Posts Tagged ‘saint’

St. Agnes: Inclusive, Diverse, Jesuit – Serving the Haight Since 1893

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

That’s what they say:

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The Tenderloin’s St. Boniface Parish Celebrates 150 Years – Church is 110 Years Young

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

San Francisco’s St. Boniface Parish is celebrating 150 years in San Francisco this month.

It’s an impressive facility, nullus? Check it:

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And a random saint from the massive south wall for good measure, let’s call him St. Peter:

Happy birthday, Saint Boniface Parish!

The Bizarre Valentines Day Christmas Trees of Lombard Street

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Look at this huge Christmas Tree taking up all the space at a bar on Lombard Street’s Motel Row. 

It’s been covered over with Valentine’s day-related tchochkes, gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, and lagniappes.

See? (Customers’ and employees’ faces darkened out of respect.)

Happy Valentines!

San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Church Looks Gorgeous at Nighttime

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

 As seen from Cole Valley, with a #37 bus rolling by.

St. Ignatius Church looks really close but the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park  is in between, so this building (or at least the dome at the back of it, anyway) is fully three-quarters-of-a-mile away: 

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It almost looks Disneyesque when Sausalito sets off fireworks, like on the Fourth of July:

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Grapes of Wrath Redux – Hard Times in Napa Valley Wine Country

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Napa’s in the Bay Area, right? It’s super close to San Francisco. So let’s take a look and see how the Great Recession of 2007-???? (aka the “late-2000s recession“) is affecting our Neighbor to the North.

Let’s start with the view from the St. Helena Highway, aka Route 29, aka Main Street. (It’s the main drag for the whole entire valley, you know.) Here’s the old Radio Flyer on the train tracks motif:

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What happens if you can’t afford the rent and a car? What happens if you, as many in Napa and Sonoma counties have done before you, get a DUI or two and you lose your license to drive? How do you get to work or the store without a car? Let’s take a look:

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Napa can’t afford sidewalks? Apparently. Of course, if you’re on a bicycle (not recommended) you would pedal along on the shoulder/breakdown lane, but if you’re on your feet, well, remember all the drunk drivers? I mean, DWI is a Way of Life up there. 

I mean, bacon-rich Cincinnati has its local Hog Report so shouldn’t lush-rich Napa have a local DUI Report? Oh wait, it does

By the way, be sure to “Avoid the 9″ policing agencies that will bust you:

“Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the Napa Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, St. Helena Police Department, Calistoga Police Department, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Napa Valley College, American Canyon Police Department and Napa County Probation.”

OMG, can you believe that bucolic Napa has (or had) 2400(!!!!) outstanding DUI arrest warrants? Mercy!

Anywho, walking in Napa is no picnic. Perhaps it makes the most sense to just amble on the old train tracks (which, of course, are the newish home of the despised (and belovedNapa Valley Wine Train.)

But what about the wineries, how are they doing? Well, the Disneyesque Robert Mondavi Winery had no waiting for their famous 75-minute Signature Tour and Tasting on a recent balmy October Sunday. (Of course, back in the day, the place was packed to the gills, reservations required.)

And how about Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate, where they have mandatory valet service and a red carpet and where they don’t let you in without a $25 cover?

Well here it is, during Sunday primetime, it was totally wide open. A handful of cars in the lot, no valets, no $25 charge, it’s just y’all come down.

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Now let’s head up to St. Helena proper, where the millionaires live and you can buy Rolexeses and high end choco all you want? Let’s check out David’s Jewelers, Since 1976:

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Dave has sweet window displays (man, that Rolex fish, that’s art ready to hang, baby)…

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…but no goods to sell. Uh oh.

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There are Halloween decorations but that’s it. It’s closed down, apparently. Oh well.

And let’s not even think about heading Further North to the St. Helena Premium Outlets place. Cue tumbleweeds.

So, what’s worse:

Busy, crowded Napa Valley; or

Ghost town* Napa Valley?

That’s a tough choice for some people. Oh well.

But now’s your chance to get on up there and see what it was like back in the day, before Napa became a major tourist destination. COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts isn’t around anymore, but all the other places will be staffed with folks happy to see you, I’m sure.

I almost wanted to buy something, but then I remembered about the Buy Local Movement. I’m not a local, really, so I probably shouldn’t spend my hard-earned up there.

But you, you’re welcome to visit, especially before things pick up again in the Spring of 2010.

See you there!

*Be aware that the Great Recession has seemed to pass by the popular eateries, such as Mustards Grill (man, it’s tough to get in there), Taylor’s Automatic Refresher (busy, busy, but the wait isn’t too long) and Yountville’s bestarred (c’mon, it’s a word) The French Laundry (forget about it).

The 31st Annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade in San Francisco

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The First Church of the Last Laugh‘s 31st Annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade went off without a hitch today under sunny skies, as per usual

See what it looked like here and here, at the Laughing Squid.

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Don’t forget about the after party tonight at Elbo Room, 9:00 PM.

See you next year.

San Francisco’s 158th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – Photos

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Check out the action from San Francisco’s 158th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade put on by the United Irish Societies, San Francisco. Also, see Hardy Wilson’s photos here.

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 Hellbent for election, this time for Governor.

Now lets’ pay the bills with animals, beauty queens, and kids - y’all seem to like these subjects.

A huge canine from the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club. They appeared to be very friendly and dignified, horse-like in a way.

Miss Golden Gate Ashley Miller and Miss San Francisco Reny Lupo, together again:

The parade stopped momentarily so these young dancers could build up the courage to cross this scary BART grate in the middle of the street:

Half Irish, half Rock Star – just like Bono?

Now, on with the parade:

The Girls Scouts wisely used their opportunity to hawk cookies directly to the crowd:

Who else was there? Senators Leland Yee and Ellen Corbett:

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma with Bevan Dufty and the always well-behaved Sidney

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

Supervisor John Avalos made the scene in an awesome purple 1960 Imperial Crown convertible (aka Chrysler Imperial).

San Francisco Firefighters Union Local 798′s John Hanley:

Others on hand were Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Supervisors Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd. Those were the politicians, now onto politics.

The Irish Immigration Pastoral Center wants Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Sinn Fein in the house:

As well the International Republican Socialist Network:

Okay then.

And finally, the largest California Bear Flag in all Christendom:

See you next year!

The Shimmering Towers of San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Church at USF

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

On the campus of the University of San Francisco at the corner of Parker and Fulton, you’ll find St. Ignatius Church.

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Well-lit at night, it can be seen from many parts of the City.

Delivering Rainy Day Valentine’s Flowers on a Motorcycle in San Francisco

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Believe it or not, it’s preferable to use a motorcycle, rather than a car or van, to deliver flowers on Valentine’s Day in San Francisco. This is due to the dearth of parking available throughout the City of course. Dealing with the rain is much easier to handle than parking a car around town, that’s for sure.

(Speaking of which, what’s always amazing about fake viral videos like the Giant Lego Ball of Potrero Hill and fake philanthropy shows such as the Tenderloin episode of Secret Millionaire is the idea that you can a find a parking space without hunting for it. Fake, fake, fake!

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Or maybe this guy is just a Daddy Mack with many romances. Always be sure to check your Romeo for extra flowers intended for others.

Happy V Day!

The Famous Willie Wonka Glass Elevators of the St. Francis Hotel

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

When you’re killing time in San Francisco’s Union Square, nothing beats betting with your friends on which elevator car will make it to the top first. Unless you yourself want to go for a ride in these glass contraptions, that might be better.  

See how many round trips you can go on before the staff starts to admonish you.

Good times.

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