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My Favorite Places in San Francisco

I've spent most of my time in San Francisco since fleeing the oppressive summer heat of Texas. Since then, mostly thanks to awesome recommendations from other people, I've discovered some amazing places here. This is a selection of my favorites... all of which should be checked out by anyone who lives here. Know somewhere else amazing? Let me know!

Samovar Tea Lounge

If you like tea you should come to Samovar. If you love tea, you'll probably end up coming here every day like I do. Samovar does tea like tea is meant to be done: large servings of loose leaf tea, steeped for the exact right time in the exact right temperature water. The lounges are very pleasant comfortable places, and the employees are awesome people. There are three locations; I like the Page Street one the best.

Adult Night at the Exploratorium

Early On a Sunday Morning: The Cello Recital

On Where Pianos Roam

On Tuesday, May 31, I performed on the cello in public for the very first time.  My teacher, the lovely Ms. Ronda Armstrong, orchestrated a charming little recital for her music students in the library of the Stratford Montessori School in Nashville's Donelson area.  There were three very young piano students and two adult cello students who performed. 

Before the recital started, we did a quick practice in Ms. Armstrongs music room, and I totally bombed on every piece.  Thankfully, I've always accepted this as a good omen.  I always wind up playing well when this happens.  I guess I just needed to get all the nerves calmed down and ironed out. 

After the practice, all five of us walked in singe-file line to the library.  We sat in the back, and before too long, the show began.  On the piano, all the kids that played were just adorable.  Jordan Widener played "Donkey" and "It's Halloween".   Sam Crow played "Minuet and Trio" and "I've Been Wishing".  Later on, Bella Dobson performed "German Folk Song" and "Kangaroo Family".  Watching them reminded me of a couple of piano recitals that I did when I was young.  I hope all of them continue to perform music in one way or the other.  It's just a fun skill to have even if you don't do it professionally.

Then, it was time for the cellists to play.  I was on first and played two solo pieces ("Go Tell Aunt Rodie" and "May Song") while Ms. Ronda accompanied me on the piano.  Here's a photo.  (There's a look of determined Asian concentration on my face.) 

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