Here you go, as seen in the Great Central Valley near the I-80:
And here’s another view of Fairfield – windmills, light poles, flagpoles and a giant inflatable bald eagle draped in an ‘Merican flag.
God Bless America.
These things are huge.
First there was just one giant billboard extolling the virtues of Budweiser, and now there are two.
Well played, Budweiser.
Well it’s the morning of the second Sunday of June, so that means it’s almost time for the Haight Ashbury Street Festival.
Lets take a look at some photos from recent years.
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…and all around:
From Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:
Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:
And here’s one from Chris Witte:
There’s a feeling I get/
when I look to the West…
…and the East…
…on Haight Street on the Second Sunday in June.
At least the Yelpers like Frank:
This ganga guy in purple will sue you for $1000 if you take his photo, or something:
And Obama in a Giants cap, just the way they had it at the recent Union Street Festival:
You know who loves the Haight Street Fair? Parole agents
A mass of humanity:
Hookahs! Get your hookahs! It’s Hookahs.com
A dancing baby grooving on Haight Street:
Can you see the superfluity of nuns in white approaching the Fair? Also note the F430 Ferrari supercar (sans license plates), one of many exoticars that made the journey to the Upper Haight today. Also note the sign: “No Open Containers of Alcohol.” Too bad.
Of course, all you need to get around the alcohol ban is a gallon jug of overproofed white rum and a giveaway “water” bottle. As seen on Ashbury.
Former District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi on the scene
Poorbot looking for handouts:
“SHOW US YOUR BOOBS… please.” “FABULOUS PRIZES.” “DON’T WORRY (WE’RE GAY)” These inebriates residing above the Ben & Jerry’s at the corner of Ashbury were true to their word, tossing down trinkets to all flashers male and female.
You kmow why this San Francisco Native baby is better than you? Cause he had the foresight to be born in San Francisco, that’s why. He won the lottery/ when he was born.
And There You Have It.
And if that’s not enough of an invite for you, then consider this, from Amy Stephenson of uppercasing, the UPPER HAIGHT BLOG:
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And here’s Frank on Haight Street IRL, sort of:
And close up:
And, in closing, here’s what Frank had to say back in the day:
ALMA 12 GALAXIES TRIGOGONIC SCANDAL PBS NEWS HOUR: BILLIONAIRE DECTROGONIC SKEPTICAL PREEMPTIVE MISCREANTS
NICKERSON 12 GALAXIES QUADROGONIC HIBERNATION[S] ECONOMIST TECHNIGONIC EXACERBATED CHARISMATIC ABERRATIONS
CRONKITE 12 GALAXIES VIXTREXONICUL STEROIDS PBS: YASKRERUNITOL COVERAGE PSYCHROZENIKUL DILIGENT TRIVIALIZING OPTHAMOLOGISTS
WHOOLEY 12 GALAXIES PSYCHROZENICAL DISSENSIONS ABC: ILTROKETCAL COVERAGE STALTZORXUNIKEL PREINCARNATE AGNOSTICISM GNOSTICISM
HEISLEY 12 GALAXIES AGOZANICAL EXORCISTS NBC: ILTRUXONIKEL COVERAGE COXGARONICIL EVOCATIVE PALATIMILL MESOTHELIOMA
BRIDGEPOINTE 12 GALAXIES MUROTUNIXEL REPERCUSSIONS (sic) KBHK: XASKUTANEKOL PSOKITENUCOL COMMEMORATIVE CONTENTIOUS EXHORTATIONS
TROSKY 12 GALAXIES ALPHOGONIC POLICE BRUTALITY ABC NEWS: UP FRONT ZENOGONIC BOISTEROUS INSINUATED ATTRITIONS
CLEMENS 12 GALAXIES XASKOZETICUL DIPLOMACY PBS: YUXTROTONIKEL COVERAGE WEXKORHYTORIC EXTEMPORANEOUS IMPUGNING CARNIVORES
SHEFFIELD 12 GALAXIES QUINTRONIC GENOCIDES CNN HEADLINE NEWS SEXOTRONIC METICULOUS INCINERATED APPROPRIATIONS
BRIDGEPOINTE 12 GALAXIES MUROTUNIKEL REPERCUSSIONS KBHK: XASKUTANEKOL PSOKITENUCOL CUMBERSOME CONTENTIOUS EMULATIONS
IMPEACH FAIRMOUNT 12 Galaxies Guiltied WITH QUADROLOGICAL Rocket STATIONS
MASSACHUSETTS 12 GALAXIES QUINTRONIC CRIMINALS TIME MAGAZINE: STAR, HEXTROTRONIC OSCILLATING EBULLIENT INOCULATIONS
CARLSTADT 12 GALAXIES BOTRUKONITEL RACISM KDTV: FEXTROTANIKUL COVERAGE GAMMATUNOKEL EXTRATERRESTRIAL PETAFIABLE ABDICATIONS
GEPHARDT 12 GALAXIES QUOKLOCHITICIL DETRIMENTATIONS KICU: DICHUKITECHAL COVERAGE ULKUKATICHOL ESCHATOLOGICAL CONTEMPLATED AGNOSTICS
MEDTOX 12 GALAXIES BETATRONIC CONSTANTANEOUSED GRAND THEFT AGAINST THE UNIVERSE ZEGNATRONIC HYDROGEN COUNTER PARTS
NORDEN 12 GALAXIES JOXKRORADICUL EPIPHANY NBC: GAXKROZETICAL COVERAGE KEXTROCRETICAL SANCTITY PROSPERITY DILIGENCE
SCHKADE 12 GALAXIES BEXCROLETIKUL UNJUSTICES BBC: KOTROPREDICAMENTED COVERAGE ZEKGROPENTIAL ERUPTED DASTARDLY ELATIONS
HENDRICKSON 12 GALAXIES KYDROMENICOL IMMINENCE ABC:WETROMETICULUS COVERAGE NUKROHENICAL EGOTISTICAL ATTONEMENTS ETERNITY
Look closer, you’ll see it.
You think it’s just a coincidence that the old 420 rolls through the Upper Haight?
We’re on our way to The Vapor Room!**
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And hey, speaking of bud and Giants baseball, back in the 1990’s, people, just regular people, not just baseball players, would hang out in the crib of star pitcher William Joseph Van Landingham and smoke weed all day. So much so that other Giants called him Van Bongingham. I’m srsly.
All right, GO GIANTS!
*Check out what’s on the side of area fire trucks, for example.
**Indeed. 607A Haight is about ten blocks down the road, in the Lower Haight.
So Oakland officials didn’t want the MSM or anybody else taking photos of Hemp Expo participants toking up with Oakland City Hall in the background over this weekend’s Hemp Expo 2011?
KTVU-TV showed what appeared to be an Oakland official instructing the media not to take photos of people smoking in front of City Hall. The official was not identified, but Arturo Sanchez, an assistant to the city administrator told the station, “it’s not that we don’t want the picture, we try to keep this area of City Hall, (and) this public park free of smoke.”
“Do not take a photo of somebody directly in front of City Hall”
Well, some of these people here are lighting up – see?
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I don’t know, maybe this edict worked, ’cause I haven’t seen any photos online of people smoking bud in front of City Hall.
Seems funny to have this kind of rule.
All right, Oakland, see you next year…