Hippy Hill on a Sunday. FREE

27 03 2009

The best things in Life aren’t things.

Sunday Skating at Skatin’ Place.

10 03 2009

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Every Sunday the city closes down a few streets in Golden Gate Park to car traffic and D Miles hosts his Sunday skating at Skatin’ Place get down.

D has got really good taste in music and Skatin’ Place is a magnet for all these colorful and talented skaters and onlookers.

I was tripping out on this kid in the orange pants. This guy was ripping it up.

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Now check it out as he circles by. He’s bent over like a pretzel and skating on one leg, with his other leg sticking out and his head just inches above the concrete.

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Fucking rad!

Those are some dope threads you got there, Son.

10 03 2009

dope threads son

That’s just too cute for words.

You know your parents love you when they hook you up with a sweet Adidas jumpsuit that they know you will outgrown in a few months.

I think this kid just became my new favorite drummer in the park.

Hippy Hill on a Saturday.

8 03 2009

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I love Golden Gate Park.

Everyone in San Francisco has this amazing multi-million dollar backyard that we all get to share. And I never have to worry about mowing the lawn. All the stress, price gouging, and road rage that comes with living in the city evaporates away on a sunny day in the park. That’s the pay-off. That’s one of the things that makes it all worth while. There’s nothing in the world that I would trade my sunny weekend days in the park for.

Hippy Hill is a melting pot. Just like crack being cooked in a microwave. You have college kids, high school kids, homeless kids, homeless dogs, crusty punks, screaming crazy people, drug dealers, drug buyers, tourists, cops on motorcycles, cops in patrol cars, kids, soccer moms, frisbee heads, jugglers, and this amazing eclectic assortment of drummers and horns that jam out on the weekend. There are some people that I’ve been seeing in this drum circle for over a decade now. This is our backyard.

Lately I’ve been coming here and thinking a lot about patience. These cats in the drum circle have a lot of patience. I’m talking Dali Lama levels of patience. People get in their face and plant themselves in their personal space to take pictures of them while they do their thing. It doesn’t faze them. I remember for a while there this one guy was showing up with an electric guitar and amp and rocking out, it just killed the mood. Everyone else is doing this organic music and this guy was showing up with an electric guitar and blasting them over. His skills sucked too, which made it that much more obnoxious. It didn’t faze them. The drum circle just went on. These guys have a lot of patience. I really respect that and find myself drawn here lately to just sit and think about that.

California Academy of Sciences. FREE the third Wednesday of the month.

25 02 2009


Although good luck getting inside. Normally tickets are $25 for adults, so the free day is a big deal.

Check out how the line wraps around the outside of the building towards the edge of the bandshell park…



And then the line continues on OUTSIDE of the bandshell. Madness…


Although there is a new Nightlife event that the Academy is throwing on Thursday nights for $10 and they have House DJs spinning beats. That event seems to be a lot more feasible.

De Young museum. FREE the first Tuesday of the month.

24 02 2009


You can tell that the designer of this building graduated from The Jawa Sandcrawler School of Architecture. I know that rubs some people the wrong way and comes off as lazy, but it also makes for a great icon. The free days at the De Young are a breaze, there wasn’t even a line to get in. Nothing like the insanity that’s the free day at the California Academy of Science.




There’s a great view from the tower. The California Academy of Science is directly across and has one of the more interesting roofs.


The bandshell has got to be one of my favorite places for parties. They used to have free ones there all the time, now it’s only a handful per year.

I live for free parties in the park.

Japanese Tea Gardens. FREE the first hour every Monday.

23 02 2009


Since I’m no longer working for The Man, I’ve made it my mission to check out as many of the local tea gardens, museums, and BDSM dungeons during their free days or hours. The Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite places. At 115 years, it’s the single oldest Japanese style garden in America. It’s a really peaceful part of the park and a great place for pictures.



And here’s the 219-year-old Buddha. The guy is in great shape considering that he’s exposed to the elements and doesn’t even have a heavy jacket on.

The Buddha is hardcore like that.

Semper Fi, Brother.