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Photo by pneyu
This motel’s sign – located on Geary near 12th Avenue – gets photographed a lot. But I like this juxtaposition of this shot against the blue sky.
On a related but random note, do you realize how few hotels/motels we have in the neighborhood?
Sarah B.4:40 pm | Posted under Photos | 7 comments
Photo by Natures Lantern – David Cruz
Last fall, we posted some great shots of a river otter that was frolicking at Sutro Baths. Today, the Chronicle reported that the otter, now known as “Sutro Sam”, has taken up residence in the ruins where he munches on goldfish and entertains visitors.
He’s the first river otter to show up in the confines of San Francisco in decades, according to the River Otter Ecology Project, which tracks otter sightings around the Bay Area.
Sutro Sam’s digs below the Cliff House are ideal for feeding – he’s got access to birds, mussels, and the various pet goldfish that people have “relocated” to the freshwater pool that fills up the old ruins, fed by a spring.
The Chron article starts out with the line, “Naturalists and wildlife aficionados are atwitter about the unexplained presence of a river otter at the ruins of Sutro Baths…”, which may have spawned the idea for the critter’s new Twitter handle – @SutroSam.
Sutro Sam tweeted up a storm today, expressing his desire to find a she-otter to keep him company, and the need to “commandeer plovers for micro-blogging” (his wet furry paws lead to typos in his tweets; another Twitter member suggested the sharp, precise beaks of the snowy plovers on Ocean Beach).
So far he only has 31 followers, but that includes some real heavyweights like the Academy of Sciences, the Ocean Beach Bulletin and well, this blog.
So the next time you’re out at the Baths, keep an eye out for Sutro Sam and be sure to tell him you like his tweeting! Otters need validation too.
Photo by John Dent
Reader John D. sent us this pic he took of some brave souls taking a dip at Ocean Beach on New Year’s Day. What a way to start the year!
Do you have any neighborhood-related resolutions for 2013? Leave a comment to let us know.
Sarah B.9:42 am | Posted under Ocean Beach, Photos | 4 comments
It’s been 40 years since Playland at the Beach closed down, but many of the colorful artifacts from the amusement park often resurface around the neighborhood.
Several weeks ago, this Playland clown head appeared, eerily lit, in the window of the old Busvan for Bargains store on Clement Street near 4th Avenue, with this sign accompanying it:
One of the nine heads suspended from the ceiling of the main building in San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach, this clown reflects the Fun House’s theme and admonition: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; cry – and you cry alone”. It was removed when Playland was demolished in 1972 to make room for progress. We are still waiting.* In the 1980′s, the mechanism and detailing of the figure was restored. This is the first time since Playland’s closing that it is again able to enjoy distressing children in the Richmond.
The distressing part may be that the clown’s eyes actually move back and forth (watch the quick clip below). I can almost hear Laughing Sal in the background…
*I find this statement a little rich considering that the Busvan for Bargains space has been empty for how many years now? 10? 15? How about making some progress to find a tenant…
Photo by Tom Carmony
This festive pic shows some of the holiday fun going on at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park right now, which includes snow flurries every hour, music performances, a Snowman Theater, and live reindeer (through Jan. 6, 2013).
Photo by niallkennedy (2011)