A lot of people must be throwing Holiday parties this week because the Ferry Building was very, very crowded. Lines were long, but people seemed to be having a good time, and I was able to buy some nice things for my foodie friends. Even though a much needed rainstorm is on its way to us tonight, the skies were a beautiful blue and so was the water. When I walked down Market Street, there was a group of about twenty Santas, along with a handful of elves and reindeer, waiting for a bus. I'm not sure what high jinx this group was up to, but they seemed to be having a great time and everyone who passed by broke into a smile. It reminded me of a David Letterman show from years ago where people in bear costumes walked, one by one, into a bagel shop, so that soon the shop was full of people dressed as bears, and the part that struck me the funniest was that the New Yorkers didn't even look up from their snacks. I hoped the Santas would get a bit more of a reaction, though I'm not sure San Franciscans are much different than New Yorkers.