Posts Tagged ‘golden gate park’

It Takes a Village To Mow The Lawn: RPD Rolls in the Heavy Equipment to Sustain the (Ultimately) Unsustainable Turf of the Panhandle

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Hey, here’s an idea – why not let’s give up on maintaining all this quite unnatural turf betwixt Fell and Oak?

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What are we operating here, the grounds of Downton Abbey 94117?

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We’re in a drought, right?

RAT PATROL UPDATE: Rec and Park Takes Away Trash Cans at the Panhandle Playground, But Citizens Simply Replace Them with Garbage Bags

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Like this.

You know, for better or worse.

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Get up to speed on this pressing matter right here, but TRIGGER WARNING: Rats!

Typical San Francisco Tourist Attractions Look Like a Ghost Town During This Super Bowl Week – SUBSTITUTION in Action?

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

What’s this, the gigantic aquarium at our California Academy of Sciences at 1:58 PM on a Wednesday afternoon? Oh, that’s right, we’ve lost our Regular Visitors due to all the hassles of our money-losing Super Bowl.

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Is it usually like this? IDK, but I ain’t never seen this area totally empty afore.

And let’s look across the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse to the alleged* Fourth Busiest Museum in America, our de Young Museum:

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Similarly, I’ve never seen it look like this during operating hours. I saw one cab waiting for bidness (and another one to camera right – I cropped that one out). Maybe a couple ppl milling about. Mind you, this is more than two hours afore Closing Time.

And let’s head down to the entrance of The Academy on our way out. Camera left had a few people in front of the Cafe on the west side (I think? The ocean side, the makai side, Bruddah) of the building. In mitigation, at one point at least, the small Explorer’s Cove was full up (with the keiki, Bruddah) as evidenced by one baby in a stroller waiting in line to get in.

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Again, never seen it like this.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Contact our cultural institutions and ask them “How’s bidness during this relatively rain-free Super Week?” And then, contact any old economist to discover why paying million to host a Super Bowl party might not actually be “GOOD FOR EVERYBODY IN SAN FRANCISCO.”

Aloha.

Bruddah

*Certainly, this was the case, say, around the time when we had the King Tut roadshow. As to whether that’s the case now, or in a typical year, I know not…

Oh Look, No More Garbage Cans at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Playground – Why? – Rats – Lots and Lots and Lots of Rats

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Bye bye new-school garbage cans – this is the west side, near Oak and Clayton, and the one on the east side of the playground just recently disappeared as well.

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Why? Because of all the roof rats. I hear tales of ppl seeing up to ten together, scrambling around, generally in the evening hours. Oh here’s the best shot I have at this particular location, taken from far away:

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Speaking of tails, if you see a rat with a tail longer than its body and you’re in Frisco, then you’re looking at a roof rat (Rattus rattus, I’m srsly), which is your basic black rat, I s’pose (as opposed to your Norway rat and whathaveyou)

And here’s what wants to eat it/them at the Panhandle Playground:

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So I suppose the closest trash can is now on the bike path near Fell and Ashbury (or maybe inside the Panhandle Bathroom, but I’ve never ventured inside there).

Cherry Trees Bloomed in April When You Were Young, But Now You See Blooms All Over Frisco In January – Global Warming? NOPE!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Here’s your view, here’s what you can reliably see all over Frisco these days, typically starting in late January each and every year:

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The problem with comparing these trees to the cherry trees of your youth is that you’re comparing apples to oranges, or IRL, ornamental plums (Prunus cerasifera, you know known and grown for it’s very early flowering) to cherries.

Thank you, drive through.

The Raptors of Rec and Park: Hawk Patiently Awaits Arrival of Roof Rats at Panhandle Playground

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Here’s what’s at the northeast corner of the Panhandle Playground in Golden Gate Park:

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And here’s what wants to eat it/them:

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Someday I’ll get a shot like this, except with a roof rat instead of a gopher.

Someday…

Oh Look, It’s the #44 O’Shaughnessy – Much Cheaper Than the Former CultureBus, Which Used to Cost $10 One-Way

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

You know, what some at our Academy of Sciences really want is an underground BART / MUNI Metro spur headed straight to Powell Station, a subway, the way they have it for American Museum of Natural History in NYC. The substitute for that that somebody came up with back in the aughts was The CultureBus.

It didn’t work out.

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Anyway, the #44 O’Shaughnessy still works, as does taking the #5 Fulton and then walking to the Music Concourse from Fulton, which is what a lot of people did even during the brief time those orange-yellow Culturebuses ran…

Both the Jogging and Bicycle Paths of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Should be Resurfaced and Widened ASAP – JMO – Photo

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Consarnit, back in the day our Panhandle Bike Path was just eight foot wide. But then people started using it more, so it got widened to 12 foot. We should up that 16 foot, why not.

And on the Oak side of the GGP Panhandle, we should certainly redo the crazy wavy surface ASAP, and widening, well again, why not?

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Oh what’s that, you’re waiting to get the irrigation installed? All right, well that’s already been taking a long long time, and one questions why we’re irrigating in the first place, and walkers and joggers are falling down all the time, due to this outrageous neglect from SFGov.

JMO

A Checklist for Tourists Riding Rented Bikes Through Golden Gate Park: Helmets? NOT REQUIRED, But Selfie Sticks are MANDATORY

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

For these women, anyway:

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Your Maker gave you two hands, right? So use one for piloting and the other to record your visit for tout le monde to see. Yay!

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, Possibly Sold for $50 on Hayes Street, Released to Golden Gate Park to Fend for Itself

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

This is not the way to do it…

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