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)
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.
Ok… Lets start with the bridges… Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 and the bridge will be closed on Sunday between i believe 6-10pm.
Dumbarton Bridge (Hwy 84) will be closed until Tuesday morning at 9:30am unless work finishes early.
Then, within San Francisco, Muni is going to be shutting down several lines including the N Judah which is the busiest transit line in the MUNI system. Along with the N, the J Church will be closed (except from Market to Embarcadero), the 22 Fillmore and the N owl will be rerouted until June 4th. (that is 9 yes NINE days!).
So, needless to say, the traffic in and around the bay this weekend is going to be HORRIBLE!!
If you are planning a trip into SF to join in the festivities of the 75th birthday party, i HIGHLY recommend that you take cal train, bart or ride your bike into the city. Because i live on the opposite side of the city, the traffic is going to be so bad that i think that i will just watch the fireworks from the top of Bernal Hill if fog (lack there of) permits.
Also, if you come into town, come in early, plan to spend the day, and BRING SUNBLOCK!!
Happy travel on this Memorial Day Weekend!