|Me and my old Wellington flatmate Matt in the Waka|
|Entrance to the Waka in San Francisco|
Kiwis get really mad when it's suggested they might know another Kiwi, but last night I spotted: an old boss from Radio New Zealand, an old flatmate and an old childhood friend from Whakatane! Anyway - for all you visitors to San Francisco, here's a ten pointer to explain a few things...what would you add?
*Fancy reception: That guy you're talking to dressed in a holey shirt could be a Dot.com millionaire who owns the company. Or a student who wandered in for the free drinks.
*Beautiful clothes in the stores but no one's wearing them. I am not the first person to notice this. Dame Edna Everage famously said it first.
*Everyone says there's still a downturn, so why can't you get a seat in even a mediocre SF restaurant on a weeknight at 6pm?
*Likely to overhear: “Mom and Mama are taking me to movies tonight.” “Oh cool, my Dads took me on Saturday night.”
*Everyone's talking about...Catfishing (false info on your online dating profile)
*Everyone's talking about....A name for the New Mission, the place above the 22nd where all the new restaurants are going in.
*The cyclists who had custom $5,000 bikes in their garage now ride a fixed-gear bike.
*Don't say: “The coldest summer I ever spent was the summer in San Francisco....” We. Know.
*Don't ask anyone in the Steampunk Culture about Burning Man. No one admits to going anymore.
*I know, people never seem to be working here...they're always exercising and hanging out.
*The British “I'm on gardening leave” is replaced here with “I'm between start-ups.”