You Know, Like the Instrument

Tonight, I got to go on a date with my husband. We are not the type of couple that gets all dressed up and goes to a fancy place for a date. So if that’s what you’re looking for, this may not be a helpful post for you. But if you’re like us, you’re interested in a normal, not-too-expensive,  night out.

Our entertainment for the evening was the movie, TRON, which opened this weekend. The place to see movies in SF is the Metreon.  The Metreon is a shopping center located in downtown San Francisco at the corner of 4th and Mission. It’s an entertainment center, the first trial of Sony urban centers that combines dining, gaming, music, exhibitions, shopping, and movies. Sony intended the 85-million-dollar project to be not only a theme park and gallery for Sony products but a way to reinforce a hip image for the Sony brand. In 2006 Metreon was sold and now it’s just a movie theater with restaurants. My cousin says “it’s not what it used to be”. But I promise the theater is still cool. And they have IMAX!

After the movie we took the necessary a romantic walk down market street and got to witness a shakedown involving 6 police cars. We were on the other side of the street, not in harm’s way. So there’s no need to worry (mom). It was a sight to see, though! We were walking along, enjoying the quiet, rainy-ish evening. Then a cop came flying around the corner, siren wailing, then screeched to a halt in front of a sleazy night club. Then we heard more sirens, and two additional police cars joined the scene. Then three more came from the other direction and fell in line. We couldn’t see what was going on, or what the fuss was about. All I know is there were six cars and ten officers attending to the confusion. After 15 minutes, we got tired of not knowing what was going on, so we left.

We planned to catch a bus home, but had 20 minutes to waste until it came. We dropped in to Marcello’s Pizza ( Market and Castro St. It’s pronounced mar-CHEL-ohs….like the instrument). Marcello’s is a tiny little pizza joint that serves pizza by-the-slice. The place could probably hold 10 customers comfortably, but there were 20 people inside when we walked in. The slices are as big as your face, and they’ll make you whatever you want. There were 3 guys behind the counter: one taking orders, one making pizzas, and a third that yells. “One pepperoni, one mushroom onion, one meat lovers!” My slice of pizza was VERY good, but I’m not sure the restaurant can take full credit. I was hungry, and cold, plus the excitement of a police strike really works up an appetite!!


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