Asta 2

San Francisco and How FOX Never Fails Us

Hello all. I'm now on Day 2 in San Francisco. Day 1 was largely a travel day and (mostly) uneventful. My first flight had to return to the gate due to a "weight distribution" issue, which lead me to worry about missing my connection, but it only delayed take off by about ten minutes. danceswithwords met me at the airport and we traveled by train back to her home. We ate some tasty pizza, then I tried not to fall asleep on the couch while she took part in a conference call...not that she was bitter about having to take that conference call on my first day in town. After her call, we talked for awhile, mostly about the election and fandom and LJ, the usual, then crashed for the night.

Today, we both were extremely lazy, spending more time talking and surfing the net, before finally leaving the house around one. Our first stop was lunch. We stumbled upon an Iranian restaurant with good food and a curious one year old at the next table who enjoyed staring at me.

After lunch, we headed over to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. I had read about the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit online and wanted to check it out. It was interesting to see the dresses and the materials he used up close. There was one piece, unbelievably labeled a wedding dress, that I find difficult to describe. It was completely knitted and would essentially cocoon the wearer from head to ankle. We also had time to walk through the rest of the museum which has some very nice collections. I was particularly interested in their collection of 19th century American paintings. Though many are lesser known works, there were some stunning landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. Since it was a gorgeous (and clear!) day, we also were able to take advantage of the observation tower and see a spectacular view of the city. Finally, we hit the gift shop. ;)

Returning home, we decided to watch an episode of The X-Files since danceswithwords has recently begun watching the series for the first time. The next episode up was 'Space', which is as blah as I remember it.

Next, we left to go meet thedeadlyhook and toysdream for dinner at a Japanese vegetarian restaurant in the mission district. Apparently, there was some confusion during the ordering process and we ended up with an extra dish. After dinner we split up to go our separate ways and I noticed numerous little dogs in outfits. Is this some scary new trend I am unaware of?

Currently, we are back watching more X-Files, specifically 'Fallen Angel' which is an improvement over 'Space'. I forgot the shoulder pads on top of shoulder pads look they forced Gillian to endure.

Well, for those of you who haven't heard, FOX announced their mid-season schedule today and they have decided to put Dollhouse and The Sarah Conner Chronicles on Friday night starting February 13th (yes, Friday the 13th). I see people have already become upset about this. I have to be honest and say I have mixed feelings about the decision. It does feel as if FOX is burning off the episodes it has of TSCC, but I think they are trying to bury Dollhouse because they have a disaster on their hands. The LA Times is reporting that production is being shut down, again. If not for the fact FOX has sunk a lot of money into the series and sold advertising time, they'd likely pull the plug.

Hey, but for anyone wanting a sci-fi Friday again, watch FOX from 8pm to 10pm, then flip over to SciFi at 10pm to watch Battlestar Galactica. Back-to-Back Tahmoh!

A couple other questionable decisions on FOX's schedule, moving House to Monday's at 8:00pm and, um, what happened to Prison Break? And Bones moves to Thursday's at 8:00pm, but that actually works better for me. :)
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You're in San Fransisco? I shall expect a picspam when you return ;) I'm not sure there's anything coherent I can say about a Yves Saint Laurent exhibit (they make clothes, right? Or perfume, or something?) but it's always fascinating to hear about museums that attract interest.

Things aren't looking great for Dollhouse, are they? The quote about scripts being bad really doesn't inspire faith; I know the definition of "bad" varies from person to person, and the anonymous source could be Kenny the Copier Guy... but I'm battling my natural suspicion of Fox and hoping that the series will pan out. I think I'll enjoy TSCC more, though :P

Can I just say that your comment is such a relief to see? ;) I have to admit that I'm mostly frustrated by the Dollhouse news because it's going to set off another round of "How dare those evil-incarnate Fox bastards not worship Joss like the deity he is!?!" Which... okay, yes, he's pretty darn great. I was a hardcore BTVS/AtS fan before I got into BSG. But... what if Dollhouse ISN'T the second coming? As I said on Sepinwall's blog last night, sometimes even the most amazing creative minds have a misstep. Maybe it's great, and I hope I love it -- but given the various gossip, I'm not going to start brewing furious conspiracy theories.
Yep, I'm right there with you. Let's actually see the first episode before we start throwing blame at the network. And the Televisionary has seen the first two episodes and is less than impressed.
I do have some photos. I hopefully got some good shots from the tower.

I've been critical of FOX in the past, but I have a gut feeling that 'Dollhouse' isn't the show they were hoping it would be and are trying to make the best of the situation. Joss has done a lot of good work in the past, but even the best writers, actors, directors, and producers deliver a clunker once in awhile.
OMG! You are in SF? It's been a while since I've been online. I had no idea you are heading this way. Let me know if you dancewithwords and deadlyhook may head down to my area. I'd love to meet with you guys again!

Either way, hope you have a lovely time in SF!

Edited at 2008-11-07 09:09 am (UTC)
Sorry I didn't touch base with you before I left. It was sort of a last minute trip, at least last minute by my standards. danceswithwords and I are off soon to head down to Burbank for the 'Farscape' con. We'll be there through Monday morning, then traveling to San Simeon to see Heart Castle. DWW said we could probably do a side trip on Tuesday as we head back to SF and meet you for a late lunch. I'll be checking email, LJ, and voicemail so let me know if that would work for you. :)
That's fabulous! A late lunch on Tuesday sounds great!

Hope you guys have great time in LA and Hearst Castle. Gotta love those last minute trips! ;)