This took a while so I’m not sure these photos show the same crawfish. The baby would keep dropping it and the mother would keep diving to retrieve.
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I guess it all worked out…
I’ll tell you, I don’t know why people call the Lucky on Fulton the Ghetto Lucky, but lots of people do.*
Anywho, this was the scene out front the other day – the fledgling on the upper right was getting fed by the parent on the lower left:
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These kinds of boids seem to like whatever kind of vegetation the Sav Mart / Albertson’s people put in there. And they’re all over the place now, feeding their hungry kids.
The next step will be how to get inside the Fulton Lucky for some light noshing.
Nature is Everywhere.
*Actually, there’s nothing wrong with it. I mean, it’s not Whole Foods or nothing, but maybe that’s a good thing…
The 8th Annual Walk for Life West Coast will start at Civic Center this year.
Will organizers lie about attendance by simply adding 5000 people to the previous year’s estimate as is their custom? We’ll just have to wait and see. Somebody will document the crowd overestimating, but I don’t know if it will be me this year…
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All the deets:
“Due to a scheduling conflict, the Walk for Life will be unable to follow its familiar route from Justin Herman Plaza and along San Francisco’s waterfront to Marina Green. Instead, we will be gathering at Civic Center Plaza at 11:00 am for the Info Fair to be followed by the rally at 12:30 pm. At 1:30 we will start walking down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. There will be no additional events at Justin Herman Plaza.
We are excited about this new opportunity and believe that this new venue will give us the chance to grow our numbers. More information to come so please sign up for our email blasts to keep informed of these important changes.
HOTEL UPDATE: We have sold out of the rooms at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel. We were able to negotiate a discounted rate at the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown (very close to the Cathedral) for $139/night. For further options, gohere.
Confirmed speakers include: Lori Hoye, Dr. Vansen Wong, Rev. Clenard Childress and Jacquie Stalnaker.
I’ll tell you, I was shocked when I found out that you could see dolphins while just walking about San Francisco.
Like this, from Lands End, from a while back:
Now I personally didn’t take any new shots this year, but here’s a roundup of the best shots from 2011 so far:
From Fort Winfield Scott, The Presidio – jump jump!
From Ft. Winfield Scott – jumping the other way
From the Golden Gate Bridge – see the shadow?
From the Golden Gate Bridge – bottlenoses
From the Golden Gate Bridge – at 200mm
From a boat – Pacific white-sided
From a boat – northern white whale dolphins
From a boat near the Farallones – Risso’s
Castro Street Fair – tattoo category (Uh, law school called – they want their diploma back)
That was 2011, now here’s yesteryear:
From Fort Funston. (Now, why did we name an entire fort after that Filipino Killing Cracker?) Anyway, here’s the view, sometimes:
As promised, baby dolphins, avec maman:
And here they are swimming south, off to sample the yummy seafood in the waters off San Mateo County:
Swimming past the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge:
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And, this is cheating somewhat, a military dolphin near AT&T Park:
Keep a lookout for dolphins!
I’m betting it’s baby harp seal blood:
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Now you kids are too young to remember, but back in the day Furniture Mart was the thang, full of visiting Midwestern honeys ready to par-tay in the 415. Good times.
But really, the reason why all those Midwest farmers daughters came back to San Francisco all those years, well it had to do with history, the history of when the 415 was the Capital of the West as opposed to Just Another Ci-tay Near the West Coast, you know, beneath L.A., Fun Diego, San Hoser, Seattle and Portland (yes, sometimes even Portland).
So now, all the furniture-crazy party girls par-tay every year in Vegas, baby, thanks to a whole lot of corporate welfare. But, somehow, a little bit of tiny, half-assed corporate welfare is going to make that all better. Somehow.
Gerry Shih of The Bay Citizen has some of the deets, anyway, or all the deets so far:
Ten points for Gryffindor.
Click to see through the see-through-building
And San Francisco Business Times, you expect people to pay for your half-assed editorial about ineffective, half-assed corporate welfare? You’re dreaming.
And if getting rid of the payroll tax is so great, why don’t we do it everywhere instead of just in one place?
(Oh what’s that you say, Bidness Times? YES YES YES, you say? Well then, we agree one thing, anyway. But doesn’t this whole Mid-Market deal smack of corruption, BT? Discuss.)
And Twitter, this is how you roll? (Donkeys live a long time, Twitter.)
Maybe someday the liars over at Walk For Life West Coast will explain how a march that was only two-thirds the length of last year’s (48 minutes (or so) long in 2010 and 31 minutes long in 2011*) could have 5000 more people.
It’s a miracle!?
It’s worth noting that nobody had a crowd estimate of less than 22K last year and nobody independent from the movement has a an estimate north of 20k this year. I put it at 16k and KGO 7 ABC TV is saying “about 20,000.” The organizers, under enormous pressure to claim ever growing attendance, claim 40,000+. Oh well.
Anyway, here are a few shots from this afternoon, starting with the counters.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were on hand. I’d say 5000 souls saw this sister and a fellow sister today – they were the focus of the march, particularly on the right side of the river of people going by. Here’s your welcome to San Francisco:
Tax Church Property and INVESTMENTS! Sure, sounds good to me.
And here’s Frank Chu, in the middle, going on about the Galaxies, as per usual:
And here’s the main body, 16k or so marchers from all over California and beyond:
St. Patrick’s Teens, Sonora, in the hiz-ouse:
Some people from Fowler, CA? Sounds far away:
Yes We Can change:
“Flower” and “shears”:
A brace from Sacramento:
Save the human babies. Of course! Human babies, that changes everything!
And there you have it.
*We’re talking about at the start here, people. Ferry Plaza was a ghost town by 12:33 PM. If the same number of people showed up as last year, it would have taken until about 12:50 PM for everybody to get going. Obviously, the march will spread out over time and narrow due to the way the course is set up.
[UPDATE: Here are some photos. Oh, and Protest Shooter has some video showing way more than "maybe 100" counter-protesters, which he undercounts for ideological reasons, and showing way less than "40,000" marchers, which he undercounts for, wait for it, ideological reasons. The fact remains that it took last year's crowd 48 minutes to clear out but this year's only 31 minutes.]
How about 16,000 for an estimate of those marching up Embarcadero from the Ferry Building / Justin Herman Plaza area? So, that would be less than half of the officially estimated and very optimistic 35,000 count from last year, or, comparing apples to apples, about two-thirds of last year’s attendance, which was in the 22k, 23k, 24k neighborhood.
Here’s my estimate from last year, complete with my criticism of a ridiculously low number (that some took seriously) from the San Francisco Chronicle. Seems odd that multiple independent sources came in at around the same low-to-middle 20,000s and the organizers were at a pie-in-the sky 35k. Last year’s crowd took 48 minutes to get going, but this year’s took just 31, so you do the math. (And in case there’s any doubt here, crowd counting-wise, like the suitor and his ring in Oh Brother Where Art Thou, I’m bona fide. I got there a couple minutes before noon and I was like Sherman, where are all the white people? How can the organizers claim to not be aware of the smaller crowd this year if it was so obvious to me from the get-go?)
Of course some are wed to the idea of constantly growing numbers:
“American Missionary – Great weather in SF west coast walk for life. 40,000+ in attendance.”
Will organizers tell the truth and say that their numbers are down year-over-year or will they simply lie? [UPDATE - KGO 7 ABC TV is saying about 20,000 and as for what the organizers are saying, see below]
As it looked at the start at around 12:02 PM, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 CE. The much smaller counterprotesting pro-choice march went up Herb Caen Way in parallel – they were gone in 160 seconds or so.
Please remember, WFLWC spinners:
[UPDATE: That's it, as of 2:31 PM, Saturday, January 22nd, in the Year of Our Lord 2011, they are going for the lie:
At least 40,000 stand up for Life!"
Now, how could it be that a march that took three-quarters of an hour (more or less) to pass by Embarcadero and Broadway in 2010 is smaller than today's, one that took a half-hour (more or less) to pass by Embarcadero and Broadway?
Saying that there were about 40,000 people marching today isn't spin, it's a sin. Appears as if organizer Dolores Meehan is a big fat liar. She might not be aware of the actual numbers precisely, but she's got to know that the size of the crowd is waaaaaay down this year. What would she say next year if the parade only takes 15 minutes to get out of Ferry Plaza? She'd say 45,000, natch.
I mean, is that cool? Exaggerate more and more each year until nobody believes you? Is that how you roll?
And others are doing their best to prove the Rule of Three:
And here's the official press release. Pure horseshit:
"Record-breaking Turnout for Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tens of thousands of pro-life activists filled Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco's downtown and then walked 2.5 miles along the waterfront in a record-breaking turnout for the 7th Annual Walk for Life West Coast.
"We are here to break the bondage of the culture of death," Walk for Life co-chair Dolores Meehan told the crowd that stretched as far as the eye could see.
"If we care for the baby, we have to care for the mother and father," said speaker Kathleen Eaton, who funded Birth Choice Clinics in Orange County after her own abortion.
The Walk was held on the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
"Today on January 22nd, I do not honor choice any more, I mourn choice," said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who walked away from her job at a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on October 6, 2009, after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus. "You are the new generation of the pro-life movement and I can tell you Planned Parenthood is shaking in their boots."
"Nothing is too big for God to forgive," said Mary Poirer, who told the story of her three abortions.
Rev. Brian Walker, who, with his wife Denise, chose to abort their child four months before their wedding, said he deserted his wife when she needed him. "Many years ago there was not a man in the house, there was a male in the house, but there was not a man in the house," said Walker. "Everybody suffers in the wake of abortion."
"We've lost close to 40 percent of our population to abortion," said Rev. Denise Walker, founder of Everlasting Light Ministries, referring to the high rate of African American abortions. "We must end this slaughter."
A densely packed crowd of least 40,000 walked 20 across in a line that stretched over a mile. The Walk route started at Justin Herman Plaza in downtown San Francisco and concluded at Marina Green in sight of Golden Gate Bridge.
Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast's mission is to change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is the answer.
Well, here they are, the winners of Gap’s Annual Casting Call Contest 2010.
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Look forward to the 6th annual contest, certain to be coming soon…
All the deets:
Gap Unveils 2010 Casting Call Winners in babyGap and GapKids Stores Nationwide
Selected from More than One Million Entries, America Chooses the Four Adorable Winners of Gap’s Fifth Annual Casting Call Contest
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, 2011 — Today, Gap revealed the four cute and charismatic winners of its fifth annual Casting Call contest. Chosen by America from more than one million entries, the new faces of babyGap are Evie Sowers from Tecumseh, MI; Dylan Bandale from Pompton Lakes, NJ; and for GapKids, Sofia Jaworovich from Skillman, NJ; and Keyghan Burns from Hereford, AZ. In addition to receiving a $1,000 Gap GiftCard, the winners’ bright smiles and twinkling eyes will be lighting up the newest babyGap and GapKids campaign in store windows coast-to-coast starting today.
“Every year, we’re overwhelmed by parents’ incredible enthusiasm for Casting Call,” said Mark Breitbard, executive vice president of babyGap and GapKids. “Now in its fifth year, Casting Call continues to break records and we’re so excited to introduce this year’s winners – Evie, Dylan, Sofia and Keyghan. On behalf of the entire Gap family, I’d like to congratulate the newest faces of babyGap and GapKids.”
Shot in San Francisco, the campaign features the winners in colorful, perfect-for-the-playground looks. Rooted in denim and khaki, the outfits get a kick of color with the addition of arch logo hoodies [$24.95 - $29.50] and graphic tees [starting at $14.50 for babyGap and $16.50 for GapKids] in colors like havana yellow, orange blaze, cupid pink and ruby red. The windows also highlight each child’s hometown and favorite activities – from ballet and soccer to dancing and drawing.
About Gap’s Fifth Annual Casting Call:
From September 27 to October 24, 2010, parents across the country uploaded photos of their babies and kids wearing their favorite denim looks at gap.com/castingcall. Judges then narrowed down the pool of more than one million entrants to 20 finalists – 10 babies and 10 kids. The finalists were announced in early December and it was up to America to cast their vote for their favorite finalists at gap.com/castingcall.
The four winners of this year’s Casting Call – Evie, Dylan, Sofia and Keyghan – are featured in the windows of babyGap and GapKids stores nationwide and will receive a $1,000 GapGiftCard.
Meet the Winners:
Evie, from Tecumseh, MI, has a great imagination and a fun personality to match. This blondie likes to read, draw and play with her dolls. Evie loves to rock out to Animal Collective’s My Girls.
Dylan, from Pompton Lakes, NJ, has been called a “Will Smith look-alike” and is always flashing his “million-dollar smile.” He likes to sing and dance to his favorite Latin, Reggaeton and Hip-Hop tunes. His favorite meal is pizza with chocolate milk.
Sofia, from Skillman, NJ, is a real “spitfire,” according to her parents, and is super outgoing. She loves meeting new people and making friends. This girly-girl likes to wear dresses and pretty shoes like her favorite singer, Taylor Swift, and her favorite hobbies are ballet and swimming.
Keyghan, from Hereford, AZ, is fun loving and always makes others feel important. When he is not playing soccer or baseball, you can find Keyghan collecting Pokemon cards or hanging out with his friends and little brother.