Posts Tagged ‘anniversary’

Low Turnout Mars 75th Anniversary Celebration of Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Let’s see here, it’s been 75 years since we got a botanical garden up and running, thanks to Helene Strybing? OK, then let the party begin. But first, here’s a little background on the toll gates that went up (“temporarily” – IRL permanently, but oh well) a few years back, along with a few other issues:

Antietam at the Arboretum – Public Meeting at Strybing a Kind of Civil War

NY Times: Charging Fees to See the Trees

How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park

The big question is whether Strybing is for:




The answer lately is that Strybing is not for people, but it is for trees, or tree people, anyway. But isn’t it sad how few people venture pass the toll gates and the minimum wage-ish toll takers these days?

And then when the Society actually wants people to come, to an anniversary party, NO ADMITTANCE FEE REQUIRED, people stay away anyway, well, isn’t that kind of sad?

Here it is from the Friend Gate on the busiest day Strybing has seen in years:

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The bulk of the crowd was in the Great Meadow:

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Very bored bartenders. Just one would have sufficed, prolly.

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Were there more performers, bartenders, security guards, Strybing Society leaders, Phil Ginsburgses, Strybing gardeners, bored food truck cooks simply walking around at 12:30PM, and Task Rabbits than Actual Visitors yesterday? I know not.

But hey look, PERFORMANCE ART!

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I’ve never seen a Rec and Park event with sufficient garbage cans and port-a-pottys like this one, in all my quarter century in the 415. The toilets had no smell – they were unused. Imagine that!

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And look at all the bikes parked at expensive, SFGov-mandated(?) SFBC-approved “valet” bicycle parking:

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Oh, here are the bikes, self-parked where you’d expect them. So what’s the valet for? Were you expecting a lot of people?

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Why don’t we simply sell Strybing to the people who want to run Strybing? That way, tax and fee payers would save a lot of money and then the Tree Society people could be even more unfettered – a win-win, IMO.

Anyway, if you alienate the Public, don’t be surprised if they no-show your big birthday party, even if you paid a lot of money for it and you opened the tolls gates to allow FREE ADMITTANCE.

20th Anniversary of the Biggest Thing in Bay Area Surfing History: “Jay Moriarity – Insane Wipeout at Mavericks”

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Here it is, The Legacy of Jay [Moriarity], Surfer Magazine

A Pretty Quiet Day at Our Chinese Consulate on the Big Tiananmen Square Anniversary – Just the Typical FALUN DAFA Protesters

Thursday, June 5th, 2014


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Hurray! The Memphis Minnie’s “Big Pig” Van is Back on the Road, After Being “Destroyed” in a Giants Victory Riot on Haight

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Remember when our San Francisco Giants won the World Series the time before last?

It was back in 2010. Good times. I celebrated by climbing on top of the Memphis Minnie’s Barbeque Joint And Smokehouse Ford van parked on the street in the Lower Haight.

There I was, looking fierce bouncing up and down in my little black dress and orange pumps, along with bunch of other people.* We few, we Band of Brothers, we Baseball Furies.

Anyway, as the above link to Haighteration shows, the Big Pig, she got messed up.

But here she is back on the road in 2013, wavy roof panels and all:

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I don’t know, I think this ride is worth more than it would have been without the battle scars from aught-ten.

I think this rig is now a historic artifact worthy of preservation.

Keep on keeping on, Memphis Minnie’s.

*Oh, not really. Actually, after watching on a friend’s big screen (’cause I don’t I have cable ’cause I want the Comcast monopoly to die die die) I had to ride my bike on up to Pac Heights. The city was electric, all over, not just in the Mission and in the Haights.

Infusion Lounge: Our “Upscale Nightclub of Choice for Hipsters, Celebrities, and Global Jet-Setters” – Yish

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I saw “upscale nightclub of choice for hipsters” and I was settling in for an epic press release, perhaps the best of 2013 so far.

But then it turned into a more normal press release, into something like listening to an acquaintance talk about a recent trip that was turbo, turbo fun.

Here it is, below, with the more appalling sections in bold.

On the catwalk, well you know what I mean, I like to do my little dance on the catwalk, oh on the catwalk…

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“Infusion Lounge in San Francisco Reveals Spectacular Redesign at Four Year Anniversary Event”

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27, 2013 — Infusion Lounge, San Francisco’s upscale nightclub of choice for hipsters, celebrities, and global jet-setters, unveiled a dazzling new redesign and lighting installations at its glamorous Four Year Anniversary celebration on Saturday, February 23.

On the red carpet for the official launch were local legends and international icons, including San Francisco 49er Donte Whitner, Bar and Nightclub Magazine’s two-time DJ of the Year, DJ Ikon, and the award-winning designer, Kinney Chan, who originally created the opulent Asian-inspired interior.

Since its Grand Opening on New Year’s 2009, Infusion Lounge has welcomed over a half million of the Bay Area’s finest club goers and has hosted some of the biggest names in music, film and sports, including P Diddy, Mary J Blige, Lebron James, Gerard Butler, LMFAO, Dave Chappelle, Mario Lopez, Vernon Davis, Sergio Romo, Catt Sadler, Kevin Dillon,, Terrell Owens, Vida Guerra, Clinton Sparks, ‘Lil John, Rob Thomas, Jake Shields, Tim Lincecum, Jesse Metcalf, Pablo Sandoval and many more.

The extensive new redesign within the 6500 sq. ft club enhances the nightlife experience with the addition of premium VIP tables and a new dance floor area. The brand new state-of-the-art lighting & sound system features a custom-made DJ booth faced with a 7′ digital screen, the latest crowd-scanning laser, 8 stunning new mirror scanner dance lights, a smoke machine, and a custom-designed LED chandelier.

Executive Chef Evan Turner debuted his all-new lounge menu that includes delectable savory appetizers to complement the newly-expanded cocktail menu. The chef has received multiple Diner’s Choice Awards from OpenTable for his Pan-Asian cuisine.

Guests also had the opportunity to enjoy the property’s unique ‘4D’ Experience, which includes Drinks, Dining, Dancing, and Dreamy overnight accommodations at the Hotel Fusion directly upstairs.

Named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the World’s “Top 35″ New Nightclubs, Infusion Lounge is located at 124 Ellis Street at Powell near Union Square. It is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 6 PM-2 AM, with dinner service until 9 PM.

Guest list registration, dinner reservations, and more information are available at

About Infusion Lounge and Hotel Fusion

Infusion Lounge San Francisco and Hotel Fusion are licensed concepts of the InfusionLounge Licensing Corporation and are managed by the C-Two Group.

SOURCE  C-Two Group

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The “International Art Museum of America” Celebrates One Year in San Francisco – Check Out Its Andersonian Crest

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A recent spate of fake five-star reviews has elevated our International Art Museum of America all the way up to a three star Yelp rating, so hooray for that, I guess.

And check out the crest they’re using – that’s the same one that was on the green blazers of the security guards as they ejected me from the joint on Opening Day a bit more than a year ago. Good times:

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MUNI’s Oldest Bus Makes the Trip Up To Coit Tower Today – From 1938 With Love – Orange and Black Paint Scheme

Friday, December 28th, 2012

It’s MUNI Centennial Day. so get all the deets right here from the Market Street Railway.

Hey look, it’s old 042 on a trailer on Market Street, recalling a time when MUNI didn’t suck.

Or is it really old 062? I don’t know.

Here she is, from the front:

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And the back, complete with a 12-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine and a five-speed manual transmission behind the driver, just like on a Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer:

Keep on keeping on, White Motor Company.

PS: MUNI sucks, nowadays anyway.

Vintage 1938 “White Motor Company” Bus Back on Market Street, Sort Of – MUNI’s Oldest Motor Coach

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Hey look, it’s old 042. recalling a time when MUNI didn’t suck.

Or is it really old 062? I don’t know.

Here she is, from the front:

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And fromthe back, complete with a 12-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine and a five-speed manual transmission behind the driver, just like on a Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer:

Keep on keeping on, White Motor Company.

PS: MUNI sucks, nowadays anyway.

Today on KQED-FM at 10:00AM: “Critical Mass, 20 Years Later” – Michael Krasny – Commute Clot Anniv.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Well, today’s the start of San Francisco Critical Mass Week 2012.

Michael Krasny of KQED Forum will kick things off with a one-hour show on the history of Critical Mass.

And then festivities will end, of course, this Friday with the big 20th Anniversary Ride the evening of September 28th, 2012. (Not that you’d know it from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition website’s “Chain of Events” section, where all info about CM* is now censored.)

Suddenly surrounded by bicycles:

All the deets:

“It started with a bike ride in San Francisco on Sept. 25, 1992. About 50 people cycled in a pack along Market Street, hoping to earn some respect from drivers who sometimes ignored them or edged them off the road. They called it the “Commute Clot.” Today it’s known as Critical Mass, a movement that’s spread worldwide. Supporters say it promotes cycling and the rights of bicyclists. But critics say it is illegal, clogs traffic and antagonizes drivers. We talk about Critical Mass’ 20th anniversary, and its effects on the city.

Host: Michael Krasny


Chris Carlsson, co-founder of Critical Mass who was part of the first ride on Sept. 25, 1992, and has since participated in Critical Mass rides in Milan, Vancouver and Porto Alegre, Brazil

Hugh D’Andrade, founder of

Rob Anderson, blogger on transportation issues and author of the blog District 5 Diary

Tune in at 10:00 on your radio or on your device, Listen Live.

*The SFBC raises money through fees but it also gets mucho dinero directly from SFGov. So that’s why it endorsed Ed Lee for Mayor even though SFBC’s members generally did not and still do not like Ed Lee. Similarly, Chrstina Olague, Mayor Ed Lee’s hand-picked recruit for District 5 Supervisor, gets endorsed over Julian Davis even though SFBC members actually favor JD. The SFBC is basically a quasi-government agency now, so it’s very afraid of seeming to say something negative about certain members of the City Family. It’s also afraid of hurting the chances of its officers someday getting jobs / health care directly with SFGov / SFMTA. Anyway, that’s why the SFBC is basically a SFGov kiss-ass these days. It will lobby San Francisco government, certainly, but that’s about as far as it wants to go. (Think about it – who would the SFMTA endorse for Mayor?)

San Francisco-Based Apple Retail Workers Union Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Apple Retail Workers Union just had its first birthday. Here are the deets, from last year:

Cory Moll, a worker at our busy, busy Union Square Apple Store, is starting up a (can you guess by now?) UNION.

Oh noes!

See? Check it:

“Work Different,” it says:

Via Cory Moll

It’s not much yet, but Cory’s been getting national (and international) attention the past few months.

And folk art – there’s folk art already:

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Hey, why doesn’t somebody, you know, in local media, look into this situation?

(Consider that a challenge to you, personally, if you want.)

All right, Apple workers, rise up and “Work Different.”

This is what it looks like when an Apple Store opens in the 415 – people seem genuinely happy, but who knows…