So....Oakland last night.
I just posted some videos from that in the U.S. protests and revolution thread. The cops turned things ugly fast.
Back in December of 2010 Ike's Place said they were opening up a shop at SFSU. A few months later the sandwich shop in Caeser Chavez student center closed and I have been waiting anxiously for Ike's to open but there is literally no news about when or if it is ever going to happen. I'm so fucking hungry.
I went to SF on Monday with a friend. We ate dinner at this noodle place called Katanaya on Mason street, anyone heard of it? I had Udon noodles and they were delicious, though a bit hard to handle with chopsticks and a spoon.
Today, I saw the sunrise while driving North over the GG Bridge. Looking East, I noticed a large white shrouded structure on Alcatraz. Apparently, the National Park Service, is renovating the water tower for a cost of $1.1 million. The repairs are an effort to stabilize the structure and preserve/restore Native American graffiti. This graffiti is political in nature and stems from when thousands of Native Americans belonging to numerous tribes occupied Alacatraz. The occupation lasted from Nov. 20, 1969, until June 11, 1971. Actors and musicians, including the Grateful Dead and CCR (whom played a show aboard a boat stationed off the island) were involved in supporting and supplying the occupiers. Due to the resoluteness of the tribes and an outpouring of popular support, Pres. Nixon instituted policies allowing for self-determination amongst Native tribes.
Before today, I had absolutely no knowledge of this seminal event. Props to the money strapped Parks Service for making the effort to preserve such an important moment in Bay Area and National history.
Housing prices are fucking nuts right now... my lease is up in a month and I'm moving out anyway but my landlord is raising our total rent $700, and on craigslist it looks like prices in general have gone up pretty significantly in the last year. I'm going to spend like a grand a month for a place with no living room, looks like, or live in the outer Sunset.
How do you party when you live in the Sunset? any tips?
Heh, I don't party, I wish I could help...
Holy shit, it is so beautiful here though. Every day I say that exact same thing.
Its because of that, trick that I'm looking to possibly move to east bay. I know I know its fucking Oakland but its soo cheap and I could live in a house with my bf!
Where is the best place to park when trying to go out in the Mission (Public Works specifically?)
I've had good luck parking on Mission North of PW, just after the overpass. If there aren't spots there, make a Right onto S. Van Ness and a right onto 15th and start looking on those side streets.
Trick: you come to my place? I dunno, I live in the richmond and I go out more than when I lived downtown (as now I can afford to). There are 24 hour buses, and the occasional taxi fare isn't too bad.
Also, Excelsior is the shit! I have to find a new place in March... Any potential roommates in here?
Sunni I am not certain I'm moving to east bay yet.
In either February or April, I will be moving to Richmond for two years. What are the weather changes like? How cold/wet does it get in the winter? How hot in the summer?
Sometimes it rains.
So, should I bring an umbrella or a poncho?
Or maybe deck myself out in fisherman's rain gear?
In a city where fog is a fact of life, the Richmond holds a special place. You know that when San Franciscans think of an area as being especially foggy and cold that you are in for some truly gloomy weather. Virtually every night a white carpet unrolls over Richmond, often never retreating entirely until late in the afternoon. But the weather is unpredictable throughout the day, with refreshingly cool sea breezes one moment, followed by a sudden clear calm, that will only give way to a hard driving rain in a moment. Put simply, visitors should take a hint from the locals and carry a jacket with them no matter how pleasant the weather seems when they first step out onto the Richmond streets.
It also sometimes rains there; but is generally less foggy than the Richmond district of San Francisco.
Yea, Richmond (the city) is... a bit different than San Francisco. The weather is a little warmer (while still pretty moderate) -- upper 60's/low 70's for the middle part of the year and mostly upper 50's highs in the winter. It doesn't get quite as cold as SF in the winter, nor as much rain, and it's sunny more days than not. Perhaps a nice change from the PNW?
...It's known for having crime problems though. It is one of the least safe cities in the US (in terms of per capita violent crimes). IIRC, North Richmond is particularly bad. Choose your neighborhoods carefully, I guess?
Edit: I had just read about the crime on the wiki page, ranked 6th most dangerous city in the U.S., good thing I'm training in self-defense.