This past Wednesday, Nick (a fellow co-worker) and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to San Francisco. Over the last few weeks I've been talking to Nick about the world of vinyl toys. He sounded interested, so we decided to make the trip up to Kidrobot on Haight Street in SF. This way he could see firsthand what all the hype was about.
We got to San Francisco just in time for the store opening. Walking into Kidrobot is like walking into a toy museum with hundreds and hundreds of different characters and figures on display. The stuff in there is always changing, so it's cool to see what new stuff is on the market. We both ended up splurging a little bit, but all in all we made out pretty good. For Nick's first visit, he pulled some pretty rare figures. Congrats to him.
After toy shopping, we headed over to Light Waves to get my girlfriend's 120 film developed for her. Because medium format is so rarely used in today's ever growing digital world, it's hard to find a place that still develops these outdated formats. The only catch was that the roll of film still had two more exposures on it. This meant Nick and I had to get a little artsy fartsy and shoot some photos.
Also, for those that don't know, this camera (Mamiya RB67) is a beast. The camera is probably the size of my head. The preperation leading up to the photo is probably the most strenouus part. With film, every picture you're paying for, so it really makes you stop and think.
So without further adieu, here's our last two photos from the roll...
After we dropped the film off for developing, we just walked around downtown SF. First, we checked out the SF Apple store. Woah. That place is nuts. After working at a small store like Oakridge, I can't imagine how crazy the SF store must get. Next we headed to CB2 (modern furniture store) to check out their collections. Nick just moved into a new place and I'm moving next month, so furniture is definitely something we both need right now. After meandering around a little while longer, we decided to head back in order to beat the traffic.
Our last stop on the way home was IKEA. Mostly because we were both hungry and wanted to find a cheap place to eat. Nick also ended up getting a few things for his apartment. So that concluded our outing. It was definitely a much needed break away from work. Hopefully we'll be able to do it again in the very near future.