Archive for February, 2012

Detour Ahead Clayton Street Closed

Frederick Knob (F Knob) locals should plan accordingly. Due to limited road space, this sign faces the sidewalk towards Bacon Bacon. Easy to see if you’re walking, but kind of a head turner if you were driving and actually needed to know that Clayton St. is closed. This sign seemed so unnecessarily big that I had to make at gif out of it. I also captured some sort of green apparition under the tree on the right.

Frederick Knob, A Neighborhood In San Francisco?

San Francisco has no shortage of micro neighborhoods, small sections of the city designated by just a couple blocks (cough, cough…NOPA), but I think we may have stumbled upon a new hood! Frederick Knob.

While searching for directions on Google this morning I noticed that the location of Ice Tubes HQ west on the map was covered by the newly added Frederick Knob.

Frederick Knob is real, seriously. It even has a Wikipedia entry.

 [via Wikipedia]

Needless to say we’re super excited about the possibility of starting San Francisco’s newest hyperlocal neighborhood blog, bringing you breaking news and insights from one square block of the city.

Just today I found this bar of surf wax on the sidewalk in Frederick Knob. How did it get there?! Crazy.

Lovely Pumpkin Weather We’ve Been Having

The lifespan of an uncarved jack-o’-lantern lends itself to a new benchmark for measuring the mildness of a city’s winter. It’s the latter half of February, and this resilient gord has been enjoying a long life off the vine due to the temperate winter weather conditions we’ve been experiencing in San Francisco.

The “pumpkin index” is a good indicator for knowing when it’s OK to brag about where you live to friends who live in cities with cold climates. Winter 2012 in San Francisco is currently trending high on the pumpkin index.

National Gallery of Art East Building Waterfall Animation and Rubbing I.M. Pei

I recently visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and came away with this animation of the waterfall located in the cafeteria in the East Building.

The National Gallery of Art East Building was designed by I.M. Pei & Partners. If you visit the museum it might be hard to tell who designed it, because it has become routine to rub the engraving of I.M. Pei on the wall.

Budweiser Introduces Revolutionary Wide-Mouth Can

Beer now gets in your mouth faster than ever! Fantastic stuff.

[via spacehugs on Twitter]

Buying Coffee

I spend $2 on a cup of coffee almost daily, but whenever I stand in front of a bag of coffee that costs $15 and brews almost 50 cups I second-guess the purchase. Ultimately I buy the bag of coffee, but that’s the situation every time. Buying coffee is tough.

[Photo: DaveFayram via Flickr]

Liquid Japanese Mentos Commercial With San Francisco Bike Messengers

The drink is called Mets and it’s made by KIRIN, and honestly, that’s all I can really tell from the video. It appears to get you out of tough situations — like jumping though a cable car — when you’re tearing up the streets of San Francisco on a bike.

Riding bikes. Slamming Mets. San Francisco.

Ocean Beach, Still Really Weird

[Photo: Tom Prete / Ocean Beach Bulletin]

If your local surf spot is within San Francisco city limits you’re gonna experience some weird things from time to time. Ocean Beach surfers can now add “car in the ocean” to the list.

According to Ocean Beach Bulletin:

A woman drove her Lexus sedan down Stairwell 25 near Golden Gate Park, across the sand and into the surf at Ocean Beach Friday morning.

Check out the Ocean Beach Bulletin’s full story, which has a bunch more pics.

Never Get Behind An Old Volkswagon Bus

Virtually impossible, I know, if you live in the upper Haight. Word to the wise.

The Rare Outdoor Swimming Pools Of San Francisco

A food delivery guy was standing at the entrance of an apartment complex in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood as I happened to be walking by. When the guy was buzzed in I did a double take as the now open door reveled a clean, large rectangle-shaped swimming pool.

Here’s a satellite shot of the pool in Cole Valley.

Despite the beautiful weather portrayed in the above image, San Francisco rarely – if ever – gets warm enough to swim outside in a pool. Sure, the occasional two or three-day heat spells come in the fall months, but they’re never long enough to warm up pool water to a comfortable temp.

 [zoomed in view of Cole Valley outdoor swimming pool]

The average high temperature in San Francisco in September, the city’s warmest month of the year, is only 70 degrees (F). Even if the pool water is heated to 80 degrees (F) you’re still putting yourself under a good deal of discomfort to get a few laps in.

[via The Weather Channel]

Also, did you notice the average low temperatures for the warmest months of the year? If you live in San Francisco it’s the reason you never leave your apartment without a sweatshirt, even on the hottest days. It’s also the reason tourists are forced to buy those stylish “SF” fleeces that get worn on their one and only vacation to San Francisco.

The outdoor swimming pool in Cole Valley isn’t the only open air pool in the city. Arguably the city’s warmest neighborhood, the Mission, has an outdoor pool in the currently under renovation Mission Playground. The pool at Mission Playground is expected to re-open in August 2012.

What makes the Cole Valley outdoor pool so rare, despite what we’ve already discussed, is the fact that it’s residential. The Mission Playground pool is owned by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

Could you imagine coming across a Craigslist apartment listing that included “outdoor pool” as a feature of the apartment? Also, isn’t California in a drought? Shouldn’t we drain this sucker ala Dogtown and Z-Boys and make it into a skatepark until the “warm” months come?

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