Archive for February, 2006

Touring AT&T Park

With some time to kill yesterday morning, I headed over to Pac Bell Park, er, SBC Park, er, AT&T Park to catch the ballpark tour beneath the beaming sunshine.

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The tour itself was fairly lackluster, we didn’t get to see the Giants’ clubhouse, it took longer than they had initially said, but our group was large, and slow, and so that’s part of the issue that we had. The day was beautiful, and the weather for my trip couldn’t have been more perfect.

We’re a few days from spring training games, and all that is right is returning to the world again.

If Our Water Broke

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rolled into San Jose yesterday to give a speech at the Republican state convention.

He spoke of a plan that would spend $222 billion on various infrastructure projects in our state.

Even though there is already a plan in place to ‘fix’ the Hetch Hetchy, a system that brings water to 2.4 million people in homes and businesses in the Bay Area, we need to consider the Governors plan to upgrade this state’s fragile levees.
The cost to rebuild the levy system will be considerable. However, if we wait for this disaster to happen the price tag will be far greater. The hardship it would bring in human suffering and the damage it could do to agriculture would be unbearable to imagine.

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Spring (Training Camp) is in the Air

San Jose A’s– Just a dream?

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usSpring training has begun and that means opening day is just around the corner. For those of us in the south bay (San Jose) wouldn’t it be nice if the ballpark was just around that corner too?

San Jose is the third largest city in California. The home page proclaims San Jose has been confirmed as the safest big city in the nation; for the fifth consecutive year.

*The SAP Open, second-oldest tennis tournament in the United States, is held annually in San Jose.

*A world class Champ car race, the San Jose Grand Prix, seems to be gaining speed and is promising to work out the bumps of last year.

*The first ever Tour de California bicycle race elected to spend two days of their journey here.

*The Sharks have a loyal fan base.

So, why doesn’t San Jose have a Major League Baseball Team?
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Zombies Mob SF… AGAIN!!!!!

I just got a flash announcement that the second SF zombie march is going to be happening tonight in downtown, starting at 10 pm at Union Square!!!! The last Zombie Mob was one of the most amazing events I’ve ever been witness to and the most fun I’ve had in years.

Check out our coverage of the first mob.

My photos from the first mob

Click here for more info on tonight’s event

Bring Out Your Dead (Monitors)

Instead of dumping it on the curb with the allegedly altruistic sign taped on saying “It Still Works!”, why not bring your outdated computer paraphernalia to a ‘Free E-Waste Recycling Event‘? Starting today and going through the weekend, SBC Park, Parking Lot A, is the place to dump computers and all electronics, televisions, fax machines, printers, keyboards, toner cartridges, cell phones, cables parts, etc. Their slogan: “You bring it & We’ll Unload it.” (FYI: There are some things they won’t accept. So it’d be a good idea to check with the site first before lugging an ancient microwave all the way down there.)

Tag-Art Signs

While DC is busy talking about the Tag/Art Dichotomy, San Francisco is embracing the tag as street sign/business marker. This morning, as I walked down Linden Alley, there’s a car shop right before you get to Blue Bottle Coffee, who marks their Smog Check Entrance in Blue Spraypaint in a former tagger’s hand on a blank metal sign bolted to the cement wall.

In DC? Graffiti. In San Francisco? Signage. Even better.

Diggnation Live in SF!

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My friends over at Revision 3, the publishers of the wildly popular Diggnation podcast are having a live taping tonight in SF! The whole crew are headed out to Beach Chalet and will be taping from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. tonight. I’ll be heading down for sure so if you can make it let’s have a beer on the beach and see how many times Alex talks about his girlfriend. Should be a great time. And if you have no idea who I’m talking about you should go check out the podcast for sure. The best description I’ve heard so far is that it’s Waynes World for Technology and that pretty much sums it up.

Beach Chalet
1000 Great Highway @ Ocean Beach
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Thursday Feb 23 @ 7:00PM-9:00PM

Pooptastic!

San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to consider turning dog poopies into methane, which can heat homes, cook meals and generate electricity.

Just ran across this article about how the city plans on using dog crap to power our homes of the future. I just wonder why they don’t set up free toilets for the homeless to do the same instead of picking it up off the street. Namely my old front porch in the Haight. They could call em Power-potties™ and save us all a hell of a lot of hassle and plastic baggies.

10 Years of Fierce Lip-Synching

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Last night (this morning actually, I guess) was the culmination of 10 years of a club night no one initially thought would last beyond 2 months. Trannyshack celebrated its 10th anniversary in grand style – at its usual midnight on Tuesdays time slot at The Stud. It was a blast to see so many familiar faces from over the years, gathered together to revel in the trashy, glamorous and unapologetic spectacle that is Trannyshack. (From what I remember at least.) Among the special guests were Ana Matronic of The Scissor Sisters and Joey Arias (of Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity”). Typically, I got decidedly tipsy, chatting my *ss off and taking a ton of (mostly crappy) photos. Featured is one cool picture I did manage to successfully take, of two of my very favorite performers: Suppositori Spelling (Miss Trannyshack 2002) and Fauxnique (Miss Trannyshack 2003). The event is certainly worthy of a better posting than this, but I’m currently nursing one scorching hangover…

Stuck underground

I keep hearing horrible things about MUNI service, but up until recently I’d never seen it. Then again, I own a car, so I don’t take the bus or Metro as often as I could. Lately, since my new pad is close to three bus lines and I can walk down to the Castro Metro stop, I’ve started taking it more. In fact, that was the plan when I rearranged my whole day to be able to go to the pillow fight. Got into work early, got out of there early, got home with enough time to fix a snack and trek on down. At least, that was the plan.
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