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Links of Interest For Friday, July 10th!

3685737684_46f95d0147_m.jpgI've been busy with a lot of Other Things, including work, getting ready for the big Bay Area pub trivia championship this weekend, and a new project I've been working on that's not ready to be unveiled to the public just yet. For now, here's some groovy Links of Interest to read while you're at work or school.

-First, this line of hipster-like apparel is kinda nice, particularly the Boeing-car themed ones, and the quality is a bit better than the run of the mill stuff you see online.

-Next, my friend Michael did this photoset of the Vulcan Stairway. This is one of those things I was ostensibly aware of , but never really thought to go see for myself until seeing this photoset. One of the things I've always liked about San Francisco are the many municipal stairways we have, something you don't always see elsewhere.

-All around Good Person Emily Drennen has a 3 part series in the Examiner that has a can-do, no-complaining attitude we could use more of in San Francisco. Regardless of whether you agree with her 100%, she at least makes a case thoughtfully, and without the political brickbats we often get when you say the b-word (bicycle).

-The SF Weekly blog has two litttle snippets of interest - first, a soon-to-be-retired MUNI shelter being used as a skateboard ramp (!) , and another contest, this time betting on when the Mayor will pull the rug out from under the naive "deal" struck by Budget Chair Sup. Avalos.

-The kind folks who run the SF Appeal have some BART related news - the ongoing struggle to get BART to finally accept TransLink cards as payment, and the latest on the acrimonious negotiations between labor and management at BART.

It's unclear if any unions will strike after all, but I sure wish both sides would dial down the posturing and war rhetoric, and get back to business. A strike would be a major pain in the collective ass of the Bay Area at a time when we really do not need it. Plus it would be really bad for our trivia team. So there!

That's all for now...have a great weekend and enjoy the many fun things to do on a summer weekend around town. And if you spot any particularly bad MUNI fail or win, feel free to twitter at me or email me over the weekend.

PS: We're always looking for Guest Bloggers to post on Wednesdays! This week's blogger had some work duties catch up with them so we missed one this week. Email me if you're interested and we'll get you on the schedule for July and August.

Comments

Oh, those Muni hoodies are mighty cool - I might have to get one of those.

The designer sells his wares in Justin Herman Plaza on most Saturdays. I have one of his prints in my office.

I was in Bistro St. Germain eating dinner while the skaters were doing their thing. It was quite a site. I'm still amazed they 1) didn't get injured and 2) didn't crash thru the restaurant window.

Ga! Meant to say "quite a sight."

I looked up Vulcan Stairway; next time I visit MuniLand I'll check it out. It's not far from the "F" terminal (but my map doesn't show topography). It reminded me of the time I visited Napier Lane and some of the other stairs and platforms on the north side of Telegraph Hill. What set me on that quest was the 1979 remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", which used that area as a location. What ties things together is the fact that the movie feaures Leonard Nimoy, whose most famous role was the Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series.
Live Long and Prosper!

I looked up Vulcan Stairway; next time I visit MuniLand I'll check it out. It's not far from the "F" terminal (but my map doesn't show topography). It reminded me of the time I visited Napier Lane and some of the other stairs and platforms on the north side of Telegraph Hill. What set me on that quest was the 1979 remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", which used that area as a location. What ties things together is the fact that the movie features Leonard Nimoy, whose most famous role was the Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series.
Live Long and Prosper!

Dear Greg: Thanks for the link.

@Bob Davis: The topography is straight up and down so you might want to take a bus to the top of 17th Street and Clayton (the 33), and walk down the Vulcan Stairs from there.

Thanks for the tip (and please accept my apologies for double posting--my AOL screen was acting weird and I wasn't sure the message got through). I've ridden the 33 for historic reasons: It was the first trolley coach line in SF; Market St. Ry. Co. went to TC's in 1935 because of the tight turn where the streetcars had to do a "switchback" like an old-time mountain railway. This process required the motorman to change ends, while a short TC could make it around the bend at Upper Market and Clayton.

I personally think going up the Vulcan stairs is much prettier. Going down your eye is naturally drawn to the vista of San Francisco, the Bay, and the East Bay. Going up your eye is drawn naturally up at the changing gardens. There's a nice Asian inspired garden about 1/3 of the way from the bottom that just doesn't have the same impact if you approach it from the top.

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