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Old 03-31-2012   #1
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Returning to San Francisco CA in May '12

I said I'd return... and here I go!

The California contingent I had the pleasure to meet back in December 08 (Ken, Bob, Papercut, Thomas and Ray, among others) is a nice, pleasant and knowledgeable group. I was very fortunate to meet them some years ago, when we met at the Ferry Building and walked up Market Street all the way to a nice mall, where we had lunch.

I said to Ken I'd try to return... and here I am! I have a conference, from May 23 to 26, 2012, but my wife arranged it so that we'll be there for a little longer and may be visit friends in Berkeley.

You guys have been warned... Take care! Let's hope we can arrange a meeting again!
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Looking forward to a meet up. Let us know what days work best for you and we can all plan sometime fun around it.

If you happen to be free during a weekday the gallery at Pier 24 is always worth a visit.
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Would really like a meet-up here in SF, but my wife and I will be in Istanbul on those dates. Maybe next time!
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Don't forget about OAKLAND! Nytimes put it 5th on the places to visit in 2012 list.
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I'd love to meet up with you all if possible. I'll keep an eye on this thread for further details.....
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Great news Francisco! I look forward to seeing you again and, as Darren said, we'll certainly work around your schedule. Should be a great time.

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PS- My niece moved to the Chicago area so I might be visiting your neck of the woods later this year!
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Ken, let me know about your dates. I'm 65 miles West from the city but things can be arranged.

BTW, Oakland? My wife (ever the travel organizer) was asking me about destinations I'd like to hit. What's with Oakland? Thanks for the suggestion!!
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Francisco, do you need us to hunt down some ETC (ecstacy for you non-users) and shrooms for you, like last time? I think Ray picked up the ETC and Kevin supplied the shrooms, but Kevin is now dealing on the east coast. Randy, do you want to handle Kevin's load?
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Francisco, do you need us to hunt down some ETC (ecstacy for you non-users) and shrooms for you, like last time? I think Ray picked up the ETC and Kevin supplied the shrooms, but Kevin is now dealing on the east coast. Randy, do you want to handle Kevin's load?
Thanks for the suggestion, Mike, but I think I'll pass. I "handled" Kevin's "load" quite enough when he was out here living on the Left Coast...
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Just after I get back from traveling too-- It's been awhile since I've been to a meet-up, so keep me posted.
Francisco- if you're in Berkeley, stop into Looking Glass and say hi- If I can't make the gathering I'm probably there at work anyway... and Owen and Kent and some of the other regulars here stop in there time to time too...(even Mike- but we try to warn people first... )

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Wow, was it December 2008? I do not remember much except Kent brought his Nikon SP, Francisco and I talked about the Leicameter, and we had beer somewhere. A May visit with Francisco sounds great. I am in a selling mood and will hopefully have something to bring with film in it.
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Wow, was it December 2008? I do not remember much except Kent brought his Nikon SP, Francisco and I talked about the Leicameter, and we had beer somewhere. A May visit with Francisco sounds great.
I did have my SP, good memory Bob! I actually have some pics from that get together, I'll pop a few up later.
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Right now, at Sausalito, CA, just a few miles from the beautiful town of San Francisco.

Since I'll be attending a conference (and staying at the Intercontinental in Howard Strasse), and I'll present my paper on Saturday at noon (the very last spot in the event), I may be able to meet on Thursday or Friday or Saturday afternoon. Last time it was great (I had no meetings and was able to meet with several people), but now we're traveling with a 3-year old named Edmund, who knows how to pose but doesn't know that it's important to hold it.

I'll try to add updates to this thread as we go. If we can meet that'll be fun! I brought my Leica M5 and the same digital behemoth as three years ago, but with a different lens.
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Old 05-23-2012   #16
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Finally arrived! I have made time for Saturday afternoon, at about 2 PM (with my better half's permission). Anybody to meet at the same building we met years ago at the end of Market St?
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Hi Francisco, if I get back Friday, I'm free to wander on Saturday and could meet you at the Ferry Building, where we met last time.

Unlike the old people like Kent, who can't remember where we went, we left the Ferry Building, walked South of Market, and ended up at the Emporium (Westfield) for food, beer, and a discussion about a repair person.

Next Papercut and RayPA got drunk and almost went to blows over the relevance of some obscure photographer, and the rest of us got out of there. Last, Kent sourced some cheap smack on Ellis in the TL and all of us (especially you, the guest, who has double hit privileges) were good to go. Memory ends there.

Edit: Flashback just came in, from after we smoked rocks. Kevin was popping the flash on his Ricoh GR1 in people's faces B.G.-style on Market, and he almost got his a$$ whupped by a young lady who took offense. Kent and I ran away like red-headed step-children, no foolin.
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I'm in for Saturday. Who is this Mike fellow?
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Francisco- If you have trouble picking out Mike from the crowd as you wait for us here a pic of him from a get together a few years back.

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This is indeed great news!! I don't think it'll be difficult to pick any of the bunch at the Ferry Building. I will be the one with a beard! (and a silver Leica M5)
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Not a thread bump, but an important message.

I'm presnting in a session that ends at 2:15 PM. I would like to change (in my hotel room) and then go to the Ferry Building (I'll take a cab!) to be there at 2:45 PM or thereabouts. I hope this is OK for those involved...

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I have one obligation on Saturday, but if things work out in time, I'd love to join you guys and say hi to Francisco. Keep us posted!
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We'll meet at the small cafe in the San Francisco Museum of Art across the street from Yerba Buena Gardens at about 2:45 PM. Ken's suggestion. We can see the exhibit and shoot the streets or have a beer of all of the above! I'll have my Leica M5 and so will Ken, so we'll be the rogue guys.
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Francisco- If you have trouble picking out Mike from the crowd as you wait for us here a pic of him from a get together a few years back.
Same day, Kent-




And from last week, for Kent's latest look-
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Man do my white glasses look nice or what! The banana hammock in the previous shot speaks for itself.

If Darren will gear up we could have 3 M5s there, a new record
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We'll meet at the small cafe in the San Francisco Museum of Art across the street from Yerba Buena Gardens at about 2:45 PM. Ken's suggestion. We can see the exhibit and shoot the streets or have a beer of all of the above! I'll have my Leica M5 and so will Ken, so we'll be the rogue guys.
Francisco/Kent: Is the plan to see the Mexican Photography exhibit?
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Francisco/Kent: Is the plan to see the Mexican Photography exhibit?
Peter- Francisco expressed an interest so yes, we'll probably do a tour through
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Looks like I'll be able to make it after all. I was stuck south of the border and had Mike spring me out of jam. I made my way back up just in time for Saturday but Mike said he needed to "stay behind" and take care of a few things.

I'll be packing the M5 but it won't work too well in its crippled state. 1/1000 never really worked when I got it and now 1/500 is gone too.
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Good news Darren, seeya tomorrow. Sorry to hear about the M5...time for a trip to Sherry.
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Gail and I are going on a 9 day road trip to Oregon tomorrow morning, so I'm going to miss out on the usual non-stop drug and booze binge this time around . I'll catch you guys next time, if there is a next time...

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Have a fun trip Warren!

Sad for some, I just returned to God's country. Might hit dim sum early, and then see folks at sfmoma.

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Wow M5 party huh? If I bring Mamiya 7 and M2, do I get the M5 credential?
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Sug, I think the party was cancelled. Some became concerned that if we got too many M5s in close proximity to each other, the gravitational attraction of objects that dense may overcome the repulsive force of seeing them. The subsequent chain-reaction as their three lugs align and meters flip out, could destabilize the earths angular velocity.
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LOLed, Mike.

I got out of earlier commitment just after 6pm. Sigh. Hope you guys all had a good time..
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We missed you Sug!

Good to see everyone, and Francisco, hope to see you before another 4 years go by!
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32 people, what a turnout! Thanks to everyone for coming!!

Great to see Francisco again in the City named after him. Safe travels back and ont worry about that rash you got from Mike, a little anti-biotics should clear it right up!

Love to chat but I need to check the vertical alignment on every camera I own, evidently my muscular fore(five?)head has been knocking them out.
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Francisco, great meeting and chatting with you. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here.

Following rff meetup traditions, something of mine breaks every time we get together. I was lucky this time as it was only a lens that unscrewed itself halfway through the day.
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