Category Archives: Only in San Francisco

Candyland… Come to Life

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19, 2009, San Francisco’s crookedest street (Lombard Street) will be transformed into a giant Candyland board to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the board game.  The street will be closed to traffic as children from the University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital participate in the game as colored game pieces and interact with life-sized game characters.

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This is almost as cool at the annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) race down Lombard Street every Easter.  I said, “almost”!

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I <3 Puppies

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A San Francisco couple set up a live video feed to watch over their dog’s six Shiba Inu puppies… and the rest is history (or rather, workplace distraction). 

If only they could pipe in puppy breath… bestill my puppy-loving heart.

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Make Some Space

It’s here!… Today, September 19th is the second annual Park(ing) Day.  Conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

This is obviously a “green movement” but I think it has greater implications.  I was lucky enough to walk past three of these exhibits on my way into the office… one of which I had enough time to sit at while enjoying my coffee for a bit and I can honestly say that it changed my morning.  If nothing else… it will change your perspective… and only good things can come of that. 

If you get inspired and are interested in participating next year, check out the Park(ing) Day How to Manual for hints on how to create your own parking project.  Have fun – and send me pics!

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Overheard @ California & Spruce

Location: 

In the fantastically beautiful, mega-wealthy Presidio Heights district of San Francisco in front of the neighborhood Starbucks. 

Situation:

Two well-kept high school (maybe college) girls dressed in designer preppy outfits.  Girl One – has lit cigarette hanging dangling from mouth while she attempts to light Girl Two’s cigarette.  Girl Two – pulls cigarette out of her mouth and looks at the tip to check if it lit and says:

“Is this thing on?”

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Apple Bottom Jeans, Boots with the Fur…

This is a photo of Cinders, the boot wearing pig.  He suffers from a real phobia… Dirt Phobia.  I kid you not!  So her owners outfitted her with Paddington Bear doll Wellies so that this little piggy can be a… pig.  Proof this story is more than a Photoshop job:

After a little eyerolling chuckle, I basked in the comfort that I (and those I love and respect) am above this nonsense.  But the true test was today, Bring Your Pet to Work Day, when my promises-he-isn’t-gay-coworker brought his dog, Jada, into the office.

Am I still above this?  Hell yeah I am!  It’s kinda funny on a pig who is afraid of dirt.  Sorta sad in person…

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Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun

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I will be frank… in general, I am not crazy about old people.  With the exception of my grandpa and the Brown’s.

San Francisco is known for a lot of things… but what most outsiders don’t realize is that the Famous San Francisco Twins are as much a city landmark as the cable cars and Golden Gate Bridge.

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These sassy gals, Marian and Vivian Brown, can be spotted all around town in their fancy shmancy get-ups.  I wonder if this is what NYC has to look forward to with Mary-Kate and Ashley?!?

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sTori Telling

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So last night was the first time I have ever attended a book signing.  Who, might you ask, was thrilling enough to pull me out to the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 7pm? 

Tori Spelling

I really just wanted to see her up-close… not actually meet her… and I could care less about her signature… but since I did genuinely want to read her book (don’t judge me but my guilty pleasures have also included Victoria Beckham‘s That Extra Half an Inch) it made sense… sorta!?!

My lack of fashion flare was glaring as I stood in line with some of SF’s best “Queens” but it was well worth the effort as it may have possibly been the best people watching of the last decade.  Important highlights include:

  1. Tori Spelling telling her semi-famous tranny impersonator, Suppositori Spelling, to “break a leg” 
  2. A pan handler telling all of us, “I don’t even want to meet Tori any more after meeting her fans” (because nobody was giving him money)
  3. Some of the majorly cracked-out middle aged creeps who were actually SCALPING photos from her 90210 glory days while they discussed William Shatner’s upcoming book signing… Tori’s fans are trekkies!!!

I have to remind myself that I will never get those two hours of my life back… and I am happy to report that it is fine by me! 

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