San Francisco brings back memories of the first time I watched the movie ‘The Age of Adaline’ where the star of the movie Adaline Bowman (played by Blake Lively) suffered a freakish, near-fatal accident that altered her DNA in a way that halted the ageing process. In the movie, Adaline is 106 years old but looks 29 and always will.
While many movie reviewers at the time (2015) argued that despite having lived through two world wars, the space age, the Beatles, the invention of the pill, the civil rights movement, second-wave feminism, punk rock or, really, anything at all...she used her immortality to do....nothing but work in a library and wear some of her (presumably vast) collection of vintage clothing; I think eternal youth proves a lonely business. I mean what would you do if you were her?
You could argue that there were amazing things one could have done between 1937 and 2015 -- she could have served in WWII, been a pioneering feminist. Or a rock star.
Well.. I think Age of Adaline was a relief from the usual mayhem at the multiplex assaulting our cinema landscape from April through September. Ellen Burstyn is beautiful, and Harrison Ford and Blake Lively give lovely performances. This was a refreshing escape and pleasant, teary entertainment.
Magical things I saw in San Francisco
Driving over the Golden Gate bridge (on a tour bus) felt pretty dope! There was nothing like it. It was cold, and exhilarating and long enough for me to marvel, lift my jaw off the ground, and then calm myself down quickly enough to experience it before we got off the bridge.
Watching four-time Grammy Award-winning band Train perform live in a private concert for registered Marketo summit attendees. That was the first time I had full set of their songs besides the only ones I knew ‘Hey Soul sister’ and ‘Drops of Jupiter’ (which I loved even more after finding out it was a fantastic tribute to the lead singer, Patrick Monahan’s mother and I hope she can somehow hear this every time it's listened to.
Listening to the award-winning musician and critically acclaimed actress Queen Latifah and James Corden, Tony Award-winning performer and host of "The Late Late Show" as they headlined a Marketing summit I attended at the time. They were talking about how they’ve mastered the skill of engaging with people across a multitude of channels, connecting with millions around the world. It was magical because James was his genuine and funny self whilst the Queen oozed of noir pixie dust and black girl magic.
Ok - granted, I didn’t take the famous Alcatraz tour...I’ve heard and read that visiting this jail isn’t just spooky during the day but by night, it will surely send a chill down your spine. I did however get a good enough view :) Alcatraz is a former military prison located on an island one and a half miles from the mainland. It has approximately 1.5 million visitors a year.
I went to Pier 39 which is built on a pier in San Francisco, and a part of adventure-filled Fisherman's Wharf. At Pier 39, there are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39's marina.
The culture, food and music are spectacular in Chinatown especially at night when the town really comes to life with lights and people. I ate at a pretty cool restaurant called China Live - and they had authentic really yummy Chinese food! It was decorated with lots of red lanterns and it really enhanced the view and atmosphere. The lanes through China town were nice and they had clean streets overall with good. It was an amazing place to stroll through at night, and yes, you know it! I shopped.
I saw the Mrs. Doubtfire house, from the movie that Robin Williams (RIP) starred in with Sally Field. It was somewhat surreal. I read somewhere that there are no longer memory stones with beautiful messages written on them outside, the trees with hidden messages are covered in vine, the color of the house is now a light blue/greyish rather than it's iconic buttercream color, & there is now a gate sitting at the bottom of the steps given the popularity of the home. Continue to RIP Robin Williams, you brought lots of laughter and joy to the world.