Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Next Stop is San Francisco

"Parts of Unmasking Maya read like a love letter to San Francisco."
- Mallory, The Daily Quirk




Hello my little hoppers! Here's a question for you. Which of the following people is not a San Francisco fixture?


  • A man who hides himself behind leafy branches on Fisherman's Wharf and randomly jumps out to scare tourists
  • A very tall man (6'4 or 6'5) who rides around town on a unicycle
  • A drag queen called Peaches Christ who holds stage productions recreating classic films
  • A man whose entire face and bald head is covered with a spiderweb tattoo who walks around in a sailor suit
  • None of the above

Scroll down to find the answer at the bottom of this post.

Ah, San Francisco. I really do love my adopted hometown. It never gets too hot or too cold, the people are friendly, the architecture is beautiful and there's always something going on. Jazz festivals, craft expos, street fairs, theatre in the park, organic and locally produced food fairs, you name it.

Those who've never had the chance to visit the city by the Bay may assume it's populated mostly by soft-spoken artsy folks in hemp clothing. While there are certainly a fair amount of people in San Francisco who would fall under this category, the population is really very diverse. You've got your modern day hippies but you've also got your grittier hipsters, your cultured intellectuals, your starving artists, your yummy mummies, your corporate clones, your skilled tradespeople, etc. In short (haha, yeah right) San Francisco just as diverse as any other city. What makes it different is that people seem to be more expressive here than any other place I've ever lived before.

If people want to express themselves musically, artistically or politically, they tend to just go for it. And quite often they'll find a receptive audience or a kindred spirit. Well... this depends on how you're expressing yourself and where you're doing it. Might not be the wisest idea to perform your interpretive dance in the Financial District.

Here are some pics that I think are a good representation of the city:




Another thing that makes San Francisco unique is its close proximity to Silicon Valley. The company headquarters for companies such as Google, Apple, Yahoo!, eBay and Facebook are all within an hour of the city. I have to say I'm a bit in awe of the minds behind these companies. These people, who have changed our world in a such major way (can you imagine what it would be like if Google suddenly ceased to exist?) they fascinate me. And they were the inspiration for Derek, the love interest in Unmasking Maya. While Derek is straight-up Silicon Valley, Maya is much more San Francisco. Her quirks, her talents and her artistic flair ensure that she fits right in - although she doesn't always feel this way. She's got some issues that girl.

And there you have it. Hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse into the city I love so much. And if you've never been here before, I hope you're able to visit in the future. Just remember...

"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair."

I couldn't resist! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out this YouTube video.

As promised, I'll answer the question at the top of this post, and the correct answer is: None of the Above. All of these eccentrics do indeed live here in San Francisco.

In the spirit of celebrating all things San Francisco, I will be giving away a $20 gift certificate to Benefit Cosmetics, which, in my opinion, is the best cosmetics company ever. Use the Rafflecopter thingie below to enter. This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide. Good luck, thanks for reading and be sure to check out all the other fabulous blogs on the hop including the ginormous Grand Prize!!

Love,
Libby

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47 comments:

  1. Love it! Thanks for a fun post and a great blog hop, Libby. I lived in San Francisco for many years before moving overseas. How I miss those eccentrics!

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    1. Small world, Gwen! I hope you get a chance to make it back to the Bay Area soon!

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  2. Since I'm writing a book set in San Fran right now, it was great to read your post, Libby! And I just knew that all the unusual residents you listed at the top of your post were real! :) I do have to challenge your comment about it never getting that cold in San Fran, though. I've never been so freezing cold in my life (and this is coming from someone who's been in NYC during a blizzard) as I was when I visited San Francisco in August. There's something about the cold air in San Fran that just cuts right through you (I think it's because the city's right off the water and the air is not only cold, but damp. Brrrrrrr.) I had to buy a sweatshirt off a street vendor and wear it over all of my cute, sleeveless summer dresses the whole time I was there! Not that the weather dampened my enthusiasm for the city at all! :)

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    1. I hear ya about the weather, Tracie. True - it can get very cold here. In fact recently it's been pretty chilly, but I still believe that the cold here is far preferable to the cold in, say, Boston. LOL. Those street vendors really do make a killing off of visitors to the city. :-)

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  3. I loved this post and the photos are awesome! I have never been to San Francisco, but now I feel like booking a flight and leaving today!

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    1. Oh my goodness, you should! That would be so much fun, Sam! It'd totally show you around. :-)

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  4. LOVE San Fran!! My mom and step dad used to live just north of there and whenever I'd visit we'd go into SF. Loved everything about it!! Been a while since I've ben there though...since they moved back east in 96. I will make it back someday!!

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    1. Yay! I know what you mean about loving everything about it, Stephanie! There's really not anything to dislike (except maybe the cost of living, haha). I hope you make it back here soon! I'll be here with the welcome sign. :-)

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  5. I've only been to San Francisco once and I loved it. And the man at the wharf did jump out and scare me! I can't wait to read Unmasking Maya - a love letter to San Francisco :)

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    1. LOL. Meredith, that is too hilarious that you've only been here once and the Bushman got you! He got me too - a couple of years ago. :-) Hope you enjoy Unmasking Maya!

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  6. The Husband and I took the train from Seattle to San Francisco and back for our honeymoon. Very romantic! We keep talking about going back...some day...
    Thanks for organizing the hop!

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    1. Oh, that does sound so romantic. You should definitely return to San Francisco. And I will be the welcoming committee. Thanks for participating in the hop, Liv!

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  7. Libby, you're great! Always leave me smiling with your words. :) I'm happily in the midst of reading Maya's story and it's got a great San Fran feel and flair to it. Great read, everyone. Def pick it up!

    Went to SF after my Seattle trip last year and, like Seattle, reminded me a bit of home here in Berlin. You get a melting pot of people in a big, artistically inclined city and boy are you in for a fun surprise. Interpretive dance in the Financial District; or asking if they can be a vampire and suck your blood via the American Red Cross van set up in the Trader Joe's parking lot; or pull a drum kit out in the center divider of the road to entertain. Love these crazy cities!! Great post, Libby, and thank you for coordinating such an awesome Hop!

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    1. Aw, shucks. Savannah, you are such a sweetheart! I'm so thrilled you're enjoying Unmasking Maya! Crazy cities are the best. I love discovering wild and wacky people and watching them do wild and wacky things. I have never been to Seattle. Definitely on my list though. :-) Thanks so much for participating in the hop!

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  8. Well, of course I miss Britain, but I adore living in San Francisco. I get a terrible kick out of watching tourists walk by the Bush Man. Wonderful entertainment. I've only dabbled with Benefit but their products look great.

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    1. LOL. The Bush Man is just too hilarious. So much fun to watch him do his thing. And oh my goodness, Pauline, Benefit is amazing. Or that's what I believe, anyway. They're pricey so I usually just get one or two things a year, but their products always make me happy. Course part of it is the packaging, I think. I love their branding!

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  9. I *love* San Francisco (and Benefit)...UNMASKING MAYA looks like fun!

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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    1. Three truly fabulous things you mentioned there, VitaJex! (If I do say so myself, hehehe) Thanks for posting!

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  10. I love San Francisco!! Only been there twice but it is definitely a fun town!
    And I also loved Unmasking Maya. :)

    missmichb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Michelle! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed Unmasking Maya. Still get a big old goofy grin whenever I think of your review. :-)

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  11. Thanks for doing this!
    pinksapphire118 (@) gmail (dot) com

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  12. My pleasure! Thanks for hopping, Tonya! :-)

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    1. You're welcome, Anne! I know, Benefit is the best, isn't it? I just love their marketing, not to mention the products...

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  14. Thanks so much for hosting this great hop and for the amazing giveaway. I need new mascara so this would come in handy. I have both of your books on my wish list and hope to read them soon!

    Best wishes,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. My pleasure, Marlena! I haven't tried their mascara, but their eye shadow base is really amazing. And so is the pore minimizing thing. I just love their stuff!

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  15. First, thanks so much for hosting this, Libby! And I've only ever been to San Fran once but I definitely left my heart there. I think it makes a fabulous setting for a novel.

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    1. You are so welcome, Gale! Thanks so much for participating. I do love San Francisco. :-) I imagine it'll be the setting for a few more novels to come (from me) :-)

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  16. I love San Fran! One, because the architecture is so different to Chicago. Two because it's close to Sonoma, and three it will always hold a special place in my heart because I found out I was pregnant with my middle daughter there!
    It's a city with so much character it can easily become another character!
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    1. Aw, Elizabeth, that is so sweet about finding out about your daughter while you were here! You're right about the city being a potential character. Brings to mind another book where the city plays a major role (Sex & The City, of course.) Maybe I should write a book about a celibate gal in San Francisco and call it No Sex & The City! Haha, just kidding.

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  17. Lovely post. I've never been to San Francisco. Although I would like to visit it one day.

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    1. Thanks Nash! I hope you do make it to SF and that you have a wonderful time when you get here. Be sure to look me up! :-)

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  18. Thanks for organizing and hosting this hop! I'm having so much fun "hopping" around. California is one state I have never visited, but San Francisco is now on my "to visit" list.

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    1. You are so welcome, Raeann! Thanks for participating in the hop. Loved reading your post. :-) And when you get to San Francisco, I'll be your welcome committee!

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  19. Have fond memories of visits to San Francisco. Lovely hop.

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    1. Excellent! So glad my post sparked some nice memories. Thanks for hopping, Nancy!

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  20. I love San Francisco so much :)
    I think it's pretty expensive to live there, though, which is the only reason I haven't moved yet :P

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    1. Yay! Another fan of the city. :-) Yep, it is crazy expensive. In Unmasking Maya, Maya is always complaining about her dismal, rundown studio apartment and I have to admit, I pretty much drew from my own life there. My place isn't nearly as bad as Maya's (and it's in a much nicer neighborhood) but I really hate living like a college student in such cramped living quarters. It's been... um... quite a few years since I was a college student. :-)

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  21. I loved San Francisco when I visited as a kid, I would love to spend some more time there as an adult.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to do so, Celina! I'm sure it'd be a completely different experience. And also a very good one, I hope. :-)

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  22. Thanks so much for the hop. Great chances to win and discovering new blogs is always worthwhile!

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    1. You are very welcome, Shan! Thanks for hopping on our blogs! :-)

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  23. I love SF and so enjoy my too-infrequent visits there. There is a sophistication that Western U.S. cities lack. In fact, SF is probably the NY of the west with its diversity, creative outlets, and pure energy. Great blog post, Libby! I love it when you guys do these!

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  24. It was so much fun to read about SF in Unmasking Maya!

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  25. Now I want to take a vacation!

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  26. Man! I haven't been to San Francisco since I was a very young child. Sounds like time for a trip!

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