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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

San Francisco Adventure!

When our flight got changed and heard that we would have a 10 hour layover in San Francisco, we were so excited and immediately rented a car online and started planning where to go when we got there! FYI: Most of today's photo's were taken with Aaron's camera and I don't have a camera cord to load the photo's to my computer, so you're stuck with my randoms. :)

When we got to San Fran, we grabbed our luggage from the baggage claim... not without getting stopped by the search dogs though.  Darn banana! Then, within minutes we were in our little bright blue Ford Fusion and on our way to Alamo Park to see the Tanner's house (a reference for all you Full House people out there.)!

Then we drove over to the windiest (sp?) street in America, Lombard St.  I have fond childhood memories of my dad driving down this street in our big family van!  

Then, we drove over to Fisherman's Wharf for a little walk around the wharf and some dinner at a little restaurant behind these crab stands....

.... called Sabella and La Torre.

It was a charming little place with an old style feel... It wasn't till after we sat down that we realized it had been open since 1927!

SALMON!!  Salmon is almost impossible to get in Korea, unless you buy it frozen at COSTCO or pay an arm and a leg for it at the fish market (but even there, it's only available a couple months out of the year), so I was super excited about it!

... and Aaron's fish tacos were enough to feed a small family!  We're not used to these giant servings and only finished about 1/3 f our meals before loading them into to-go boxes and heading back to our car.

Aaron was dying to see the Golden Gate Bridge, so we headed over there and spent about an hour there, along the water.  *** pics are on Aaron's camera. :(  By 7:30pm, we knew it was time to head back to the airport, so we bid farewell to our San Francisco adventure and drove back.

When we got to the rental car garage and started unpacking the car, Aaron realized his laptop bag was missing!  We knew right away that our trunk had been broken into and his bag had been stolen. I tried to calm him down, but for a guy who has thousands of images and programs stored on his computer, this wasn't just your average laptop!  Then, about a minute later that he remembered his Korean E-2 Visa, credit card and debit card was in there too!  NNNOOOOO!  It gets worse! Then, I realized my laptop, Korean VISA, $300, and my social security card were stolen too!  Double NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!! It'd be an understatement to say that we were in panic mode!  There was NO time to file a police report and we had about 45 minutes to cancel A's credit and debit cards, notify Soc Sec that my card had been stolen, return the car, and check in for our flight!  Where do we even start?!!

I immediately called my mom and put her to work!  She's the most resourceful person I know, and within an hour, she had e-mailed me all the info I needed to get things handled!

UPDATE as of Wednesday, July 18th
***  Aaron's credit card and debit card have been cancelled.

*** I need a SS card to get married, but without a birth certificate, you can't apply for a replacement, so my dad went and got a copy from the office and overnighted it to me.  It arrived LAST NIGHT!  Whew!  I'm hoping they can expedite it, because it usually takes 10 days to process a new one! :(
*** We both need copies of our E-2 VISA's to be able to leave the US and fly back to Korea.  After calling the Korean embassy, they told us the ONLY WAY they can re-issue a copy is if we show up IN PERSON to their embassy in ATLANTA!  There's no other way! Uuuuggghhhhh... So, now we're gonna have to make a day trip of it and drive down to Atlanta.     

*** I bought a replacement laptop yesterday. :) 

BTW: When we returned the car, the rental car agent said that Ford trunk locks are really easy to pick!   LOVELY.  Wish we would have known that before we moved all of our important stuff to the trunk, so no one would see it through the windows.  
We're trying to be positive about this whole thing and take it in stride!  We'd like for our wedding and family to be our focus, NOT THIS ORDEAL, but we've gotta get stuff handled!  So, one day at a time! :)


  1. That is awful! Best wishes for your wedding...everything will work out.

  2. So sorry this happened to you! It makes me so angry to realize that there are people out there who steal other people's belongings. Hope you get everything fixed in time and can leave this behind you for your big day!

  3. Jill, my heart sank when I saw you post this on Facebook. I am so sorry that your trip to the states started like this and that you have had all the "extra" stuff to handle instead of just being able to enjoy.