After meeting my Sourcebooks sister and Casablanca blog mate Cindy Munoz for the first time and making some noise in the lobby on Thursday, we set out for Chinatown with my New England Chapter friend (and assistant newsletter editor) Jennie Brown and her sister Pam. Here are some photos from our adventures, including Pam's efforts to teach me to eat with chopsticks. As others before her have discovered, I'm just not wired that way. However, being the high school teacher she is, Pam was determined, and I succeeded in getting some food to mouth without a disaster.
Cindy, who lives close to San Fran, took us to this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant where we had to traipse through the kitchen to get to the dining room. The whole way, Cindy was sing-songing, "Don't look, don't look." Once we were seated, menus were flung at us and we were asked, "What you want?" The food was spectacular. The company? Outstanding. The experience? Unforgetable.
Of course Cindy made me show the Sourcebooks folks my new chopsticks skills the next night, and let's just say that didn't go so well. Fork, please!
On Friday, I played hookey from the conference (scandal, but hey, I can't do that when I'm working a conference, so give a girl a break!) and spent the morning at Fisherman's Wharf. The weather was pristine in San Francisco, as lovely as I have ever seen it. So even though I stood right on the same pier two years ago when I was there with my family and took these same photos, I took them again because it was so clear.
San Francisco's famous sea lions. When someone referred to them as seals, Cindy straightened us out by saying seals don't have external ears. This is the kind of stuff writers have to know!
And of course, The Golden Gate.
Sigh.... Have I mentioned that I LOVE San Francisco? How lucky am I to say that my first RWA National occurred in my favorite city? Can't wait to go back. San Francisco truly has my heart. And, it plays a big part in one of the two books I sold when I was there! More to come soon on that....