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Baby, it’s cold outside, non?
Look what’s falling on San Francisco this AM.
It’s hail! Newsworthy hail. (Run for the hills, Ma Barker.)
Or snow, some people call this kind of thing snow.
But not area Kiwi jodiolson. She knows the score:
“Simultaneous sun and hail in SF. In New Zealand, they call these sun showers.”
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And here’s how it looked in the SoMA, per Bluoz
(Thank Gaia I don’t live in Chicago or someplace….)
Not exactly sure how long this snow on Polk Street will stick around, but you should be able to see it today, anyway.
This was the scene last night, with a Rudolph straight from the bottom of the uncanny valley:
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“Is it real?”
San Francisco to Open City Hall Doors to Public on Sunday, December 12th from 2 – 5 p.m. with Holiday Snow Park, Mobile Zoo & Other Family Activities in Civic Center Plaza
Mayor Gavin Newsom and First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom today announced that City Hall will open its doors and offices to the public for the first-ever City Hall Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 12 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Civic Center Plaza will also host family activities this Sunday, including a first-ever children’s snow park and a mobile zoo.
“The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather in celebration of all we have to be thankful for and the new year ahead,” said Mayor Newsom. “This Sunday, Jennifer and I want to invite families from across the City to join us at City Hall in honor of the season at our Holiday Open House.”
This event is free and open to the public and will provide guests with an opportunity to meet the Mayor, tour City Hall and connect with many of the City’s elected officials and departments’ staff. Many Supervisors and other elected officials will also be opening their offices to the public. Guests will be treated to holiday cookies, hot cocoa and entertainment by Magik Magik Orchestra.
Also, Mayor Newsom is asking guests to support the San Francisco Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive by bringing nonperishable food items to the open house. No one should go hungry over the holidays or any time of the year.
The snow park will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Civic Center’s Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza. It will include a snow run for young children and a snow play area for babies. There will also be jumpy houses and holiday music. A mobile zoo for children will also be onsite from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Truly, it will be the Land of Chocolate, if only for one night. All the deets below.
Und, leave us not forget Indie Mart Nightlife on December 9th:
“NightLife and Indie-Mart are teaming up for a Holiday DIY & designer show extravaganza, featuring the best in San Francisco’s local fashion designers, makers, crafts, artists, live screenprinting. Workshop SF will be providing free fun things to make & demos on how to screenprint, stencil & more. Come out and buy some truly unique gifts for your friends and love ones while supporting local small businesses and artists. This week NightLife also features the return of our live music series, with sets by AB and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble. Life/Style DJs Ts and Roll will provide music on the main floor. Buy Tickets to NightLife on December 9th “
Chocolate takes center stage at the California Academy of Sciences during NightLife on December 16th
The event will feature chocolate tastings, fun facts, and a cooking demonstration on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-10 pm
WHAT: In the spirit of holiday decadence, NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates chocolate on December 16, with tastings, chocolate experts, and even a truffle and ganache cooking demonstration. Attendees will be able to sample the wares of chocolatiers from around the globe, and discover the nuances and variations in chocolate’s aroma, texture, flavor and finish. Acapella carolers, indoor snow flurries, chocolate martinis, and live reindeer will complete the festive atmosphere. NightLife is a weekly event which gives adults the chance to explore the Academy in a whole new light, with music, cocktails, and special programs. Tickets available at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/.
Madecasse: A tour of the chocolate of Madagascar, with a guided chocolate tasting
LaBonne Cuisine: Truffle and ganache cooking demonstration with Christophe Kubiak
TCHO: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
The Tea Room: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
Divine Chocolate: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
On a Rainbow Acappella Group: performing holiday carols at 7:30pm & 8:30pm
WHEN: 6-10pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010
WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
WHY: Who doesn’t love chocolate!? Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice choco-holic, this is your chance to satisfy those cravings, and fine-tune your palate at the same time.
How much would you expect from Amtrak if you paid $145 to board the California Zephyr in Emeryville, CA on January 3rd, 2010 with the expectation of getting to Chicago in a day-and-a-half? Well, what if your fellow passengers called this ride the “Train From Hell” or something?
How did it get that name? Well, the train arrived in Illinois almost a day late a few days back due to it hitting a truck abandoned on the tracks(!) and encountering snowdrifts higher than an elephant’s eye in Nebraska and other typical travel issues.
The number of deaths and injuries continues to be reported as zero. So how does that earn this particular Zephyr the sobriquet “Train From Hell” or whatever?
Amtrak’s CZ on a happier day:
Perhaps Amtrak’s riders took a lesson from the whiny passengers of Flight 1549, famously piloted by CoCo County’s Captain “Sully” Sullenberger? Those particular airline passengers are getting at least $15k-$20k, plus free traumatic stress counseling sessions, plus a refund of their ticket cost, plus upgrades to first class on other flights for the past year, etc., and yet some of them are still whining.
Sometimes when you travel, Things Happen.* Please make a note of this.
Lower your expectations and you’ll never be disappointed…
*People used to die on jetliners – not Beechcrafts nor Cessnas oh no, we’re talking about your Boeings, Airbuses, Lockheeds, McDonnell Douglasseses – people would board and then die, it happened all the time. But how many passengers have died due to jetliner crashes in America since 2001 (which was a bad year, of course)? That’s a Big Fat Zero.
So count your blessings the next time a flock of birds or a pickup or a snowstorm or an Act of God or an Act of Gaia wettens your iPod and/or delays your Journey Through Life.
Saturday Matinee (Thoughts on theater in the Bay Area) has the news about our San Francisco Ballet‘s newest Principal Dancer - it’s former soloist Frances Chung.
“San Francisco Ballet announced today the promotion of Frances Chung from the rank of soloist to principal dancer, effective immediately.
Born in Vancouver, Chung trained at the Goh Ballet Academy before joining the Company in 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2005 and has danced a diverse range of roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, and Snow Queen in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; the Enchanted Princess in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Neapolitan, Russian Princess, and pas de trois in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; and the Queen of the Dryads in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote.
Her repertory also includes lead roles in Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Divertimento No. 15, and “Emeralds”; Bintley’s The Dance House; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated; Lubovitch’s “…smile with my heart” and Elemental Brubeck; Makarova’s Paquita; Possokhov’s Fusion; and Welch’s Naked.
Among other honors, Chung was a finalist and prize winner at the Prix de Lausanne in 2000 and received the top honor of a silver medal at the Adeline Genée Awards in London that same year.” (via Victoria Andujar)
If it’s colder than normal this AM and there’s some white stuff on the ground, well then I guess you could say it snowed in the San Francisco Bay Area. But back before the global warming the climate change, back in 2002, we had SNOW, baby.
As here, in ought-two up in Marin County on Mount Tamalpais, when I was out prospecting for gold with my donkey and/or on my Trek 8000 mountain bike (born 1991, Waterloo Wisconsin, died 2006, Civic Center, San Francisco). This is what it looked like in the afternoon ’til the rain melted everything.
Click to expand, why not? Heading to the East Peak with the Richmond San Rafael Bridge below:
So, nothing after 1976 has beaten 2002 for snow in the bay area. (I think.)