Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Starting To Feel Like Christmas

I've been working/living in the Castro for about 4+ years already, and one thing I always looked forward to was seeing the Castro Christmas tree during the holidays. I was never really into Christmas, so seeing the tree was my way of getting some holiday spirit I guess? Anyway, I use to work at one of the neighborhood's retail stores for about 3 years where the tree was right in front of, so it was kind of hard to NOT get the Xmas spirit when this 30 foot tall tree was all up in your grill.

Newly elected Mayor Ed Lee, SF Queen Donna Sachet, and Santa Claus lighting the tree. I stumbled on the tree lighting ceremony this year during a quick visit to the bank, which I had no idea was happening. Everyone knows that Halloween is my favorite time of the year... But I guess I felt the Christmas cheer after the ceremony... I guess.

B-T-Dubs, the tree is fake this year!!! So is the tree in Union Square, from what a friend was telling me! I guess hard times are here this season?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Being A California Gurl

The other night, Around The Bay Gal Xtine and I got to let out the inner pre teenage girl in us come out with Katy Perry in Oakland. Not really a Katy Perry gay, but thought it would be a fun last minute thing to do out of boredom. And it was literally last minute - we purchased the tickets a couple hours before the concert.

Love going to shows with her. Every concert we've been too together, we always end up taking a picture like this. Xtine pointed out how the concerts we've attended with each other have been getting more... pop? First Jay-Z to Lil' Kim to Mariah Carey to Katy Perry??? We're totally losing our street credibility here.

It was pretty much what I expected to see at any pop star concert: a mix between San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade and a slew of 13 year old girls. And of course Katy Perry in her multiple costume changes which matched her whole "Candy Land" stage layout. Gave me diabetes just looking at it. Fun times!

Favorite part was when Katy "ate" a pot brownie during a skit in her concert and then asking if it came from Haight Street. She knows what's up.

14,000 people in attendance??? I guess everyone wanted a piece of the California Gurl. I always forget how much fun live music is. I think I should start checking out the San Francisco music scene again.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Words To Live By

Be Amazing.

Celebrated my best gal pal Around the Bay Gal Xtine's birthday at Chambers. I never realized that this bar was right by the Phoenix Hotel! I would like to come back for dinner. Love you, Boo! You'll always be the Beyonce to my Jay-Z :).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happy Dia De Los Muertos!

Told you the celebration didn't have to stop. Case in point: The Dia de los Muertos festival that happened today at Garfield Park in the Mission. I knew that San Francisco did this annually, but to be honest, I had no idea there was a Garfield Park here in the city. Funny how there can be so many unseen places in this tiny 7 mile by 7 mile city.

"Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead): a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died." Thank you, Wikipedia.

This was my first time attending this event, same with JoAnn who came along with. We went after work and stayed till sunset, which was cool for seeing the contrast of the altars from day to night... all the candles/lights and all that. People gathered. The entire park smelled like incense. Music was playing. It was nice.

Bunch of people had their face painted. I was thinking of doing my Halloween face for the event, but the thought of spending 2 hours getting ready after an 8 hour day at work turned me off to the idea. Next year, maybe?

"We are so many leaves on the tree of life."

Candle lit.
My favorite altar in the park. Quaint and simple, with attention to detail. The time and effort people put into these altars was amazing. Lots of them being very artistic and unique in their own way.

We spend a lot of time mourning a lost loved one that we sometimes forget to celebrate their lives. With that said, live your own to the fullest, ya'll!