Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Flying 100,000 Miles,Surviving Airplane Food and the Pez Museum

June 27, 2011
  • Never rent an American car. Japanese or Korean is the way to go.
Rental Car

Rental Car

  • Never “Upgrade” to an SUV, there is no way to park it in San Francisco and there is no need for nine passengers on a business trip.
  • On the way to California never check in any luggage. A TravelPro trolley is an investment for life.
  • Take enough cloths for one week+.
  • Laundry bags are really useful. Not the ones that say “IDF Basic training 1991”.
  • No need to wear  smelly clothes. Laundry is cheap and sponsored by your employer.
  • The dry clean guy would always ask for three+ days and can always do it in one day, unless it is Saturday.
  • It is OK to check luggage on the way back from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, but the gifts to the spouse with you.
  • If the trolley does not fit in the overhead compartment,on the way back , take our the laundry bag and put it under the seat. I said it would be useful.
  • Sleeping pills are a great invention.
  • Never eat on US Airways. Never eat on Continental. Never eat on Delta.
  • Unless you fly business (I’m not…). If so, take the filet minion and shrimps. It is pay back for all the “pasta” or “chicken”.
  • Egg white omelet is not horrible. American omelets are made out of three eggs, by default. that’s 30 eggs for a ten days trip. Bacon not included.
  • Continental Presidents’ club in Newark has no food (cheese and crackers does not count). But it has a shower !
  • There are nice wine bars in both Newark and Philadelphia. Airports are expensive anyway, at least this is fun  and the service is good.
  • Wine and Oysters

    Wine and Oysters

  • Walgreen sells five t-Shirts for $10. No need to carry gym shirts with you. Leave them as charity (after laundry) on the way back.
  • You don’t have to visit Burlingame museum of Pez Memorabilia. But maybe.
Burlingame Museum Of Pez Memorabilia

Burlingame Museum Of Pez Memorabilia

Burlingame Museum Of Pez Memorabilia Picture

Burlingame Museum Of Pez Memorabilia Picture

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Capitalism,Communism and Christmas

December 6, 2008

It seems that shopping as a new religion is becoming dangerous. Killing a person for a discount in New York was the most horrible latest example.

Using religion for shopping is another side of the same trend.

The Christmas Tree in Union Square, San Francisco was built this year even before Thanksgiving. Just to make the shopping period longer…

A very nice guy and his wife(?) demonstrated against it with lots of humor. Click the images for details.

Soon , But Not Yet,

Soon , But Not Yet,

It is too soon for Christmas , It is Not even Thanksgiving
It is too soon for Christmas , It is Not even Thanksgiving
November 2008

November 2008

And the tree itself :

Christmas Tree Union Square 2008, San Francisco

Christmas Tree Union Square 2008, San Francisco

Comparing San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Humus and Maple

November 1, 2008
  • Google works better in San Francisco. All the newest services are available and it even seems that QA is done on local addresses, which sort of makes sense.
  • Buses are really nice and cheap for $1.5 , and you can use Google the calculate the best path. It even suggests the savings of public travel compared to private cars. Everyone is extra kind to people with special needs, which is something Tel Aviv should adopt.
Google Public Transit Map San  Francisco

Google Public Transit Map San Francisco

  • There are public cars that can be used on pay-per-use base.
  • There are NO women clothes at all in the big Diesel shop on Castro. In Tel Aviv it is quite the opposite.
  • The cashier in Safeway would not sell me wine without a passport proving I’m actually 35 years old. After spending two hours in the line it was quite annoying. They had an 88-cents-for-toilet-paper campaign that day…
  • Almost every restaurant has a big Sign that says “According to California law we must inform you this building contains hazardous materials that might cause cancer, birth defects etc” . What a great way to start a dinner. Why don’t they just shut them down , if it is really that dangerous ?
  • The Humus in Tel Aviv is much Better, and you can’t even compare the Pita
Humus in San Francisco

Humus in San Francisco

  • Pure Organic Maple syrup, on the other hand, is a great invention, almost as big as the French Toast Customized Challah
  • Pure Maple Syrup Image

    Pure Maple Syrup Image
  • Most SF restaurants serve dry, cold bread for starters (But not “Catch” in Castro). In Tel Aviv warm, freshly baked bread is the norm.
  • In Tel Aviv the becomes the lettuce becomes stale in four days. Through some secret kind of magic the lettuce stays fresh for a Month.
Fresh Crisp lettuce - For a Month !

Fresh Crisp lettuce - For a Month !

While Tel Aviv is Much more energetic, it is hard to argue that San Francisco is much prettier.

San Francisco in The Rain

San Francisco in The Rain