Posts Tagged ‘lifeguards’

A Modest Proposal: Let’s Ban Swimming at Ocean Beach, Let’s End the Carnage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Now, let’s not ban surfing or kite-boarding or whathaveyou.

And oh, what about wading? Yes, that’s banned as well. How about above-the-knees as a demarcation betwixt wading and merely getting you feet wet.

Won’t the Feds need to be involved? Yes, sure, red tape, laws ‘n stuff – we could get around this if we tried, if we put our minds to it.

Won’t people violate the law? Sure, but that’s not the point. The point is that if sharks were eating people along this small stretch of beach every two, three, four, five, six months, like clockwork since forever, well, that would be international news. But when people die time and again, it’s like no big whoop.

Hey, do you know why we don’t have Baywatch-style lifeguard towers at Ocean Beach? Well, ’cause of the money, but also because the existence of the towers would send the message that swimming at Ocean Beach, and we don’t want to do that, right?

So we have these white pickups going back and forth, occasionally:

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So instead of the signage we have now in all those languages, after swimming gets banned we’ll have signs that simply say “SWIMMING BANNED” or whatever else it takes to get the message across.

Hey, you know what we’ve got that the visitors don’t got? We’ve got the lore, we’ve got the knowledge about this innocuous-appearing place being dangerous.

That means the onus is upon us.

Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi Reopens Hamilton Recreation Center With a Splash

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.

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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy

…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…

…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls’” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar's 'I love Rock and Roll'] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:

The mise-en-scene inside - it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:

But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!

Here he comes down the slide…

…and here’s the aftermath, looked like fun. Bill Wilson should have some good shots of the wettened supe. [Like this.]

OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:

(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)

Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.

Bon courage, Ham Rec!