A photo from the Presidio, from back in the day, from an innocent time when we didn’t know what a “sequester” was, you know, federal-wise:
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But yes, they would fly them jets ‘neath the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.
How would you like to volunteer as a docent helping out with the new-school / old-school E-line on October 6-7, 2012?
First, some background about how busy the 415 will be this weekend:
“Looking at what’s scheduled for that weekend, there might not be room in the city for many more people, much less cars. First, there’s the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, a three-day event that drew about 800,000 people last year. That Sunday afternoon, the 49ers play the Buffalo Bills at Candlestick Park, while the Giants are hoping for weekend playoff games at AT&T Park, all guaranteed sellouts. About 60,000 people typically attend the Castro Street Fair, scheduled for that Sunday, while thousands more will jam North Beach for the annual Italian Heritage Parade at 12:30 on the same day. A different crowd will probably be at the Burning Man Decompression street fair, also that Sunday afternoon. To add to the fun, two mega cruise ships are expected to dock at Pier 35 over the weekend, disgorging thousands more tourists. Then, of course, there’s Fleet Week, which brings thousands of sailors and as many as a million visitors to the waterfront for the weekend.”
So you’ll be needed to help out all the visitors moving around on the Twin Torpedos, streetcars 1006 and 1008:
“We need several more docents to work the stops along the E-line on October 6 and 7, helping riders find the right platform and providing information about the service. We have docent books prepared by Paul Lucas, so it’s easy to learn what to do. If you’re interested, send us an email and we’ll get back to you.”
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Start working on your coping strategy now, so you’ll be prepared when the building you’re in starts to vibrate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Arrive at SFO – Precision Flight Demonstration to Prepare for Fleet Week Air ShowSAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Navy’s precision flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, will arrive, in formation, at San Francisco International Airport on Monday, October 4, 2010 at approximately 1:30 p.m. PDT. The Blue Angels will be conducting familiarization and practice flights on both Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8. The Blue Angels will perform for the Fleet Week Air Show on Saturday, October 9 and again on Sunday, October 10. All flights, both practices and air show, subject to change and cancellation due to weather.
The forecast is for clear skies, so nothing’s going to stop this…
Bon courage, mon amie!
A member of the Fourth Estate, probably not Tim Redmond and probably not S T Jones, goes for a ridealong during a practice run over the 415:
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Flying by using The Buddy System – you don’t look ahead, you just follow the leader:
See the people atop the PG&E Tower of our GGB?
Photoshop’s Glowing Edge…
…or not, your choice:
Glowing Edge again, no choice this time:
The Other Tower on the Marin County side, the North Tower:
Loud, loud, loud:
And an oldie from 2005, high above California’s I-80 Interstate:
Let’s take a look.
Sometimes the pilots look the same direction…
…and sometimes not, as explained by Lt. Mark Swinger on SFist.
The pelicans didn’t seem to mind…
…all the commotion:
Loud, loud, loud:
It was not foggy, but a bit humid on Friday practice, as these ghostly forms attest:
This one must have busted a gasket or something, the left cylinder bank looks to have a leak anyway.
See you next year!
How self-aware are we these days, when we can spot a newsworthy event and put it in context in real time?
Have your cameras at the ready – get something good this week and you’ll be sure to be Internet Famous, for a little while anyway.
Remember South Pacific? You know, the play at the Golden Gate Theatre that just opened up last month? Well the tour is blowing town in three short weeks. So get your tickets now to this sensational production, one that earned Editor’s Pick and WILD APPLAUSE (that’s what the San Francisco Chronicle titles the icon of the freshly updated Little Man when he excitedly hops up on his seat to give a standing ovation) in the Review from Chronicle Theatre Critic Robert Hurwitt.
Now usually when I’m at one of the SHN: Broadway in San Francisco theatres, I’m the uncouth east end boy escorting a West End Girl to something very girly like Legally Blonde: The Musical. But Bartlett Sher‘s South Pacific is something-for-everybody old-school, so that was new to me. It’s a fantastic show, can’t see how you wouldn’t like it.
With rush tickets priced at $25, SP can be cheaper than admission to this weekend’s Oktoberfest By the Bay.
All right, see you there!
This was the scene last night at the Fleet Week 2009 Fundraising Cruise and Celebration on Pier 3′s California Hornblower right after comedian and Sunset District resident Will Durst introduced castmembers from the Golden Gate Theatre’s Tony Award-winning smash hit South Pacific.
After this, partygoers went for a cruise on San Francisco Bay, leaving the Death of Fun crowd back on dry land. All to raise money for the upcoming Fleet Week 2009 coming to town next month. Click to expand:
Just look at all these mens singing There is Nothing Like a Dame (Hello Nurse! at 3:10).
Other personalities on hand included George Michalski, David Nail, Madame Molotova, Paul Hayward, David Nail, and Ron Bunn.
Will this fundraising cruise and party become an annual event?
The whole idea is to support the upcoming FleetWeek 2009.
See you there!
A RED, WHITE AND BLUE BASH TO SUPPORT FLEET WEEK
Local Business Leaders Raising Funds for San Francisco Tradition
San Francisco, CA (September 8, 2009) – The San Francisco business community is showing their support of Fleet Week, the popular weekend air show and vessel parade in honor of America’s troops, which brings fun, excitement and much-needed economic impact to the city each October.
A gala fundraising cruise to support Fleet Week will be held Thursday, September 24 on the California Hornblower at Pier 3 in San Francisco. A dockside cocktail reception will be held from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM; followed by a cruise through the Bay from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will continue at the dock until 9:00 PM.
“Fleet Week is one of the community events that makes San Francisco such a wonderful city.,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “We need to come together and support this tradition.”
Edward M. Leonard, Chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Committee echoed the Mayor’s comments, “Since 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has been an annual opportunity for Northern Californians to honor the men and women serving in our armed forces. We are extremely grateful to the San Francisco business community for supporting this fundraiser for Fleet Week this year as the economy has hurt our ability to finance the event through corporate sponsorships. We hope to get a good turnout for the cruise from people who love Fleet Week and want to enjoy a great evening on San Francisco Bay while providing financial support for this wonderful tradition.”
Comedian Will Durst will be the celebrity Master of Ceremonies. Live entertainment will include a performance from the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC, music by rising country artist David Nail and jazz by San Francisco composer George Michalski.
Attendees will enjoy cocktails, gourmet hors d’ouevres from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants.
A silent and live auction, as well as a raffle, will be held during the event. Dozens of packages will be auctioned off, including:
- A VIP Access Package to Fleet Week events.
– A New York vacation on Virgin America with tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Tickets to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, and a Dolly Parton CD.
Getaways to Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs/India Wells, Santa Barbara, Reno, Santa Barbara, Napa and Sonoma.
Donation forms can be found on the Support Fleet Week website
The 2009 Fleet Week Fundraiser is being planned by a consortium including: the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco, the Fleet Week Committee, the San Francisco Hotel Council, the Port of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and Hornblower Cruises & Events.
Despite being called The Patriots, this flight team uses Russkie-designed jets. Hmmm. Anyway, the backseater doesn’t look too happy. Click to expand:
Look at them shock waves as the F-18 Hornet approaches the speed of sound. Apparently, “the public generally responds negatively to sonic booms“, but I think we could handle it. The sound would be like this.
Just when you get one into focus, the other one squirms away…
The 12-year-old Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens – still working after all these years:
Somewhere down there is the Maltese Falcon.
All right, see you next year!