||Gino's Pizza fell into a time
Tyler guarded the scooter while Rusty suffered a
long wait in a slow line from Hell. This was
Fisherman's Wharf, and Gino's was a first class
tourist pizza trap.
Inside Gino's the man taking orders had the
effectiveness of a first grade child suffering from
Alzheimer's. Example: Four men speaking Finnish made
complicated orders for a pizza pie - saying things
like "Half olives, half sausage, and half pesto".
But that is 3 halves.
What was more ridiculous was that Gino's sells pizza
by the slice from a glass case that was full of fresh, hot
pizza - only no one in line could order any
until the 4 Finnish guys were finished (is that a
Finland tried to pay with a European credit
card but the card machine couldn't logon to a bank
that converted Euros to dollars. Trying again and
again to make it work the first grader with
removed & replaced the credit card machine battery - but that didn't make it work. He put in a
new roll of receipt paper. Time stood still. Time
may have actually begun to crawl backwards.
None of us in line could believe that this retarded
order taker was so incompetent. It was almost
comical except I was tired of standing and felt
hungry. Luckily there were two nice tourist ladies from
Ireland who joked with Rusty until one of the Finns finally
pulled out a wallet and paid in US dollars. The line cheered!
||Rusty quickly ordered 4 slices of cheese pizza, paid cash
and split! What a time dilation hole that had been.
Imagine this cubby
hole packed on fourth of July so tight you can't
Took 1/2 hour to get 4 slices of precooked pizza.
They could have a separate line for slices and sell
10 times as many! Instead everyone has to wait in
line while groups of people discuss all sorts of complicated
combinations to order.
How can they stay in business? Location,
location, location. Fisherman's Wharf = zillions of
strangers with hungry tummies. Bad reviews in a
tourist trap don't matter.
Anyway, Tyler & Rusty were hungry for carbohydrates
and Gino's took care of that need.
The pizza was OK. It made Rusty smile and Tyler want
more human food.
Tyler had guarded the scooter on the sidewalk. Rusty
brought him the box with cheese pizza. "Tyler! Wait
till you snack on yummy pizza! Let's go!"
||San Francisco Maritime Nation
Rusty found a place to park
the scooter where they could enjoy the rock & roll
band in the Maritime park. It was OK.
Tyler's fan club kept showing up to pose with the
Wonder Dog (left).
They were all very nice people.
Tyler loved the cheese pizza. "Arf! Yummy Gino's"
he told Rusty. Rusty nodded "Uh, huh!"
Together they each ate 2 slices. After the roast
duck pizza was a good second course. After the
fireworks, when they got back to the car, Rusty had
another food treat - cannoli from Stella Bakery.
Tyler would lick the sweet creamy filling off
Rusty's finger saying "Arf! Sweet cannoli yummy
good smell yummy!" But that was later.
Meanwhile at Tyler posed for more
fan club photo ops.
They waited for the fireworks.
As it grew dark Rusty put an LED headlight around Tyler's
muscular neck thick with silky fur.
Rusty also bought him a glow ring from a happy girl
to make him look like a rave animal.
Rusty choose purple glow because that is the
spiritual aura glow of Angels.
Many people could be heard announcing "Look! The
dog has a headlight!"
The Souza Co. fireworks had to be fired from a barge
up into the thick, cold fog bank that had flowed in
to fill up the San Francisco Bay.
Tyler was snug in his thick German Shepherd fur.
Rusty was snug in his over size winter coat that
wrapped him like a quilt.
Rusty told Tyler about Mark Twain. He once quipped
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in
||See all that fog!?
Instead of "boom!" they go "wump".
||The explosions were muted like soft
thuds. Tyler was not impressed and lay down to take
There were some cool bombs that made a smiley face
but they were upside down, or sideways. Oh, and a
valentine type red heart, too. That was clever.
||Rusty was having fun. It had been a
wonderful day of adventure with his loyal pal Tyler.
||Rusty decided they better scooter
out of there before the crowd tried to leave.
||Good move Rusty!
He scootered down the closed off street to the
Maritime Museum. That was much closer to the barge
from which the fireworks were shot into the fog.
Tyler lay his head on Rusty's leg as the music
blared out "Stars & Stripes Forever". The rockets
electrified the air with pyrotechnic mayhem.
Tyler loved it. He and Rusty had had their first 4th
of July together and it had been a memorable one.
Back at the car they each ate a cannoli for desert
waiting for the traffic to die down before trying to
reach the freeway.
Back Home on the farm
by 2:00 AM
||Hours later they arrived home in
the Central Valley.
Cats Raccoony & Bobcat met Tyler in the kitchen to
welcome him home. The cats were excited to hear all
their amazing stories about the big city, but they
didn't believe most of it.
||Raccoony reminded Tyler of his
job to protect cats
Tyler was the guardian of the cats. He was
responsible to defend the cat door from wild animals
such as feral cats that tried to break in.
Tyler was excused for taking the night off only
because it was the fourth of July holiday. Raccoony
wanted him back on the job guarding the cat entrance.
All the cats felt safe to have the big guys Rusty &
Tyler home again.
It had been a long, exciting day so Tyler and Rusty
went to sleep. They slept, and slept, then slept
some more. They slept the sleep of happy souls whose
deep inner bond had allowed them to share a big fun