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The Bay Area GTM Tour
Topic by: IronS
Posted: March 6, 2004 - 12:54 AM PST
Last Reply: February 7, 2006 - 5:04 PM PST

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author topic: The Bay Area GTM Tour
IronS
post #1  on March 6, 2004 - 12:54 AM PST  
At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) a woman greets arrivals with a sign that reads, "GC." A group of visitors soon congregate around her. After gathering their luggage, the group follows their tour guide to the bus.

Hello, folks! Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area. How are you all doing today? Murmurs and grunts. Great! My name is Debbie and your driver is Eddie (Eddie waves) and we will be showing you some interesting sights today. To make the trip more interesting we'll be conducting a little game to guess the title of a movie or series so feel free to ask a yes or no question, one at a time please.

Now I know you are all visiting this fine pennisula for the different conventions being held here so as we travel south along Highway 101, please introduce yourselves and tell us which convention you are attending.
DLeonard
post #2  on March 6, 2004 - 10:43 AM PST  
Thanks Debbie, I'll take the opportunity to go first.

I'm DLeonard, and I'm on my way to the William Shatner convention at the San Jose Convention Center.

Does this movie take place in a present day setting?
hamano
post #3  on March 6, 2004 - 2:25 PM PST  
Hi Debbie. My name is "Glen Coitus" and I'm here for "Guy Camp." This is the right bus, right? I hope you're one of the counselors....
IronS
post #4  on March 6, 2004 - 6:37 PM PST  
> I'm DLeonard, and I'm on my way to the William Shatner convention at the San Jose Convention Center.

Hi, DLeonard! Ooh, a Shatner fan. You'll be interested in one of our stops for sure.

> Does this movie take place in a present day setting?

I would consider it so.

> My name is "Glen Coitus" and I'm here for "Guy Camp." This is the right bus, right? I hope you're one of the counselors....

Oh, so sorry. I'm not a counselor, but perhaps we will add an additional stop on our tour just for you if we have time. turns to look at Eddie who nods while keeping his eyes on the road

Please notice that gleaming, nifty building to your left. It's the headquarters of Oracle. a few camera clicks From here to San Jose is considered "Silicon Valley" so as you can see, you can't mail a letter to "Silicon Valley, CA." polite chuckles

Right now we are in Redwood City, where a scene from Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed, at the San Mateo County Courthouse.

And I hope you're all hungry because our next stop is the restaurant at IKEA for some Swedish meatballs and salmon! beams at group and gets a few assenting murmurs
IronS
post #5  on March 6, 2004 - 6:52 PM PST  
Oh, I forgot to mention. Just ahead is a sign that was in the highway chase scene from The Matrix Reloaded. Riiiight...there!

Whipple Ave. 1/2
Woodside Rd. 1 1/2
Marsh Road 3 3/4

excited murmurs and camera clicks
dh22
post #6  on March 6, 2004 - 6:54 PM PST  
Hi! My name is dh22. I'm here for the butt-sniffers anonymous national symposium. Clean and sober for fourteen months, twelve days.

Is this a local, Bay Area related film?
IronS
post #7  on March 6, 2004 - 7:19 PM PST  
Hi, dh22 and congratulations!

> Is this a local, Bay Area related film?

No, although plenty of films are related to the Bay Area in some way, this isn't one of them.

As we travel closer to IKEA, we are now in Menlo Park which is home to SRI International, a biotech research company. See, not all companies in Silicon Valley are computer/IT related. polite smiles

The Pennisula School and some of the students there were used in a scene from Escape to Witch Mountain. murmurs of discussion about the film in question
hamano
post #8  on March 6, 2004 - 9:18 PM PST  
Hello, I snuck on board and didn't get to introduce myself yet. I am Garamasala Chandrasekhar, I am going to be giving a lecture at the Great Chefs Conference.... It starts tomorrow so I thought this tour would be perfect! I'd like to know if there are any good meals served on this film... If there aren't, I'd like to propose some possible stops along the way...
hamano
post #9  on March 6, 2004 - 9:20 PM PST  
Weren't you listening, mister? She said something about "meatballs"... That's on the menu every sorry day at Guy Camp....
IronS
post #10  on March 6, 2004 - 10:08 PM PST  
Hi, Garamasala Chandrasekhar! Welcome aboard anyway.

>I'd like to know if there are any good meals served on this film...

Yes, there are scenes of meals, some tasty and some not so tasty. More variety than at Guy Camp anyway.

Now, since everyone is done with their IKEA meals, let us proceed westward on University Avenue into Palo Alto. It supposedly has the highest per capita of Ph.D's and is the birthplace of Hewlett-Packard and Mrs. Fields Original Cookies. The Barbie Doll Hall of Fame used to be here as well. Coming up on your right is the beautiful Stanford Theatre which is having a James Stewart Festival right now. If anyone is still peckish, Haagen-Dazs is a couple of doors down and there's a crepe place across the street where you can get good pearl drinks.
hamano
post #11  on March 6, 2004 - 10:58 PM PST  
G. Chandrasekhar - Are there also scenes of cooking in this film? And are the "pearls" in these drinks like tapioca or are they macapuno balls?

G. Coitus - You always manage to bring the subject back to balls, dude! Hey, Debs, is Eddie your boyfriend? Do you have a boyfriend? He might like Guy Camp...
sinisterguffaw
post #12  on March 7, 2004 - 12:53 AM PST  
Howdy, y'all! I'm Tex Carson, and I'm attendin' the PschitzoCon in Fresno. Is this big tin can headin' to Fresno? If not I'll have to saddle up on a diff'ernt metal pony. I'm supposed to be meetin' my good buddy hamano there. He's a guest speaker this year... one o' the finest examples of pschitzophrenia out there!

Now about this guessin' game-- is this one of them "indy" films?

jross3
post #13  on March 7, 2004 - 2:24 PM PST  
My name is.... not important, nor is my destination. When I leave, I would thank you all for forgetting me.

Is there an element of espionage in this film?
IronS
post #14  on March 7, 2004 - 4:12 PM PST  
> G. Chandrasekhar - Are there also scenes of cooking in this film? And are the "pearls" in these drinks like tapioca or are they macapuno balls?

Yes, there are cooking scenes. And as for the pearl drinks, the "pearls" are tapoica (although one shop claims their pearls are made from cassava).

> G. Coitus - You always manage to bring the subject back to balls, dude! Hey, Debs, is Eddie your boyfriend? Do you have a boyfriend? He might like Guy Camp...

No, Eddie is not my boyfriend but my coworker. I do have a boyfriend so I'll pass on the recommendation. forced smile

Howdy, Tex! I'm sorry but Fresno is not on our list of stops. mutters: unless nobody guesses the title I'm sure it'd be delightful to have such a noted speaker as hamano in our midst. However, if you do want to depart at this point, you can take Caltrain north and pick up BART to San Francisco if you want to get to Fresno by Amtrak.

> Now about this guessin' game-- is this one of them "indy" films?

No, I would say not.

> Is there an element of espionage in this film?

Hello, Mr. X! Whereas there's a bit of underhandedness and theft, I wouldn't call it actual espionage.

Continuing on University Avenue, about a mile south is Pacific Data Images, the company responsible for such films as Shrek and Antz. To your right is the tall tree which is the "palo alto" that this town is named for. camera clicks and a few oohs and aahs As we cross El Camino Real, University Avenue is now Palm Drive and we are on the Leland Stanford Junior University campus. The exterior of the basketball stadium from Flubber was filmed here. cameras clicks and murmurs

And now, to work off the meatballs and pearl drinks, we'll be taking a hike along a popular trail to the famous Dish! beams at group
group groans and mutters
Now, now speaks soothingly, stretching your legs after a long plane ride is good for you. Break up those blood clots in your legs. Let's go. beams again
hamano
post #15  on March 7, 2004 - 4:31 PM PST  
Guten tag! Ich heisse Gunther Cartoffelkopf... my name, Gunther! I am like to get to the German Consulate, ja? Hello, everyone! Big antenna! Nice!


hamano
post #16  on March 7, 2004 - 4:39 PM PST  
G. Chandrasekhar - Ah, that was El Camino Real? Years ago I went to eat Vietnamese Pho noodles at a place there that used to be a traditional American "drive-in" restaurant... Alas, no waitresses with roller skates, like I saw in the movies of my youth! Was this film made in the '50s or '60s?

G. Coitus - Hey, you're really old, dude! Like my dad. What do they do with that dish, Debs? Are they looking for, like, alien signals or something?

G. Chandrasekhar - I see, a very large dish indeed! Why was I thinking of a serving dish? What a beautiful day it is!
larbeck
post #17  on March 7, 2004 - 8:10 PM PST  
Hi! Sorry, I am late - I was stick in Berkeley trying to talk a former friend of mine out of getting a lobotomy at the grad school there/ I failed. Now she is looking for a job where she wears pantyhose and heels everyday - who know the Young Republicans took over the People's Republic of Berserkley!!! I have two questions (okay, the second one is multipart)...

Is this a film I wanna to take my nine year grandson to?

Where did the ole radicals all go? Do they get shipped out to Git-mo or maybe Bangalore?
IronS
post #18  on March 8, 2004 - 2:58 AM PST  
Willkommen, Guther! Das deutsche Konsulat ist auf Jackson Straße in San Francisco.

> Was this film made in the '50s or '60s?

No, sir.

> What do they do with that dish, Debs? Are they looking for, like, alien signals or something?

Maybe, although I don't think SRI is into that sort of SETI thing, but I don't know for sure.

> What a beautiful day it is!

Yes, it is glorious.

Hi, larbek! My condolences about your friend. However, in this area it's like every company has dress down day pretty much everyday so pantyhose and heels are not totally necessary; there's hope yet.

> Is this a film I wanna to take my nine year grandson to?

Sure, he'd love it!

> Where did the ole radicals all go? Do they get shipped out to Git-mo or maybe Bangalore?

I don't know about that but the hippies all moved to Bolinas which would be one of the stops along our way except we can't find it (Marin County joke).

As we bid Auf Wiedersehen to Palo Alto - sorry, but we don't have time to stop at the Stanford Shopping Center for See's or Godiva chocolates - let's motor down 101 again. Those interesting structures on your left are hangers indicating we are close to NASA Ames Research at Moffett Field. murmurs and camera clicks Scenes from The Right Stuff, naturally, were filmed there.

Anyone still hungry? On the other side of the highway is Castro Street with lots of Asian restaurants including a very good pho place (and one that isn't as good but is open until 2 AM - neither are drive-ins) and another pearl drinks shop. groans from overly stuffed and foot sore riders
hamano
post #19  on March 8, 2004 - 8:52 AM PST  
G. Cartoffelkopf - Iss goot! Today I practice mine English! I am sure that a pearl drink would be ve-ry re-fresh-ing now! How vas that, mine friend?

G. Coitus - I have a friend whose dad was in the Hitler Youth, dude! Welcome to America! Did you know Yakuza dudes in Japan put pearls in their dingwangs, not in their drinks? Under the skin, to make them all knobby! You got any tattoos, Miss Tour Guide, ma'am? I got my lip pierced but I'm not wearing anything today. They won't let you at Guy Camp.

G. Chandrasekhar - In this movie, are there scenes where children cook? So this is the famous Castro, then? How did we get here so fast?

G. Cartoffelkopf - Ja! It ist like the Autobahn! Fast bus! Please let me know walking distance place from der Ger-man Con-su-late, ja?
HOngchua
post #20  on March 8, 2004 - 9:55 AM PST  
Hello! My name is Benicio del Totoro and I'm here for the Fuggedabout-WeightWatchers-Life-Is-Too-Short Convention.

I may do a brief detour to the William Shatner convention since I hear that he may be doing a performance of his classic Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds with considerable emotional content and overemphasized gesticulation.
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