March 13th: SanFran tourism day! Pier 39 for souvenirs and pictures, then Ghirardelli square for chocolate!
I spend an irrationally long time in a shop called “Crown & Crumpet” which is wonderfully Alice & Wonderland, and right up my alley.
We then proceed to Castro, the Mecca I have waited for, seeing as I have long identified myself firstly as a social media enthusiast, and secondly as a “gay man trapped in a straight woman’s body.” It’s a daily struggle.
On DanChiz’s recommendation, we seek out this “Lime,” which he describes as “a great brunch place” that I would enjoy because of the “great gay crowd” that sometimes frequents the restaurant. Well, Dan neglected to mention that the place shit glitter.
Lime on Market Street is actually the GAYEST PLACE EVER. And it was EPIC. EPIC. EPIC. Hands down greatest dining experience EVER. The line for the bathroom was a freakin’ dance party. On a Saturday afternoon! Music BUMP BUMPING. Neon atmosphere. Bottomless mimosas. Frittatas. Destiny’s Child’s Independent Women, Santigold, and Sir Mix A Lot. UHMMMM, HELLO? PARADISE?!
Whittney spent the whole meal enviously eyeing the fab table behind me. 6 guys and the token straight biddie. As we left the restaurant, Whittney “had” to say something to them, and was embraced by a group hug. So as we exchanged the expected “Oh Em Gee, Great Sunglasses!” we end up making friends, and offer them a ride a downtown. Gay culture= the best culture. Turns out that Steve, or “$t3v3” as his BBM name states, is the token STRAIGHT guy, who realized long ago that his proximity to flawlessly maintained homosexual beauty and perfection would most certainly make his receding hairline (at the age of 24) less evident.
We go for a stroll downtown, take cool pix in front of some awesome graffiti, and part ways, seeing that I have spotted Union Square’s massive Forever 21 and absolutely must hit that up.
Whittney’s friend from Cali, Kasey, is an ADPi at Berkeley, and we’ve never seen a real life sorority house, let alone an ADPi house, so Kasey, the new VP gives us a tour!
We meet fellow Rho Chapter NorCal native, Jean, at 2400 Piedmont Ave and relish in the Alphie lion mascot doorknocker. This house has been ADPi’s since 1913! So much cool history and really bizarre to realize how different Greek life can be when it is real, with housing…