Tales of San Francisco! A Visual Taste of the City: Silver Man & Music on Video . Plus a Caveat About Carry-Ons!
Finishing up the “Tales of San Francisco” posts, this particular episode includes the videos of the “Silver Man” or Silver Men.. because there are multiples of them running round the city– however each is different in their performance art.
Dressed entirely in silver including face and body paint, these mimes/street performers look like a statue until they suddenly move. This particular “Silver Man” caught our attention — and tons of others– on Market Street on a bright sunny day and he was in full swing as we walked by. He was miming and performing to a song– an anthemic-like piece that is a social commentary. It was reallly interesting to watch and went on for quite some time and then he finished up and took photos with tourists which is how that segment finishes up. This particular “Silver Man” was making a bit more money and was quite the performer compared to other “street performers” of the silver ilk.
The second half of the video is a quick bit of a musician doing percussion at the Art Fair across from the Ferry Building. He was only there Saturday and Sunday and he was quite good as you can tell and he was using the usual instruments and also pots as his musical tools. It’s a slice of San Francisco that you might not see if you took the typical tourist route.
The caveat about flying is for those leaving out of SFO and trying to take carry-ons. While I had packed all my cosmetics and checked them, some smaller items and paritcularly the Rechiutti chocolates I had purchased were packed into a bag I was trying to carry on. Little did I know that chocolate was going to cause a problem.
The TSA people pulled me aside and unpacked the bag (lovely!– not!) because chocolate and the Burnt Caramel Sauce (where were clearly visible as just being the products that they were) were considered to be “gels” and gels were treated as potential problem items. I was offered three choices:
1) eat the chocolates immediately
2) dump the $45.00 of sweets
3) check the bag- which meant returning to the counter.
Which do you think I did? Rather than dump the Rechiutti which would have blown a serious dent in my mood and personal chocolate stash, I went back to counter and checked the bag. Luckily we had lots of time because 1) we had gotten there early and 2) our flight was really delayed (by more than an hour) so it wasn’t so much of a hassle.
My reasoning for packing them as carry-on was because I didn’t want them to melt or be exposed to the unseasonable heat that was still occurring and I wanted them to stay at a reasonable temperature. My concern was well-founded when we landed in Orange County and found it 93 degrees at the airport and across the OC/LA county.
So be aware that no matter where you are, that chocolate is considered to be a potentially hazardous substance if you have purchased a number of items. Pack it into checked luggage if you haven’t purchased after passing through the TSA security people.
While it did give me pause and made me really wonder what the heck was going on that chocolate could be considered a dangerous substance, it won’t stop me from returning to San Francisco!