Monday, February 23, 2009

Back in September, we made plans with George and Susan Harper, daughters Jessica and Valerie, to go to see the musical Wicked in San Francisco.
George has always referred to this weekend as our Wild Wicked Weekend.

We just returned from WWW, and while I wouldn't characterize it as either wild OR wicked, I would definitely call it great!

First of all, George booked us at the Grand Hyatt. Thanks to a little discrepancy in his reservation, the Hyatt moved him from the 30th floor up to the 33rd floor. What that meant was anyone above the 30th floor had access to a hospitality suite where they served food and beverages from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For FREE! And because we were part of his party, we got to join in. Oh, and then they called to inform him that he would receive four vouchers for their breakfast buffet on the 36th floor, with a view of the whole city, by the way. What about his friends, he asked? Well, of course we would receive vouchers also. We found out the next morning as we ate our fabulous brunch that it was like a $35 value. Per person!
You gotta love "friends in high places"!

But don't feel too sorry for us lowly people on the 30th floor, because this was the view from our room:
So Saturday we did all the touristy stuff. You know, stuff like riding the cable car:

Eating ice cream at Ghirardelli Square:

Inserting yourself into other people's bridal photos:

Helping someone you have never met purchase their first violin (actually Jessie and Valerie's second cousin but WE had never met him--so this was probably kinda weird for him...):

And having your picture taken with some weird S&M-looking male version of Hello Kitty (in Macy's--just in case you thought I veered off on my own wild/wicked adventure):

And seeing Wicked? Fabulous! Even if you don't like the Wizard of Oz (and you can count Mark in that category for sure!). As the prequel to the Wizard of Oz, it poses an interesting question: Are people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them? Any thoughts on that?


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The Luedtke Family said... #

Looks like a lovely time. However did Mark find time to fit in a wedding, and get the bride to agree to blue-jean blue? Always a bridesman . . .

Christa Wiens said... #

I think it's wicked to not like the Wizard of Oz. How is that possible? Really makes me question a person.

Anonymous said... #

You are the second person I have heard from this week that loved Wicked. I must see it! I loved the book and am so interested to see how they turned it into a musical. Sounds like a great weekend.

Toni said... #

Ok. That Hello Kitty is very, very disturbing. I cant seem to get past it.
On another note...Peter and I would love a set of coasters! Can you send me an email and let me know how I can buy a set? Thanks!

Freckles Chick said... #

OK, this is hilaaarious! Esp. inserting oneself into a random wedding photo. How fun is this?!