The Brief Version
I wrote a lengthy post last night about my first two days in SF, only to have LJ eat it. The computer I'm on apparently can't use the autosave function either. Boo.
In brief then, the trip is going really well. I spent Sunday at Endgame, one of the best game stores in the country. I hung out with Chris Hanrahan and crew and after dinner we recorded a podcast that GR will share with 2d6 Feet in a Random Direction. Yesterday I discovered that you can't judge walking distances in SF by using a map because it doesn't indicate where the giant hills are. I took part in the Casual Games Summit and that was very interesting indeed.
After a full day of lectures at GDC I took the bus to Haight St. and visited the Giant Robot store and Amoeba Records. The latter is one of the most awesome record stores I have ever seen. Acres and acres of records, CDs, and yes, even 7' singles. I had not planned to buy any CDs; I left with 11. My reason for the trip was that local punk legends Flipper were doing an in-store performance to promote a new DVD. Since I happened to be here the right week, well, I just had to go. Their noise-damaged aural assault was still powerful and the new songs sounded good as well. The funny thing about Flipper is that they've lost two bass players to heroin overdoses over the years and yet they somehow managed to recruit Krist Novoselic of Nirvana to take on those duties. You'd think that dude of all people would not tempt fate.
Today more casual games seminars and perhaps a trip to the Ferry Building.