Greece, debt and the European Bailout – How it affected me in S.F.

Before I get into how it affected me let’s do a quick recap of what is happening right now.

I also prefer to keep it very simple.

Greece owes a lot of money and they cannot pay it. This means they have to cut a lot of public services and since a VERY LARGE portion of their population is on Government payrolls many are not happy about it. So they all decided to go burn things in the street and all hell is breaking loose. This makes investors really really nervous and they pull their money away from the trouble or take it out of the market entirely which causes share prices to fall.

Johnnie Walker Tasting

Just got back from a Johnnie Walker Tasting.  I had never been to a “spirits” tasting before but apparently one can taste many different flavors in Whisky (Spelled the proper way) just like the way we can with wine.  I got the invite from Netparty which I had apparently signed up for once upon a time but it never caught my interest until Whisky was involved.

Wasn’t sure what to expect but it took place not far from AT&T park right close to a rough area of San Francisco.  There was a line, velvet rope and plenty of pretty Johnnie Walker girls which reminded me (AGAIN) of Saigon when Johnnie Walker used to sponsor the darts tournaments.  They made sure we had RSVP’d and asked us a few questions about our drinking habits.

San Francisco – The Tenderloin – NY Times Article

The New York Times ran the article “San Francisco’s Unlikely Tourist Stop – The Tenderloin,” yesterday and as this neighborhood is about 5 blocks from me I really had the urge to comment.

The Tenderloin in short is the most run down area of San Francisco.  It is also unfortunately the first view of the city that many visitors will get if they come in off the 6th street exit and head towards Market St.  When I first heard the name I thought it very strange and although there are competing theories regarding the origin of the name I go with the location which would be “the soft underbelly” of the city.

Strikes, Jury Duty, Whiskey and an Obama Protest

Everyday, I’m out and about in San Francisco going to visit my customers.  As I have just updated my blog and am very enthusiastic about sharing my experiences with all of you I have started to keep my eyes open for blog-worthy material.

Well, today did not disappoint and I wonder if I could turn this into a full time profession.

1.  Strike – Causing me personal problems.

 

Strike at a hotel

 

This sight of a strike is not all the uncommon here in San Francisco.  In fact, the hotels in the area are getting hit pretty hard this tourist season.

Cherry Blossoms in Union Square

Passing through Union Square as I do most days saw that the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom


In Japan we would always go the park at this time of year for Hanami (花見). The event is pretty much a picnic where you eat snacks, drink sake and look at the blossoms. The blooms are only out for a week or two and the event is huge in Japan so parks are pretty crowded.

No picnics going on in Union Square but there is the weekly Art show and plenty of tourists!

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