Today i wake up the fan of the 2012 World Series Champions in sweet San Francisco. When we won in 2010, the city was electric. We had waited over 50 years to win the championship and it was the first win since their move out of New York. We had waited DECADES for that win and for those of us that have been lifetime Giants fans from the days when their record was not so strong and you had to freeze your behind off while paying $16 for bleacher seats at Candlestick Park to the super plush brand new winning record playing at SBC Park, the win was long overdue so, needless to say, that was very exciting!
However, here we are in 2012. Just 3 seasons apart so the buzz of the 2010 win was still fresh and on (at least my) mind still. Felt like it just happened yesterday. But then i remember that last season, we lost Buster Posey to an injury early on in the season and we had not acquired several of our teams outstanding players yet to bring us to today… The perfect team. The team of winning misfits. I feel a little bit like the Giants represent what San Francisco used to be like more than it seems to be like today with their oddball characters and support through the diversity.
Today, EVEN without Brian Wilson as one of our secret (not so) weapons, our San Francisco Giants 2012 postseason team may be the most epic eclectic group of talent that exists in baseball today. From our MVP and one of the fan proclaimed mascots of our Panda (Pablo Sandoval), to Marco Scutero’s coming on strong when we needed him to and , of course the most epic all around player and maybe the league’s best catcher they’ve ever had Buster Posey, to the super intense Angel Pagan and super fast Gregor Blanco, to our new oddball and inspirational addition to our team Hunter Pence, and our local boy Brandon Crawford, …to our amazing pitching staff. Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner, Adfelt, Voglesong, the VERY deserving Barry Zito and the most awesome Wilson replacement closer Sergio Romo. (Maybe it was the power of those dimples that made each close like lightning). Regardless it was the perfect storm of come behind kids to world champ sweepers.
It is interesting that the Detroit Lions swept the NY Yankees and then we swept Detroit. We were on a roll that no one could stop. We fixed our glitch of being able to win post season at home and we were able to hold off any chance the Lions had of catching up by playing such tight baseball.
It was such an exciting post season, from the come from behind win with the Reds to the absolute tromping of Detroit, it was definitely the fan’s dream season. It should be an AMAZING team next year with Wilson back on the roster and Milkey out of restriction. I personally can not wait to watch.
I know this type of win often leads to mass hysteria and sometimes self destruction of their own winning city. I never understood why this extreme happiness ends up in vandalism and destruction of their own city. But, that is of course, what happened last night in the Mission. Mattresses were set on fire (again!), city streets were flooded with people and shut down, and i even heard that they had a bus in SOMA that had a single passenger inside, where people had surrounded it and were on the roof jumping up and down and people around it pushing it from side to side. It must have been utterly terrifying! Why would we do this to another possible Giants fan and at least a SF visitor or resident? We vandalized our small businesses and generally trashed our city. So i guess there are a lot of rebel idiots left in San Francisco unless they (probably) came in as a bridge and tunnelers. That would make more sense for outsiders to get wasted and trash NOT their city. Regardless, i wish the citizens and fans in SF could try and show as much class and grace as our players and manager Bruce Bochy always do. We need to work a little bit harder to show the same level of class as the team that incited that reaction in the future if you ask me.
That is what i love and have always loved about our SF teams (both the 9ers and the Giants. (We will see how the 9ers fair after their dodgy steal to Santa Clara and all their new big revenue increases in our boring but rich and jealous neighbors to the south.)
And, i have to give big props to the Detroit Tigers who put on a good series even though they never were able to get a footing. Their GM interviewed after the loss spoke with more generosity, humility and class to the point that i felt that we were playing the right team. Both teams were and are class acts and both deserved to be in the world series. Detroit although did not win, did play a damn good season and will also be a team to watch again next year.
Regardless, SF Giants pride is brimming here in SF. We can’t seem to win a World Series game at home, but we don’t care here in San Francisco! We await the victory parade which will take place on Halloween morning at 11:00 am. It sure makes a last minute Halloween costume of being a giants fan an easy one! (We could just say that we came strait from the parade.) However, i have a feeling that because these two events happen on the same day, we may see a new creative angle on the costumes that will grace our town. (for instance, a friend of mine is planning to be an orange Darth Vader with a SF Giants flag as the cape. Dont steal the idea SF or i will not share these secrets in the future! ;).
It will be a SUPER holiday on Wednesday October 31, 2012. A holiday that is as perfect of a storm as Hurricane Sandy may turn out to be. Only not in a scary way, but in a joyous and cosmic way, having our Halloween team be honored on Halloween! We were not always the Halloween team because in 1989, we were in the world series in the middle of October instead of the end of October (remember that day with the battle of the bay that the earth shook?) We think that the season had to be extended because teams had been added over the years making the season a little bit longer.
Our San Francisco Giants deserve all of the love and honor they have coming to them on Wednesday. They are a GREAT team! I personally think the best team we EVER have had. In part because we are the team of the misfits that came together to create a force that was good enough to win it all.
CONGRATULATIONS SF GIANTS!! YOU HAVE MADE YOUR CITY OH SO PROUD YET AGAIN! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! We cant wait to see what we can do next year, but now, a well deserved rest i have a feeling is needed.
Until next season…. We are current WORLD CHAMPIONS yet AGAIN!! WOO HOO! WAY TO GO GIANTS!
We have this really awesome little local pet store a block down from my house. It is exactly what a small business should be in my eyes. It is small but big enough over the years to have expanded into the next door space too. There is the sweetest gay pair (dont know if they are business partners only or a couple or what but it is definitely their baby!) of guys that run it. It employees local young folks, they are very knowledgeable, they have great quality pet foods, and they (at least Tony who is born and raised in SF. The other guy has lived here for the majority of his life if not whole if i had to guess) are fully aware of all of the things and changes that have been and are happening in the city. They see it for what it is from the eyes of a real established not only resident but also small business owner. They know what has really been happening in SF even through the glossy PR campaigns put on by the Mayor and his cronies.
The new people that have just flooded into our little (was) utopia, only see it for what it is right this minute with the help of glossy adds from the city PR machine. They have no understanding or feeling of responsibility towards knowledge of this town, their neighborhood or even their house’s history. Or, what had to happen, and who did it, for it to be the way it is now. Now that they have “discovered” this cute little contemporary city. If they did actually know about this city and the real players in it, they would definitely
get the joke that Tony from Bernal Beast told me today which had me in absolute stitches and actually gave me a visual for a painting.
We were talking about how SF has been hi-jacked and sold-out! And that the reason that they are STILL spending SO MUCH MONEY to put a muni line underground to go through Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf. (i guess cable cars are not enough these days…) until Tony goes…
“building it right to Rose Pak’s house!” I cant believe i didnt think of that! That makes SO MUCH SENSE!!
And, for all of those newbies who just flooded into this town, You better find out fast who Rose Pak is because she yields more power than our scandalous mayor Ed Lee. She and Willie Brown work hand and hand and they have been running this town through both Gavin Newsom’s tenure as well as our fake-a-mayor Lee.
Anyway, for those of you in the know, you should find that joke funny. AND ironic/true! I want a muni line to my front door step! Too bad i am not rich and powerful and Chinese!
So, i have a friend, and in all good faith, he was trying to help me out by giving me a hand and cleaning up a corner of my room (i had a cold and the trash can was a few feet away.. It seemed to create a tutu of missed trash around the dang can. I am NOT ever trying out for the WNBA. Dont worry. But it was with my left hand in all fairness, but i digress….). Mind you, this friend took it upon himself to chose to become useful. I had not asked and in fact i was not even in the room at the time.
Anyway… bless his soul… he tried to do me a solid, however in the process, he managed to throw out the filter to my little (awesome) hand held shark vacuum. To add insult to injury, he didnt fill me in and in fact, he may not have even known that it was in there, but i in turn, began vacuuming using it with NO filter. Whatever was being sucked in was being shot right out the side at me. I heard the motor make a couple not so friendly noises too while taking in the dirt.
Thus leaves me this dilema. Do i try and find a new filter for the vacuum or do i buy a whole new vacuum? It shouldn’t be a huge deal for the average person, but i live on a very fixed income being on disability so any $60 has to be well planned and necessary and will usually be sacrificing something else that is needed. So, i have to be very thoughtful when it comes to expenditures like this.
However, in the vacuum’s defense, it has been this little trooper that has kept my room the cleanest room in the house and it doesnt kill my back to vacuum. In fact i have taken a sort of pleasure out of its cheap and easy return. Kinda like paint… The biggest bang for the buck in construction! So, to help me to keep the #1 position of awesomeness in the house by having a room people can actually walk barefoot in, i think that this is a qualified emergency necessity expenditure.
So, i found the filter. The problem is is that i have to buy THREE! Which makes it over half of the cost of a whole new vacuum. In a year and a half, i have fastidiously taken a toothbrush (dont worry… i dedicated one to it specifically!) and after every emptying, i would brush the dust out so that it was actually still WHITE when it was disposed of! In other words, i took good care of it and it had a long life left. …So, what on earth would i do with 3? The filters i am sure would out last the vacuum! And we cant forget that the motor has possibly been compromised by the lack of filter that should always be protecting it. Not to mention that i broke the pet hair attachment months ago (dont ask me how!) so that is not in use either.
Well, after this long verbal brain thought, on paper, i think it is saying to just replace the whole dang thing. And dont upgrade! (that is often where i get into trouble.. i say i am just going to replace this and then there is that one that is just a little bit better for an additional $xx.)
So thank you all. You have officially come along on one of Emelie’s problem solving thought processes. It was boring as hell wasnt it? lol!
But, if you have any thoughts of your own on my dilema, please comment! I am still rolling it around in my head so one good point from someone could possibly tip the scales!
BTW… GO GIANTS!! TAKING GAME 2 TONITE!!
- Va-va-vacuum (johnlewis.com)
- New Website Pays Cash To Recycle Your Vacuum (earthtechling.com)
- Parma Has The Happiness Vacuumed Up (theoffside.com)
- The Closest Thing to Rosey The Robot: Neato Vacuum Review (spitthatoutthebook.com)
- Neato XV-21 Review – a Pet Lover’s Dream Robotic Vacuum – >GIVEAWAY (miscfinds4u.com)
- Neato Robotics Giveaway Event!! Ends 11/21 (niceteenichelle.wordpress.com)
- Fleas (roseylinn.wordpress.com)
- HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair: USB Vacuum Cleaner (theodmgroup.com)
Here we go. Lets all flashback shall we to a mere 2 years ago when San Francisco Giants won their first ever world series since playing in San Francisco. It was hard to tell wether people had put up halloween lights or if it was all 100% Giants support. My guess would be the later! Anyway, unless one was here in SF when the team came back and had their parade, you just could not know how truly electric this city was.
Until that day, i did not see all of the useful benefits of professional sports teams in general. I saw it as an avenue of entertainment. It is. However, there are few avenue’s of entertainment or anything else for that matter, has ever had the power to unite so many different people to celebrate the same thing city wide. Any race, any age, any sex, any scene, any looks, any personality any diversity you can think of was blotted out and became no factor. We ALL celebrated when our awesome and kooky Giants made us so proud.
All walls came down. Homeless people, bankers, hipsters, foreigners, kids of any and all ages, women, men, trans, 10 or 100 were freely talking to each other without hesitation. No fear, no judgement, no attitude. Just excitement about the same topic.
I have never seen anything else do this so widely. Gay pride.. awesome of course, but it is still attended more widely by the youth, activists and people who still can get up by 8:00am on a sunday to go dance to house beats. (i used to but this damn thing called old age really sucks!).
There was the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge which was really cool but not so effecting.
20 year anniversary of critical mass! Now, that was THE SHIT! But i know that we (on bikes) were not united with all demographics of the city (especially the yuppie stressed out drivers except for those few that just oozed super cool!). The energy was as electric if on the ride, but i know how many people out there dont understand it and hate it, so it is not going to win for bringing the city together by one event.
I suppose the only real contender would have to be after the 89 quake. But if fear is added to the equation, it takes a little bit of the joy out, but the giving helpfulness of all during that event was incredible and everyone could feel it. Like a smooth working society without (for a second) the hands of government and laws policing you and the society ideals that make people behave just so as to not look un-couth! It was just neighbor helping neighbor and it was efficient. We all took a lot of silent pride in that cooperation that we envolved ourselves in. It was amazing!
So, back, remembering 2012 and its electric city filled with pride and super festive atmosphere that the Giants lit on fire under this town are getting me really excited again. To think that that elation that lingers for a couple of days after could befall upon us once again this year…. I WANT IT!! I would not be too pressed to say that i think WE ALL DO!!
GO SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ALL THE WAY TO 2012 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!
..not to mention right before the end of the world on dec. 21 2012! lol.
- Giants’ Game 7 romp led by Cain, Scutaro (sfgate.com)
- Persistent SF Giants Bask In Rain-Soaked Glory Of Winning NLCS (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- Map: SF Giants Logo Bike Ride (sfist.com)
- Fans are Giants of superstition (sfgate.com)
- Brandon Crawford: living the dream (sfgate.com)
- S.F. Giants dominate Game 7 for trip to World Series (cbsnews.com)
- Bruce Bochy: his best job yet? (sfgate.com)
- S.F. Giants players marvel over Game 7 deluge (mercurynews.com)
- SF Giants Demolish St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 to Clinch World Series Berth (bleacherreport.com)
- San Francisco Giants fans go to great lengths to get World Series tickets (mercurynews.com)
In quite possibly the best illustration of “accidents waiting to happen” ever, German artist Robert Rickhoff has created a new photo series that questions public space in a humorous—and sometimes disturbing—way. See more!
Titled “Out of Place,” Rickhoff’s series underscores the importance of architecture and urban planning by presenting impractical and dangerous situations, such as a playground slide facing a road or a speed bump in a railroad track. Don’t worry: these are not real-life scenes (although that certainly would make the images more compelling). Rickhoff digitally manipulates photos from various urban and suburban locales.
At first glance, many of the photos appear to be rather banal. It’s only upon closer inspection that viewers realize something is amiss. Whether they suggest skateboarding in the street or playing volleyball in the center of the Autobahn, Rickhoff’s images depict how idiotic urban design could actually be. We only hope these scenarios don’t actually exist somewhere on this crazy planet!
Images courtesy of Robert Rickhoff
- Columnists: Carole-Anne Davies: Good architecture is precious – we must fight for it (walesonline.co.uk)
- BCBG Runway Fall 2012 (fabsugar.com)
- Notes on Triumph of the City, conclusion (speedbird.wordpress.com)
- the interventionist’s toolkit (loudpaper.typepad.com)
- Flame Towers light up Baku’s historic skyline (cnn.com)
- Barcelona and back again (jean-cientovolando.com)
- A’ Design Award: 10 Worthy Winners from Around the World (weburbanist.com)
- 10 of America’s best historic restaurants (cnn.com)
I like to remember things as they were when they happened. I find my own personal memory faulty and i do not trust modern day media editing! So… Lets watch once again, right from the footage that aired back then. I remember that day in 1989 when i was waiting for my ride home from swim team practice, less than 10 miles from the epicenter! You could definitely say i was there!
- I Know Where I Was (theharrisesofchicago.wordpress.com)
- Don’t Be Caught Unaware: Planning for a Natural Disaster (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit (theepochtimes.com)
- New England: ‘I Thought The Earthquake Was…’ (wzlx.cbslocal.com)
- Many in Bay Area heard and saw bright meteor on October 17 (earthsky.org)
I walk around my neighborhood almost every day so you all have seen some photos from this location. The fantastic thing is that it has 360 degree views of San Francisco and it is filled with the nature. Life could be worse! I love you San Francisco!
- Another day on the red chert hill if bernal! Isn’t the light beautiful? (bluepearlgirlsworld.wordpress.com)
- Can you name the steepest street in San Francisco? I bet you are wrong!! (bluepearlgirlsworld.wordpress.com)
- Storm, Sunset Create Spectacular Rainbows Over San Francisco (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- SF’s Rising Rental Prices beat NYC: $3500/month for single family homes (sfgate.com)
- sutro at sunset (subtletitillation.wordpress.com)
What a way to do it in the 9th! Sergio Romo, Buster Posey and Crawford… AWESOME playing today. You all helped make history today coming from behind 2 games to win it in game 5!
WAY TO GO GIANTS!! JUST ONE MORE AND IT IS WORLD SERIES TIME AGAIN!!!
- Giants stay alive behind pitching, guts (sfgate.com)
- SF Giants set 12-pitcher roster (sfgate.com)
- Breaking Down the SF Giants’ Ideal Starting Rotation for the Playoffs (bleacherreport.com)
- SF Giants: Breaking Down How the 2012 Team Is Different from 2010 (bleacherreport.com)
- Take me out to the ball game: SF Giants vs AZ Diamondbacks (happysnapshots.wordpress.com)
- ESRB and SF Giants: Dream Team To Help Parents Understand Gaming Ratings (techmamas.com)
- My Brother Caught The S.F. Giants vs Washington National’s Today (thedarkglobe.wordpress.com)
- Giants fans – join us on Twitter and win some gear. Brought to you by Adobe Social. (blogs.adobe.com)
- Giants Star Buster Posey Gets His Own App (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- NL West Division Champs (obedientdefiance.com)
The typical Mitt Romney supporter i think. We are in for a world of hurt if this is our future generation!! Heaven help us!!! No wonder China owns us!
This is the first victory for the old progressive SF since our awful and horrid mayor ED LEE took (stole) office!
See folks. No matter how much political witch hunting and lies and public pushing of their agenda, the truth still rules the law! I think greedy Ed Lee fucked himself up by lying on the stand when asked if he tried to talk him into stepping down and he said no because he not only asked Ross, but a couple other sups. including Aaron Peskin who said he would not lie and take the stand if called.
This is the beginning of the end for our fucked up mayor Ed Lee. I hope at least. He deserves to be recalled! What a waist of tax payer money!!
So, if one can do this to themselves while just walking on a normal (downhill to give me some sense of not total humiliation! Well. No. It is totally humiliation no matter how i try and see it!), then imagine what kind of hurt one could do texting while driving! Let this be a public service announcement. Dont text and be moving!
- Police: Texting while driving caused I-80 crash (fox13now.com)
- Teen’s Near Death Inspires No Texting While Driving Campaign (parkingsigns.net)
- AT&T targets teens with campaign for drivers to pledge to never text while at the wheel (thescoopblog.dallasnews.com)
- Case Sets New Precedent for No Texting While Driving Laws (smartsign.com)
- Your Kids Will Never Text and Drive Again After Watching These 10 Videos (mashable.com)
- Driven to safety: Businesses ban texting and driving (tbo.com)
- VIDEO: Derrick Rose Stars In ‘Don’t Text And Drive’ PSA (chicago.sbnation.com)
- Kansas Holds No Texting While Driving Day (wibw.com)
(you can see all of the other pictures that were not able to be copied to this post over on Curbed.com’s detroit site. Use this link… http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2012/02/interoir-reveal-van-dyke-mansion.php).
…ARE YOU READY? ok.. here goes.. take a seat or hold on to something tight…
This house.. no Mansion.. is selling for a whopping $One Hundred and Fourty-Five Thousand Dollars!!!
You can not even get a Studio in the Tenderloin here in SF for that much!! It makes me light in the head just thinking about it!
Gosh Dang… I LOVE this place. Living in San Francisco with the insane prices of, well, EVERYTHING, but especially home prices (even worse, rent prices…), i can not even comprehend a home like this selling for the price listed above. Sheesh, (hopefully no one will do this), but just the architectural salvage would bring in more than they are asking. I wish i could buy this beauty and live in it while i watch the city rebuild around me! Detroit is now the perfect place for a huge artist community to come in and be able to finally create without worrying about how to come up with $2000 a month for a dinky studio apt. With prices like that, how could an artist actually afford to make art unless they have already made it big? I think there are big and awesome things in store for Detroit.
It is so sad to see what has happened to a major metropolitan mecca and almost unbelievable! But i dont think that this city is going to be dead like this forever. For many many americans (and others), this situation, that has happened to it has allowed dreams that were always only a fantasy, to come true. There is actually a place now for those dreams to be lived out. I have so much hope for Detroit, unlike SF. The hope actually makes me happy and excited! Sf is almost too far gone to try and grasp it back down to reality! I wish it werent so far, or i’d take my measly $$ and actually try and become a home owner!
I have faith in you Detroit! And… You will come back!
I dont think that once in the last 20 years, have i seen an entire week (yes i mean 7 whole days! and it is still going now!!) with incredible weather during Fleet Week. Usually we get a couple days, but (as in last year), the fog came in right around the time they started flying and only were able to do one trick and pass over the bay before having to call it. Some years, they dont even fly. If they cant see their plot points it is very dangerous as well as if it is too foggy, we cant see them. This week though, none of that issue as you can see below.. It was maybe the most beautiful weathered Fleet Week in the last 2 decades! It was really awesome.
That speck up there is not a plane, but a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk.
On my walk a couple days ago, i decided to go early (9:00am ish) unstead of later (4-6ish). It was a very different scene up there in the morning. I saw a lot of ladies. most of them with dogs a few with babies. But even more that the female race, i saw so much wildlife! As well as some things that are just oh so Bernal! I hope you enjoy!
I do think i like the haze of the other hikers/joggers/walkers/dog walkers in the late afternoon with that somewhat glazed look over tdheir faces as they pass in loops. So much more is on your mind at the end of the day than at the begining of the day. I did not get half as friendly of a hello or a smile while passing the AM crowd compared to the PM crowd. I think that the AMers are used to their crowd being the ones up there and are leary of anyone new they may pass on the trail. Or, they were just living in the my shit dont stink and yours does mentality. Regardless, i loved all of the quirky things that i ran across in this am walk, but i think i will most likely be sticking to my busier afternoon crowd personally. I am not going to be acquiring a dog or a baby any time soon, so i will most likely be given the eye of tresspass again if i do the AM walk.
Who knows, maybe it was just this one day. I better not judge an entire time period on one day. …We will have to try again and see if this is the norm or i just caught a bunch of snobby fridged females on this walk.
This whole bullshit they are trying to sell us is truly one of the greediest propositions on the ballot this year. They want US to fund THEM building some cheaply built cheaply constructed but Expensive to buy homes for San Francisco. If i am not wrong, the housing market is doing pretty well in SF, but it has quite a bit of availability still. Instead they are using the hysteria of the rental market and trying to get you to give them your money so they can get more rich and more people will then move into this already packed city. This is not Tokyo or Shanghai.
In fact, Dear San Francisco Citizens, i believe that this year, there should not be a yes vote for anything that wants our money. They can just sit on it for 6 more months and let us see where the economy is then. It will be an important message to be spoken… That every time there is an election, they will not automatically make the dough that they are trying to trick us into thinking that we need so desperately off of a trickely written ballott mesure. We are paying so much now, where is our money going? They show us that first before they get anymore… because i dont see new schools or low income assistance or dental or vision care for the poor. Just where is this $ gone??
By the way, i noticed something this week that leaves me in disbelief. I can truly not believe that that our fucking city officials allowed… The view of the TRANSAMERICA BLDG. got COVERED UP BY UGLY ASS HIGH RISES!! When approaching SF from the south (as in around Hospital Curve), coming from the airport etc, you can not see our SF landmark anymore! Can you believe it??
Coming into SF from the south is the most common way to get to the city. Very limited people actually come from marin to enter SF considering. So, instead of lowering the height on the hi-rises that went up around Transamerica, or allowing a little window of viewing so it can be seen on approach to SF, they just blocked it right out. Now the only way to see our SF icon is… are you surprised… from the rich residences and the north waterfront. Just goes to show, they care so little about the regular people here in SF that we dont even deserve to see our landmark anymore. Just sad.See the big brown bldg that sticks way up there on the right? Thats the bofa bldg. Our tallest in SF. Transamerica is just to its right. Right behind those ugly boring cheaply constructed glass towers. BOO ON YOU CITY HALL! Now we have to wait for an act of god to fix it!
I haven't been blogging as much as I used to because I've been working on a couple of research/writing projects. The other day, I was looking up something on Google Books when I found this:
A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: The Second Edition, Corrected and Enlarged by Francis Grose, published in London in 1788. (Google has scanned in thousands public domain books and posted the copies online.
When i get despondent about my beautiful city by the bay, i have got to remember that San Francisco is just like it always has been since its inception… trying to be cashed in upon. It has ALWAYS had someone who is or has attempted to be sell it out completely. And why not? It is a BEAUTIFUL place with so much charm and character and a beautiful warm/cool, colorful clean landscape with still hints of the wild left intact. It also was rebuilt after 1906 at a time when there happened to be a LOT of money in this city and in the hands of a few hardcore business men.
The ones who came to San Francisco knew where the real gold was, were the ones that stayed in town and provided the provisions that the huge new influx of inhabitants and travelers needed and cashed in. Those in turn, many of them became the Grandfathers of what is the SF we know today. Otherwise called The Argonauts. Within this small grouping, a lot of the time they kept the money within the family, by lending it to nephews or marrying 2nd and 3rd cousins etc. This is how my ancestors managed to maintain the wealth within this small group of tight knit Jewish Bavarian immigrants. It also helped strengthen the faith and their durability and standing within the community. This is true with a lot of different ethnic immigrant groups that settled in the city (think Italians in North Beach, Japanese in Japantown, Mexicans in the Mission etc.). However, although settling with like faiths, this tiny 7×7 square mile town, it is so small, it is pretty much, where you can find a place that fits most of your needs that you can afford, you take it… and get to know other neighborhoods and cultures.
It has been a battle since Sam Brannen made his claim while running through Portsmouth Square… …GOLD! … There is gold found in the American River! A battle between those who make San Francisco why people love it so much, (they are the heart and soul that match the beauty and architecture), and those that see San Francisco as it also is… a great place that could easily be exploited to make themselves a lot of money. The potential to make money here by selling out to big business and sweetheart deals to line one’s pockets will always be a vulunerability for a place like SF.
The locals are stubborn steadfast fighters that are doing it out of survival and do not back down. They are what puts the “active” into “activist”. They know that they are only as strong as they are organized and committed. They are fighting for all the right reasons and have had to pretty much non stop from one direction or another since the start.
The other is the big greed machine which is almost a force as well as a contageous disease that makes the ones it infects as addicted to it as a junkie to his fix.
There has to be a beautiful blend of the two… the residents that actually call this home, and the ones looking at it by means of how other ways they can bring in more people, and usually, richer, (and i hate to say it but i will… whiter) people who will be willing to pay more for this magical place.
What the problem gets to be is that it is the mentality of the locals which is through their intelligence, humor, ease and creativity as well as acceptance of all things different and also their empathy for people in conditions different from their own. They get forced out by the increased costs of living, (from mass transit, to rent or a coffee etc.) Without the freedom filled free living locals with all of its nuts and unusual people as well as the bankers and lawyers and waitresses and cab drivers etc, it is closer to a Hollywood set than our little Bohemia by the sea!
When (hopefully if not when, but we are seriously running out of room!) this beautiful world class city ( & loses all of those that put their heart and soul and time and love into making this that city), are gone, it will just be one GIANT gated community with fear humming from within Its sand colored walls. It will lose its sparkle and innovation. It will lose its soul.
This is what i am seeing and gets me so scared, but like always… like i said in the begining, SF has always been growing and becoming a modern beauty throughout its inception. We just have to cross our fingers that so many locals have not left, that their army of activists has diminished to the point of not standing a chance, because i think that there is a point of no return where it will become an enclave of the rich and the rich alone.
This city has always been known for being a super diverse place with a lot of sex and drugs and music and art. It can not white wash it so that you get used to not having that element of acceptance, San Francisco will be done for.
…that is until the next big earthquake. It really unnerves those who have managed to maneuver their lives into such a controlled existence, that a percentage of them will and do run for the hills or at least back to wherever it is that they came from. And then the locals will move back and start again…. Just like the cycle of life i hope!
By the way, this is a response that turned into an over-winded reply turned post to Mskatykins. Thank you for being such a valued reader and always contributing to the conversation. Katykins… You are awesome!
- To start off this week, we entered it on Sunday with a blue moon and the start of a heat wave.
- Columbus day.
- Americas cup races in the bay.
- Fleet week
- 2 Giants playoff games,
- 1 49er game.
- Oracle’s anual “company party” which this year is a private Pearl Jam concert on Treasure Island.
- Hardly strictly bluegrass festival.
- Castro street fair.
- Italian heritage parade in N. Beach.
- Military exercise on Ocean Beach and Lake Merced.
- Cloud conference at Moscone Center.
- Florence & the Machine concert at Shorline Amphitheater.
- Kevin Hart at the Oracle Arena.
- New Order at the Fox Theater.
- Cal vs. UCLA at Cal.
- Justin Bieber at the Oracle Arena.
- Joe Jackson at Masonic Hall.
- Lenard Skynyrd at Mountain Winery.
- Madonna at HP Pavilion.
- Oh yeah… cant forget the grand west coast opening of UNIQLO in Union Square.
I think that is enough to make anyone who has to get to any of these things to think twice about getting into that auto and driving. Sheesh. it makes me nervous having to leave the house to go to the store! It is just crazy! And… once again… It is thanks to our dear shitty Mayor Ed Lee making his backroom deals. He clearly didnt have his filofax with him at this planning meeting!
It will be anything but dull that is one thing i think anyone can count on!
As i am approaching 20 years living here in San Francisco, i have always been very aware and involved in our city’s politics and events (and just general city issues).
There are a few things that one can count on like clockwork here in SF. Fleet week has been one of those things. They have had their week down to a science and (up until this week) here is how it goes down….
- It always falls on Columbus Day weekend.
- The Blue Angels fly into SF usually on Wednesday night. You will see aircraft high up in the sky (i have always assumed that they were taking their measurements and plotting their landmarks as well as checking out the city. ) They always fly high on this first wednesday night.
- Thursday… the fun day! Thursday seems to be somewhat of a free day. Back in 1994, they took this “play” to a whole new level by zooming tall buildings and flying back and forth UNDER the bridges. Drivers were having nervous breakdowns getting sonic boomed from below! There were concerns that accidents would be caused by this. The workers in the (then) tallest buildings were having their nerves were shot by having an F16 fly 100 feet past their office windows 40 floors up.
(on a personal note, this year in 1994, my dad and i happened to be visiting my Grandma who at the time lived on the top floor apt. across the street from the Comstock bldg on Jones st. (the very top block of Nob Hill). I swear to god it was like they flew 3 yards over our heads.. I thought it had killed my grandma and i have (still to this day) NEVER seen my dad jump so far and so fast in my life. We got the noise before we could see the plane and they were sonic booming us big time!) After that, the city decided that there would be no more of that. The fun thursday play day free for all was OVER. It was still a free day, but they had distances that they had to fly above and under the bridges was OUT. (if i see a plane fly under a bridge this weekend, it will be absolute proof that money is the only thing talking with this admin.). They also could not go more than so many mocks fast. No right overhead sonic booms unless it was part of the routines. That was the last time i have seen a plane fly under the bridge or fly that low that fast. They decided it was just too distracting and dangerous and nicked it. Put down the rules.
4. Thursday night you can see the Blue Angles doing their serious plotting and surveying in the night sky for their routine for the following 3 days.
5. Friday (i like to see it as a locals performance) they do their routine like it was the show. If you are a local and you love (you either love or hate the Blue Angels. I personally have always loved them!) them, Friday is the day to go over to TI or Twin Peaks and watch the show without all the crowds and traffic. It is the exact same routine that they do for the masses on Saturday and Sunday.
6. Saturday and Sunday, they fly on time every time and do the routine that was seen on Friday.
7. Monday (always having been labor day) there are no planes flying but Fleet Week is in full effect still. Good time to go see the Jeremiah O’Brian or one of the big ships that have come for the event.
And, let me note, there are usually between 4-7 f16′s that fly in the Blue Angels each year during fleet week. There are also a bunch of other planes that have performances here too. Old ww2 prop planes, little rocket type jets that Red Bull uses in their air races (they have a course usually over the water that they have to fly around this flag and over to that one etc. and it is timed. They are small and super fast and extremely maneuverable. Like little rice rockets!) as well as sometimes Fat Albert, the big WW2 transport jet (i personally LOVE Fat Albert!). So, the F16′s are by far not the only airplanes in SF to fly, but they are the dominating strength that is felt by the people on the ground.
So, how is this year different? I will tell you how. Mayor Ed Lee decided to cash in on this event and use it as a lure and a perk when negotiating the bringing over of all of these big tech firms. I am sure of it!
To start, instead of coming in on Wed. night like always, this year, on the Sunday night BEFORE Labor Day, our skies were FILLED with planes. (normally this is the night that the planes are leaving to go back to wherever they came from.)
I counted close to at the very minimum, 20 planes flying low and slow and clearly with no rules over the sky. The planes were EVERYWHERE that night. Because it was not Fleet Week, i did not realize that the next day was even labor day. I kinda got freaked out and relieved when i heard it was going to be Fleet Week the coming week. (by the way, this night happened to be an incredible blue (full) moon).
I heard them flying up until 4:00am. This is unusual. ESPECIALLY 3 whole days before they always have arrived! and every night and day infact since Sunday night, the planes have been all over the SF skies.
The following night, after it cooled down (it was 91 deg. f. in SF that day. It was squelching!) i went for my hike up and around Bernal Hill. During that walk, it all came together for me. I know why what has worked like clockwork… a well oiled machine had fallen so far outside their usual doings. It all came back to our horrible mayor Ed Lee (who shouldnt even be mayor because when he was appointed by Gavin Newsome, he had repeatedly said (yes even promised!) that he was not going to try and run for Mayor. Right before the election (and may i note, after the other candidates had been spending their budgets on their campaigns, in comes Lee with the deep pockets of Rose Pak and former (lets just call it as it really is… STILL our mayor but from behind the curtain) Willie Brown to “power campaign” for him over the last 2 weeks. Somehow, he cut in line and won the post.) (However, although not reported, i heard a LOT of incidents that could have definitely been considered voter fraud, from having workers telling the voters who to vote for to losing ballots. If he wasnt being placed from the inside or it was any of the other candidates, there would have been an investigation i am sure of it! I personally did my own little test and in asking, i found NOT 1 SF resident that actually voted for Lee.)
Anyway, Brown is well known as being Super corrupt and selling out SF. He did this yes, however, he did it with some flair and style. He was personable and made it feel like he was working for you not just having his back pocket wide open and filling (although everyone knows that his pocket was getting stuffed. EVERYONE!) It is kinda part of his legacy.
Mayor Lee is trying to be Willie with the chrisma of a grapefruit. It is a total “pay to play” administration. And Ed Lee, has been getting PAID. The only thing he seems to have time to do since obtaining office seems to be funneling money into his pockets. He has made just about as many backroom sweetheart deals (selling to the highest bidder of course!) so far in his term than Brown did in an entire term during his reign.
Who know what was put on the table as an incentive to companies like Twitter, AirBnB, Zynga etc. to talk them into moving their headquarters to SF, but as of this weekend, i am able to see one of the incentives…. Full moon city flights with full access to all of the airspace over SF. a whole week before Fleet Week as well as the same week as Oracle’s anual big trade show or party or whatever it is. I also heard that Cloud had a conference this week. It makes sense.
I imagine that a few of those planes up there flying on our tax dollars also contained a few big campaign contributers since it is after all an election year.
Why push back fleet week a week? Just for that reason… full moon, holiday weekend, 2 major tech events happening in the city between the Sunday night flights and the Saturday daytime air show. There are some big heavy pay off’s being handed out this week. I can feel the corruption bubbling out of the city this week.
So, to finally answer the question i posed earlier, after 18 years of Fleet Week being a clockwork routine, why this year is it not the usual… Because it is part of the political ass kissing and back pocket revenu building the mayor has created to help sell out the soul of the city while he gets rich and probably powerful.
At least when Willie Brown was fleecing the city, he did it looking super suave! Lee is a plain, dumpy, not very well spoken, want-a-be. However regardless of his less than minimal people skills to his public and his unmatching disheveled appearance, he seems to be siphoning off the hard earned tax dollars and political pay outs with ease.
(Considering how much of his own pocket he has lined since his short time as our pathetic soulless mayor, he could at least get a decent looking tie and a haircut!)
I now am watching the skys with more than just how cool the planes are in my mind. I am seeing the outcome of some of the perks that he gave out in order to appear to be amazing at brokering big tech to set up shop at our house of SF. So, they bring in tax money to help replace all the loot he has spent making it feel like SF is the Google of employers with slides and everything! (Slides that slide our hard earned cash into his personal coffers!)
Anyway, i hope all of this BS ass kissing has not effected the focus of the air squads. I know that our Blue Angels have had to do more this year away from their own performance to assist with these deals. Lets just hope that they have not filled their week with so much other bullshit that something goes wrong because there was just too much distraction going on up above our heads!
I will just have to wait and watch and hold my breath which is really more like steam because i am so angry about the state of our elected politicians, and hope that there is nothing that goes wrong. (i know technically it already has, but this time i mean an accident.).
Dont worry folks. It is just a little Labor Day makeover for the looks and accessibility of my blog and its contents. I tried a few months ago to find a posting i had done months prior… but didnt know exactly when, but it was pretty early on. I scrolled down for days before i finally found it (i think i even passed it up the first time i had been scrolling for so long it skipped by.) I didnt know if i could add a search or calendar or anything because i did not even bother to look at the widgets preferences.
So, It is a new look (that picture had been bugging me for a couple weeks. It had gone stale.) with a new header photo of our lovely Sutro Tower and our infamous fog fingering over Twin Peaks / Diamond Heights. I added my favorite color as the background image because it makes me happy and reminds me of that terrible tasting (at age 9) but had the most awesome color ice cream “Ice Rum” (or something like that) from Baskin Robins in the 1980′s. (and to be accurate, it was a sorbet, not an ice cream). As well as our childhood Volvo Wagon (it was a little brighter AND metalic! I know.. Seriously stylin!).
And… i have added better ways for you all to access the content within my blog. I think this will be better for everyone. If it has already been a problem for me just to show a post to a friend and having to have 15 minutes to scroll to find it, so i imagine it is a problem for others too. I also now have some of the most popular posts listed which is interesting for me too to see (i SERIOUSLY did not think that the stupid “camel toe vs. moose knuckle” post being… by a LONG SHOT the most popular posting! It still baffles my mind that that term has been searched so many more times than anything else… the state of the world….) too.
If anyone ever has any issues with things like the issues i have encountered, please let me know and i will see if there is something to do to make it more user friendly… but i need feedback from you to do that the best.
Anyone, Welcome to my new makeover and i am so glad you are here!
I’m relocating from Los Angeles to San Francisco imminently. Bye Los Angeles. It’s been…well, I’ll save the “sentiments” for another post.
This past weekend I flew up to the Bay to scout apartments, hoping to find a place before I officially move up. What a freaking mess it is up there! It’s not apartment hunting, it’s a cattle battle and the winner gets a drastically overpriced apartment fit for an oompa loompa and oompa loompa-sized furniture.