Event: Wekfest 2012 – Fort Mason, San Francisco v.2 – back story

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So I had my first chance to look at my opening post on Wekfest SF, and it looks as if all the pics are grossly under-saturated. I think this might be a result of the monitor I processed them on. I was staying at my friends place in East Bay, so I took advantage of my time there to throw together that first post. I wanted to get the first post out because I wasn’t sure about how much time I’d have when I got back home.  In hindsight it looks like I should have held off! His monitor settings may have had the saturation and contrast way up, so I tried to compensate.  Oh well, it’s a little too late to change them now, but this next round of pics should look much crispier.  Anyway, like I said in the first post, this second round of coverage will be much less cookie cutter.  Shooting car shows can get a little boring – so if there’s no story, it’s just a photo dump.  I found my ‘lost’ CF card that had my shots around the city on it, including all the great places I ate at this weekend.  I’m no stranger to San Francisco; as I used to fly there every week for about a solid 6 months in a row.  This post will include some shots of the day before Wekfest.  My coverage will probably end up being around 4 or 5 posts worth – so there is still plenty more!  Click past the break to check out my view.

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So I flew out from Long Beach Friday evening right after I got off work, ensuring I got as much city time in as possible.  There are a few staple spots I need to visit each time I come up to the bay.  I’m thankful that I have some really great friends that live up here.  They give me shelter and transportation without hesitation and that’s awesome.

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Suzu Noodle House is one of said spots that are needed to visit.  Of all the ramen places I’ve eaten at in the city, this is by far the best.  It’s not quite at Japan level, but it’s still pretty darn close.  It’s in the main area of Japan Town, inside the mall.  Apparently on Saturday they were having some sort of anime convention or something because there were a lot of people walking around in strange costumes.  The guy sitting down on the chair here was an Umbrella Corp. soldier.  I’m sure he’s worked up quite the appetite hunting zombies.

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It’s usually a good 20-25 minute wait on the weekends, so we went to this one store that slangs gimmicky Japanese goods so Scott could get his hamburger CD holder.  This guy’s car is a mess and he always complains that his CD’s get scratched.  He’s also probably the single funniest person I know; pretty much anything he says I laugh at.  Anyway, we missed our seat because we were gone too long, so we had to wait around another 20…

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Needless to say, by the time we got our food we were starving.  I usually get the Miso Ramen, Scott and Finh got some spicy stuff that’s way too spicy to enjoy.  I get a lot of my city info from Finh as he lives downtown.  After we ate, we cruised by a spot that has the coolest bartender ever.  Her name is Marie, and she’s French.

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It’s called the Bell Tower and it’s near the Nob Hill area.  Drink prices are typical for the city, but they do have some really good, average priced bar food.  Finh looks a little like the late Kim Jung in this shot.

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One of the bars runs along the window that overlooks Polk street.  It’s pretty awesome for people watching; and talking to random people that stop there.

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After we kicked it in the city for awhile, we headed back to Finh’s apartment to play a few rounds of Soul Calibur V.  Scott is really big into fighting games and runs the Tekken Live website.  If you’re into strategy and videos of Tekken and other fighting games it’s definitely worth checking out.  OK, that’s the most random shout out ever on NDF I think…

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Scott and I left Finh’s place around late evening to go back to East Bay.  I have some really good friends that recently moved to the San Leandro area that I hadn’t seen in a really long time, so we agreed to meet for dinner.  Scott lives in Hayward anyway, so it wasn’t too far.  Just so happens that my buddy and Pro-Am drift extraordinaire Joe McGuigan was down to meet up for dinner too!  Look for a  follow up feature on Joe’s IS400 soon.  We decided on sushi to keep the J theme rolling.

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I have a friend that works at a sushi restaurant called ‘Kansai’ in Oakland; as a matter of fact, I invited her to come along with me to Wekfest the next day, so I needed to talk to her about some things anyway.  Logistical, super important things….OK, not that important, but the Bay Bridge was closed for construction.  Just wanted to get a game plan so I wouldn’t be late to Wekfest; which, of course, I was.

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My two good friends on the right – who are actually getting married in a few months (congrats), Scott’s goofy ass in the back and Joe up front looking like he wants to stick that beer bottle in the side of my neck for always taking pictures.  After dinner we all split in different directions.  A friend from the city had called Scott and I to see if we wanted to go out that same night, but I had to say no…I was already exhausted and needed to wake up early to get to Fort Mason.

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Flash forward to late morning of the next day – me being late to the show (see first post).  I didn’t get any pics of the drive there because I was the one who ended up driving. Would have been cool to get a shot of the Golden Gate for you guys since that’s the route we took. Due to the massive amount of cars and people, roll-in was still going on around 11, so I managed to catch some of it.  After seeing all the Kouki S14s that day really makes me want to build one.  Seeing the gross over-pricing of them on the market makes me change my mind real quick though.

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Having shot Kevin’s Z in Long Beach a few days before I left, I was still kind of hooked on Z32’s.  So I was happy to see this fine example, as well as that grey one I posted in the first set.  Still really cool cars.

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I’m pretty sure this guy drove up all the way from So-Cal.  I remember seeing it at a few shows down there.  Looks like it survived the trip quite nicely.

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There were people crowded around Adam’s Girafified (yeah, that’s right Girafified) 5series pretty solid throughout the day.

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Speaking of Adam…he looks like Terminator or something in this shot.  On a side note, what the hell just happened to the image quality?  It looks like WordPress activated some kind of file compression like halfway down the post.  I’ll have to look into that.  I think I’ll leave it off here for tonight/this morning.  It’s 3am and I need to sleep.  Hope you liked round 2 of Wekfest San Francisco – less of the same, more of the different.  I hope everyone reading this that didn’t get to go, get’s to go to Wekfest LA, or at least to SF next year.  Stay tuned for v.3 and thanks for visiting!  I’ll figure out this image quality thing sooner or later…

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