Archive for January 19th, 2018

THE PORTOLA Update: Lousy Transit and Lousy Parking – Does Any Other District in Frisco Have It This Bad?

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Here’s the new sign for THE Portola, fka Little Jerusalem and The Flat.

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(So, when you’re talking about the San Francisco district, it’s the PORtola, but when you’re talking about the Street in the Presidio or the Drive (what’s basically a continuation of Market, which as the joke goes is “straight until it hits the Castro”), it’s porTOla, but  if you’re talking about the dude himself, it’s portoLA. That’s my understanding. (Oh, here’s KALW’s take.))

Anyway, Man, parking is a competitive sport here – ppl just circle and circle, and then they squeeze on in, thusly:

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Of course, parking is no picnic in more name-brand hoods such as Russian Hill or Nob Hill, but in those places non-driving options seem better.

Look at this, free parking for laundromat customers only, which I’ve never seen before in Frisco. What luxury!

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Anyway, ppl end up buying cars to fit the space they have:

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And they end up posting signs on the topic:

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And here – a brace of rusty rear-engined, air-cooled relics, all in a row, perhaps from the same owner. (I’ll bet this kind of thing gets discussed on NextDoor.)

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I don’t hear anything good about MUNI down here, on the wrong side of perpetually-congested Hospital Curve. So how else should one get around?

I wouldn’t mind riding a bike in the Portola, but I prolly would mind the ride to get all the way down there. I wouldn’t know a good way.

(Anyway, that’s my impression. I know all about the northern half of Frisco, but The South? Not much at all.)

The solution would appear to be just having a garage….

Consider This an Invitation to Your New RANDALL MUSEUM – Free Reopening Celebration on Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

[UPDATE: A note* on the raccoon.]

All the deets.

“You are invited to the Grand Reopening Celebration Randall Museum Friends and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department are excited to announce the Randall Museum’s Grand Reopening! Join us for the ribbon cutting, free activities, live entertainment and the first chance to see the beautiful new Randall. Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony with city officials at 10 am. Stay for fun family activities through 2 pm. The museum will stay open until 3 pm. This is a free community event. Limited parking is available and public transportation is encouraged.

February 11 10 am – 2 pm 199 Museum Way San Francisco, CA 94114″

Welcome back, Recology Raccoon:

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*See Comments.

“This raccoon was a rescue. He was originally an infant who lost his mother and was sent to a rehabilitation center in Morro Bay. They set him up with similarly aged orphan raccoons and raised them all with the intent of releasing them when they were old enough. At six months they released him on a landowner’s property and within one week he was found shredded by some other animal. His back was mauled, his tail so damaged it had to be amputated, he also lost one of his digits. So, by the time all of his injuries healed the Center at Morro Bay felt he could not be released a second time. They began training him, similar to dog training, so that he could become an animal ambassador.

The Randall Museum had an empty space waiting for a rescued raccoon so they took him in. He will stay at the Randall Museum at the Randall until he dies and the staff takes great pains to enrich his life by training and toys, and replacing live foliage in his exhibit often. He is rarely fed food out of a bowl- they hide his food or make puzzles out it, to keep his interest and intelligence alive.

He was a wild animal that only due to his life circumstances now will spend his life at the museum. And, he actually may help other raccoons to be better understood or at least appreciated. That’s the goal. The staff at the Randall Museum want people to leave knowing more than knew when they came in about nature, animals and how that amazing interaction can be a lifelong exploration.”

 

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