Let me introduce to the house my ancestors built… 3800 Washington St. San Francisco.

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The house is called The Koshland House and is one of San Francisco’s landmark number 95. (http://www.victorianalliance.org/house-tour/house-histories/koshland-house/)
It was built beginning in 1904 and housed many refugees after the earthquake. My ancestors built this house because they were in the process of getting ready to build Emanu-el down the street on Anza. You can see the giant terracota dome of the church in the arial shots here. I try to imagine what it must have been like to have grown up here in San Francisco in the victorian era. Things were so very different back then! It may look glamorous but there were a LOT and i mean A LOT of unwritten societal rules that had to be adhered to or your whole families reputation could be at risk. There was (at least for a woman) a lot of down time too. I think that this is part of the reason for having such large families. That and to help keep the wealth within the family lines as well. There was a lot of 1st 2nd and 3rd cousin marriages within families back then. If they went outside those lines, they stayed within their ethnic culture (mine being Bavarian Jews).

I hope you enjoy it!

…Nothing like a little bit of pressure to fill some pretty big shoes! I am just going to let someone else in the family worry about accomplishing that! Instead, i will be the family historian for myself and all of you…. ;)

Absolutely fabulous long boarding skateboard with awesome views of some of the lesser known parts of San Francisco

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Watch this awesome video of skateboarding (long board) in San Francisco with amazing views along the way!

One of the reasons i love San Francisco but especially Bernal Heights….

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Stencil of SF Giants pitcher Brian Wilson.

Stencil of SF Giants pitcher Brian Wilson.

Graffiti PURPOSELY PLACED on a home on the west slope of Bernal. I believe that our neighborhood has either 3 or 4 of these stencils up. They are done by an artist from Oakland (aka the old sf!)… Hopefully Wilson will have completely recovered from the Tommy Johns surgery and he is impressing Bocce a LOT… enough for us to offer him a competitive contract. Because at this point, Mr. Wilson is a free agent. How could we lose the beard that we all should fear?? What will i wear on game day??!! Dilemmas! Oh well, i am going to enjoy my bearded misfit champion team with Brian Wilson a part of the mismatched symphony of players and hope for the best!

The sky over San Francisco was doing a strange thing tonight….

Check out this strange cloud formation I witnessed from the base of bernal on Mission st. My friend and I spent some time confirming that it was not smoke but a strange cloud formation that made it look like diamond heights was on fire! It is cool tho I think! Hope you like it too!!

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This is what the sky looked like earlier tonight…

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Oh what a night! Critical Mass at 20 years old. San Francisco.

Critical Mass SF 20 years

Tonight was AMAZING!! For all those that know me, know how difficult time I have been having with the changes in the city and general selling out / gentrification of my dear town. Well, all, tonight I was able to finally feel some relief and actual general bliss and total happiness!

Maybe it is the approx. 20 miles I have peddled in and across and back of SF tonight. Could be just exercise high, or it could be the awesomeness that was the people and partakers (that means you two cars on market that were stopped with doors open and music blarin and them dancing while watching a parade of at LEAST 6000 bicycles stop them in their tracks!).

The 2 roommates that went with me were lost right away. It it did t matter. It was not individuals riding but one giant breathing entity that worked with thank you’s, non verbal commands and general dignity of class. The old kind. The kind u cant buy!

Tonight I felt the flicker of the SF I fell in love with growing up but specifically, 20 years ago in this town. It gives me hope that our true spirit still lies within!

On a final note, i do have to say that a little piece of me does feel good taking our place on the roads and making those cars have to wait.  They never see bikes as an equal person in transport on the roads.  They are bigger so they are more important.  Not so on Critical Mass nights.  So, you get 29 or 30 days a month and we get 1 evening.  Seems fair enough.

Angry guy at Critical Mass 20