Monday, February 28, 2011

Having a Gay Old Time in the Castro

San Francisco has some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the world, one of which is most definitely its famous gay 'hood, the CASTRO!  Yesterday (nursing a bit of a hangover from a wild karaoke party the night before), I went to pick up my little boo, Freeman, and we headed out to lunch in the most colorful neighborhood in the city.

rainbow flags on every light post

And I really did have the most handsome little lunch date:

always a hit with the gays

Walking around the Castro, one is likely to stumble upon men walking tiny dogs in sweaters, shirtless bears in the windows of bars, and a plethora of sex toys in shop windows (yesterday even I came across something I didn't know existed . . . and that's sayin' a lot).  I'm always amused by the hilarious store names in the Castro:

on the left, my personal fave: Does Your Mother Know
and on the right, Hand Job Nails & Spa

A few months ago, I was driving home from babysitting Freeman, and was at a stop sign at 18th and Castro, when a totally naked man crossed the street (along with several other pedestrians who were clothed).  Now, this would not be weird at all had it been the Folsom St. Fair or Gay Pride weekend . . . but it was an average Wednesday evening around 8:30 pm.  

I love this city.

26 comments:

Melanie's Randomness said...

Castro sounds like a trip!! I have to go to California one of these days!! A completely naked guy?? Must have been an experience!! hehe. Aww Freeman is cute!! =)

Hey lady I'm running a Shabby Apple Dress giveaway today! If you get a chance be sure to enter!! Maybe you can wear it on your next Castro trip! =P

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

Katy Mary said...

Freeman is super adorable, look at that smile! Sounds like Castro is a pretty cool place. I bet I would love it.

the chirpy bird said...

Amazing! I love the Castro too!

Lovely, Anthropologie is responsible for those fabulous bowls!
xxx

Kimbirdy said...

haha! you can always count on san francisco for a random naked person sighting. do you ever go to the sing-a-long's at the castro theatre? they're wildly fun! and whenever i was out late in the city i would rearrange my commute home so i could switch busses in the castro. it felt a lot safer for me to hang out on the street at 2am there than anywhere else in the city! :)

Ashley said...

And that's exactly why i love SF too. It's open, fun, and unexpected. =)

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

you really do hang out with super cute babies.

bananas. said...

i love this city too! and i especially love the castro!!! it never fails to entertain.

ps. loving the new blog look. did you do it yourself?

Jax said...

haha "does your mother know" haha... Awesome. :) I want to go to SF so badly! I think it looks so cool! I love the idea of having so much more diversity. I dig Tulsa...but admittedly, we're a loud and proud "red" state and I'm a "blue" hanging out here. It's fine...There are a lot of cultural and diverse things; you just have to know where to look. But, just saying...it'd be really cool to have such widespread acceptance of people and things!!!

erin elder said...

I really need to visit SF... I'm admittedly a little jealous that you live in such an awesome place! Those store names are priceless!! Love it.

oh and Freeman is the cutest kid ever! goodness.

Micaela said...

CAN WE PLEASE GO HERE ON OUR GIRLS TRIP!?!?! haha i love it!!!

I CAN'T GET OVER THAT ADORAAABLE HAPPY SMILE of your little man!!! that hat, oh my goodness... maybe i wouldn't mind having a boy one day if he looks like him :)

and via text you'll have to tell me what the sex toy was!!! HA!

LOVIN THE NEW LAYOUT!!! she's fabulous and so are you. love you xoxo

P.S. "get nailed" was a name of a place i saw when looking for a pedi here... and i thought THAT was clever and risque... obv. they have no idea ;)

drollgirl said...

Hand Job Nails & Spa!!! and a naked guy crossing the street?! that rivals my laundromat stores from sunset blvd. in hollywood!

and i used to love a place called victor's pizza. i think it was in the castro district? i am geographically challenged, so i am not sure!

Megan said...

When we visited the Castro, I remember seeing a sausage factory that seemed funny to me at the moment. It kind of reminds me of New Orleans in some ways.

Lindsay [Bella Cene'] said...

Wow, what an adventure!!

I tagged you in a post by the way... :)

Leesh said...

Heyyyy - I have been to the Castro when I was in SF in November and I even got a "hand job" while I was there. Just kidding - I got a manicure at Hand Job. I have a cute picture beside the salon.

It was fun walking around the area.

btw - I am liking the new layout and design of your blog!

Meghan said...

The bloggy looks amazing, lady!

And I love me some gay 'hoods! Ours is called Boystown and I never have a bad time when I'm there!

homemade grits said...

go ahead blog makeover! it looks great. that freeman is a doll baby! love you and will call you asap. feeling a bit behind on life:/

Tiffany said...

I miss San Francisco!! I remember my first time in the Castro it was amazing---almost all men and none of them were paying any attention to the group of girls walking down the street! My friend lives just on the other side of the Castro in Noe Valley and she said that she never has to worry when she's walking home at night, because no one is interested in her! :)

Sarah said...

I love your city, too! I'm much further north along the Pacific Coast in Vancouver, a great place, but it definitely lacks the culture and quirkiness of San Francisco! I found you via Dolce Vita! Great blog!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Cute lunch date! Random car crossing incident - lol!

Rach said...

Oh god I love the Castro district. I have never seen a more diverse group of people in my life. I miss visiting San Fran so much! And loving the new blog look!

Kaleido Mind said...

there's so much to do in cali!! i miss it:(

Meredith said...

I love SF so much. I was there during Bay to Breakers weekend and I had the best time - never a dull moment!

this free bird said...

a naked guy was following me in a car once. totally freaked me out!! i can't imagine having one just stroll on by right in front of it. wtf?

Haddock said...

That theatre is really from the early fifties style.

Marz said...

We MUST go here in June :) OMG hilarious :) Reminds me of when I was in Key West on Duval Street. A part of the street is nothing but gay bars and the cross dressers are some of the most beautiful "women" you've ever seen! hahaha Love how open minded your city is! Unless you're in Austin, Texas is not that liberal. Can't wait to fall in love with your city!!! xo

p.s. that cute, cute pic of your lunch date just kills me!! How adorable is he?!?!?! OMG!

Faiza said...

oh can't wait to visit the castro AND YOU one day!