Posts Tagged ‘beach’
The Current La Playa Safeway is a Time Machine: It Will Take You Back – Visit Before It Gets Replaced, Replaced By ThisWednesday, July 9th, 2014
I guess the Safeway people have resolved not to put any more money into the La Playa store, and that makes sense considering that The Future is just around the corner.
The current set-up is straight outta the 1970’s and it looks it, for better or worse – it’s shabby-chic but without the chic:
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No matter, Safeway La Playa is the place people hit for bonfire wood and cheap beer before heading out to an evening at Ocean Beach, and that will always be true.
Twas ever thus.
The Evanescent Tide Pools of Ocean Beach Allow Visitors to Get Their Feet Wet Near the Cliff House Without the Risk of DrowningThursday, July 3rd, 2014
So what do you call this situation when a high tide strands ocean water on Ocean Beach and a temporary lake of salt water forms in the sand?
I’m calling this a tide pool even though it’s not rocky in there at all.
Anyway, these little lakes can be very long and very shallow – the perfect recipe for warm water at Ocean Beach:
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Many many people drown at Ocean Beach due to the riptide and the cold cold, water. If you want to just get your feet wet at the beach, wanting for this kind of pool is the safer way to go.
Video: San Francisco Surfer Attacks BMW and Mercedes: “Angry hippie kicking in my mirror at Ocean Beach in SF”Monday, April 28th, 2014
Here’s video of this recent affair in the outer Outer Sunset District.
And here’s a screengrab of one of the mirror grabs:
And here’s some convo, but, whatever you do, don’t ID the hippie as “Cricket,” else your comment will get pulled from the Reddit.
All right, here we go:
1. It seems very unlikely to me that the dirty, dirty hippie had a clean signal to even make it to the median – either he didn’t notice or he didn’t care.
2. Having said that, he was in the crosswalk when the lights went green, so the drivers needed to wait for him to clear. Technically, he wasn’t in the crosswalk “legally,” but it’s really tough for drivers to know this info at the time, and, in any event, drivers aren’t allowed to crash into peds on purpose, so what’s the point of all this honking and rolling.
3. What makes all of this especially stupid is that the lights on the so-called Great Highway are timed for a certain speed, so if you want you can just safely set your cruise control and be done. Except in this case, the Golden Gods in these German Chariots went faster than what the lights are timed for, oh well.
4. Having said that, I would have given this dude a wide berth and he wouldn’t have gotten any of my mirrors. (Maybe instead he would have pulled a Sig Sauer from his groinal region and shot me down dead, sure, but he wouldn’t have gotten at my mirrors.)
5. Oh, and snaps to all the other drivers – they managed to not plow their Audis and whatnot into stopped traffic
All three of these dudes is crazy – they’re all guilty guilty guilty.
Frat dudes is like Juggalos
Our U.S. Military Conducts Exercises in Plain View at Ocean Beach – Coast Guard Rescue Boats Practice Practice PracticeTuesday, April 1st, 2014
Hey, you know who doesn’t train for this type of water rescue? The SFPD, which is sort of funny because they have the exact same kind of aluminum-hulled rescue boat, Marine One or whatever they call it.
Am I saying that the SFPD Marine Unit should try to replicate our Coast Guard and practice alongside the Coasties? No.
But I am saying that it’s absurd that the SFPD operates a heavy surf rescue vessel. We should give it to the government of the Philippines or something like that.
US Military Performing Exercises Just Off of Ocean Beach on MLK Day – US Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Life BoatsWednesday, January 22nd, 2014
The smallest branch of our U.S military, the Coast Guard, was out practicing rescues at Ocean Beach on a national holiday, as they are want to do.
One of the $1.2 million Textron Marine 47 foot Motor Life Boats on the scene:
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Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
OMG, It’s Scary Video of a Highline Over San Francisco – How Would You Like to Tightrope Walk Near the Golden Gate?Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Oh man, RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg is NOT going to like seeing this. ‘Cause the daredevil seen below didn’t take a time-out to thank lawyer Phil Ginsburg for being appointed as RPD general manager.
Now, there’s a safety line, but this video is scary nevertheless.
As seen near Land’s End, near the Golden Gate Bridge:
How Your US Coast Guard Spent Thanksgiving at Ocean Beach: Fighting the Waves in a 47-Foot MLB – Damn!Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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(Of course our SFPD has the same basic vessel, SFPD Marine 1, except I don’t think they’ve ever used it the way it was meant to be used. So yes it’s cool to have an all aluminum lifeboat but it’s pretty stupid for the SFPD to operate it, IMO. In a better world, we’d just give it to the Philippines or someplace.)
Anyway, Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
|Displacement:||18 t (20 short tons)|
|Length:||14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)|
|Draught:||1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC-IV engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each
1,500 liter (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity 
|Speed:||25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising
|Range:||200 nmi (370 km) cruising|
|Complement:||34 Persons, 4 crew, 30 passengers|
|Armament:||1 × M240B machine gun (optional)|
Coming to Ocean Beach October 19th, 2013 at 11:00 AM: Bodies on the Beach Spelling Out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE”Monday, October 14th, 2013
Well, here it is, from FukushimaResponse.Org.
And this is what Ocean Beach will look like come October 19th, maybe:
All the deets:
“WHAT TO EXPECT:
On October 19th, hundreds of people will align their bodies to create a human mural spelling out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE” and then be photographed from the air. We want you with us.
Please arrive in the vicinity by 10:45 a.m. Helicopter overhead at noon sharp. Event finished by approx 12:15.
We will arrange ourselves in 100-foot tall lettering. Our aim is to bring awareness to the continuing damage and mismanagement of Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Ocean Beach is a one-mile stretch of sand located at the west end of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The closest intersection is Fulton Street and The Great Highway.
The message will be centered approximately 200 yards north of the intersection of Fulton and the Great Highway, halfway between the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet restaurant (public bathroom in the Beach Chalet’s public lobby). A concrete sea wall runs along the beach, with short, numbered stairways leading down to the sand. The event will be centered near Stairway 12, and will stretch out from there, both north and south.
– If you can, please walk or ride your bike.
– PUBLIC — San Francisco’s MUNI system serves Ocean Beach very well. Fares, routes, and schedules at www.sfmuni.com. The #5, #18, and #31 buses all stop within five minutes walk (level) of the event site. The “N-Judah” streetcar line terminates a fifteen minute walk (level) from the site.
– BY CAR – Ocean Beach has a huge parking area. There is plenty of parking in the nearby areas — up the hill toward the Cliff House, and also in the western part of Golden Gate Park. Parking should not be a big problem early on a Saturday.
A blanket or tarp to lie down on while we await the helicopter. Water to drink. All of your friends and family (friendly dogs are also welcomed). October weather is usually great, but you never know. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. (CAUTION: This forecast is for “inland” San Francisco. Conditions at Ocean Beach can be quite a bit colder and breezier.)
Rented porta-potties will be positioned along the sea wall at the event site. The lobby of the Beach Chalet building has great bathrooms. The nearby Safeway store has one small bathroom.
Several restaurants lie within easy walk of Ocean Beach. The Beach Chalet is a five-minute walk, the Cliff House is plainly visible up the hill north of the event site. Louie’s Diner is a 60-second walk beyond the Cliff House. A large Safeway store is a five-minute walk from the site.
IMPORTANT DAY-OF-EVENT INFORMATION
A group of volunteers (at least twenty needed, please & thank you) will spend the morning outlining the message into the sand. The letters will probably be about 100 ft tall and 10 ft wide.
Please arrive in the vicinity of Ocean Beach by 10:45 A.M. This will allow you half an hour to find parking (if you are driving), use a bathroom, reach the site, and pick your spot in the lettering. Volunteers will be handing out flyers with more specific, updated, day-of-event instructions. Please take a flyer, read it, and follow any instructions from volunteers.
Please be ON THE BEACH NO LATER THAN 11:15 A.M. This will give us time to make sure the lettering is filled in evenly, so that images taken from above will look crisp and clean. Pick any spot you’d like (it’s fun to sit with family and friends), but if one of the volunteers asks for people to fill in a “thin” area, please be as cooperative as you can. We’re all in this together.
Our (rented) helicopter and photographer are due overhead at noon sharp. Often, in the past, they have shown up on the dot – other times, a few minutes late. Please be patient. The actual photography portion will take approximately fifteen minutes. At past events, people showing up half an hour late have been shocked to find that the event has ended and everyone has disappeared. Tardiness is not recommended.
One image from the event will be made into a large-sized postcard. If you would like one of these postcards mailed to you, you MUST print your address onto a mailing label (provided at the event) and drop it into one of the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets that volunteers will be holding. We hope to have the postcards in your mailbox within a week.
Participation in the event is free, but it costs approximately $1,500 – $2,000 to put it all together (helicopter, porta-potties, postcards, postage, printing, etc). Costs for the San Francisco mural action are being fronted by cab driver Brad Newsham, who has organized numerous successful murals at Ocean Beach. At past events, people have generously dropped enough money into the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets so that Brad has been able to break even. He greatly appreciates this.