Archive for November, 2006

Way, way out there

fremont_map.jpgIf you’ve been following the A’s stadium story, you know they plan to move to a new “Cisco Field” in Fremont, miles from any BART or train stop (see map at right). Though several significant obstacles remain — such as the little matter of the land development company that controls the swath of land not yet signing off on the plan — the A’s already have several web pages full of drawings posted.

Yesterday the Mercury News’s Scott Herhold performed a simple experiment: just try to get there. His findings after the jump.

Big Big Holiday Cheer

Well, at least they waited until after Halloween.

For the downtown highrise building decorations to emerge, that is. The giant sleighbells (complete with Vanna White reindeer) at the JPMorgan Building, and the ginormous ornaments at 101 California. Have the redwood-sized fluted columns at the Bar Association been festooned yet?

In my neck of the woods, the large airy atrium at the corner of 2nd and Mission, has exhibited signs of contracting decoramus gigantitis, in the form of these gilded pinecones, dangling from the atrium ceiling on yard-wide swaths of red velvet.

Well, at least they HINT at an element of nature. Exaggerated beyond belief and doused in gold glitter, that is.

Santarchy is coming!

It seems like every year that Santarchy rolls around when I’m out of town, but not this year! On December 9th at 10:30am a huge crowd of drunken, surly santas will storm Fisherman’s Wharf and wander anarchically from there across the city, ruining both their spiffy red jackets and the memories of any children who happen to see them.

You, too, can join in the inebriated, Kris-Kringled chaos as this event is open to all Santas (and elves and reindeer). I’m going to try my damndest to take part in it this year, but what about the rest of you?

Their website recommends bringing the following items: An unmarked drinking vessel (paper bag/camelbak) to supplement bar drinks; CASH for drinks and tips; TIP YOUR BARTENDERS! Santa tips well; A Santa suit held together with zip ties and/or covered in last year’s beverages and bodily fluids; Santafication tools (to make others into Santas); Bring toys/gifts (Naughty AND Nice!); Mistletoe; *Lube and condoms (elf size, you know, if you’re into that sort of thing); Bribes; *=Comfortable shoes – because Rudolph got drunk again and can’t cart your sorry ass around; Warm Clothes – Santa goes all night long!

If you’ve been to Santarchy before, please share your experience in the comments below.

*Picture borrowed from Flickr via Creative Commons*

SF Chiropractic Care

I live my life with a very “be here now” attitude. I appreciate what I have while it is right here within my grasp, and I don’t tend to linger over thoughts of what isn’t here with me. For that reason, when I go on vacation, there are things that I miss generally about San Francisco but I don’t really think about them much. Sure, I joke to friends and family in my hometown that when I feel the BART leave the city on its way to SFO, my heart leaps out and lodges itself somewhere in between Lombard Street and Coit Tower and I know that I won’t fully feel anything until I’ve returned my body to its rightful home. But for the most part, I enjoy my vacation and don’t really think twice about the city.

This attitude of mine exists much to the chagrin of my friends here in the city, who often feel snubbed by my ability to easily forget them when I am not here living life with them. But I’m the first to admit my faults, and this is one of them. I simply just don’t really miss people that I know I’m going to see again shortly. However, there are always exceptions to this rule. Interestingly, when I leave San Francisco, there is a person that I miss. No, there’s no San Francisco romance that I feel compelled to share here. Instead, when I’m sitting back at home, thinking that I miss someone in San Francisco, that person is … my chiropractor.

San Francisco’s 1st Gift to the World: Chocolate

photo credit See’s Candies

From November 26th to December 2nd, Metroblogging sites around the globe will be unveiling seven gifts their cities can share with the world – one gift a day for seven days. To keep track, browse the numerous Metblogs, or check in periodically for updates here.

Now you may say France has better chocolate, or, heck, South America- the only thing I say in my defense is that it’s what I thought of when I first read the guidelines, as something I’d write about. We have a lot of chocolatiers of high quality.

Time keeps on tickin’, tickin’, into the future

Baseball general managers around the country have made merry during the last four weeks, scooping up free agents like owls descending on a cricket-infested cornfield.

What have the Giants done? As of this writing, exactly nothing.

The sad story after the jump.

Fillmore’s Web Site Belongs to Someone Else

I thought it was some strange fluke a couple weeks ago, but it’s not. When you go to, home of the Fillmore’s web site, it now redirects to a Live Nation URL with the world famous Fillmore reduced to a venue ID number: (Live Nation is the now-independent Clear Channel spin-off that took over Clear Channel’s concert division [Boston Globe article].)

For some reason this makes me really, really sad. I know, it’s just a web site, but still…

Jingle Bells Downtown

Time to get in the Christmas spirit, San Francisco, and no better way than by dancing to Xmas jingles by funky fresh street performers.

This addition to the streetscape was creating Jingle Bells for all those a the Downtown CompUSA. I was all humbug till her tunes lifted me up and slapped a smile on my face.

No matter if it’s not even December just yet. A little holiday cheer goes a long way when on your way to the office.

And so Merry Christmas to you and yours just a little bit early.

Bay Trail at Millbrae tidal gate

millbrae tidal gate sign

Originally uploaded by Liz Henry.

I was on my way to the airport realizing it was 20 minutes too early to pick up my family, so I pulled off 101 to drive along Bayshore, and parked illegally at the end of the Bay Trail, hopping out to read this informative sign about the “tidal gate” which as far as I can tell is a big old storm sewer outlet. (You can park legally at the Marriot parking lot for free in a few places and if they’re full, for a few bucks in their main lot.)

The marsh was brown and gold and blue and lonely. There were ducks amid the rusty-grey pipes, chain links, barbed wire. If you looked in particular directions you could almost pretend it was a wild place, in between airplanes.

Do you write snappy dialogue, screenplays set in SF, and like money?

The San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking is having a screenwriting contest focused especially on San Francisco locales. It’s called the “Six in the City” contest, which makes me smile. All genres are welcome, but the screenplay needs to have six characters and six locales in the city and it needs to be focused on dialogue.

The grand prize is having your screenply produced as a feature film, by Third Street Pictures, makers of such illustrious films as Single White Female 2: the Psycho and, well, that’s all I could find. Runner-up gets $3,500 and a five week filmmaking workshop. Second runner-up gets a free sound stage rental.

The deadline for entries is January 1st, so get typing.

Click here for an application and more details.

*Thanks to Vanessa for the tip*

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