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I’ll tell you, San Francisco doesn’t have too many Republicans but they manage to come out in force during Steve Restivo’s annual Union Street Eco Urban (or is it Urban Eco?) Street Festival.
I can just about assure that the Mitt Romney people will on the scene and out in force, with the ironing boards and whatnot – like this guy:
All right now here’s your Union Street Festival Decision Tree:
“1. Is it sunny outside?
2. Can you stand crowds of overgrown sorority girls and fraternity boys?
3. Can you stand crowded beer gardens filled with the aforementioned?
If you answered yes to the above, proceed to the Union Street Festival. “
But here’s the retort, from a party-lover, here’s the other side of this perfect dramaturgical dyad:
(1) PARTYING AND HAVING FUN AT A FESTIVAL
(2) NOT BEING A GRANDMA, and
(3) LIVING LIFE A LITTLE.”
So there you go.
The alcohol drinking used to be totally wide open, and then things got toned down a bit, and now I think even the walled-off beer “gardens” are gone. But you can always join one of the annual beer-fueled house parties, why not?
All right, let’s travel back to years past – here are some shots from yesteryear:
“Now here’s what’s funny when the so-called neighbors who own houses near traditional San Francisco street parties, like the Bay to Breakers Fun Run and the Union Street Festival. Inevitably, some of the actual neighbors, the people what live on the street itself, throw open their doors for anything-goes, beer-fueled house parties.
Anyway, today Andrea Koskey has the news about how there will be no more beer gardens at the Union Street Festival 2011, prompting this response from Serg of the Uptown Almanac:
“Yeah because rock and fucking roll brings the “wilder element.” Yeah I bet it must be nuts when your heehaw ass festival gets raided by tall-can wielding dave matthews fans. Ain’t no dancing in this town bitches! We want to sell shitty ass freeway artwork and braclets made out of old rocks and trash to senior citizens and sweater knots. Fucking dumb asses chewing on shitty grilled meat on a stick can’t hang out in beer gardens or do whatever dumb fucking bullshit it is that they do on their lame ass stoops on Union st. Union street can suck my balls, that shit has been herbfest from the gate, amatuer hour trainwreck can stay gone.”
All right, get your house partay tickets or invites now. (It’ll be a piece of cake if you are popular/cute enough.)
The perils of post-adolescent Union Street Fest shotgunning. The front of this house faces Union:
That entire residence was filled to the brim with partiers in 2008. Ah, memories.
All right, see you there, or not.
Now enjoy a trip down Union Street Festival Memory Lane:
This thing is biiiig – it will take you a long time to wander about Union:
You know who proved popular was Tom Rigney, “electric violinist, Cajun fiddler, composer, graphic artist, and leader of the American roots music band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau.”
Best in Show – Candy Wrapper Handbags, something like this, as seen on Oprah
Micro cupcakes continue their dominance over the cuisine of the late aughts
Your streetfest four basic food groups are poultry (including turkey legs, they’re not just for renaissance festivals anymore), corn on the cob, couscous (not pictured) and garlic fries (not pictured).
2.5 star-rated Left at Albuquerque [sadly closed now, I think] offered crowd-pleasing beer towers to sidewalk diners:
Now they’re renting out A2B electric scooters to tourists. Do people really ride these things on the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks at 20 per back and forth to Sausalito? People do. Anyway, Blazing Saddles bike rentals was offering test drives.
Suds on the Roof, but much less than in years past. I think a man partying outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a red cup of suds.
“Eco-Urban” Union Street featured a hell of a lot of gas powered Honda generators, but this year, not so much. Originally, I thought this distribution amplifier was a box full of car batteries, but now I’m at a loss at figuring out how this band got its power. If they had a generator, they hid it well.
It’s an overhead extention cord leading from a Union Street business to one of the food vendors in the middle of the street. Is that an extension cord being used as internal wiring? Cough electrical code cough.
Oh, there it is! One of at least two Hondas in operation today.
But at least all the amplified music won’t disturb this slumbering. ear-protected pooch.
It’s big, in’nt?
Lots of swag from our corporate overlords at this street faire:
All right, here are a few of the Repubs. Yes on B and Fix MUNI Now were a few of their issues:
As usual, the West End was strictly for kids:
And dogs, of course:
Fandango let people take two free spins on their unfairly-weighted (aka loaded, gaffed, cogged, weighted, crooked, or gag) swag roulette wheel – that was a mistake. Scored a bumper sticker the first try and then a precious $50 credit code the second. Bonus.
And of course, another Mini MUNI Meltdown, right on sked:
It’s time once again for How Weird, so dress appropriately and get on out there:
“San Francisco’s festival season begins
from Noon to 8pm
Howard & 2nd Streets, Downtown San Francisco
The 13th annual How Weird Street Faire
13 music and performance stages
spread throughout 13 city blocks!”
Ah memories: Second Street in the SoMA:
Getting help with those hard-to-paint areas:
The largest boombox in the world. These go to twelve:
Open air hookah on Howard Street:
Today’s search starts at 8:00 AM:
What: Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), along with his staff, will join a group of Marines that served with Joseph McHenry, a former Marine from San Bruno who has been missing since March 5, in a search on Saturday in Pacifica. On Wednesday, McHenry’s vehicle was found parked in a residential area near Sharp Park Golf Course near Mori Point. A backpack believed to be McHenry’s was found on a secluded beach near the golf course. Anyone with information should call San Bruno Police at 650-616-7100. Anyone who wants to participate in the search should arrive by 8:00 AM.
When: 8:00 A.M., Saturday, March 24, 2012
Where: Mori Point, Pacifica, California
“Former Marine Joseph McHenry went missing in Pacifica, CA. The search near Mori Point ended last week. When a group of Marine’s that had been stationed with him in Iraq (with the Amphibious Assault Battalion Bravo Company) found out they organized a grass roots effort of Marine’s on leave to get a search party. Marine’s as far away as NH, OK, TX, Camp Pendleton, CA and other states are paying their way and flying/driving in tomorrow (Friday 23 March) and will search the area from 1300 Friday through Monday Night. It started with a handful of Marine’s and now many of their brother’s in Arms that were not even stationed with Joe are so moved at the show of and dedication to brotherhood that they are joining the search. As of this morning there were over 20 Marines and the numbers are quickly rising. They take seriously the “Leave no Marine Behind”.
I live near Pacifica and am Active duty Coast Guard. My brother Richard Godfrey was stationed with Joe in Iraq they were both communication specialist. Joe was his mentor. My brother says “Retrieving wounded comrades from the field of fire is a Marine Corps tradition more sacred than life”. The Marine’s goal is to search the last known area to find McHenry regardless of his condition and if he is found in less than favorable circumstances at least he will get a proper funeral and there will be some closure for the people blessed to have him in their lives. When others learned of the efforts of this small group of Marine’s many people have volunteered to help however they could.
The original search team: Sgt Christopher Lawrence, a communication technician and Purple Heart recipient that lost his leg while deployed with McHenry. Sgt Kyle Parrish an Amphibious Assualtman and certified Combat Hunter. McHenry was his Radioman for the entire Iraq deployment in 2007. And (my Brother) Sgt Richard Godfrey a Communications Technician during the same deployment was mentored by McHenry.
A PayPal account has been established for anyone that would like to donate to the search efforts. email@example.com any unused funds will go to a USMC related charity. All of these junior enlisted Marine’s have taken time off from work and paid their way here. They will be sleeping on floors and couches through Tuesday. I will have a house full of Marine’s tomorrow. The weather will be bad this weekend, but they plan on searching into the night and in the rain. If he can be found, i’m sure they will find him.
Joe had reported that he would be camping and rock climbing in the Pacifica Area. His car was found locked nearby and a backpack believed to be his was found on the beach. He was last seen March 2 at the 100 block of Quail Point Circle
San Bruno Police is leading the investigation and can be reached at (650) 616-7100.
How Many people know someone, much less 20 someone’s that would fly across the country to look for them if they were missing? At least i know i have a Marine for a brother!”
This is what you missed from the 2012 Miss Chinatown USA Pageant, which was ably recorded by famous bay area photographer David Yu Saturday night.
Here’s 2012 Queen Steffi Hu of Sugar Land, Texas - she’s in the Class of 2015 at Rice University:
And here’s everybody who was in the pageant – this thing was international news, of course:
Check out David’s ridiculously voluminous, contrasty, and colorful album right here on the Facebook
Bon courage, Queen Steffi Hu!