Posts Tagged ‘spring’

Spring Has Sprung, So the World-Famous BELL PLUMBING & DRAIN Art Van has Once Again Become a Nest for Birds

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

See? It says nest right there:

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It’s Bayshore, baby!

Cherry Blossoms Blooming in January is NOT Due to Global Warming – Why? The Answer Will Amaze You – One Weird Trick

Monday, January 27th, 2014

(I’ll just say that if you ever earnestly Tweet a link to Chuckworthy, I’ll Unfollow you in a New York minute. That’s how I roll.)

What’s that, when you were a tyke, cherry trees bloomed in April and now they’re blooming in late January because of that darn global warming?

Well yeah, but what you’re looking at aint cherry trees, they’re plum trees, muchacho/a.

See? Plum:

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What’s that, you just saw them in J-Town, so they must be cherry trees? NOPE! What you saw was Prunus cerasifera, a kind of plum. Yes, they planted plums on Post Street on purpose, to stagger the blooms from winter to spring, one supposes. Go back to Japantown in April and you’ll see blossoms from the real deal, Prunus serrulata aka Japanese Cherry, Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry, East Asian Cherry, or soon enough, East Sea Cherry for all I know.

What’s that, Prunus cerasifera’s common name is cherry plum so close enough? NOPE! Cherry is cherry and plum is plum.

What’s that, global warming is real and trees are blossoming earlier and earlier? MAYBE SO! But just don’t call plum trees cherry trees, that’s what I’m saying. That’s the “one weird trick.”

Gotcha!

All right, here you go, here’s a genuine cherry tree during late January in the 415:

Cherries will be blooming soon enough.

Until then, enjoy eating plum blossoms, as this Wild Parrot of Telegraph Hill did near the Financial one winter long ago:

The Harassed Hawks of Golden Gate Park are Always Getting Hassled by Smaller Birds

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Your crows, ravens, and blackbirds of  Golden Gate Park just won’t tolerate the presence of raptors.

They can’t abide.

Above the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, just yesterday:

Canon 200mm 2.8L

Above what used to be called Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park:

Canon 400mm 4.0 DO IS

Above Stow Lake:

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Canon 300mm 2.8LIS + 2x extender

Nesting Snowy Egrets of 2013 from Bay Area Nature Photographer David Cruz

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Down in sunny San Mateo County:

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David Cruz explains:

“On a quiet marsh road adjacent to the San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Snowy Egrets feed their newly hatched young:

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Notes:

-Snowy Egrets are the smallest of local egrets.

-The begging sounds the chicks make reminded me of Donald Ducks voice flutter

-Nesting in the same tree were Black Crowned Night Herons and a Great Egret

-I estimate over 50 Snowy Egret nests in this colony”

Spring Cleaning Reminder: 15th Annual International Conference on Hoarding & Cluttering Kicks Off Today in Union Square

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The More You Know…

“15th Annual International Conference on Hoarding & Cluttering Kicks-Off Mental Health Month in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2013  – The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) hosts 15(th) Annual International Conference on Hoarding & Cluttering (ICHC) on May 2(nd) and 3(rd) at the Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco-Union Square hotel.  Originally pioneered as a local, one-day conference in 1998, fifteen years later, it has evolved into a 3-day innovative, international, multidisciplinary and culturally responsive event bringing together advocates, researchers, clinicians, landlords and people who are personally struggling with hoarding challenges to foster learning and successful strategies that save lives, counter stigma and improve public welfare.

ICHC is the only ongoing annual conference in the world focusing solely on the complex issues, impact, and stigma associated with the disorder, drawing together stakeholders and experts across fields with a addressing effective solutions to the personal and public burdens that can arise from compulsive hoarding, cluttering and acquiring behaviors. ICHC features practical solutions, cutting edge innovations and emphasizes communities working together to better understand issues and promote the development of effective task forces, and engagement of diverse stakeholders.

May is Mental Health Month, and represents a milestone for the field as the American Psychiatric Association releases the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) recognizing compulsive hoarding and cluttering as a significant and legitimate mental health condition. There is a three-part definition to compulsive hoarding behavior: 1.) The accumulation of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value. 2.) Living spaces become so cluttered that they can’t be used for the activities they were intended for. 3.) The hoarding behavior causes distress and impaired functioning

The 2013 ICHC conference is a source of learning, but it is especially a significant and unique opportunity for the many people who are isolated by their condition. People with hoarding and cluttering challenges often feel alone, ashamed and helpless. As a recent participant reflected many people aren’t aware on “any kind of help at all.”

WHO:   The Mental Health Association of San Francisco

WHAT:  15th Annual International Conference on Hoarding & Cluttering (ICHC)

WHEN:  Thursday and Friday May 2- 3, 2013

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco- Union Square

55 Cyril Magnin Street

San Francisco, California

WEB:   http://www.mentalhealthsf.org

Media Contact: Jenifer Reeve (415) 290-5403 cell / jenifer@mentalhealthsf.org

SOURCE  Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Web Site: http://www.mentalhealthsf.org

How the Commenters of SFGate Ruined, Just Ruined, This Press Release/Advertorial for the McRoskey Mattress Co.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Let me tell you something here – if you can get a good night’s sleep ONLY in a McRoskey Mattress, you know, the way the McRoskey Mattress Company wants you to think, then there’s something wrong with you asides from your back or your neck or whathaveyou.

There’s something wrong with yo noggin, is what I’m saying.

Anywho, comes now the longtime San Francisco-based McRoskey Mattress Co. with its new square bed what costs five figures(!).

Let’s see how the readers of the Chronicle SFGate respond to the advertorial in the electronic pages of the SFGate. Here are the first two:

“FINALLY! A mattress with the 49 square feet of space I NEED, and at a $12,000 price tag I can AFFORD!”

“Almost 12 grand for a mattress… it should improve sleep, sex, and prolong my life by 10 years for that.”

Here’s how it will look in the corner of your live-work mansion:

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And here’s the original release, below, if you want to compare.

McRoskey, if I put one of your 7×7 box springs on the sidewalks of San Francisco, it would sit there for weeks because nobody would realize it’s worth thousands of dollars.

(Oh, because it’s not worth thousands of dollars.)

McRoskey, if you took a 1×1 bite out of the upper left corner of this mattress combo, I’d give you points for style. But you didn’t do that.

McRoskey, nobody wants your $12,000 beds.

(And oh, Gentle Reader, if you want a good night’s sleep for two, why not get a queen mattress from the Costco? $475 delivered – it comes in a surprisingly small box, one that you yourself can move around. Let it air out for a couple of days after it expands, and you’re in business. This is the modern way of sleep during our Great Recesssion.)

“McRoskey Mattress Introduces The New 7′X7′ San Francisco King

McRoskey’s newest standard size is for people who really love to stretch out

SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – McRoskey Mattress Company introduces a new standard size mattress set, the 7′X7′ San Francisco King©. This seven foot square mattress is the perfect size for people who want more freedom of movement while sleeping, love sleeping with their pets or just want more room to cuddle with the kids.

According to McRoskey President Robin McRoskey Azevedo, the 7′X7′ San Francisco King was created to address these needs, providing more space and more comfort. “Because we’ve received ongoing requests for custom over-sized mattresses from customers – especially professional athletes — who want a bigger sleeping surface, we have introduced this new, larger standard size.” She adds, “Our new 7′X7′ San Francisco King is an ideal mattress for an open loft area, a spacious penthouse or a large master bedroom suite. And as a San Francisco-based manufacturer, we love the fact that the new size connects with San Francisco’s seven-by-seven square mile footprint.”

Like every McRoskey mattress set, the new San Francisco King is handcrafted to order at the McRoskey factory in San Francisco’s Central Waterfront neighborhood. The 7′X7′ San Francisco King comes complete with linens and mattress protector and is available in McRoskey’s byDesign and Classic comforts.  Box spring heights can be customized.

This new San Francisco King set retails for $11,777 in the byDesign line. Retail pricing for the set in the Classic line is  $7,777.

About McRoskey Mattress Company

Family owned and operated, the McRoskey Mattress Company has been handcrafting mattresses and box springs in San Francisco, California since 1899. McRoskey mattresses are available in standard and custom sizes. McRoskey has showrooms in San Francisco and Palo Alto. http://www.McRoskey.com or Facebook or Twitter: @McRoskey.

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ROBIN MCROSKEY-AZEVEDO
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SOURCE  McRoskey Mattress Company

McRoskey Mattress Company

CONTACT: Dianne Newton-Shaw, The Placemaking Group, +1-510-835-7900, x 206, for McRoskey Mattress Company

Web Site: http://www.mcroskey.com/

Here’s the Reason Why the Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in the Late Winter of 2012 are NOT a Sign of Global Warming

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

So, yes, January is a very early time to see cherry trees start to blossom but what you’re actually seeing are plum trees.

Now both kinds of trees are pretty much the same thing, so no biggee, but plums come out earlier than cherries – global warming doesn’t have anything to do with that.

Oh, here’s what they look like, rather a bit more pink than cherry, in my experience.

Near Clay and Davis, Financial District:

And here’s a nice shot from Flickr:

Via Son/Jon

OMG, the 2011 Annual Spring Show Just Opened at the Academy of Art University at Van Ness and Washington

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Haven’t dropped by this year just yet ’cause the locale always seems to be uphill from wherever I am, but you, well, here are all the deets if you want to check things out.

Open House is on June 4, 2011 and the whole shebang ends on August 15th.

See you there!

OMG, Get Your Tickets Now for the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason! Sunday, April 17th

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Once again, it‘s on.

Deets below.

Here’s what it looked like last year:

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And here’s somebody’s shot from 2008. (Not sure if you can get your body painted if you show up in a bathing suit but, you know, anything’s possible…}

All the deets:

“The lips of Bay Area food and wine lovers are again tingling in anticipation and excitement as TasteTV prepares for the return of the 5th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon on April 17th, www.SFChocolateSalon.com.

An unforgettable chocolate stimulus for their tastebuds, chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts will taste & enjoy the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas.

Featuring a delicious selection chosen and curated by the Organizers, International CHOCOLATESALON participants include over 50 master chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans.

The 5th Annual San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON participants include The Tea Room chocolate, Guittard Chocolate Company, Christopher Michael Chocolates, Plumeria Flours, Saratoga Chocolates, Choclatique, DivineChocolate, Landru Chocolates, Alter Eco Fair TradeChocolate, Goat Milk Candy Company, Snake & Butterfly, Clarine’s Florentines, Salt Side Down Chocolates, Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe, Neo Cocoa, Fabrica de ChocolateMomotombo, CocoTutti, Her Coconess Confections, Marti Chocolatt, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Gateau et Ganache, Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates, Vice Chocolates, Socola Chocolatier, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Cacao AtlantaChocolate Co., William Dean Chocolates, Seattle ChocolateCompany, Jade Chocolates, Kika’s Treats, CJ’s Toffee and Toppings, Valrhona Chocolates, Pure Dark, Taza Chocolate, 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, New Tree, Madecasse, Sterling Confections, Lulu’sChocolate, Quady Winery, Punk Dog Wines, Sol Rouge / Winery Collective, Greater Purpose, The Winery SF, and the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance, including R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Respite Wines, and more.

NEW CELEBRITY SPEAKER ADDED

Q&A with a Chocolate Master, Chef Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America, and contestant on the Food Network’s “World Chocolate Masters” (12:45 PM)

IN THE NEWS

This week catch chocolatier Jim Martin of Sterling Chocolates on the Food Network’s program, “Kid in a Candy Store” (“Whimsical Chocolates” episode). Also on television, Bill Brown of William Dean Chocolates is once again on HSN (see previous video)

More about the SF Chocolate Salon in LA Times TravelFlavorPillSFStation.com944 MagazineSF.Eater.com, and more.

Advance Tickets available through April 16th for 25 USD, while quantities last. (Tickets are 30 USD at Door) at www.SFChocolateSalon.com.

UPCOMING CHOCOLATE SALONS

To view a schedule of other upcoming TasteTV Chocolate Salons in Seattle, Napa, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and more, go to www.LuxuryChocolateSalon.com

See you there!

OMG, See Stanford Play Against Stanfurd at Kezar Stadium – It’s Stanfoo’s Cardinal and White Football Game 2011!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

If you just looooove Stanfoo, then the annual Cardinal & White football scrimmage is for you today.

This year, it features terrible techno music. Per NickKord:

“I can hear the Stanford band practicing at Kezar Stadium. They sound awful. Not that I’m biased. #gobears @cal

Well that’s not nice!

QB Andrew Luck, as seen at last year’s C&W:

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Bon Courage, Cardinal!