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.
This is almost as cool at the annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) race down Lombard Street every Easter. I said, “almost”!
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.
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!
I didn’t bother to mention it but about a month or so back, my morning bus driver, Barbara, changed routes and therefore literally drove out of my life. I was actually kinda bummed because this spunky nugget of a bus driver was always entertaining with her mad woman slightly aggressive driving, verbal bitch-slapping colorful commentary, and genuine happiness to see us when we got on the bus.
Anyway, this morning as I got on the bus, I found none other than Ms. Sassy Pants Barbara sat in the driver’s seat. I couldn’t help myself, I blurted out, “Your back!” to which she replied, “That’s right, honey child. I see you’re on time today and not all running up on my bus huffing. Now go sit down baby girl… this ain’t no time to get sappy.”
Aw, Barbara… you always know just what to say. (Insert: tear)
A gigantic kitchen in an undisclosed office in the SoMa district of San Francisco.
A handful of coworkers are hanging out while preparing their breakfast around the center island of the kitchen. Two female coworkers get to reminiscing about how their mothers dressed in the 80’s. One coworker told a story about how her mom used to wear muu muus big, flowing, colorful, butterfly dresses… but admitted that they were living in Hawaii at the time so it was pretty normal. Another coworker added to the conversation,
“Do you know what’s worse? My mom used to wear that stuff too and we lived in AMERICA!”
The San Francisco Bay Area local traffic station that reports for The Today Show.
A respected, local traffic reporter with a straight face, mind you, reported,
“…there is a back-up [on the freeway] due to a porta-potty in the number 2 lane.”
In the fantastically beautiful, mega-wealthy Presidio Heights district of San Francisco in front of the neighborhood Starbucks.
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?”
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.
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?!?
I want a dog. Even though I promised myself that for my 30th birthday I would be the proud mama to one — I am left with 2 weeks to go and no hope in site. However, it seems I have options should I move back to NYC. I present you with Plastic Bag Animals… aka City Pets!
There is a street artist who’s been making these animals out of discarded plastic bags. The plastic bag animals are then tied to the ventilation grates above the subway lines so that when the subway rushes through underneath, the animal jumps up and springs to life.
Up! Goooooooood Dog!
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?
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:
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)
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!