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    Default BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Probable attendees:

    kswer + possibly a couple of friends
    rogalal
    Trilby Lark + sister
    mikeperez23
    jamieb
    Uvalde
    akahina
    kalli and husband
    tama

    Schedule:

    Friday, 6:00 pm
    Tigerlily Perfumery
    973 Valencia Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    510-230-7975
    Website/link of what they offer:
    http://tigerlilyperfumery.com/collections/all

    Followed by dinner and lively discussion somewhere (it's in an area stacked with tons of restaurants)

    Saturday, 11:00 am
    Diptyque
    171 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-402-0600

    From which we'll wander around together. Barneys is expecting us, and we should make a point of visiting local legends Jaqueline and Gumps. Everything is within a 3-4 block radius, so it's easy to get around. We'll sniff until we're tired and have dinner and sample trading somewhere in the area (we've generally had good luck with the massive gourmet food court at Westfield Center down the street - big tables and they don't mind the strong perfume smell the way a proper restaurant would).

    Map of perfume shops in Union Square:

    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/vi...o.kjGITvC-J9P8

    Things to bring/other info:

    there are little food places everywhere, so it will be very easy to get water, tea, snacks, or whatever along the way.
    wear layers as it may be hot or chilly or both
    good walking shoes
    unloved bottles or samples to giveaway or swap
    something rare for people to sniff
    empty vials to make decants
    samples, vials, decants, bottles anything you want to give away or swap
    Change for bus or subway(Bart), if needed.
    Cash for toll bridge fees if traveling by car, from out of town
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Good luck, kalli - I've 'stuck' this thread & 'unstuck' the old one, but here's a link in case it's needed again.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...tes-and-places

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Thanks, lpp ,
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    I am happy to help plan and organize this. I would need to get an idea of how many people would show, when they would show, if they need lodging, a budget for a hotel, etc... If you can commit to coming please post here. Along with any ideas.

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    I live outside SF a ferry ride away. If you wouldn't mind roughing it in a sleeping bag, I can put a few people up in my house and drive us to the ferry and back each day. I have a big dog, though, so if you are allergic be warned. Let me know!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Hey, trolleys aren't used for transportation, right? They are just slow things for tourists to check out, right? lol.

    So, there are bus, subway(Bart) and ferry? And do toll bridges accept debit or credit cards or is it just better to bring cash?
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Hey, trolleys aren't used for transportation, right? They are just slow things for tourists to check out, right? lol.

    So, there are bus, subway(Bart) and ferry? And do toll bridges accept debit or credit cards or is it just better to bring cash?
    Yes, bus, BART, and ferries are the easiest to negotiate. There is something called a Clipper Card that works on city buses and BART. Parking in the city in really expensive and usually hard to find. Most toll bridges accept cash and FASTRAK (electronic billing system) but the Golden Gate will send you a bill for the toll if you don't have FASTRAK. There are cameras at the toll plaza that take a photo of your license plate.

    Edited to add, there's no way you will need an umbrella in September. September is one of SF's most beautiful months, and the rain doesn't start until November usually.
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Hi everyone.

    I'll reach out to Tama, who does the SF Sniff, and see if I can get her to help us out. She knows EVERYONE. I can see what I can put together for Saturday, though it's far enough in advance that I won't be able to do much for a few months, realistically.

    Some thoughts:

    We could do Saturday in the style of our previous Meet-Ups. Meet at a store near Union Square (almost everything perfume-related in SF is in a 3 or 4 block area) and go around our favorite places. Hopefully, we can get some demos or something arranged and then do a sample swap at dinner.

    Perhaps Sunday we could go further afield, checking out some destinations away from the square for a few hours, or perhaps even do something touristy.

    If you're traveling from out of town, most of the major SF hotels are focused around Union Square, so it's fairly easy. If you want something cheaper out of town, all the locals would be happy to help with directions.
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    So, where does one park then, parking garages or something?
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    I think the trolleys have their practical use, depends on where you are and where you go to. Definitely take a warm coat, the three days I was there it was supposed to be warm and sunny and it was super cold and foggy and it can get very cold in the evening.

    You can get a three day pass for public transport which is a very good deal and you can jump on any kind of public transport, including the trolleys which are great fun and like I said, not just touristy. The trams are great too.
    I would love to camp out in a sleeping bag, especially with a large dog around, but the Q is a luxury animal, and will categorically refuse...

    Count me and the Q in as possibles, FSM willing...
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    And thanks Rogalal for being willing to organise, brilliant!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    So, where does one park then, parking garages or something?
    For the out-of-towners, most of the city's main hotels are around Union Square, so it's possible to walk. There are many parking garages around Union Square as well. There's also a BART station in the basement of the Westfield Mall, which is how many of us with BART access actually get there.

    If we meander further afield on Sunday, we'd likely take buses or just walk, maybe carpool? It would make more sense to worry about the logistics once we have set destinations, though, IMHO...
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    I have never been to San Francisco. I just may have to do something about that. In the meantime I shall lurk and muse...
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    I can possibly attend. I'll ask the Mr and see if he wants to come along, although we were thinking of maybe a couple's trip to NYC around that time so that would take priority for us.

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    This looks good to me. I was last in SF over 20 years ago and have always wanted to return. I am going to try to make this work.

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Hey, trolleys aren't used for transportation, right? They are just slow things for tourists to check out, right? lol.

    So, there are bus, subway(Bart) and ferry? And do toll bridges accept debit or credit cards or is it just better to bring cash?
    As a former San Franciscan I feel the need to say that there are no "trolleys" there. Cable cars are used and enjoyed by tourists and residents alike. There are MUNI busses and streetcars, some vintage, as well as the BART rapid transit system. Taxis are plentiful. Downtown shopping is quite concentrated so walking is really a viable option. Parking is limited so using a personal vehicle is not convenient.

    I might attend and will either book a hotel downtown or stay with a friend. I usually stay at the Beresford Arms, an inexpensive vintage hotel where most rooms have kitchenettes.
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    Oh, sorry TL, I am not from there, didn't know the proper term! Hey, at least I didn't say 'Frisco', I do know better than that!. Plus, who really does say Frisco anyway? I have only been to The City a couple of times so I don't know much about the place. Unfortunately, neither visits were to see my beloved 49ers..now they moved to Santa Clara..but getting off topic! Sorry again for my lame lingo!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Oh, sorry TL, I am not from there, didn't know the proper term! Hey, at least I didn't say 'Frisco', I do know better than that!. Plus, who really does say Frisco anyway? I have only been to The City a couple of times so I don't know much about the place. Unfortunately, neither visits were to see my beloved 49ers..now they moved to Santa Clara..but getting off topic! Sorry again for my lame lingo!
    Dear Kalli, You are forgiven, especially since you don't say "Frisco". I just wanted to clarify the public transportation terminology so we'd all be talking about the same thing. No one says "trolley" although technically there are electric busses powered by overhead trolley devices but folks just call them streetcars. Riding cable cars is great fun and I love the vintage streetcars from all over the world that run along Market Street and the Embarcadero. I haven't lived in SF for a long time but I still visit often and just love it!
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    I thought they were mainly a tourist thing, shows how much I know! Thanks for the clarification, good to know proper Bay Area terminology.
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    If I come by myself (instead of with my husband) I would be willing to share a hotel room with someone who I've met before like Trilby or Knit.

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    This sounds like so much fun... If I can make it I would love to join! I love the Bay area, and used to go every other weekend in college!
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    I might be going! ((excited))
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I might be going! ((excited))
    I would love to meet you!
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    aaaaarrrgh... (in my best Brooklyn imitation voice) youse guys are killing me here.

    If only the dates were earlier in the month.

    Dad will have 91st Bday in Ariz on the 15th and from there I am doing a road trip catching up with old friends in NM, CO, and Utah.

    You know i love meet-ups (sniff)
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    I hope you all have fun, I'll be in San Francisco on vacation there for the first time in May. I missed the meet-up in Chicago due to a high workload. As a side note, if there are any must-sees or must-dos in San Fran please let me know :-)
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    I would love to meet you!
    That would be awesome. I am going to do my best to make it.
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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    OK, if Mike is going, I'm definitely going. Cestrum or Trilby, would either of you be looking to share a room? I'm a low maintenance roomie and I don't snore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matildaben View Post
    OK, if Mike is going, I'm definitely going. Cestrum or Trilby, would either of you be looking to share a room? I'm a low maintenance roomie and I don't snore.
    Oh, a BN slumber party would be sooooooooooooo fun! I would be very up for that, but if I can manage to go to SF it will be with bf, since his bday is on 9/18, and I cannot leave him all alone on his little bday to go play with smellies and BN friends... so I am trying to see if we can do a *romantical* week long drive up the California coast and meet up with everyone in SF. He is becoming quite the connoisseur and I think he may also enjoy sniffing with the BN gang too. Thanks for asking matildaben! Hope to see you again in SF!!!
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    "Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have."

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    Default Re: BN Meet-Up San Francisco, CA 9/19-9/21 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    ^^^^^ Yes! This exactly, but with perfume bottles and vials in addition to pillows!
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