A Quick Tour of San Francisco

Nichole and I did a San Francisco tour by MUNI and Taxi over a few hours before catching our flight back to MSP last Friday.

We hit the Castro District for some shopping:

Castro Theater

And lunch at the Sausage Factory:

Lunch at the Sausage Factory

The took a ride down Lombard (the crooked street):


Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge:


Where we got to see the fog rolling over the hills next to the bridge:

Then made our way back to the financial district to pick up our luggage:

Financial District

And flapped our wings as we left SFO for MSP:


San Francisco Values

I’m heading to San Francisco for a business trip next week. You know, that crazy left-wing town represented by people like Nancy Pelosi – the Grandmother of five who’s going to drag our country into the gutter, unlike Newt Gingrich, Ted Haggard, and Tom Delay who prefer American’s to as they say rather than follow what they do in their not so private lives. One more not-so-moral authority on this subject of San Francisco is Keith Olberman’s favorite whipping boy, Bill O’Reilly, who apparently claims to have coined the term “San Francisco Values” with the negative spin only FOX News could put on such a term. Kos took at look at those values today and brings up some interesting points about San Francisco:

But let’s talk about “San Francisco values”, you know — tolerance, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Since O’Reilly boycotts everything he hates, I look forward to his boycott of all Bay Area-origin products. Same with every conservative who bashes San Francisco and the Bay Area. So no iPods or anything Apple. No HP computers. No Google. No Yahoo. No eBay. Those conservative bloggers using Blogspot, MovableType, or TypePad? Sorry. Those products are Bay Area-based.

That’s a lot of innovation for an area that’s a LOT smaller than most red states. How do they do it? Maybe one of their not-so-secret secrets is by tapping into the labor that flocks to SFO from less tolerant red states who put their short-term intolerance ahead of their long-term financial interests? That was one of the theories put forward by Richard Florida in The Rise of the Creative Class:

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life

Or, as Kos puts it:

Yeah, those “San Francisco values” sure are dragging the region down. Making it weak as it falls behind the rest of the country — the parts that don’t share “San Francisco values” — economically and socially.

Or, maybe — just maybe — it’s made the region a magnet for the world’s smartest, most innovative, most entrepreneurial individuals and an incubator of the world’s most dramatic technological advances.

All I know is, I really could care less who you’re attracted to, love, want to spend the rest of your life with. If you’re willing to work your ass off making products that make all of our lives easier, if you’re willing to join our military to defend us, or if you’d like to simply get a job and reap the same benefits every other American is entitled to, have at it. Anyone opposing such obvious civil rights is simply fighting society’s inevitable move toward tolerance of all people. It’s a shame things move as slow as they do, but it’s nice to know that we have history on our side.

I’ll be on the lookout for smart, innovative, entrepreneurial individuals in San Francisco next week. In fact, that’s the core mission of the trip: to seek out such individuals and tape their stories. And one question I seriously doubt will be raised during any of the interviews is, “are you gay?” Why won’t it come up? Because I care more about people’s minds and talents than their sexual orientation.