They used to call it Secretaries Day:
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(Boy I’ll tell you, if I were blogger Eve Batey and I was on the receiving end of a press release from an area business, what I would do is criticize other bloggers for giving free publicity for said business. Then I’d say that it would be better to contact said business, you know, to hit them up for an advertising deal. Then word would get out about that. Then I’d get criticized by members of the local professional media – they’d label such behavior ”unethical” or something. Then I’d call out said members of the local professional media for being “haters.” Then, I’d have more my popular friends also call said members of the local professional media “haters.” If I were blogger Eve Batey.)
And best of all, the new Chipotle’s “Mexican” Grill at 2100 Market will have a MURAL DE ART PUBLICO.
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(What’s next, a Chipotle at 20th and Mission? On top of the Mission Dolores Cemetery? At the northeast corner of Dolores Park?)
I’ll tell you, the proper way to get a conditional use permit is to write a check for $15,000 made out to Alex Tourk, you know, to get the ball rolling. Then he’ll tell you what the add-ons will cost you. (You’re going to get a few add-ons, you know, like for pizza night at City Hall.) And then, before you know it, in a matter of days, weeks , months, or years, you’ll get your CUP and then open for bidness.
(Or you can go cheap route by trying to tap your fan base on the Facebook, either way.)
“Castro/Upper Market Chipotle
Dear San Francisco Planning Commission,
I support bringing a new Chipotle Mexican Grill to 2100 Market Street, the former location of Home Restaurant. This property has been vacant for over a year and has become an eyesore in our community.
Chipotle plans to do a complete façade remodel including the addition of an outdoor patio. The design, which includes a public art component, would be unique to our neighborhood and created with input from the community.
I also support Chipotle’s commitment to finding the very best ingredients, partnering with suppliers that raise their livestock humanely and farmers that respect the environment. These practices are consistent with San Francisco’s values.
Please vote in favor of revitalizing this corner with a new Chipotle Mexican Grill.
TTFN. But first check the Facebook of this international S&P 500 corporation:
Hello SF friends! We request your assistance with a petition - http://
Or you can write us at CastroRestaurant@chipotle.
The petition results and emails will be sent to planning commissioners in support of our effort to secure a conditional use permit to build our restaurant. Thank you for your time and effort! – Joe
Does that make sense? I mean, did we pay for AT&T Park? Not really, right?
So why should we pay a dime for the America’s Cup? Crazy (Like a Fox) Larry Ellison could certainly afford to pay for his boat party so why doesn’t he just pay for his boat party? If he doesn’t like that, then he can host his shindig someplace else, right?
The way things are going, Bridget Fonda will be the only remaining fan of Crazy Larry:
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Now Larry cares what people in the bay area think about him, right?
And Larry told the previous Mayor “I’ll give you anything for any project,” right?
So let’s figure the exact eight-figure amount that this thing will cost us, as best we can, and then tell Larry’s people as soon as we can so he can start making alternative arrangements. And then, if he forks over the cash, all the presumed benefits we may or may not net will just be gravy, and we’ll all sing the praises of Saint Larry the Reviver of San Francisco.
Why not let’s do that?
Get up to speed on professional volleyball’s recent four-day visit to San Francisco right here. And read on to see what it was like yesterday during the Finals.
Pro beach volleyball with gold medal Olympians under the golden Sun - what better use could you have for the old Piers of San Francisco? Click to expand:
Let’s pass by the sponsor’s tent to see the rainbow of Crocs shoes…
…and here’s the mise en scene at Centre Court in the mini-stadium. This is a pretty good transformation of Piers 30-32. You don’t get the total SoCal experience as you might in counties Los Angeles, Orange (yes, The O.C.) 0r Fun Diego, but it isn’t bad at all:
You don’t know where the spike is going to go. Will the ball go to the left or the right…
…or just slam right through your arms? (NB: KGC stands for Kentucky Grilled Chicken)
And on to the Men’s Final, with John Hyden and Sean Scott taking on recent gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. Here’s Phil the Thrillhissself:
These fellows are a little tall. See? Todd Rogers injured finger didn’t seem to slow him down too much:
And here’s the “Beast of Beijing” flying along above the sand:
Guess who won?
Joe Gallo presenting the giant check. Barefoot Wines is owned by Gallo? Did not know that.
So there you have it – an accessible, world-class sporting event that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg, right here in our little town. That’s the AVP San Francisco Open.
See you next year!
Read all about the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball competition in San Francisco right here. And, bonus, watch it live right now, right here(assuming you can handle a little Microsoft SilverLight software, that is.)
And you can also see some action on Comcast cable TV (somehow, not sure which channel) starting at 2:00 PM Sunday.
New mom Kerri Walsh wins a point in a close match yesterday. Click to expand:
See? The first game went into overtime:
No 90-pound weaklings here. Beefcake, Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!
Lucky fans can find a giant key in the sand to win, win, win! I think this was for a luxury stay at a Hyatt:
And the Marines are recruiting, using their giant red Hummer.
See you there!
Competition in the Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup yesterday. The finals on Sunday will be in the temporary stadium.
Hunter/House and Kaslow/Wooliver Win Inagural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup and Break into Main Draw of AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine
Main Draw play begins 8 a.m. FRIDAY
SAN FRANCISCO (August 13, 2009) – Two beach volleyball teams have earned their shot at professional beach volleyball stardom Thursday at the inaugural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup. Colleen Hunter and Meghan House (St. Louis), and Colin Kaslow and Tim Wooliver (Austin) have played into the Main Draw of the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine, professional beach volleyball’s only stop in the Bay Area.
The Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup featured the best players from sixteen volleyball leagues around the nation, each of whom qualified to play in San Francisco in the hopes of getting their chance to make it into the main event, the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine.
On the women’s side, Hunter and House defeated New York’s Dana Fiume and Ginger Schuster 18-21, 21-17, 16-14 to take home the first-ever women’s Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup title.
“We’re in shock,” House said. “As soon as the ball hit that net, we just started bawling.”
Hunter and House, now seeded 24th in the Main Draw, will take on ninth-seeded Angie Akers and Tyra Turner at 8 a.m. on Friday.
On the men’s side, Kaslow and Wooliver defeated St. Louis’ Phil Goedecker and Wayne Scott 13-21, 25-23, 15-10 in the final.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Wooliver said. “That’s why we play, to eventually make it to the AVP.”
Kaslow and Wooliver, also now seeded 24th, will attempt to upset ninth-seeded Billy Allen and Braidy Halverson.
Friday marks the start of Main Draw action at the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot wine. Athletes set to play include Santa Clara native, Stanford graduate and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh and 2008 gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, as well as Beijing Olympian and Orinda native Nicole Branagh. Stanford graduates Matt Fuerbringer and Ashley Ivy will also take to the sand Friday.
The AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Bud Light continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. Sunday’s men’s and women’s finals will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, starting at 2 p.m. PDT.
Along the piers they have more tents set up than you would find at a typical Quidditch World Cup. They were handing out free Barefoot Wine yesterday:
See you there!
Get your tickets now. Deets and photos below.
AVP CROCS TOUR SAN FRANCISCO OPEN TO TAKE PLACE AUGUST 13-16 AT PIERS 30/32
Professional beach volleyball’s only stop in the Bay Area to feature return of two-time gold medalist , Santa Clara native and Stanford grad
WHAT: AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open, professional beach volleyball’s only stop in the San Francisco Area, features world-class beach volleyball on the shores of the Bay. High-level athletic competition combines with a beach party atmosphere to make the tournament a perfect summer event.
WHO: Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Santa Clara native and Stanford graduate Kerri Walsh, fellow Beijing Olympian and Orinda native Nicole Branagh, 2008 Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, AVP Crocs Tour stars and Stanford graduates Matt Fuerbringer and Ashley Ivy.
WHEN: This weekend – August 13-16, 2009
WHERE: Piers 30/32, San Francisco, CA
TICKETS: Please visit www.avp.com or www.sfgiants.com for tickets. Tickets are also available at the onsite box office throughout the tournament.
From this, as seen on Monday…
…to this, as it looked last year:
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And are they still looking for volunteers?
“To ensure a successful event, we are looking for volunteers to assist as ball shaggers, score keepers, ticket takers, hospitality assistants and more. To volunteer in San Francisco, please click here.”
Or if you just want to check things out, try it for free this Thursday:
Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup
Gates open when play begins at 8:00 AM – Free Admission
Start time 8:00 AM. End Time (Approx) 6:00 PM.
See you there!
It was on in the SOMA area yesterday at Citizen Space. The order of the day was four hours of cupcake presentation and consumption.
The competition was tough:
Mmmmm…? Maple bacon.
Muchas gracias to organizer Ariel Waldman and all those who chipped in.
See you next year!