"VirtualTourists: Unplugged and Uncensored!!!!" San Francisco by meetings

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"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" "
-Jack Kerouac

"You're either on the bus or off the bus."
-Ken Kesey

What happens when you get 40+ strangers together under one roof in one of the most magnificent cities in the world????

Let's find out, shall we?!

Let’s gather round the CITY BY THE BAY and demonstrate a carefree, albeit somewhat reckless and unquestionably fresh approach to a new kind of VT meeting! Step out of the VIRTUAL WORLD, unplug those PCs and let’s log into LIFE………or something like it!

We may not have a lot in common other than the fact that we LOVE TO TRAVEL and meet new faces!!!

SAN FRANCISCO starting on FRIDAY, JAN 31st, 2003.


If you’re in town, out of town, want to come to town….join us during this MUST SEE event. It will be a “new” kind of VT outing for a brand new year!

We’ll start the day with BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT on our brains and do a brisk walk through the beautiful sights of our City by the Bay...cruise to Alcatraz. Many great photo opportunities for your San Francisco VT pages!

Then as the sun sets on the Golden Gate, we will continue on with (as Giampiero envisions it)
drinking debauchery and decadence………….and have a delectable Moroccan dinner at EL MANSOUR, followed by tripping the light fantastic and sample the SF nightlife!

The “Infamous” DISCUSSIONS:

The idea came into fruition on Nov. 15, 2002. Why not have a VT meeting in San Francisco? I wasn’t sure if it was ever done before. Thus, the FIRST posting went up:


We discussed location, dates, times, itinerary, picking numbers……..then it moved on to fascinating topics such as stale jellied carrots, overdue baked brie, a Spaniard’s social life in Madrid, even French philosophers were thrown into the mix!

Alas, 394 postings later, Geisha_Girl was kindly asked to start a new string


Still needing to plan this VT gathering that was a couple months away, Geisha_Girl wanted to stay focused on the business at hand. Who was coming? How many for cocktails on Friday? Alcatraz? Dinner? Dim Sum? We stayed on target with the topic for ohhhh……a DAY or so!! Then it was on to “Mile High Club” discussions….getting “lucky” on a bus……Birthday bashes in Ibiza…….leather shops in SF…….and sexy cartoon characters!

Alas, 756 postings later, Geisha _Girl was, again, kindly asked to start a new string


Wait! Almost there !! The Day of Decadence is almost here….so we must just “tie up a few loose ends.” Let’s focus on HOTELS people, HOTELS!!!! We discussed, we debated……at one point we made A$$E$$ out of ourselves (literally!)…….all in good fun and not to be taken seriously.

It just goes to show how so many strangers on one planet just need one commonality to unite and make this virtual community just one big Beach Blanket Bingo!

1,114 (and counting!) ……..the Forum discussion still holds strong.

We would have done Aristotle proud .

Thank you everyone for keeping the Forum alive and kicking throughout these months of party planning!! The VT MADNESS BLOWOUT in San Francisco was a success because of each and every one of you who made the effort to participate!!

New friendships were formed from all of this madness. New discoveries. Very cool.

It was a pleasure serving as your "Hostess with the Mostest" and I look forward to hosting another one for you all in the near future


Who Did What??

AT THE BAR (Buena Vista)

<a href="/Geisha_Girl">Geisha_Girl</a> - Rochelle (SF)
The Lemon-Drop Crew (SF)
<a href="/Jim35">Jim35</a> - Jim (Dallas)
<a href="/Skye820">Skye820</a> - Tania (Philadelphia)
Tania's Friend Debbie (Philadelphia)
<a href="/Jessicadf">Jessicadf</a> - Jessica (San Rafael)
<a href="/Yubert">Yubert</a> - Yubert (La Mirada)
<a href="/Zarathustra">Zarathustra</a> - Vladimir (San Diego)
<a href="/KiraS">KiraS</a> - Kira (San Diego)
<a href="/Jenn_D">Jenn_D</a> - Jenn (Long Beach)
<a href="/RowanGBR">RowanGBR</a> - Rowan (Costa Mesa)
<a href="/Tracynew72">Tracynew72</a> - Tracy (Laguna Niguel)
<a href="/RJ1967">RJ1967</a> - Rodney (Pueblo, CO)
<a href="/CJG1">CJG1</a> - Chris (Wallkill, NY)
<a href="/Shafali">Shafali</a> - Shafali (California)
<a href="/Guell">Guell</a> - Francisco (SF)
Francisco's Wife Maria (SF)
<a href="/M1A12C">M1A12C</a> - Nick (SF)

ON THE FLOOR: (Dinner at El Mansour)

<a href="/Geisha_Girl">Geisha_Girl</a>
Lemon Drop Crew
<a href="/Bond_Girl">Bond_Girl</a> - Mayah (SF)
<a href="/Girl_KS">Girl_KS</a> - Sammye (SF)
<a href="/Rixie">Rixie</a> - Laverne (California)
Rixie's Husband, Kelly (California)
<a href="/Va8eha">Va8eha</a> - Elizabeth (Sacramento)
<a href="/Julie&">Julie&</a> - Julie (California)
<a href="/hasanhanks">hasanhanks</a> - Hasan (California)
<a href="/agraichen">agraichen</a> - Al (Danville)
Al's wife (Danville)
<a href="/Jenn_D">Jenn_D</a>
<a href="/Tracynew72">Tracynew72</a>
<a href="/RowanGBR">RowanGBR</a>
<a href="/Guell">Guell</a>
<a href="/Jessicadf">Jessicadf</a>
<a href="/Jenn75">Jenn75</a> - Jennifer (Folsom)
<a href="/Jim35">Jim35</a>
<a href="/Baton_East">Baton_East</a>
<a href="/Baton_West">Baton_West</a>
<a href="/Skye820">Skye820</a>
<a href="/CJG1">CJG1</a>
<a href="/Yubert">Yubert</a>
<a href="/thall89553">thall89553</a> - Thomas (Santa Rosa)
<a href="/Zarathustra">Zarathustra</a>
<a href="/KiraS">KiraS</a>

Plus the VT Staff Members in Attendance:
<a href="/Giampiero6">Giampiero6</a> - Giampiero (Marina Del Rey)
<a href="/T-Bone">T-Bone</a> - Tilman (Manhattan BeachP)
<a href="/Stephanie">Stephanie</a> - Stephanie (Manhattan Beach)
Stephanie's friend, Jerry

ON THE BUS (Tour of SF Nightlife):

<a href="/Geisha_Girl">Geisha_Girl</a>
Lemon Drop Crew
<a href="/Bond_Girl">Bond_Girl</a>
<a href="/Girl_KS">Girl_KS</a>
<a href="/Jenn_D">Jenn_D</a>
<a href="/Tracynew72">Tracynew72</a>
<a href="/RowanGBR">RowanGBR</a>
<a href="/Guell">Guell</a>
<a href="/Jessicadf">Jessicadf</a>
<a href="/Jenn75">Jenn75</a>
<a href="/Jim35">Jim35</a>
<a href="/Skye820">Skye820</a>
<a href="/CJG1">CJG1</a>
<a href="/Yubert">Yubert</a>
<a href="/thall89553">thall89553</a>
<a href="/Zarathustra">Zarathustra</a>
<a href="/KiraS">KiraS</a>
<a href="/Giampiero6">Giampiero6</a>
<a href="/T-Bone">T-Bone</a>
<a href="/Baton_East">Baton_East</a>
- Plus some folks we PICKED UP along the way and said, "HEY! GET ON THE BUS!!!"


<a href="/Geisha_Girl">Geisha_Girl</a>
<a href="/Jim35">Jim35</a>
<a href="/Skye820">Skye820</a>
<a href="/CJG1">CJG1</a>
<a href="/Yubert">Yubert</a>
<a href="/Zarathustra">Zarathustra</a>
<a href="/KiraS">KiraS</a>
<a href="/T-Bone">T-Bone</a>
<a href="/Baton_East">Baton_East</a>
<a href="/bluefelt">Bluefelt</a> - Shelley (Oakland)
<a href="/bluefelt">Redlats</a> - 'lats' (Winnipeg)
Redlats' Wife, Sandy (Winnipeg)
'Amannamedbrady' - Dave (SF)



We held several "mini" events in honor of some of our distinguished members of the VT community from JAPAN who made stopovers in our beautiful City by the Bay:

Friday, March 14,2003 - DGEORGE10 (affectionately known as "El Calvito") flew in for tapas and some "bar-top dancing" with GEISHA_GIRL (see "Nightlife tips" for photos on that "ear chomping" event!)

Friday, May 9, 2003 - We ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET for our friend, Mori (o00o) who certainly left his FOOTPRINTS in the City by the Bay as GEISHA_GIRL and friends joined him and his friend, Shin, for a unique “San Francisco experience” – Dinner at ASIA SF, a renowned restaurant and nightclub located in the heart of San Francisco comprised of a restaurant, lounge, bar and subterranean dance club. Colorful, provocative performances by gender illusionists -- who double as waitstaff. It was a fun, “dramatic” night indeed! (See "Restaurant Tips" for more photos)

Saturday, May 17, 2003 - ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET PART 2 - The BEAST enters the Beauty of the GOLDEN GATES!!!

GEISHA_GIRL and ANNAPET come together to “paint the town red” with our resident Venezuelan Intellect living in Japan, MANUELEB. It was a night filled with a bit o’ Latin flavah: Tapas, Havana Rum, Partagas Cigars, and a little bit o’ Cha Cha (Cha):

Tapas and Sangria at ALEGRIA'S (Lombard St.)

Then a night of live SALSA music at CAFE COCOMO

Sunday was a visit to the Napa Valley wineries

Our night ended as a twist of luck had us VTers being welcomed into a gracious home full of "strangers."

It was another MEMORABLE weekend in the City by the Bay!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You'll leave here with a spring in your step and a spin in your head!
  • Cons:The "spin in your head" will NEVER GO AWAY!!!
  • In a nutshell:Why did Tony Bennett leave his heart in San Francisco? Come visit and find out !!
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  • safardreams's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2003 at 10:06 AM

    Thanks, GG! Really cool stuff! Taking over the whole place! What a way to CONQUER!! David

  • May 12, 2003 at 1:58 AM

    I was going to say that I hoped you rolled something more than the red carpet.. but I see Geisha that you needed no rolling.. not at all, you were already high on codeine..

  • dracko's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2003 at 7:31 PM

    I missed quite a party! Awesome job on the pages, Geisha!

  • skye820's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2003 at 6:00 PM

    Fabulous pictures..G_G.

  • croisbeauty's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2003 at 5:11 PM

    Hi folks, got your Card and placed it on my homepage. Uf, uf uf, I wish I could be there coz it was mad,mad,mad...., maybe some other time in some other place. Thanks to all, love from lovely Croatia

  • Jim35's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2003 at 10:28 AM

    Great job on the 'official' pages, G_G. Just don't start posting the 'unauthorized' pics. ;)

  • Lalique's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2003 at 1:36 AM

    Well, guys, what can I say?? Words faint me.... You made a precedent, so the rest should follow your path!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2003 at 8:19 AM

    Looks like you all had a fantastic time!

  • La_Holandesa's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2003 at 4:31 AM

    SFMeetingGang!! WHAT A SURPRISE!! I rec. the postcard!!! LOVE IT!!! Wish i could be there..was there once and loooved the city! THANK U, THAK U FOR THE CARD!!!! :o)))) Greetings Anita

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2003 at 10:16 PM

    G_G, the work you've continued to do for this madness never ends. Beautifully updated, dear!


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