4/30: Musée Mécanique

Weekend Out:

Let me tell you a little story about my first ever date.

We both attended SFSU at the time, met at the M bus stop in front, and ran on down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Gleaning from his profile that he gamed, I suggested the Musée Mécanique, an antique arcade games museum with the oldest pieces dating to the 1800s. On the way we talked philosophy and personal interests, bussing to the Embarcadero and walking the rest. The ocean was absolutely gorgeous and Laughing Sal as terrifying as ever.

This might have had something to do with it… Photo c/o their website.

He annihilated me at Skeeball, the only arcade game I’m even passable at, and nostalgically explained the influence of the 80s and 90s games on the modern scene. I quite easily touched on one of his passions; he greatly enhanced my love for city exploration. Very suddenly, a lot of affection was floating around.

We walked through North Beach to Chinatown, talked about our families and our shared love for four letter words, got dinner, and made out at the Powell Street stop. If I recall correctly, the food didn’t sit right with either of us…

Weekend In:

…but I might not. Four and a half years later, we’re sitting in opposite rooms of our one bedroom in Sunset, both of us too currently loaded on cold medicine to be bothered with that. Needless to say, it went well.

If that story’s too corny for you, I recommend planning out your day like mine (but with less Dayquil, probably): hold your loved one tight and play some more modern games. The passion hasn’t ebbed for boyfriend, who is now a games journalist; last night we played a new-to-us version of Tetris Attack until we unlocked all the characters. I’m still terrible with most games but decent with 90s nostalgia: lately this Jazz Jackrabbit emulator has been doing the trick for me.

The city is as magical as you make it, friends. I hope you feel as blessed as I do today. ❤


4/16: California Academy of Sciences

Weekend Out:

If you’re into natural history- and who isn’t?- head straight for the best science museum in town, the California Academy of Sciences. Features include a dedicated research room (!), a four story replica of a rainforest canopy with free range butterflies, and an enormous underground aquarium with cute little fishies from most parts of the globe. Music Concourse Dr.; nearest cross street outside the park: 9th.

Photo c/o their wikipedia page.

Pro tip: Golden Gate Park is just close enough to the Haight to bounce between the two for food, and there’s plenty of open seating outside the museum. Treat yourself to a crunchy picnic while the nice weather holds, and chase it with some hot jasmine tea at the Japanese Tea Garden right across the street!

Weekend In:

What moves the Academy from the best science museum in town to the best science museum ever? Livestreams. If you want to see penguin feedings without navigating a small army of strollers, they’ve got you covered. Like fish but don’t like feeling claustro in a basement? Boom. Kind of skeeved by the concept of sharks swimming underneath your walkway? Rest assured that they definitely can’t get you here.