Posts Tagged ‘cold’

Grab Your Swimsuits, It’s Time for the “Polar Bear Skate” in Union Square – Safeway Holiday Ice Rink, Jan 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Like this:


(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 or call 415-781-2688.

Sporting Soviet-Issue Ushanka on Geary – Is It Really That Cold Outside, Comrade?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

One might have thought that the Russian response to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution would have made Russia less of a fashion lodestar this year…

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Iconic Sign Design: “BAY AREA BIRD HOSPITAL” on Taraval – Surely a Future Museum Piece

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

A bit of color in the cold, foggy Parkside District:

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(They have another sign that shows a giant parrot / parakeet atop the Golden Gate Bridge, but it’s less iconic ‘n stuff.)

I don’t know how old these signs are, but they probably precede the era of escaped pet parrots going feral and flying about The Avenues in huge flocks. Check it, the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill are now all over the place, like here, in the cold, foggy Sunset District, around Noriega, just a few blocks north of the cold, foggy Parkside:

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They might look like hated pigeons from a distance, but their loud squawking gives them away every time. It’s still amazing to me to see these birds flying about the 415:

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Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

August in Frisco: Costco #144 Knows Its Customer Base – It’s Selling Thousands of Down Jackets Right at the Front Door

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This is what you see as you walk in the front door of America’s First Urban Costco – hundreds and hundreds of new-school down jackets.

‘Cause it’s August:

SURF’S UP! Temperatures are Below Freezing in Golden Gate Park These Days, But This Cyclist Doesn’t Care

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

See? Just look at him not caring as he rides back from Ocean Beach:

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The SF Recreation and Park Department Picks a Cold December Day to Confiscate This Communal Tent in GGP

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it’s just 59 degrees up near the ceiling of my living room this chilly AM, but I think I’m getting used to our current cold snap. People who might feel differently would be those who were making this big-ass tent their home in Golden Gate Park as recently as Thursday night.

Man, that was a big-ass tent:

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Do hippies really try to pitch tents within a couple hundred yards of the Conservatory of Flowers? Hippies do. Apparently. I guess it makes for an easy commute to Upper Haight or wherever.

Anyway, here’s the scene about an hour later, with this woman yelling, incredulous, saying, “The tent’s gone? They took the fucking tent?” And dude up the hill was all, ” I tried to stop them.”

I know that RPD staffers get irked by homeless people living in GGP but the 415 is experiencing a pretty epic cold snap these days and Golden Gate Park has the coldest places in the city, like four or five degrees colder than what gets officially reported for San Francisco.

So I think I’d probably let the hippies be until things warm up a bit, just saying.

Geary Boulevard Update: Hot Pants, Cold City

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

50 degrees.

Blustery, swirly conditions.

Even I was cold, an I’m a moose.

And yet:

Tiny Raptor Struggles to Stay Warm During Typical Francisco San Summer – Standing on One Leg in the Western Addition

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

This critter is probably too small to eat a mouse, but insects are good I’m sure.

Anyway, standing on just one leg helps it stay warm on a blustery evening:

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San Francisco’s MUNI Bus Service on Any Given Sunday: Fuck It – Lower Haight, 44 Degrees, Blustery, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Oh, I’m sorry, it’s spelled “Phuket.”

But close enough:

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And if you wait for MUNI there long enough, that video camera will document your abduction or assault, as it has for others so many times before.

And if you wait even longer, the promise of that bus “shelter” dissipating sine-wave “roof” will be fulfilled by The Big One, you know, the one that will kill thousands.

And if you wait even longer than that, San Franciscans will have an SFMTA that actually is “somewhat independent” of the Mayor.

Keep waiting!

PS: MUNI sucks.

Good Morning San Francisco! But Mind the New York-Style Steam Grate Sleepers on Market Street

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Now this isn’t a steam grate per se, but when temps are in the high 30’s, the way they’ve been lately some mornings, you can actually see water vapor coming up from the sidewalk. That shows where the warm spots are.

And then if the commuters are quiet enough, you can sleep all morning:

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