1. 50-60 degrees in San Francisco is not the same as 50-60 degrees in Arkansas. I should have taken more sweaters.
2. Homeless people are way different in SF than anywhere else. Here, New York, Honolulu, Mexico...all pretty much the same. They ask, you answer, end of transaction. I have never had so many street people storm angrily away from me as in SF. Which pisses me off. Look, I have bought food, I have bought water, I have given clothing, I've organized food drives, volunteered in soup kitchens and shelters, and donated to certain charities.
But you are not entitled to my cash, my cigarettes, or my anything, really, just because you ask me for it.
3. The more touristy the area the worse the food and the higher the price. I ate the worst meal of my life in Fisherman's Wharf, and paid five times more for it than better food in other places. Seriously. It was supposedly a specialty. It was a grilled cheese. And it tasted like onions. Only onions. That is not right.
4. People are awesome about buying you drinks in SF. Three separate occassions we were given free drinks. I don't know if its because we are naturally friendly people, because people are impressed that Arkansans have all their teeth, wear shoes in public and can speak English correctly, or what, but people loved buying us drinks.
5. Sutro Heights Park and the Coastal Trail are awesome. That is all.
6. The light in California is gorgeous. And perfect.
7. San Francisco does not like music made after 1999. The most recent song I heard in any bar, restaurant, car, shop, whatever, was Radiohead from the 90s.
Pictures to come.
Edited to add: I no longer really believe that California knows how to party. Or maybe they are partying really hard in secret, but we never saw anyone out after 8 p.m.