Hands Across the Sand / Slash Oil a Huge Success at Dreary Ocean Beach

This is what Hands Across the Sand looked like today over at less-foggy-than-expected Ocean Beach way out there in western San Francisco.

“Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA – Ocean Beach across from the Beach Chalet, 1000 Great Highway Joining hands at noon. The Ocean beach event includes spelling out a large “Don’t Drill” using people to make the letters. It will photographed from the air. Be there by 10:30 for that.”

Yes, that’s media hound Frank Chu in there:

via DeniseNelson10, click to expand

We’ll just have to wait to see the photos from the air. (Did they use a petroleum-burning twirlypopper to take the photo, or maybe they used a kite? We’ll have to wait and see…)

[UPDATE: They used a twirlypopper, a Robinson actually, which is kind of a helicopter. A Republican one, ironically, from the Frank D. Robinson Helicopter company. Let's see here, Robinson's delivered something like 900 choppers so far and they've only had 262+(!) fatal accidents, per the Wiki. Wow. Also, it would be nice if this R44 model had inflatable floats for over-water operations, but oh well. A kite, and a DSLR (plus a surfboard, if necessary) also could have worked, by the way. I know it would have been less exciting...]

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5 Responses to “Hands Across the Sand / Slash Oil a Huge Success at Dreary Ocean Beach”

  1. Sharon Vantuyl says:

    Absolutely awesome SF. Here in the Kansas City, Mo. area I spent hours getting ready for my Hands in the Sand event and 5 people showed up with only 2 here at noon! How depressing. So many people here in the midwest JUST DON”T GET it. My son is living in SF now and I love how involved you all are. Almost every time I visit I end up in some sort of event. The Vanishing Chinese Olympic torch, I was there with spooks on the roof with rifles and police in riot gear in front of the Giants stadium. Next trip I walked out of the subway and into a Code Pink Protest in front of the Fed bank. San Francisco is alive!!!!

  2. Virgil Dennis says:

    Well, they certainly stopped any deep water drilling at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach; no one will mess with a chick wearing rodent ears and holding hands with a Taliban.

  3. jd says:

    Sharon, I’m sorry you missed the Kansas City event. It was held over the International Bridge in the Plaza. We had TV and press coverage and over 60 in attendance: http://picasaweb.google.com/photo1.claus.wawrzinek/HandsAcrossTheSandKansasCity?authkey=Gv1sRgCMHn65CM366SBg#

  4. Cindy says:

    Yay – in MIlwaukee, on the GORGEOUS Banks of Lake Michigan, Bradford beach ..we had approx 100 Beautiful people show up..
    I was divided about the action being effective…BUT. I believe we Raised the Awareness of those who saw us… Downer Classic bike racers from around the world rode by & the Many people on the Beach..

    Milwaukee is not a particularly active community – except for SDS at the university..BUT I feel it is IMPORTANT to ACT .. as ONE or More!
    The Quantum Power of ONE.
    http://powerofone.org/
    It is also significant that we did this on the Day of a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse ..with good bodings for the Future..:)

    “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
    –Albert Einstein

  5. I think the guy who paid three grand for the heli would have been pretty stoked if someone had stepped up to do kite photography. Most people don’t know it’s an option. It never dawned on me even as I laid down as part of the L in oil pondering the irony of using a petro hungry chopper.