Posts Tagged ‘tiger’

2011 San Francisco Chinese New Year’s Parade a Huge Success, Despite the Rain – Photos From David Yu

Monday, February 21st, 2011

(My Canon 1D Mark Whatever SLR died an early death at 140,000 clicks* possibly due to the fact that I wasn’t ascared of a little (or a lot) of rain. Nowadays I’m def. skittish, but no matter,) you can always count on famous photographer David Yu to be on the scene rain or dry.

As he was last Saturday night in Chinatown and North Beach and SoMA and the Financh and all over.

Check out his gallery of Year of the Rabbit festivities, why not?

Bunnies!

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Whoahhh Bundy!

David Yu

SuperLotto? No thanks! But SuperLotto PLUS? Sounds intriguing…

David Yu

And look who else was there – it’s your newly-minted Supervisor Malia Cohen:

(Yowser)

And your just-as-newly-minted Mayor Edwin Lee in the official San Francisco staff car, formerly used by General Burkhalter:

See you next year! (In scary, scary 2012, the year of the Dragon.)

*200,000 was the expected number of clicks I believe I was owed. ($300 minimum for a new shutter.) OTOH, my 5D Mark I has probably already exceeded its expected shutter life so I s’pose I shouldn’t complain too much. Living on borrowed time tho.

Kitteh Deer Deer Kitteh! – Remembering Our Real Life Citizen Kane – The Hearst Building at 3rd and Market

Monday, January 10th, 2011

You want to be immortal, to live forever? Well then build monuments to yourself the way that Hearst guy did. (If you told me his first name, I’d remember it, but otherwise, I don’t know recall his first name.)

Except that that plan doesn’t work so people forget you after you die.

Anyway, here’s the huge piece mounted on top of the main entrance – you’re probably looking at 15 or so feet worth of facade:

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See the pattern? It goes:

Kitteh Deer Deer Kitteh

Deer Kitteh Kitteh Deer

Kitteh Deer Deer Kitteh

Deer Kitteh Kitteh Deer

Kitteh Deer Deer Kitteh

Remember, kittehs are everywhere, you just need to know where to look.

Presidio Pet Cemetery to be Maintained by Swords to Plowshares Volunteers

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton today announced a new partnership that will guarantee a long-term stewardship of the Yelp-rated Presidio Pet Cemetery.

All the deets, below

R.I.P. Tiger and Buddy Bird:

via prawnpie

SWORDS TO PLOWSHARES VETS TO HELP CARE FOR PET CEMETERY. VOLUNTEERS WILL TEND GRAVES OF BELOVED MILITARY PETS

Presidio of San Francisco (March 18, 2010) — The Presidio Trust and the Swords to Plowshares Veterans Academy, located on the Presidio, are kicking off a new partnership that will ensure long-term stewardship of the Presidio Pet Cemetery. The agreement provides for Trust staff to work with residents at Swords to Plowshares’ permanent supportive housing facility, the Veterans Academy, to maintain and improve the cemetery. Activities will include pulling weeds, removing invasive plants, picking up trash, trimming shrubs, and eventually restoring individual grave markers.

Located at the foot of McDowell Avenue, beneath Doyle Drive, and bounded by a white fence, the 450-square foot cemetery is the final resting place for hundreds of loyal animals owned by families stationed at the Presidio. The cemetery’s official record is spotty but, by most accounts, it dates to the 1950s when upwards of 2,000 military families lived on the base. There are numerous legends surrounding the cemetery, which some believe was originally a burial ground for nineteenth-century cavalry horses or World War II guard dogs.

“The pet cemetery gives us insight into family life at the Presidio. It is part of the fabric of the park and former military base,” says Craig Middleton, the Trust’s Executive Director. “We are grateful that the veterans of Swords to Plowshares have offered to care for this important part of the Presidio’s legacy.”

All the deets, after the jump.

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Tonight’s MATCHA at The Asian: Shaolin Temple Tiger-Style Kung Fu. Tiger-Style, Baby!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

These days, if you don’t have young people and DJs mingling about your museum on Thursday or Friday nights, you isn’t a museum. So, just as the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park has NightLife and the de Young has Friday Nights at the de Young, our Asian Art Museum has nighttime MATCHA. And, bonus, if you go tonight, February 18th, 2010, you can also see Shanghai.

“2010 is the Year of the Tiger! MATCHA kicks off the Lunar New Year and special exhibition Shanghai with dynamic tiger-style kung fu (martial art) demonstrated by Shaolin Temple USA monks. Each mode of Shaolin kung fu is associated with an animal, and in Chinese culture, the tiger is king and symbolizes bravery. Its kung fu style involves footwork, acrobatic kicks, and unique fist positions, relying solely on internal power, simplicity, and explosive force. The evening also includes art activities (make your own good luck poster), Shanghai dumplings available for purchase in the museum cafe, cash bars, music by DJ Friendly Traveler, docent conversations, gallery tours of SHANGHAI, and mingling and merriment with friends!”

See you there.

The “fourth room” of the Shanghai exhibit:

“See SHANGHAI in its opening week. This epic exhibition explores, through the mirror of its art, the tumultuous history that has resulted in one of the world’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities.

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4:30-7 An Evening for Educators at MATCHA

5–9 DJ Friendly Traveler, Artmarking: Create a Good Luck Poster, Shanghai Dumplings (available for purchase in museum cafe), Cash Bars

6-6:30, 7-7:30 Docent Conversations: SHANGHAI

6:30 & 7:30 Shaolin Temple USA Monks: Tiger-style Kung Fu

8:00 Docent Conversations: Lunar New Year

The Feds Sure are Proud About Putting San Francisco to Work in the Tenderloin

Monday, November 9th, 2009

It’s not clear what actual work they’re putting us to. Can you tell? The only new thing I can see on this stretch of Tenderloin District is the Wonderland public art graffiti experiment.

See the eyes on the left? They’re all over Mid Market dees days:

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“PUTTING AMERICA TO WORK”

“PROJECT FUNDED BY THE American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” of 2009 (ARRA)

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USDOT TIGER.

But maybe you can figure things out – have at it.

San Francisco is only getting stimulated 354 different ways, so this task should take you no time at all.

The Bravest Cyclist in San Francisco Rides His Bike on Whichever Sidewalk He Wants

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Well this was the scene a few nights back at the Fairmont Hotel, which at the time contained former presidential horndog Bill Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, you know, people like that. (Who knows, maybe Barack Obama will be there soon.)

You had the TASER-equipped California Highway Patrol, the Secret Service, all kinds of security blocking pedestrain access to this part of California Street so the V.I.P.s could get to their waiting motorcades.

But what’s this? Biker dude just wanted to go home so he’s not caring about which sidewalk is verbotten. He powered up the block, dodging through all the scaffolding, the CHP, the startled security agents, nothing slowed him down. You might think he’d instead just use the roomy, traffic-free slow lane in the foreground…

Check it:

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I used to think that this guy, Andy, was the bravest cyclist in San Francisco. But now the crown must pass to the new fellow. (In San Francisco, most sidewalks are off-limits to most cyclists, so it would have been a piece of cake to cite and release the biker.)

He probably also drives his ride as slow as he can in front of harried moms in the East Bay – just for kicks, you know?

(Also noteworthy is the name Tonga on the sign advertising our famous $13/drink tiki lounge, the troubled Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. With a name like that, it deserves to be shut down, or some people might think. What’s next, Kung Fu Tacos on wheels appearing regularlyat Sansome and Jackson?)

Oh well.

Be Sure to Leash Your Dog (or White Tiger) When Visiting Duboce Park

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

It’s the Law.

Duboce Park is where the dogs can run free (in the Multi-Use area) and the children get fenced in – it all works out.

But your pup is going to need a leash to get to the leash-free area, as this sidewalk graphic tries to communicate:

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See you there!

(And “please please pick up after your dogs“, they are begging over on the Yelp. Oh well)

In San Francisco, They Have Parking Meters Everywhere

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Well check it out – a fully functional official City and County of San Francisco parking meter on a platform at the Greenwich steps. It’s not hard to get to, just follow those hunting for the huge home-made sculpture of Tatiana the Tiger.

(Did you know that Tatiana the Siberian Tiger has the highest rating of anything on Yelp?  It’s little wonder why the attorneys for the “charmless” Dhaliwal Brothers Paul and Kulbir (aka “the boys” or “the kids” despite the fact that they are adults) don’t want to have San Franciscans determining how big a payday (cha-ching!) they merit from the Christmas tragedy of 2007. What the Dhaliwals’ Yelp ratings would be like…)

Oh well, back to the whimsy: 

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Find the tiger sculpture then look downhill.

San Franciscans Flock to the Shrine of Tatiana the Killer Tiger

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Not too many made it to the recent unveiling of the Tatiana sculpture on Christmas Day, but now people are making pilgrimages to the site of the community garden at 274 Greenwich on the famous Greenwich Steps. Per sculptor Jon Engdhal:

“It was one year ago today that Tatiana died so senselessly, a scale statue is in place to remember her.”

This is a peaceful place, free of the vitriol that surrounds the Carlos Sousa Jr., Paul Dhaliwal, and Kulbir Dhaliwal case from a year ago

You’ll find this Siberian tiger cub right next to the parking meter

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Looking down from Tati’s perch. This is about 75 feet down the hill from the old Julius’ Castle restaurant on Montgomery:

The view from the path:

This thing seems larger than life – it’s probably quite heavy.

Enjoy it while it lasts. She might not be there a long time.

Horrible Dhaliwal Brothers Refuse to Leave San Francisco Alone

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Those horrible Dhaliwal Brothers just can’t leave San Francisco alone it seems, having just filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today. Apparently you can get sued for thinking they might have done something wrong that Christmas Day:

Singer has suggested the brothers might have done something to provoke the tiger, an accusation that the Dhaliwals’ attorneys have denied.”

In actuality, the brothers might have done something to provoke the tiger. How’s this for a statement? Perhaps I’ll be the next to get sued.

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The whole idea of trying to get jurors from San Mateo and Marin to decide just how horrible the Dhaliwals are doesn’t appear to be a winning strategy, but who knows.

NB: A 24-year-old is not a “kid” regardless of any strategy to call him that. A “boys will be boys” approach has a similar problem.

To be continued…