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Perfect for me: culture on a budget.
was up at the crack of
today. It may not sound like much, but that is in
So how can you spot an American on the streets of
Such a typical tourist I was today.
I did, however, enjoy a pint of ale at the nearly 500-year old Anchor Tavern, which was reputed to be a drinking spot for Shakespeare and his actors - as his original Globe Theater was located right next door.
The "London Eye" (or "Eyesore" as some locals refer to it) is new since my last visit, so I thought I'd check it out. I mean, where else can you ride a 400-ft tall ferris wheel with views of such importance? But the ticket price - almost $60 US was a little too thrilling for my taste.
(FYI: I do happen to have a link to a video of 5 or 6 very hunky male models who went on the Eye recently - and then stripped down to their birthday suits - if anyone is seeing such a shameless thing.) Now, if I knew that naked hunks were guaranteed on every ride, then maybe it would be worth the $60!!!
I just heard from back home that my sweetheart, Mano, will be singing for the
Mayor of San Francisco this week! Mano, along with the 9 other members of the
Gay Asian/Pacific Alliance Men's Chorus will be performing in San Francisco's
City Hall by special invitation. How cool is that? I am so proud! But also a
bit sad that I will not be there to share in this special event. :-( Well, at
least my heart is there in
as I lying down to finally sleep, I could hear the faint sound of a fire alarm
ringing in the distance. With no air conditioning, the window was open enough
to make out that the alarm was coming from the hotel's lower floors. But then,
another alarm rang on a higher floor, then another still even closer to my
floor. Bewildered, I gathered my clothes and valuables, and stuck my head out
my door for a peak. One or two others were doing the same, and no one seemed
quite sure if it was for real, or if we could simply ignore it. Just then, the
fire alarm in my own room sounded a piercing shriek - making it clear that I
was not supposed to simply sit there and wait.
Floor by floor, we all made our way down to the street with relative calm (except for the guy who pushed several of us out of the way as he literally ran down the stairs). I made my way to the front entrance, where I saw a half-dozen of
It seems that a careless smoker had managed to set something ablaze in his room, yet had been able to put out the fire himself. The resulting smoke was responsible for setting off the alarms that sent hundreds of poorly-dressed tourists scrambling for the exits.
Not serious, but fun to watch... and fun to write about!