The Last Sunday Before Christmas

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Good Morning:

On the last Sunday before Christmas, I had exactly one last purchase to make–a small gift box or gift bag for a small present. So what the heck, might as well bring along a camera as I explored downtown San Francisco in the area of Union Square. I used my “30 Shot” technique for most of them.

Checking Out the Selfies, San Francisco, CA 22 December 2013

Checking Out the Selfies, San Francisco, CA 22 December 2013

I saw a lot of that. Selfies seemed almost as important as last-minute gifts.

Giant Baby Carriage on Stockton Street, 22 December 2013

Giant Baby Carriage on Stockton Street, 22 December 2013

Why have baby carriages grown so huge? They were maybe one-fourth the size of the above back when I needed one. This one looks like Daddy wants to enter his rugrat in a demolition derby.

Oh, and speaking of rugrats, next Christmas will be unlike anything this couple has ever experienced:

Expecting Parents Awaiting Someone Else Outside Crate & Barrel

Expecting Parents Awaiting Someone Else Outside Crate & Barrel

And this gentleman could not get enough of his.

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These two women in front of Macy’s collected donations on behalf of the San Francisco SPCA. Macy’s partners with the group to create window displays featuring kittens and puppies seeking homes each holiday season.

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This final photo captures the hubbub of Geary and Stockton, a popular location for street performers even on weekends without an upcoming holiday.

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Lot going on, isn’t there? Almost like a Breugel painting, if he lived today and used cameras instead of paints. Note the trio of musicians in the middle. They did not play for themselves, they collected donations for UNICEF, but the gimmick differed slightly from the usual. Instead of asking for money, they charged you money in return for the privilege of conducting the trio as they performed. The gentleman in the red football jersey (the 49ers’ star running back Frank Gore wears #21) has just finished flailing his arms as the artists played whatever they intended to play even without his work.

I hope you’re done with prep and are prepped to relax and enjoy.

Vonn Scott Bair

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2 responses »

  1. have a good one VSB. I’m sure your dinner will be scrumptious 🙂
    Look forward to joining you in 2014 for more of your wise and wonderful observations of life in San Fran.
    Jude xx

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