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Pour Out Your Arnold Palmers on Market Street: GOLFSMITH is Closing

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Here’s the news about this “impossible to get to location” on Market Street:

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And here’s the early reaction from area millionaires:

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All the deets:

Stores closing soon:

092 Brea — 835 E. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821
039 El Segundo — 2041 Rosecrans Ave.,  Ste. 100, El Segundo, CA 90245
090 Irvine — 16181 Lake Forest Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
041 Oxnard — 441 W. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard, CA 93036
030 Upland — 1221 E. 19th St., Upland, CA 91784
032 Woodland Hills — 21494 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
043 Pleasant Hill — 120 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
042 Downtown San Francisco — 735 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Stores remaining open:

34-Pasadena — 3635 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA
44-Pleasanton — 4200 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA
45-San Jose — 4070 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA
56-San Diego — 824 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA

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Costco Isn’t Cool, But It Will Make You Cool – Own the Sidewalks on Your New Penny 36″ Longboard Skateboard

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

No Batteries Required:

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Oakland Warriors Pay $25K to Plant Their Logo in Golden Gate Park – See It Starting Sept 10th

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

[UPDATE: Will the new logo be for the Warriors, like this recent effort, or will Centre Court feature something called the “Good Tidings Foundation,” located, oddly, down in the Peninsula. It all has to do with the all-important “donor recognition plan” and the “donor recognition court markings.” Note that there is “no known opposition” to all these square yards of blue paint, mostly ’cause most people don’t know about it yet. Mostly. Oh, and if you wanted local support for your corporate logos from people in the Haight Ashbury area, you’d be better off calling your nonprofit the Good Wiccan Foundation, and I’m srsly. Merry part.]

Here’s how things looked last month, August 2016, at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Basketball Courts:

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And here’s how things looked in late August – new blacktop and new blackboards, about what I expected:

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But oh ho, now it’s all like this – an ocean of blue.

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Warriors Blue:

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Specifically Warriors Royal Blue (#006BB6; RGB: 0,107,182) and Golden Yellow (#FDB927; RGB: 237,23,76).

IDK, man, isn’t that a bit much?

And look, here’s what’s coming – a GSW roundel in the middle. Like this:

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Like what the troubled Brown, Jr., Willie Middle School has, somewhat controversially.

I’ll tell you a story.

Just south of the (formerly) blacktop courts of the Panhandle…

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…lies the Panhandle Playground. It looks like this:

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It’s a Kid’s Kingdom, just like many other playgrounds in America. General Motors paid for it back in the 1990’s. But of course now you can’t see who paid for it because Area Residents chipped away at the dedication plaque until it became illegible. It used to say, “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.”

See what I mean here? This sign was pretty subtle compared with what the Oakland Warriors have in store for us.

How big will the logo be? IDK, exactly. But will it be the largest corporate logo in Golden Gate Park? We’ll see.

Oh what’s that? All this is for Nate Thurmond who just passed on? Well yeah, but it already was for Nate. See?

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This pedestal has been here since the year 2000:

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Somehow, we managed to honor Nate without a sea of blue paint.

Here’s the agreement itself, if case you want to paint GGP in your own corporate colors.

“…a grant-in-place, valued at approximately $25,000 to perform maintenance and repairs to the Courts (the “Grant”) including, without limitation:  Resurfacing the courts  Painting new court lines and center court symbol  Demolishing the existing basketball post and backboard systems  Installing new basketball post and backboard systems…”

Take a look yourself at the contract with SFGov. It says the courts “need” new paint, but, in fact, they didn’t. Paint some new court lines, sure, but where is all this blueness mentioned in the K itself? We managed just fine without the Ocean of Blue we have now and the yellow “symbol” (logo) we’ll soon get, right?

The blue dominates the dojo now, wouldn’t you agree?

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And oh yeah, the regulars don’t like the courts being closed. So they lash out:

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Actually, the courts have been playable for a while now, but I guess they’re still fenced off in anticipation of the ribbon cutting on Saturday. (Oh, and the hoops themselves each have plastic chastity belt covers locked on to prevent any premature use.)

Anyway, here’s your notice:

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All right, let’s leave this scene…

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..and ponder whether GM should be allowed to buy a $25,000 ad on the neighboring Panhandle Playground. After all, GM paid for the playground originally, and they’d even pay for all the materials for their giant logo ad. And what the heck, we could let them paint everything GM Cobalt Blue (#0F3796; 15, 55, 150), as long as they paid for the paint itself, and then Everybody Would Know how great GM is. So what’s the diff between this idea and the actual deal Rec and Park just agreed to?

I’ll tell you, the GSW new logo (one supposes it will be installed afore September 10th, 2016, the day of its coming out party) will be seen, every day, by many many UCSF people from the nearby Parnassus Campus. How do you think they’re going to react when they see it, after all the Warriors have done to screw over UCSF at Mission Bay?

We’ll see.

“GRANT AGREEMENT AND PERMIT TO ENTER Between Good Tidings Foundation and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (dated June 23, 2016 for reference purposes) This Grant Acceptance Agreement and Permit to Enter (the “Agreement”), is dated for reference purposes only as of _________________, 2016, by and between the City and County of San Francisco (“City”), acting through the Recreation and Park Department (the “Department” or “RPD”), and Good Tidings Foundation (“Good Tidings”), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”) yada yada yada…

Bubble Soccer, Crissy Field

Monday, August 29th, 2016

With Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate‎ in the background:

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Team Red one, but they were “cowards,” so if that’s the way you want to win, Man…

Someday, I’ll play bubble soccer.

Someday.

Here They Are: The Brand-New Oakland Warriors Basketball Hoops in the GGP Panhandle – Reopening Soon

Monday, August 29th, 2016

You’d think the Oakland Warriors would be paying for blacktop ball in, IDK, Oakland?

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Wonder if they’ll be able to advertise here, the way they fixed things at the (failed? failing? improving?) Willie Brown Academy…

We’ll find out Sept 10th.

Golden Gate Park Panhandle Basketball Courts to Temporarily Close August 22nd, 2016

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Play your blacktop game somewhere other than the PHBC for a while…

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Frisco, Oaktown, and Mother Bu – WARRIORS, RAIDERS, 100-Spoke Wheels – 510 in the 415

Monday, July 25th, 2016

A fading Chevy Malibu promotes Oakland’s fading sports giants…

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“Bu; the Bu; Mother Bu nickname Malibu, California”

Playing Football on Sansome on a Monday Afternoon – Don’t Try This on a Regular Workday – What’s Next, Stickball?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

WHen you think July, you think football, right?

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Frisco Financial Football Fever – Catch It!

Ferry Bocce: Historic OccupySF Site Now Used for Bocce Ball – A Playground for Children was the Alternative

Friday, June 17th, 2016

I’ve never seen this bocce court at the south end of Justin Herman Plaza used for league play, but it looks like somebody’s making a stab at it now.

This was in the middle of the day. serving alcohol to passersby?

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And here are your sponsors:

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Well at least they’re finally using this wasted space for something. Except for Occupy, this place has been a town for ghosts the past half-decade

A playground would have worked better here, IMO. They put one in at the extreme north end at Washington, yes, but what I’m saying is that a playground would have worked better here…

OHHHMMMMMMMM – Area Tech Bro Reaches Zen Level of Electric Unicycle Mastery – OHHHMMMMMMMM

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

I think I was on-campus, you know, down in The Valley, back in aught thirteen when I saw my first post-collegiate tech bro* getting about on an electric unicycle.

Of course now it’s ought sixteen and these things have spread to Frisco’s Financh. But this tech bro is a true master. He’s got his hands in the pockets of his cargo shorts!

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A quick jog around a load of boxes and then we’re off, to The Future:

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Of course we might be heading the in the wrong direction, on the wrong side of the street, like literally, but nevertheless, we’re off to The Future.

*One time I called a late 30’s tech bro a tech bro and he got all pissed off, saying how he has kids in the SFUSD and so ergo, he couldn’t be a tech bro. But he works at Box! So I’m still thinking he’s a tech bro. I don’t think there’s an age cut-off…