Friday, April 18, 2014

High Reach Demolition ~ hungry dinosaurs

The last few weeks have been very interesting if one happens to go by Geary and VanNess Streets in San Francisco. It's literally a jaw-dropping high-reach demolition that is quickly drawing to a close as they get ready to build a new hospital in June. I got a first hand account and tour by Bob Bailey (structural engineer on the project) on March 31. I've never been that close to such equipment and the cacophony as the hydraulic scrap cutting shears on the end of the giant robotic arm kept munching away at the thick rebar and concrete building like a hungry dinosaur. The overall sensory experience was riveting to say the least.

To read more about the plans, click here

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Bob Bailey, structural engineer on the demo site





Bob Bailey's iPhone video from today as a large part of the roof came down on the last tower

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Just pull back on the throttle and eventually you're there

Yesterday arrived home after 1,600 miles round trip to Las Vegas on motorcycles to spend Christmas. The weather gods cooperated and although a few days of 41 degree riding in the morning kept it "fresh" ~ the sun was a friend for the entire nine days.

A full compilation of photos are posted here and these are the edited ones down from over 300.

Eventually I'd like to work up to the "trip of a lifetime", this guy Alex Chacon is pure inspiration with a 500 day motorcycle trip from Alaska to Argentina, his video here.

  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Crab instead of Turkey for Thanksgiving ~ why not?

Turkeys were spared today as some crab harvesting was in order near Potato Patch Shoal just outside of the Golden Gate.  The swells were remarkable in size and thus only one pot was retrievable. Watching the waves crash not far away on the shallow part of the shoal was a show in itself. A couple of the ten guests had to go "face down" on couches to "listen for crabs" (aka feeling queasy) but alas, eight of the crustaceans were gathered and cooked on the dock. What an exciting and novel adventure and then we found out later the Coast Guard had declared the area off limits to boats due to swell size, phew.

waves breaking nearby on the shallow part of the shoal




the bridge with shadow heading out to the fishing site

me pretty delighted with the size of these crabs

cooking the crabs on the dock



Saturday, November 9, 2013

nature going digital thanks to google

I've seen a lot of unusual things but today was another "new" one that made me smile and wonder.  Out on the weekly horse patrol with Christopher, a young lady was coming toward us in the parking lot wearing this contraption seen below. Somehow I instinctively knew it was a "google camera" and indeed it was. She explained that she works for the Parks Conservancy and clearly some of their people strap these on to go hiking and "map" the trails in the National Parks. Who knew? The future is here.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Sisyphean Chalk Guy in San Francisco

Andrew and I were headed out to pick up our lunch on Kearny St. an hour ago when we both looked down at a mysterious 2 foot swath of continuous white stuff on the sidewalk. We knew it wasn't paint but it certainly was drawing our attention. On the way back to the office, we were curious and excited to look off toward Sacramento St. and see the person with the giant white "cube" on the corner. We went up to investigate and ask questions. A myriad of bystanders were observing and remarking as well. Turns out the man is named Nathaniel Price, an artist doing a series called Drawn by pulling a 160 pound chunk of white chalk on a rope through the streets of San Francisco, trying to end up at the Golden Gate Bridge. It's not the first time he's done this, as seen on his website. The project elicits quite a few responses and it's part of the plan and what started out in my mind as resistance "who the heck left this crap on Kearny St?" ended up as delight. One lady in Chinatown yellowed out to Nathaniel "you need a car" and all I could think of was how it appeared to by a Sisyphean task.

Nathaniel doesn't pose for photos but he'll answer questions


Nathaniel explaining his project


Andrew took a photo of the chalk

Andrew and I were honored to be trusted as "chalk tenders" while Nathaniel grabbed his lunch nearby

crossing Sacramento at Kearny, the chalk mark

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Another Rowing Season Wraps Up with a Win

Yesterday morning began with a thick layer of fog through the middle of the San Francisco Bay... the Annual Dolphin Club vs. South End Rowing Club triathalon commenced with the "barge race" between the two large 6-seat rowing boats. Being on the Dolphin Team, I'm pleased to report we won in our Wieland boat and probably due to the long weekend practices of rowing up to four hours in all kinds of conditions. Because the fog dictated over an hour of "warm up" to find the right conditions to hold the race and finally all agreed to run the course from St. Francis Yacht Club to the Aquatic Park since the visibility was improved there.

Here's a video from practice a few weeks ago as well as photos from the race (thanks to Ian Tervet for shooting most of them).













 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Brush with some fast boats

For the past two Sundays when I'm out rowing on the Bay... I've had the good fortune to get up pretty close to these boats and though I don't have personal video ~ this one recently released is pretty accurate to show what it's like out there. The sounds as these crafts go by on the water are indescribable ~ carbon creaking as the boats tense up in the wind but going so fast it's hard to listen for long.




Friday, August 30, 2013

Interfere here if you dare

Last Tuesday the theme of The Moth StorySLAM was "Interference" ~ so many ways to relate stories along that topic, especially these days. 


"It’s lovely to know that the world can’t interfere with the inside of your head." — Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes)


Corey Rosen starts off the show





Sunday, August 4, 2013

Anthropomorphism of fog ~ Karl

Last week I was informed about an Instagram personality I should be aware of called KARL THE FOG

Who knew that the anthropomorphism of fog ended with the name Karl? And mysteries are still unfolding about Karl.


Karl, the San Francisco Fog All that is sunny does not glitter, not all those in the fog are lost. http://twitter.com/karlthefog

Below is my own fog photo taken yesterday at the top of Coleman Valley Road entitled "Lone Tree in the Fog". And of course I used my newfound knowledge of an unusual hashtag with the word #fogstagram just to give Karl some company.