Woohoo! We are in SF and ready to go to the AERA conference (an educational research conference, that is really cool, but most of you won’t care about, so I will try not to talk about it too much). Amber, Treasure, and I do not have any early morning sessions, so we decide to head to Starbucks for coffee and hot chocolate. As we were walking along the sidewalk, minding our own business, I slip. I don’t completely fall, but ungracefully trip and grab Amber before I fall flat on my face. I thought all was good, no bumps or bruises, when Treasure notices my shoe is broken. I can walk on it, so we get to Starbucks. The line is so long. I mean there are only like 712 starbucks within a mile radius of our hotel, so of course there is going to be a line. As Treasure and Amber were waiting in the long line, I grabbed a table (while trying to find a larger one). I began feeling a little sorry for myself and my shoe. I didn’t sleep well the night before (I slept on the little chair, I volunteered so I can’t really complain), I was thinking about how much homework on had, and I needed to meet my advisor in like 30 minutes and my shoe was broken. I did not pack any other dress shoes (only tennis shoes and toms), so I needed a new pair of shoes or some super glue. All of this was a little overwhelming and so I cried a little. Part of the problem was Amber and Treasure were being so nice to me, then I just couldn’t handle it and lost it.
We found a Macy’s nearby and found several shoes we were in love with. Most out of my price range. It is a toss up if Amber is a good person to shop for shoes with. On the one hand, Amber loves shoes and has great taste…On the other hand, Amber loves shoes and has great taste. 🙂 Luckily (or not) we were on a time crunch and I was able to walk out with only one pair. Later, another graduate student told us a professor (not from our university, but well known in the research field) spent $4000 the day before on shoes! I couldn’t believe it! Of course, Amber could, next time you see her ask her how much her wedding shoes cost (they are super cute)!
So the rest of the day I attended the conference. Learned a few things, and met some people. That afternoon, Brandon, Amber, and I decided to find the Golden Gate Bridge. At this point, Brandon and Amber had already used the bus system and Brandon felt he was an expert. He was not an expert on the stops. We walked several blocks one way, and then the next. We walked through a really, really, bad part of town. However, we survived. We finally arrived at the Golden Gate Bridge (via taxi). It was really cool (in temperature)! It is like ten degree cooler on the water than it was in the city! And we couldn’t see the bridge! How boring is the picture below!
We ride the bus back after talking with a nice couple from Sweden. Eat at a decent place on the pier. The bathrooms there were gender-neutral (which is not uncommon in San Francisco). Do not be frightened by the gender-neutral bathrooms, I actually felt like I had more privacy in the stalls (actually full walls, not just regular stalls). And who cares who I am washing my hands next too. One guy came into the restroom when I was washing my hands. We both commented on the weirdness of it, but it really wasn’t that weird.