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I Bought an RV!

A short while I ago, as an aside, I mentioned that I might be buying an RV to live in. It seemed like a good idea, so every day I checked ebay to see what sorts of deals were to be had. I wasn't ready to buy, but I figured it would be good to know what's available for when the condo sold.

I sat in my living room chatting with some friends on AIM when one of them brought up the RV idea. While I explained it to them I opened up ebay. By default it shows the most recently listed RVs on top. The very top one was an R-Vision Trail Lite, one of the few models I'd really liked. I glanced over at the price and it was $14,000, less than half of what they usually go for. There must be something wrong with it.

I opened the listing and read through the description. The front "shotgun" seat was missing. No big deal. They'd backed into something and the fiberglass around the tail light was cracked. No big deal. The couch wasn't the one specifically made for the RV. No big deal.

San Francisco: A Dreamer's Paradise

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Dense clusters of billowy white clouds blanketed the ceiling-to-floor window walls half-way around my room on the 23rd floor of San Francisco’s cool blue tower. The clear view of Bloomingdale’s from a day earlier -- completely masked. “This fog generally burns off around noon,” a housekeeper passing me in the hallway assured as I stood trying to photograph the street below from the window just outside my door. I wasn't worried. Fascinated; but not worried. From what seemed a plumb vantage point in the Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel, even behind the morning veil, the personality of the city shined.

[gallery columns="2" type="slideshow" ids="406,410,413,414,411,415,559,558"] As soon as I arrived, I set out on what I expected to be a 20-minute errand to the drug store. Instead, I walked the SoMa {South of Market} district surrounding my hotel for two hours. I was in love. Beautifully mild weather, libations from The Coffee Bean and a quick trip through the Union Square shopping area ... San Francisco had me at hello.

Stay here: InterContinental Hotel San Francisco Thirty-two stories above San Francisco’s vibrant South of Market neighborhood, the Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel became an instant landmark with its erection. It sits at Howard and 5th Streets -- a brilliant blue glass structure of 550 rooms, visible for miles. A complete package for all manner of traveler, the four-year-old luxury hotel’s amenities include: the Michelin-starred restaurant and bar Luce, a health and fitness center, indoor lap pool, jacuzzi, full-service spa, conference center, business center and an option of pet-friendly rooms. Outside, it’s situated next to the Moscone West Convention Center as well as within walking distance of Union Square, a blend of trendy and upscale restaurants, coffee shops and bars, and museums including the Museum of the African Diaspora, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Wear this: Scarves & Blazers Layering is a must. Pack a lightweight scarf or pashmina, a blazer and comfortable shoes.

Culturally rich, it’s no wonder that San Francisco is also the backdrop for Steve Silver’s “Beach Blanket Babylon,” the longest running musical revue in theater history; nearly 37 years to be exact. Musical spoofs of pop and political culture, constantly retooled with parodies of current events and popular icons, are what audiences flock to Club Fugazie in the heart of the North Beach district time and time again to see. Add to that -- extravagant costumes, shimmy-inducing music and the likelihood of hobnobbing with celebrities who also drop in to catch the world-renowned show. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, you'll need to plan ahead. Selling out shows for “Beach Blanket Babylon” is the norm.

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