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Is the Underground Parking Garage in Golden Gate Park Too Big or Too Small?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The answer to this question depends on how you look at it, of course, but it’s interesting to note that this new electronic sign was placed a mile away from the Music Concourse Garage, on a rainy weekday, during winter.

What’s going to happen this summer, when the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) is going to be even more popular, and when King Tut, the Boy King, returns to the de Young Museum starting June 27? 

Empty streets, full garage, for some reason:

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Or for that matter, what about next month, when Evolve 2009 will attract Charles Darwin fans to the CAS?

Here’s what some of the neighbors think: the garage is an attractive nuisance that encourages visitors to queue up and idle in their cars all around the councourse on the weekends. If the garage were bigger, wealthy tourists could just drive in easily and be done with it. If the garage were smaller, maybe the tourists would find somewhere else to park.

(Next question: is it too expensive (three bones an hour, on the tweekends) or too cheap? Vested interests could make the case either way.) 

Let’s all be patient during the upcoming Great Music Concourse Traffic Crisis of 2009. We’ll figure it out.


And aren’t we lucky to have such popular attractions in our backyard?

Yes we are.

Why is there a Giant Flying Cow on Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach?

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Well, here it is on the right side of Washington Square’s Saints Peter and Paul Church in the North Beach.  

Take a look for yourself on MapJack – this famous church is San Francisco Hot Spot #7.

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Here’s a stab at it:

I saw a windstorm coming out of the north – an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The centre of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire were what looked like four living creatures. Each of them had four faces and four wings …

Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces …

Then there came a voice from above the expanse over the heads of the living creatures as they stood with lowered wings. Over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man …

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.

Ezekiel 1:4-5,10-11, 25-26, 28.

But, as always, You Make The Call.

[UPDATE]: We have what looks like a winner here: “Actually that’s an ox, and he symbolizes St. Luke–the other three figures on the facade of the church symbolize the other three Evangelists: Matthew (An angel), Mark (A lion), and John (An eagle)”

The Watchful Raptors of Golden Gate Park

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Most of time you can’t see them.

But they’re there, watching you, that’s for sure.

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As seen in Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Is This ZipCar Rental on the 101 Roadworthy?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Wheels akimbo (with more negative camber than an old-school BMW) and bits of glass falling off – that’s how this Volvo S40 sedan from Zipcar made it down the road in San Francisco the other day.

Somehow, somebody must have found a replacement plastic lens for the left rear and just popped it on. That’s a nice touch!

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Olympic Protests Wind Down at Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

This was the scene yesterday in the Western Addition, where hundreds of protesters blocked traffic in front of the Chinese Consulate. Drivers on the Geary Expressway, already wary of dangerous all-electric supercars, should experience a similar gauntlet today.

And then the action heads over to the East Bay.

This was yesterday’s schedule from Team Tibet SF:

In San Francisco
12:00-1:30 Peace Rally, Concert at Union Square
March to City hall
2:00-2:30 Rally at City Hall

March to Chinese Consulate
3:30-4:30 Protest at Chinese Consulate
4:30-5:15 Walk back to Union Sqaure
5:15-7:00pm Break. Food and Beverages provided by SF TEAM TIBET
7:00-9:00pm Candle Light Vigil w/ Cultural Show at Union Square

Here is today’s

August 24

12:00-3:00pm Protest at the Chinese Consulate

Evening event at Finnish Brotherhood Church in Berkeley on University Ave and cross
street at Chestnut Ave.

Program: 6:00-10:00pm Dinner, Annual Report, Film, Short Presentation