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Resolved: The Organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010 Could Have Done a Better Job with Bicycle Parking

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Writer Matt Baume has a great follow-up today on What Went Wrong This Year Again with bicycle parking at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010.

I don’t know, when I was there, tons of cars (or, more literally, tens of tons of cars) with Friends and Family passes were getting waived-through the NO BIKE ZONE on JFK, although, admittedly, this was early on. (I’m sure most of the Friends and Family people ended up parking closer to the Banjo Stage, where their tents were located.) 

And since We’re All About Safety and whatnot, what’s up with the gasoline-powered ClubCar drivers, how fast are they allowed to go on the dusty sidewalks of JFK? 20 MPH? 25 MPH? I don’t know.

All’s I know is that I couldn’t keep up with them when I was pedalling downhill on the slopey part of JFK. But I was able to enjoy the dust clouds they kicked up, the ones that spread all over JFK:  

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And, HSB people, if you’ve cured the BICYCLE HAZARD by not letting bikes go through on JFK, then there is no more BICYCLE HAZARD, right? So what are the signs supposed to be telling people?

Now, I’m not one to criticize people or nothing, but if I were, I might say something about putting them ClubCars into speed-limited “golf-cart mode” next year.

And, HSB people, you have so much money, right? You’re swimming in resources. So why not put out some more bike racks next year? Just have them stretching to the horizon, you dig? T’wouldn’t cost that much at all…

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010: 420 Friendly But No Bicycle Parking and No “Major Gift” Announcement

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the “major gift” worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.] 

The 2010 edition of our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proceeds in Golden Gate Park. The whole shebang ends on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 so there’s still time for you to go…

It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:

“Special” brownies are $4:

But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal: 

Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:

So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:

Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage.  But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.  

There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:

(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)

Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…

AT&T Goes All Out to Make Sure Your iPhone Works at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – Hidden COLT Vehicle Saves the Day?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The last thing AT&T wants is all you Apple iPhoners unable to check stock quotes and download porn during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park.

So, they’ve got a plan, a plan to blanket Speedway Meadow with enough non-ionizing radiation to cook a hot dog at 200 yards. That way, your phone will work for sure for a change.

(I don’t know, I have a Palm Treo smartphone that Costco gave me about four years ago cause I signed up for a two-year contract, unlimited data for $15. Works fine. They say I can’t get that kind of deal on a new contract these days – the workers at the cell phone companies tell me to just keep my existing contract. Anyway, Sprint never has dropped a call on me, for what it’s worth.)

AT&T in the hiz-ouse on JFK Drive today. The truck itself, the Cellular On Light Truck truck is near the top of a hill at a secure undisclosed location.

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Here’s what the trucks look like – they can get pretty big.

Anyway, I think that’s what Ma Bell is doing, maybe they have a cooperation deal with other providers, I don’t know.

Tell me if your iPhone don’t work at HSBF10. Or more likely you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how smoothly your Apple mobile works.

Who knows…

MC Hammer Delights Thousands Today in Golden Gate Park – He’d Quit Doing This Annual Show, But He’s Too Legit

Friday, October 1st, 2010

MC Hammer put on a delightful show today in Golden Gate Park to start up the  Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Hundreds of schoolkids we on hand, with thousands in the audience.

Verily, per mrawfulhimself:

“MC fucking hammer at the golden gate park”

See? Lots of yellow buses to bring in th children. Parachute pants sightings = 0:

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And here’s the scene before the kids bum rushed the stage.

Check out the schedule for this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park – it’s paid for entirely by nascent media baron Fonzerelli Warren Kramer Hellman.

Unstated “Bicycle Hazard” at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Bans Bikes from JFK, the Biggest Road in Golden Gate Park

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Cyclists are banned from using part of JFK Drive this weekend, owing to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Either there is some hazard to bicycles or the bicycles are the hazard.

See? The signs are all over, like the Burma Shave used to have:

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This year, you’re much better off just driving in if you can get a Friends and Family pass for your car. Not sure how you’d get one but lots and lots of people seem to have them.

Another Lexus makes it past Checkpoint Charlie and into a free parking space. The yellow pass is key:

Oh well.

MC Hammer Plays Golden Gate Park This Morning at Speedway Meadow to Kick Off Hardly Strictly Blues Festival 2010

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Check out the schedule for this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park – it’s paid for entirely by nascent media baron Fonzerelli Warren Kramer Hellman.

MC Hammer will put on a show this morning at 11:30 AM at Speedway Meadow. Just take an early lunch, why not. It’s all good, non? He’s the super dope homeboy from the Oaktown, right?

Hammer (that’s what it says on his driver license, simply “Hammer” – he showed it to me one time on the JetBlue) as he appeared in aught-eight.

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Via CultrVultr

See you there!