, not just what your mother always yelled at you.

A Brief History of Japan

Ship Launching FAILS

OOPS.

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