Birthday Bash Bus Highlights

I’m back from San Francisco where my son, Lewis, threw himself a fun-filled 40th Birthday Bash for himself, which included a 5-hour private bus tour – he was the tour guide – through his favorite spots in the city. At our meet-up location at Fisherman’s Wharf, we chowed down on offerings from the local purveyors.

Our family enjoyed crab salad, raw clams and lobster bisque. After filling our bellies, we boarded the bus which was a

Chowing Down on Fisherman's Wharf

Chowing Down on Fisherman’s Wharf

converted fire truck seating 30, driven by his friend, Cyrus. Friends and relatives of various ages quickly developed a sweet


Our Own Tour Bus

Our Own Tour Bus

camaraderie, fueled by a large basket of candy that was circulated within minutes of our boarding.

As we began to leave Fisherman’s Wharf, we were treated to a San Francisco happening: The Naked Bike Ride. I kid you not. What these dudes were celebrating or protesting I have no idea; signs were conspicuously absent (as was clothing) but they looked as though they were enjoying the sunshine and letting it all hang out.

Riding through the city, we spotted a long line of people awaiting the opening of a new store. No one on the bus could understand such bizarre behavior, nevertheless it was in progress. We commandeered the crowd to belt out the Happy Birthday song to Lewis, who proudly took the spotlight.

Follow the Bouncing Red Dot

Follow the Bouncing Red Dot

Next stop was Jack Kerouac Alley for an honest-to-goodness Poetry Slam with real poets! Of course, the experience would not be complete

without browsing through City Lights, the famous bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

The sun was strong, the tour was great, Lewis was an informative and funny tour guide, but we were all getting a little hungry. Not a problem! Lewis had planned well. Upon arrival in Chinatown, he hopped out of the bus, returning with 3 large containers, each holding 60 steaming pieces of dim sum. Perfect! We jumped on the treats like tourists on a trolley.

We Get Steaming Dim Sum from Chinatown

We Get Steaming Dim Sum from Chinatown

Poet Brian timothy Bottoms

Poet Brian timothy Bottoms

And what would a tour around a city be without me finding a misspelled sign?SF photos 029

Thanks, Lewis, you planned and organized a great party for all of us! Same time next decade?


  1. I miss San Francisco. I lived 20 years in the Bay Area, and haven’t been able to visit in a half dozen years. Sounds like you had loads of fun. oh–and nothing says SF like the Naked Bike Ride, not that I ever engaged in it.

  2. Lewis Baden (Son)

    Indeed, same time next decade! What a blast, and fun times, thanks to all who showed up for the tour. And thanks also mom for recalling the many fond memories with your blog!

    • It’s always nice to recall fond memories …..

  3. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities – I could spend days walking there. And have. Glad you had a good trip! Missed the naked bike ride (there’s got to be some serious Gold Bond usage there), but I’m okay with that.

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