Well, Frozen for Easter, natch, but check out BIG BINKS for $20:
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!”
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:
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.)
(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.
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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:
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
Canon 300mm 2.8LIS + 2x extender
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”
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
SOURCE Mental Health Association of San Francisco
Mental Health Association of San Francisco
Web Site: http://www.mentalhealthsf.org
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.
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.
Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.
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/“
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: