Posts Tagged ‘spring’

It’s Orange Bird Season in California! Our Best-Looking Native Bird Has Got To Be … The Hooded Oriole

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Your pet-store Cherry-Headed Conures certainly are handsome animules (see below), but our Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill don’t really belong in Frisco, not really.

So the Hooded Oriole takes the crown

Here’s one [oh, if you want to add your comment to all the others, use this link] at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from, IDK, a decade ago? This male has a blush of orange, as is typical for this time of year – they generally have more of a pure yellow color at other times:

Here’s an effort from Bob Gunderson‘s Dust Trombone from a few years back – dese boids are all over the place dese days, so enjoy them while they last.

Now here are your beauty champs from the 415’s Import Division:

A friendly pair in the Presidio. 

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the skies…

BIG BINKS Tries to Add “Flava” to the Fulton Street Lucky, But He’s a Pale Shadow of Easters Past

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Well, Frozen for Easter, natch, but check out BIG BINKS for $20:

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Of course nothing matches Diva da’ Bunny an Dude da’ Bunny from The Aughts, from the Time Before the Millionaires of NoPA, and the Millionaires of NoPNA

Remember, “BLING! BLING!”

The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global Warming

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?

Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:

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But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.

And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.

What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.

What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.

What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.

I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.

(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)

Jetta vs. Jetta Head-On at Turk and Stanyan Near USF the Night Before Classes Begin

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

King-American hauled off to UC at least one Jetta occupant:

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The area around USF seems more like a college town these days, with tons of stus milling about the surrounding blocks, as compared with a couple decades back – IDK why, perhaps that’s just my impression…

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.”


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:

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

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Above Stow Lake:


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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:


-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


Media Contact: Jenifer Reeve (415) 290-5403 cell /

SOURCE  Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

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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. or Facebook or Twitter: @McRoskey.

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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

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