San Francisco Archives
warning: escaping cat inside 2012
beloved neighborhood tree 2012
making neighborhood connections 2012
Being more active in my neighborhood is making me happy. Just got back from a great Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association meeting re: trees.
the lights of Smuggler's Cove 2012
Now THAT's a Sunday walk 2012
As Joe said on Twitter, we had a particularly epic walk today—from Hayes Valley to Sausalito! Ten beautiful, foggy miles.
After bagels at Momi Toby, we strolled in a zigzag fashion over to the southeast corner of the Presidio and on through it. With the cool fog blowing overhead it both sounded and smelled fantastic. I fully expected to emerge at the north edge to find the fog burning off, but it was, if anything even lower and thicker. Above was our view as we went up the hill toward the Golden Gate Bridge.
To our bemusement, the bridge itself was invisible, merely announcing its presence loudly with a foghorn mid-span. We were grinning at the ridiculousness of it as we crossed—finding we could barely see Fort Point when directly above it—and our spirits were mercifully not dampened. It was windy, but it wasn't bitterly cold (as it often can be).
The winds on the Marin side of the bridge cleared the air a little, but we still couldn't see much farther than a city block or two into the distance. The viewpoint there provided us with bathrooms, a refilled water bottle, and fuel for the next stretch of the journey in the form of a churro from a woman walking through the crowd, dispensing fried happiness.
We followed the bike path until it connected to Alexander Avenue and then walked downhill toward Sausalito, feeling the temperature shifting and seeing the visibility lift as we went. We hadn't reached the bottom of the hill before we both shed our hoodies. It was still windy, though, with wisps of fog still trying to fight their way over the hills above us.
We rested briefly again when we reached the bottom, sitting on a nice bench with what must be a glorious view on a really clear day and was still quite fine today. We tried a trick that turned out to work nicely: We each swapped our socks over to the other foot. A tiny change in where the cushion was pressed down from the miles so far, but enough to put a spring back in our step for the walk along that beautiful bayfront promenade.
By the time we'd passed through downtown Sausalito—well-populated with tourists speaking a variety of languages and supported by an equally multi-lingual set of signage—we were feeling the journey. It was only the prospect of that delicious meal at Fish which kept us in steady motion.
The double reward of good food and—praise be!—sitting was accentuated by the beauty of the spot. We often walk from home to our favorite restaurants, but not usually ten miles. Though the journey was a big part of the payoff, this was definitely worth the trip.
It was much more clear, though fog continued to billow over the tops of the hills and through the Golden Gate, but despite the sun started to feel quite chilly to us both. We didn't linger after our meal as long as we'd planned to rest our feet, but instead warmed ourselves off walking back to catch the ferry.
Our timing was great—we made it to the 3:50pm boat with ten minutes to spare, rather than having to wait until 5:30pm—and our quick pace had warmed us up enough to enjoy the view from the outside deck almost all the way back to the San Francisco Ferry Building, where, pleasingly, a #21 bus was waiting nearby to promptly carry us home. A fine day!
Out enjoying sunshine in Hayes Valley between 11am-1pm? Come say hi to me at the @SFFDNERT table at Ham & Eggs Fire Breakfast at Biergarten.
A Negroni at the Hi-Dive is still all that.
Walking in Hayes Valley with C'Anna 2011
A letter to my city supervisor 2011
Dear Supervisor Mirkarimi,
As Archbishop Niederauer said during the funeral of Lt. Vincent Perez and firefighter/paramedic Anthony Valerio, a major earthquake will come to San Francisco. Like them, we will give our best to help do the most good we can. Like them, we will rely on our training, the equipment we have prepared, and luck to pull through. Sadly, the latter is not under our control. As this event reminds us, even some of our best can be laid low. But they were not alone; in the wake of the tragedy, we should recall that the rest of their team did succeed in extinguishing that fire before it could claim more lives. By staffing the incident appropriately the danger could be successfully addressed, even in the face of such a loss.
We cannot staff our city for the kind of earthquake we expect purely with full-time, professional first responders. With thousands of people per square mile and an expectation of many major fires, our few fire, police, and paramedics on duty will be busy with the most significant incidents, leaving thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of smaller incidents to be handled by citizens.
The San Francisco Fire Department’s NERT program can allow citizens to respond effectively, within our training, using the equipment we as volunteers have been taught how to prepare in advance, and help pull our city through the next big quake. For that to happen, the program must remain fully funded and tightly integrated with all other city preparedness efforts.
I will do what I can as one citizen, but no matter how much training I take, alone I cannot resolve the incidents we expect in Hayes Valley. I need more NERTs working alongside me and that means I need more opportunities for my neighbors to be trained and more awareness of the program throughout the city.
I thank you for your support for the NERT program to date and hope that you will continue to see the great return on investment which it provides.
Dinah Sanders, Hayes Valley NERT co-coordinator
Night at the Academy with Mum Jinx 2011
Neighborhood preparedness drill 2010
North Beach with M-D 2010
Handy city info for your address 2010
I was checking to confirm who my city supervisor is when I found this handy dandy service from the San Francisco government. Just type in your address (or a cross street) and you'll find out
- Your parcel information (block & lot, zoning, lot area)
- Elected officials with links to their home pages (Board of Supervisors, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly, BART Board of Directors)
- Street information with – woo hoo! – street sweeping info for both sides of your block
- Nearest school and public library
Hooray for public information!
a visit to Mr. MacGregor's bar 2010
seconds on Thanksgiving 2009
Photo by Derek P.
Highly recommended: 5 years of All Over Coffee at SFPL 2009
- Paul Madonna
There's a free show downstairs at San Francisco Public Library through August 23rd, 2009, and I strongly encourage you to visit. This work is lovely to see full-size and up close, plus there's lots of good insight into the artist's process and philosophy.
After spending time with his art and listening to him speak in an older KQED video in the exhibit, I am fairly certain that Paul Madonna might understand better than most people my motivation for and pleasure in my project to walk every street in San Francisco, every block.
SFPL exhibits page
Paul Madonna's website
All Over Coffee in the San Francisco Chronicle
Artist Talk event from June 25th is among the content here (but SFPL has unfortunately not caught on to the idea of permalinks for the videos. Sigh.)