Thursday, July 31, 2008

Duel over Slavery


Another in my theme of historical markers.

David Broderick was a US Senator from California. David Terry was the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

In September 1859, Terry, who was pro-slavery and blamed Broderick and his anti-slavery faction for his re-election defeat, got into a war of words with Broderick. Eventually, this became so heated that a Terry challenged Broderick to a duel.

At the duel, Broderick's gun went off prematurely, so Terry got off what was basically an unchallenged shot. Broderick died 4 days later, and was made into a martyr for the anti-slavery movement. This act is considered by many to be the defining moment that kept Slavery out of California, which was one of the factors hastening us to the Civil War.

The site of the duel is marked with this plaque and a couple of granite markers where each man stood.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Portola Expedition Camp Marker

Portola Expedition Camp Marker

In keeping with yesterday's "historical marker" theme, I bring you the marker of the location of the first campsite of the Portola Expedition after they discovered the San Francisco Bay. The actual campsite has been covered by what is now lake San Andreas, but near this spot is where, in November of 1769, 64 men, lead by Gaspar de Portolà, laid their head after a busy day where they were the first Europeans to see the San Francisco Bay.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kanrin Maru Plaque

Kanrin Maru Plaque

This plaque commemorates the arrival of the first Japanese ship in San Francisco harbor, the Kanrin Maru, on March 17, 1860. The plaque can be seen by the Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lands End.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sailboat race on the bay

Sailboat Race

Another shot from the Sunday walk at Crissy Field. These boats are about 1/5th of the total number that were participating in the race.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pelicans on the bay

Pelicans on the bay

Caught this flock of pelicans flying near BOB during our regular Sunday walk at Crissy Field.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bob in the trees

Bob in the trees

Caught this picture of a ship going under the Big Orange Bridge (aka The Golden Gate Bridge) from the side of the road near Lands End.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Flight 2

Flight 2

A second shot from yesterday's visit to Fort Funston. It's not often that you get the opportunity to snap a glider in flight from above. I'm blessed in that I was able to do so with the Pacific Ocean as my backdrop.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008



Fort Funston is a big spot for hang gliders. There is a great spot where you can take your life in your hands and see the gliders take off, land, and make crazy, maniacal swings at the beach and cliff as they try to come in for a "soft" landing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ticket to ride

ticket to ride

Caryn and I went to see "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the Orpheum Theater in the city tonight. We rode BART to get there (clearly the way to do it -- no parking, go gas, a little extra exercise, ...).

Monday, July 21, 2008



A local landmark -- the Sees factory in South San Francisco.

Yummy candy!! I *love* (as in, they would be greatfully accepted for any kind of tribute/honorarium/token of appreciation) the lollypops -- any flavor!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Lycée Français La Pérouse

Perouse - doorway

Lycée Français La Pérouse is a French language immersion high school in San Francisco. They recently moved into the building which formerly housed the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The doorway (above) is very ornate. Below, you'll find some detail:

Perouse - Bas Relief

Perouse - closeup top

Perouse column detail

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Going green with a blue bag


We've been trying to cut down on our use of plastic or paper bags at the store. To further this aim, we bought a number of these "Chicobags" -- they are recycled plastic and will hold about the same volume as the basic plastic grocery bag. They fold into their own little pouch and have a clip to make them easy to carry.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The homes over the Presidio

Homes above the Presidio

Nice view of some really nice homes that seem to float above the Presidio, as seen from the Crissy Field parking lot.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Trever Swings...

Trever swings

Trever is an amazing young man who had his 11th birthday party today. The son of our friends Annie and Bob, Trever is one of those kids for whom we will all work some day. He already runs his own business (with staff).

Here he is taking the first smack at a piñata.

I like the total sense of abandon in the picture.

Friday, July 11, 2008



The iconic building in San Francisco's Chinatown, this building is on California, at a popular cable car stop.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

St. Mary's

Went to a security seminar in the city today at the Ritz Carlton on California and Stockton. Across the street is St. Mary's


A little closer view of the clock and verse:

CIMG0922 - closeup

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Substation in Daly City


We went out to dinner with friends at a restaurant on the Brisbane/Daly City border. The only parking for this place was along Bayshore Blvd, in front of an ENORMOUS power substation (one of, if not the largest I've ever seen). That's the Cow Palace (where Elvis, The Beatles, and thousands of others have played).

Tuesday, July 8, 2008



For some reason, I look at this picture and think about a cop "buddy" show. Something like "Starsky and Hutch". You can kinda see these guys chasing bad guys, saying cheezy lines, then the camera freezes on them...

Sorry about doing 2 pictures of the same subject in a week, but it just hasn't been a big picture taking week. I'll try to do better.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Giant glowing head...

Exploratorium glowing head

Seen at the Exploratorium. The exhibit discusses the effect of color on mood. You stick your head in the globe and it rotates through a series of colors.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Bay area foggy summer

Foggy Bay Area Summer

Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area is known for its fog.

Nature abhors extremes. The summer sun heats up the central valley to temps of 100+ Fahrenheit. The fastest way for nature to mitigate this heat is for moisture from the ocean to rush in. The shortest and easiest (least mountainous) path to get that moisture there runs right over San Francisco and the peninsula. As that cold moisture slides by, the fog forms, which dramatically cools the air it is passing through, which encourages more moisture to condense.

The light bounces from droplet to droplet, creating the halos.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008



I'm struck by the wide variety of hats for sale in such a small space. You see Bowlers, 10-gallons, Gardening hats, Aussie range hats, even Koolies (rice paddy hats).

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July 2008 Theme Day: "No . . ." signs

No label

I work for a biotech firm. Yes, these stickers are necessary.

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