Best seat in the house

Photo essay: My life in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Nazy Kaviani
It’s been an interesting few months in my life, a time of reflection and some important decisions. Last month I was cleaning up my huge collection of photographs and “weeding out” pictures I thought I would never use. All of a sudden I felt great symmetry between cleaning up my files and making those decisions about my life. I thought I would put together a photo essay of my unused photographs while sharing some of my reflections with you. It did take me a whole month to put these photos together, a job I abandoned several times! At last, here it is. It starts off by telling you about a Namjoo concert I attended this past weekend, and goes on to share some other things about my life in the San Francisco Bay Area. I hope you find at least some of these photographs interesting. I am calling this piece “Best Seat In The House,” because that’s how I feel about my life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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by bayramali on

Fabulous and perfect photo essay Nazy is great pleasure and honer to meet you and be one of your friend It was great to see lot of familiar faces and common friends you did a great job and it is joyful to review and reminding all that old good memories

Shazde Asdola Mirza

آقا داریوش

Shazde Asdola Mirza

ما خیلی‌ ارادت داریم.

Darius Kadivar

Shazde Jaan ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Gol Goftee Be ya Bereem Beh San Francisco ;0))

Shazde Asdola Mirza


Shazde Asdola Mirza


کاشکی‌ ما هم به ` بی‌ ` ره داشتیم

کاشکی‌  ما هم  کمی‌  می‌  داشتیم

کاشکی‌ با نازی و با دیگر آن دوستان

ما هم آنشب  خنده در  پی  داشتیم 

rosie is roxy is roshan

Hahahahaha1 THIS ONE'S FOR EVERYONE!!! :o)

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

Darius Kadivar

Rosie That was a Good One ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

So This one is For You Dear ;0)





rosie is roxy is roshan

PS Caviar, why bother to bring a g-string at all? Just..

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

bring yourself and..four other guys from here (may I choose?), and..well...okay, a pilot's uniform.



rosie is roxy is roshan

Siamak, I think..

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

you're projecting a little bit on some points but..I won't go so far as to supply the links to prove it...point being I know you're just playing with us but if you really want t not be bored I think you'll have to go play with yourself, I mean BY yourself and make good on your promise to finish that series on Monique Plastique at Caesar's Palace of Sin. I am personally waiting to see when the threesome part comes in.  But of course that's just me...

although I DO have to say that Bruce getting off on a Republican iS just as good. Why don't you chuck the Vegas series and write about that instead?

--No one in particular


Darius Kadivar

Siamak Jaan ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

That's a Deal, I will make Sure to come with a G String to liven up the event ;0))





Manoucher Avaznia

نازی جان؛

Manoucher Avaznia

سفر خوبی بود.


ما دورجهان را به دو غازی نخریم

گردونه ی گردنده به نازی نخریم

صد مکنت و صد آز جهان را بنهیم

جز دولت عشقی و نیازی نخریم.



by Anonymous2 (not verified) on

Meal Time: The King Arthur''s Round Table

A seat
Was so conspicuously
Set up among all the other seats in arrangement
With distinct recognition in enchantment
Guests came in ...
More guests came in ...
No one went to sit on it
Despite the congestion & smallness of room
I went to the host
And asked her in whisper...
I am an stranger here
And don't understand
Why no one goes to set on that vacant seat
She said quietly in a gentle voice...
"That who sits on that seat"
"His spirit will abandon him upon contact"
Upon hearing the answer
I thanked God
For not going to sit on that seat
On my own without knowing its horrific consequences



It is me

by Siah - (not verified) on

I like your photos, especially one of the ladies in your photos is just very charming she looks very lovely

by the way the other Siamak is not me, I really needed to point this out.

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

If you look at my avatar again, you will see a noticeable blush. Thank you for your kind remarks.

Azadeh Azad

Wonderful photos and people

by Azadeh Azad on

Nazy Jaan,

Thanks for showing us the delightful pictures of your fellow bloggers, writers and artists.

I particularly loved to see Ari from different angles. After his unbelievable compliment on my poem and seeing his gorgeous face, I think I have a serious crush on him! :-) Just look at him below! Isn't he a Persian Adonis?

Just kidding Ari Jaan. Not that anything is wrong with my having a serious crush on you :-)

Thanks again, dearest Nazy,


Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

You posts bring friendship,  joy and beauty to this site.



by Titty bar regular (not verified) on

Taking photos in a tittie bar is not allowed! Is it?

Nazy Kaviani

On Hair And Such!

by Nazy Kaviani on

You guys are too good to me! I think Multiple's reference is to a piece I wrote about cutting my hair last weekend.  I'm afraid my hair continues to have the requisite Iranian woman highlights in it!  Can't help it!  It's kaalcheraal!

I had to eliminate so many pictures from this piece to keep from further boring Siamack!  There were hundreds more of very special people, doing ordinary things like singing and dancing, signing books, and showing their artwork.  I know for sure that none of them were doing the things Siamack suggested, but who knows, maybe they will sometime and I will be there to snap the pictures and share them with you later (or extort enough money to be able to move to better parts of the Bay Area!). 

My friends are fabulous, and so are all of you.  Do come and visit when in our area.



a walk on the memory lane

by J.d. (not verified) on

very nice and well presented. Your smile and artful cuisine as well as circle of friends are envy of any expatriate....

enjoy it to the fullest

Siamack Baniameri


by Siamack Baniameri on

We want the next Iranian “San Fran party” to be held in a titty bar. we wanna see pictures of JJ burying his face into a pair of triple- Ds while updating on his laptop and Bruce getting lap dances from two republican dancers dressed like Rostam and Sohrab. We would like to see Siamack Salary video tape the whole event.  we also want to see Darious Kadivar wrestle  a dancer who slightly resembles Farah Pahlavi in her sixties.  Additionally, we would like to ask “Beyond Persia” to organize a drunken orgy with Kiosk smashing their instruments on heads of their groupies  and Namjoo getting his head shaved on stage by a legally blind hairdresser/blogger who has done time in Evin prison before going on a book tour with Akbar Ganji.  Please, add some excitement to these events.



by Ajab Rajab (not verified) on

I meant Gandi in terms of wearing a white sheet like in pics 102 and 104.


Nazy jan: You are such an

by yourfriend (not verified) on

Nazy jan: You are such an inspiration and a role model to follow.

Your hair and your smile are gorgeous. Don't change the color of your hair. It suits you just fine. And yes my friend, you have grown and I can detect that in your writings.


Who is who of the Iranian community in the Bay Area.

by Princess on

Glad to see beautiful people find a way to each other. I saw many of my favorites in this window. Thank you for sharing!


Yes you do!

by IRANdokht on

You do have a very good seat in the house Nazy jan! and the best seats are right there beside yours!

what a great crowd you hang out with, some of my most favorite bloggers and artists... I am jealous a bit ;-)
This is an awesome photo essay, I am sure it took a lot of time organizing it and writing all the captions. Nice! and thanks for the hard work to give us all a taste of the life in the Bay area.

It was great to see JJ, Ari, Monda and Hamed's pics, Hamed Nikpay is definitely on his way to a great successful career and Saman looks a lot more handsome than I had pictured.

Now I feel like a peeping Tom having seen all the beautiful pictures of your friends and I really need to take a trip up north some day ;-)



best seat in the house is the best!

by florida voice (not verified) on

Nazy jan,
thanks for sharing your precious moments filled with enrichment, growth, love, peace, and simply pure with the rest of us.
First of all, your pure smile speaks of you and the kind of person you are...Secondly, if I had a choice to find the best seat in the house, I sure would love to have a seat near you to feel the positive energy. Lastly, I am so happy for you to have had such great group of people around you to add to who you are and where you are heading in life.
Too bad, I am not in SF because if I were, I would stop by to introduce myself.
My best wishes!


Personally, I found the

by TheMrs on

Personally, I found the pictures I browsed through to be quite interesting. As photos of strangers go, I always look in the back ground and some of these were hilarious. Quick question though, what does it mean to be a successful blogger? And you DON'T have a lot of hair as suggested here, there's no such thing. One can never have enough. Especially for a woman. It's very unattractive for a woman to have very fine, thin hair that stick flat on the head. Yours is very nice. I would go a few shades darker though. Not that anyone asked me...




I think if I lived in the US

by Daryush on

I would live in San Francisco, and you know that all men like to go there!???


Ajab Rajab

by ThePope on

Man, are you serious?!!
"...Jahanshah looking like Gandi..." !!!  ;-)

You compare JJ with,,, this (!):

Bichaareh JJ! Bandeh khodaa na ostekhooni-e na kachal beh zanam beh takhteh... Taazeh labkhand-e ghashangi'am daareh.

Nazy khaanoom,
thanks for sharing 'the best seat in the house' with us.
Great album! I really enjoyed going through all your pictures...


Thanks Nazy jaan!

by Monda on

Great shares! Your Namjoo reports were excellent and what a big bunch of good looking people you have around you!

Organizing is good for the soul, I say.


sunny San Fracisco???

by coral reefs (not verified) on

Come again? San Fracisco weather is like a terribly moody person, you never know what to expect next. You always have to layer your clothing, even in the heat of August, including the day time hours! I moved there from sunny Florida, a few years back in the summer months. I didn't know I needed heat in those months! I almost froze there! And the ever present depressing fog of San Francisco. I moved out of there is less than a year. I only like their politics.

Multiple Personality Disorder


by Multiple Personality Disorder on

You have a lot of hair.