Earth Day, 2012, a set on Flickr.
SF Environment had a story to tell.
Each year, Earth Day, April 22nd, marks the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness of its era, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and bringing environmental concerns front and center. We at SF Environment continue to advocate for environmental causes that enhance our lives not only in San Francisco but beyond. Get involved and make every day Earth Day!
Nothing beats exploring the 7 Hills of San Francisco on two wheels. Here are some highlights from the year’s rides, 2010. Our favorite route? Castro to the Marina. . .
best concert at an ice cream shop, 2010: Jane Wiedlin plays Humphry Slocombe with special guest, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Humphry Slocombe‘s played host to a birthday party- slash- ice-cream-mashup this summer, 22 August, and the result of this
hot-mess conflagration-of-coolness turned out to be one of the most memorable parties of the year. The birthday boy was Doug Quint of the infamous Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Haven’t heard of it yet? It’s a roving ice cream truck out of New York, and it has a cult following there. The man himself chose Humphry Slocombe’s as the site of his party, and dished up a special flavor on-the-spot, Tranny Smackdown:
(“tranny padding” (shortbread baked by Humphry’s Jake Godby), Slocombe strawberry ice cream and marshmallow fluff, smeared “mascara” (dark chocolate sauce), and smeared “lipstick” (Amarena cherry sauce), all topped with Trix cereal.)
Add to the mix Quint’s long-time friend, rocker and former Go-Go Jane Wiedlin, who lives in the Mission(!!) and who, in the column of coolest. birthday. present. ever. debuted her new song Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, a gift for Quint (which you can download on iTunes here)
Skeletons among us, it must be October! The predominantly Latino Mission District is gearing up for the Day of the Dead, as evidenced by the ‘munecas’ in the store windows. . .
I was thrilled today when my blog achieved 500 hits! After all, I ‘ve only been launching my blog entries into the ether for a matter of weeks now and other than the handful of folks I’ve told about it, it’s a mystery who finds it, how they find it and what they think of it. Let alone this all repeating 500 times. It ‘s actually amazing to me. Every time the ticker goes up by one I wonder those things!
I’ve not had more than 20 hits in any given day (and it’s usually much less) so just imagine my surprise to see the blog-hit counter reach 500 today. A look “behind the curtain” (the stats) produced the graph displayed above and lo-and-behold, I had something like 70 hits today?!? I’m incredulous and curious!! To what do I attribute this?? Wordpress provides the tool to help; I realized I had my first ever referrer… a link someone actually took the time to point back to me!! And boy- did it work!! Wow!! Cool!! Now I’m wondering …who created the link? Which post grabbed them and moved them to connect back to me?? Do we share a common passion?? Have I found a new cyber pal?? Will we banter and cross-polinate via our blog posts?? I followed the link and. . .
I don’t know whether to laugh or scrub myself clean. . . the site that linked to me is equal parts ridiculous, scary, more scary, sad and foul material, some of the worst I’ve ever seen on the net. I’ll tell you this much only- it ‘s run by and for fundamentalist, and I mean the most fringe of the fringe, Evangelical Christians, waiting the Rapture. I’d tell you the link but I don’t want to give them the traffic. It is repellant stuff!
They found my post about the “three head six arm buddha” and linked that in some inscrutable way to myth of the Anti Christ and the ushering in of the Ra . . . I’m not even going to go there. Not only did they link. They quoted my whole post and put it on their site. No joke. They presumably read the fascinating article to which I linked, detailing how the artist found discarded, desecrated and plundered religious art and created this Buddha in response, with intention to give dignity back to the art that was destroyed and, by extension, acknowledged the religious struggle behind the politics. The triumph of art over war, of the human spirit overcoming oppression, of creating a thing of beauty from an act of ugliness. . . these folks didn’t quite get that part.
(And, I’m making a conscious decision not to call them Christians because they don’t represent the religion well, by any measure.)
So thanks guys for the traffic, it was fun to watch the counter notch up throughout the day, today. But you really only represent 70. Thanks to the other 430+ of you that took the time to visit Mus-E-Yum and a huge thank you to the ones that left a comment I love it! Keep watching here for more about San Francisco values which, I happen to think, are among the highest you’ll find anywhere.
And thanks to Shanghai for that wonderful Buddha, a 3 head 6 arm sculpture that is not only beautiful but reflects (in my view) all that is Good about San Francisco. Our city that provides endless possibility and opportunity to all who have imagination. Our city that Preaches Peace and Love, Not War. Our city that Embraces all who have been outcast from and broken by the place where they grew up, and that puts them back together again. Our city that welcomes and celebrates people of all ethnicities, religions, non-religions, sexualities and creeds. Our city that fights every day for the Basic Human Rights and Intrinsic Worth of each and every person. Our city that is Beautiful. Our city that its Active. And Smart. And Generous. And Vibrant. And KIND. Our city that shines that Light back to a world that still has pockets of darkness, and Loves even the parts that would have the Light extinguished. Our city Persists, always striving to represent our best ideals.
Today Buddha, you mean all the more to me and, rest assured, you have a home that loves you here in San Francisco!
Standing 30 feet tall and weighing in at 15-tonnes, “Three Head Six Arm Buddha” by Zhang Huan was installed in Civic Center plaza on May 5th, 2010. The sculpture is a gift from Shanghai, our “Sister City”, and it commemorates the 30th anniversary of the relationship.
The artist derived his inspiration for the piece upon his discovery of Tibetan artifacts for sale at a market in China, remnants of original works of art plundered during the Cultural Revolution.
Quoted from the article in the SF Examiner:
“The sculpture’s theme is based on the story of the three-headed, six-armed prodigy Nezha, according to an artist’s statement.
“Its figure implies surpassing spirit of the challenge to self-limit, the challenge to the human limits,” Zhang wrote. “
For more information about this inspiration, check out this detailed article on SF CITIZEN. As you’ll discover there, “The artist, having been deeply moved by the sight of the desecrated statues, believes that by recreating these fragments on a grand scale, he is able to alleviate the pain caused by their destruction.”
A flower that has bloomed on the Plaza, the sculpture is a joyous and beautiful expression of that motivation! Already drawing a crowd, I have no doubt San Francisco will embrace the Buddha. The scale of the piece matches the scale of the place, yet doesn’t overpower it. And, the space around it is electric! No matter which way you approach it, Three Head Buddha will make eye contact with you, while the tentacular arms invite you in. . . in a good way. The feeling of peace and harmony is palpable here, and the Buddha offers a loving embrace that inspires a smile!
My favorite sushi restaurants, Eiji and Minako, are distinguished not only by the highest quality fish but also the intimate, authentic sincerity of the restaurant spaces themselves. Both are family run neighborhood haunts and you will feel as if you’re a guest in the home of the chef when you dine at either one. Yes, you can find many more great sushi restaurants in San Francisco but in my opinion, the inviting character of these two set them apart from the rest. I’ve copied my reviews from Yelp.com below…
317 Sanchez St
(between 16th St & 17th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
“5 star experience, every time. When you find a place that consistently serves up a great experience, it just keeps you coming back. This is a staple whenever we have guests in from out-of-town. You know the scenario, the guest wants to go ‘somewhere off the beaten path’, following that true ‘insider’s tip’. This is that place . . .impossibly cute, very authentic and always, always good. And, very “OFF” the beaten path . . .
Yes the sushi melts in your mouth, yes you’ll find some stuff you don’t always find in other sushi restaurants (note the loving tribute to tofu on the first page of the menu, and a few very varied and good offerings of same). . .try the whitefish carpaccio, thinly sliced white fish on a drizzle of olive oil, with tomatoes. . . yum.
For the singles out there, it’s not just for guests, this would be a very special (and CUTE) first-date place. (Impress him/her with your exquisite knowledge of the neighborhood dining scene, and unpretentious taste)
And the staff are just so nice.
2154 Mission St
(between 18th St & Clarion Alley)
San Francisco, CA 94110
“Last night my partner and I had dinner here for the first time and I have to say it was among the best meal experiences we’ve had all year. From the food to the joy of getting to know the vibe of this neighborhood haunt, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves from start to finish.
We wanted to try a new sushi place and given it was Earth Day, Organic seemed particularly appropriate. We’d heard great things about Minako so our choice was made. The food didn’t disappoint. Seafood salad was the best I’ve had. The sushi is exquisitely prepared (with brown rice. Interesting!) and every detail was right, down to the fresh, brightness of the pickled ginger and wasabi. The care they take was evident in the attentiveness of the server who actually explained the servings are large (they are) and actually advised us to order LESS. How often does that happen? She cared about our experience of the food.
The restaurant traffic was light so we also had the chance to talk to our server, about local food, even the music playing in the restaurant, and had the best time. We found ‘mom’ is the chef and owner and given this, and the familiarity the staff had with others in the restaurant (which is small) it was so evident this is a true neighborhood spot. They staff will remember you, and treat you as if you’re in their home. And I really appreciated that.”
After way too long, my friend C and I finally caught up yesterday, over a drink. I don’t know where time has gone… and why it goes by so quickly! Having spent so much quality time together during school, talking art, animation and life, I really relished reconnecting with him. He’s an amazing artist and a great guy. The good feeling of that visit lingered for the rest of the night, and I found myself looking at pictures that I drew in school. C was right, looking at those old drawings reconnected me to the art student I was when I created them and I feel a renewed creative feeling, a motivation to sketch that I haven’t felt in a while.
Here’s a sequence of drawings that I did in graduate school as development work for a story I devised, one that became a storyboard for my final project. The characters I created are a family of mice who live in the walls of a supermarket. Getting a a piece of cake for a birthday party turns out to be an ordeal for them but I assure you, everything works out fine in the end!
And this is my favorite Easter photo! I snapped this in the neighborhood Easter of 2007…
My favorite event of the year is the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Party. Held every year on Easter Sunday, rain (as in, this year) or shine, this incredibly fun event draws hundreds (or thousands) of revelers young and old to the Castro to celebrate Easter, the Arrival of Spring, and …Fun!
The day kicks off with an egg roll for the kids and progresses to an Easter Bonnet contest for the grown ups. And then there’s the Hunky Jesus contest which is …um, popular. (No one does more for keeping Christ at the center of the holiday than the Sisters!) And no one does more for the Community in both maintaining the Spirit We Have and also, delivering much-needed money to good causes. . . the Sisters raise so much for charity it isn’t even funny!
To me, this event represents all that I love about the community I live in. The Celebration of Creativity. Of Fun. Of Fellowship. Of Open Mind and Heart. Of letting people Be who they are and want to Be. Of taking care of each other. There is no better way to celebrate Easter in my book. Three Cheers for the Sisters who keep the Spirit Alive.
So regrettably, I wasn’t able to go this year so I’ve posted links to albums from celebrations past. And of course, I’m looking forward to next year!