Archive for June, 2008

The Beverly Hills Chihuahua Visits San Francisco?

Monday, June 30th, 2008

It sure looks that way. But this is a shot of Chewie during the recent Carnaval in the Mission district of San Francisco.

And say hello to his little friend: the stuffed animal version of Gidget, that Taco Bell Chihuahua.


“¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!” from Jenner8675309’s flickerstream

This will be the summer of the chihuahua, as Disney’s Beverley Hills Chihuahua is coming soon. Brace yourself.

Another Accident Involving Hayward-based Flying Vikings, Inc.

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Today’s headlines include news of the crash landing of a Flying Vikings, Inc. Cessna 172 in Oakland, California.

The San Jose Mercury News earlier reported that N61736 “had a gas leak,” but now is going with “mechanical problems” as the cause of this incident. KCBS, which labels this single engine plane the KCBS Radio Traffic Plane, is reporting the pilot claimed the oil pressure guage plummetted just before the engine conked out. This aircraft, built in 1974, suffered “substantial damage” during an incident in 1981.  

The following language, written before today’s accident, appears on the Flying Vikings website:

Since Flying Vikings also has a contract with local news gathering organizations, students are offered opportunities to build time that no other school can. Fly 3 to 6 hours a day and get paid.

A visual aid to help imagine yourself staring at a motionless propeller low over the Bay Area. Click to expand:


The dash of a Cessna 172 and a view of Candlestick Park, from the incredible Telstar Logistics Flickrstream

Here’s a photo of a different Flying Vikings aircraft, a Piper that suffered a fatal accident in 2006. Readers may find this link, relating to the Piper crash, of interest, however, it might lead you to unproven speculation about the cause of that tragedy.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Cal OSHA should be able to determine the cause of this forced landing fairly easily.

A relatively happy ending to a scary situation.

Kara’s Cupcakes Shows Its Pride in San Francisco

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Kara’s Cupcakes, the San Francisco version of Sprinkles, apparently, went all out to get into Pride 2008 the other day.

Check out the locations in the Marina and Ghirardelli Square to see the brainchild of Kara Lind and maybe you yourself will catch cupcake fever, just like all the rest. Or get a gift card or T-shirt perhaps?

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Will you enjoy the experience as much as these two, who just happened to be caught in this (somewhat crudely Photoshopped) moment of sweet rapture by a roving photojournalist? You can only hope.

See you there.

Google Goes Gay for a Day at San Francisco Pride

Monday, June 30th, 2008

There seemed to be quite a few Gayglers (gay Googlers) in the crowd during Pride 2008 last weekend. They weren’t too hard to spot, what with their official T-shirts, as in years past

What will be the next “-oogler” coinage to take off?  Noogler, Loogler, or Xoogler?


Online, you might notice a similar rainbow theme, depending on what you search for.

German Soccer Fans Watch Spain Win at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This was the scene down at the Goethe-Institut on 520 Bush in San Francisco’s Union Square shortly after Spain beat Germany in the 2008 World Cup by the exciting score of 1-0. This was the overflow room with the 13″ TV, as the larger room with the big screen filled up with spectators quickly.


Oh well, better luck next time.

Marriage Freedom the Theme of the San Francisco Gay Pride Celebration 2008

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The streets of San Francisco were hopping yesterday what with the final day of Pride 2008.

See a slideshow of photos here and read all about it here.

Pride parade on Market Street with the Ferry Building in the background. Click to expand:


This fellow hung out at an intersection with his home-made bloodied crucifix for a good long while:


Perhaps he wouldn’t be too receptive to this mathematical identity: “Christian + Gay = O.K.”


And just when you think the whole world has gone gay, along comes a person who displayed heterosexual pride. His simple message: “I Love My Girlfriend.”


How sweet. See you next year.

Pink Triangle Commemoration of Holocaust Victims, San Francisco, California

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Each year, Patrick Carney organizes the installation of a huge pink triangle on the slopes of Twin Peaks in San Francisco.

This commemoration of the gay victims of the Holocaust and reminder of the on-going inhumanity to repressed minorities around the world is always well-attended. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi couldn’t attend this year but her district director, Dan Bernal, offered her statement to the crowd.   

A Rosa Winkel for Homosexuells, back in the day. Click to expand:


Senator Carole Migden commented upon the swirling fog and occasional winds that conveyed an “Edgar Allan Poe feeling.”


San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty avec l’enfant, once again.


San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom popped his cork prematurely to the delight of fiancee Jennifer Siebel. But not too much ceremonial bubbly was lost, as recorded here by Official Pride Photographer Bill Wilson.


See you next year.


San Francisco Dyke March 2008 a Huge Success

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

The San Francisco Dyke March had a huge turnout yesterday, as per usual. This was the scene as the crowd headed to Dolores Park in the Mission district, where every girl cried for one reason or another, per TonyClick to enlarge:


JasonJT via flickr

Much-discussed this year was the case of Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Patreese Johnson, Renata Hill and Dwayne Buckle.

A full account of the 2008 Dyke Festival and Parade is here. See you next year.

This German Shepherd is Ready to Roll in San Francisco

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

When you want to dress up and go fishing on a dreaded sunny day in San Francisco and you want to take along your German Shepherd, leave the two-seat BMW / Izetta Bubble Car in the garage and take the much larger VW Beetle convertible instead.

Of course. Click to enlarge:


An excellent capture from Jenner8675309, via flickr.

The Windy Summertime Streets of San Francisco

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

The winds in San Francisco don’t quite know which way to blow at the busy intersection where Market, Polk, Fell and 10th streets meet up.

 As often as not, the flags there blow in opposite directions.  Click to expand:


Have a great summer.