July 19th, 2004
|08:20 am - I Always Update The Day After|
Dee left on Saturday to attend her family's annual picnic (which was on Sunday) in OC. Her return flight was scheduled to arrive in Oakland around 9pm. So, I think it was around 4pm, I decided to go explore the Metreon in downtown San Francisco -- since it was located "just a few blocks" from a BART station. I still had to drive to get to a BART station -- it doesn't extend to San Jose yet.
I drove up the 880 for a while, knowing that there was a station behind the Network Associates Coliseum, which was close to the airport. But as I was driving up 880, I saw a sign for a BART station before that, so I exited and ended up finding the Hayward station. After I got a fare card and got to the platform, I realized I had forgotten my cell phone in the car. I went back out to get it, and the gate system charged me max fare ($4.40)! After I retrieved my cell phone, I asked the attendant, and they could do nothing about getting that back, but they did give me a $3.00 fare card. Better a little back than nothing, I guess.
So then I went back up to the platform, just in time to get on a train headed to Richmond. (I would find out later that there are no direct trains from Fremont/Hayward to San Francisco on Sundays.) I figured if I got a few stations up, then there'd be another train running the route at well, reducing my wait to get going, so I transferred at Lake Merrit Station.
Got off at the Powell St. Station, and arrived right into downtown. Electric bus service is nice -- no loud noise when buses start moving. Several panhandlers, and a few singers/musicians along the street as well.
Found the Apple Store, and looked around in there. They have a glass staircase to go upstairs, but I found it much easier to go up those stairs than down. Everything was downstairs except Software, the presentation area, and the Genius Bar. No Airport Express units in stock -- the one thing I would've been willing to carry around with me. :^)
Found Metreon after that -- it was one street back from where I was expecting... I don't know if I came out of the wrong exit of the station or what. But I found it. Sorta underwhelming, when all is said and done. Got some lunch in the food court, which was pretty good, and looked through a lot of the shops. They have a PlayStation store which sells the Blue, Yellow, and White Limited Edition PS2 consoles ($199.99), a lot of PlayStation logo merchandise (clothing), and -- of course -- games. Other stores I recall are the SonyStyle store, Things From Another World, and Portal 1 -- an arcade.
Played some DDR, and completely wore myself out in the process. But it was fun -- even if I don't draw a crowd like some DDR players do. Which is good, because it means less stress in playing, and easier to recover from missteps. But I need to exercise more!
Headed out from the Metreon around 7:15pm, headed back to Hayward, and while standing in the Powell St. station I heard the announcement "No direct trains to Fremont or Richmond on Sundays -- Take a train to Pittsburg/Bay Point or Dublin/Pleasanton and transfer onto the Richmond-Fremont line." Heh.
Ended up back at the car, and drove to the airport. Right as I was getting onto the airport property, Dee called to tell me they were on the ground. So I looped the Airport once -- noticing the "Park & Call" Lot a little too late to get over to it, and I pulled in on the second pass. Dee called when she was outside ready for pickup, I pulled out, looped around, picked her up, and left!
We stopped at an In & Out on the way back to get her some dinner, but then we came home and I basically crashed immediately. Well... I was going to watch TV, but then Dee offered a back rub. I bet everyone knows what won out... ^_^
Current Mood: cheerful