Bill, Brandon, Brett, Leanna and I departed from Houston Hobby with great anticipation on Sunday, June 6th, 2010 in the late afternoon. Our initial flight was unremarkable with one brief stop in San Diego; then, on to San Francisco. With a two hour time change, we loaded up our cab to the city approximately 8:00 p.m. Our cab driver gave us a “rousing” welcome to the big city by responding to Leanna’s excited “So, do you have any recommendations on restaurants in San Francisco?” with a gruff “I eat at home”.
BG attempted to initiate a conversation with the driver by acquiring his middle eastern accent (the boys and I have noted frequently that BG acquires the prosody or accent of whomever he is speaking with). Billy asked the driver,” “This Sienna, what year?” to which the driver responded with a grand single word “2004”. And that was indeed “his final answer.
The sites of the city on our way to our hotel were quite impressive. We arrived at our downtown hotel “The Villa Florence” in Union Square and were delighted with its old ambiance and sounds of the city. Exhausted from our travels, we walked next door to an Italian Deli, Bellini’s and enjoyed eggplant parmigiana, penne, ravioli, pizza and BG’s standard meal at Italian restaurants, Spaghetti and meatballs.