A couple of Sundays ago we took Maggie out on the municipal pier, which is a long curved concrete pier that forms the outer edges of Aquatic Park near Fisherman’s wharf. It is a touristy area, for sure; but the touristy areas are generally the prettiest. San Francisco, like other areas (and like humans), wants to show its best version of itself to visitors.
He didn't flinch at the technology or the synthesized voice but simply said, “ahh, a local, eh? I thought you looked pretty cool.” She was beside herself. Then, taking her into his confidence he said, “Watch this, city girl.” He instructed his tourists to race to the other end of the pier giving them directions and warning them to be careful and not run up the back of each other. They took off each jockeying for position. The tourguide turned to Maggie and said. “I do this to groups all the time. It’s pretty pointless to race, all Segways go 9 mph at top speed, but it gives them something to do.” He took off after his charges with a wave.
Maggie was delighted and Steve and I just looked at each other and grinned. Occasionally people really surprise you. I think tourists really are seeing the best version of San Francisco with this guy showing them the way.