San Francisco 2017
Skyline of San Francisco
Fountain in front of Bookstore
at Stanford University 2017
on the beautiful Stanford Campus
We enjoyed fun classes including a panel discussion on global warming mediated by Leslie Stahl with panelists that included George Shultz and JB Straubel president of Tesla.
We enjoyed a concert in the beautiful Bing Concert Hall
Picture of Bob on Stanford Football team:
And of course a homecoming is not homecoming without the football game.
I noted that they do not teach spelling at Stanford
AND this is something I would never see at BYU campus
We stayed at the
They have added an interested subterranean garden in the underground parking lot.
All in all a fun homecoming weekend.
San Francisco and the AANS.
Our vacations always entail Bob’s meeting…that is his idea of a vacation. But with the meeting in San Francisco I cannot complain, so we packed our bags for the AANS meeting (American Association of Neurological Surgeons) .
However, for Bob the first order of business when visiting the San Francisco area is a visit to the Stanford University Campus and bookstore. It is almost like homing pigeon heading home to roost.
And then it was off to the meeting at the Mascone Center in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
The Harvey Cushing Orator this year was Clayton Christensen.
We knew the Christensens when we moved to Boston for Bob’s internship and residency. The first year we lived in the Boston area we lived in Belmont and the Christensen family was in our ward. (We lived in Belmont for only one year and then moved to Medfield.) After his speech we had the opportunity to visit with Clayton and his wife Christine and enjoyably got caught up with each others family etc. In the world he is known as a best-selling author of nine books and over one hundred articles, Christensen has been the recipient of several awards. The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), Christensen’s first book, received the Global Business Book Award of the year and in 2011, it was named by The Economist as one of the six most significant books about business ever written.
In the church he is best known as the author of The Power of Everyday Missionaries. Clayton’s expertise as an innovator kicked in, and he set out with friends and family members to find a more effective approach to member missionary work. Their refreshing perspectives are presented in this book, which includes inspiring, unusual stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of the ideas. It even has its own website.
Read about Clayton Christensen on the AANS website.
Close to our Hotel was John’s Grill. A good restaurant and the home of the famous Maltese Falcon. It is a historic restaurant and one of the city’s oldest and most famous establishments. It was a setting in author Dashiell Hammett’s the Maltese Falcon.
We enjoyed Fisherman’s Wharf stopping to enjoy the seals on Pier 39.
We discovered some street art that was really quite amazing to watch. Using spray cans of paint these artists created a picture in minutes using only the spray paint, plates and paint scrapers.
And for just $10.00 both Miriam and I had to purchase our “outsider” art.
Enjoyed the view of the USS Pampanito framed through the arches.
And the view of Alcatraz.
Our next stop was Salt Lake City to visit Jen, Adam, Becca, Henry and Caroline. Head to the mountains!
Bob had to attend his Congress meeting of the Neurological Surgeons which was held in San Francisco so it also meant an opportunity for him to make his annual pilgrimage to Stanford…Stanford football and memories…
And of course a visit to the bookstore.
And the highlight…the Stanford game against UCLA
We sat in the second row 10 yard line, which was the perfect spot to witness Stanford football player Kodi Whitfield’s amazing one handed catch…Stanford went on to win the game.
Bob played football for Stanford and it was just a year ago he finally received his Stanford Letterman jacket…but it was too warm to wear the jacket this year.
The Stanford tree:
The tree is depicted in many shapes in forms as the mascot at the Stanford football game:
Gorgeous flowers at the Stanford Shopping Mall:
We did make a quick trip to San Jose and visited the picturesque Santana Row.
One of the first things we noticed was the parking garages were “electronic” in that you knew exactly how many spots were available and upon entering the garage you were directed to an empty spot. Sensors monitor each parking spot and aid in guiding you directly to an available spot. (Note the red light above each car.)
The area was beautiful:
We then headed to San Francisco to the meeting. A featured speaker at the Congress Meeting this year was Itzhak Perlman. Very interesting.