You can’t miss this one:
That reminds me, I need to get some new diving heels – you know, something strappy for summer.
(I think this shot is from Frisco. There’s a better photo what pops up on Google, with beefcake too, but it’s actually from Indiana.)
All the deets:
“The Polar Bear Skate Returns to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West - California-Style Polar Bear Plunge Becomes Tradition in San Francisco’s Union Square
WHAT: The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is putting its own spin on Canada’s “Polar Bear Plunge” with the San Francisco-Style Polar Bear Skate. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to come in their favorite bathing suit and beach apparel.
WHO: The Public; Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West
WHEN: Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Union Square, San Francisco.
About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink:
Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Ticket prices are $11 for regular admission and $7 for children eight years old and under. Ice skate and hockey skate rentals are $6. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.
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Now you kids are too young to remember, but the Pool at Ham Rec is just like the Mario Bros. arcade game, from 1983:
“In this game, Mario is portrayed as an Italian-American plumber who, along with his brother Luigi, has to defeat creatures that have been coming from the sewers below New York. The gameplay focuses on Mario’s extermination of pests in the sewers by flipping them on their backs and kicking them away.”
We’ve had more U.S.S. Independences than you can shake a stick at over the centuries, but this one is the one we had during the bulk of WWII. She came straight out of Joisey in ’42 and survived The Pacific War only to get blowed up with atomic bombs during testing at South Pacific locales like Bikini Atoll in 1946.
Then after, after the big atomic kaboom at Bikini. Ouch:
Anyway, instead of sinking, the Independence kept on floating so the Navy towed her right to Hunters Point in south San Francisco. Now, let’s let Lisa Davis(?) of SF Weekly take over – here’s her bit from all the way back in aught-one.
So there you go. Most likely, this old-school baby aircraft carrier is down there resting with a cargo of nuclear waste not too far from our Farallon Islands, radiating away.