California is currently attempting to close 1/4 of the 278 State Parks as a way of cutting costs. The implications of this are terrifying both for a natural environment and for future generations to have access to such amazing places. The First 70 is a project, which was successfully funded via Kickstarter, with the goal of creating a short film covering the story of Californians banding together to stop the closing of the parks and shed light on the already grossly underfunded parks system.
I've got a bad case of the no-sleepies tonight. So, a voyage through my classical music selection seems appropriate. Here, my friends, is Beethoven's Symphony No.7 in A major, Op.9 (II. Allegretto). You can also find it in one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen, The Fall.
I have "forced" time off this week. A mixed blessing if you ask me but I've been enjoying it. Today, Jamie and I hit up Tacolicious at 741 Valencia Street. After our herroing hour long wait at Outerlands yesterday, we were ready to kill some time while we awaited our next new-restaurant experience. Alas! No wait! In fact there was plenty of room - including at, our favorite, the bar. First off, we ordered way too much food - four tacos each is a bit excessive - but it was great. The margarita wasn't bad either. Nor was the "extra" beer we were offered. I recommend the cod fish and the beef cheek tacos. And, as aforementioned, the house margarita.
We continued on to do some hipster-esque shopping along Valencia St. and along the way we found this awesome swing. It's a placed a bit precariously (it's pretty easy to end up in a car's windshield) but a lot of fun nonetheless. We continued on our little adventure, stopping by Borderlands Cafe to visit my brother and grab an espresso along the way.
Finally, heading back up 18th St. home we were blessed with one of those amazing San Francisco winter sunsets hovering over Twin Peaks.
A good forced day off indeed.
I'm a cynic. Yes it's true. But I've been following the Occupy Wall Street news for the past 19 days or so and am so impressed by the passion, energy and intelligence of the folks who have dedicated almost three weeks of their lives to force themselves upon an ignorant and sleepy America with its eloquent and simple message. It saddens me that there are still folks out there that don't know that this amazing nation-wide movement is happening so I figured I'd dedicate a post linking to the various key documents or news sources to make it easy to join in on the national dialogue around corporate greed, unrepresntative decomcracy and the growing wage gap among American workers.
Yesterday, a few of us passed into the Occupy SF site in front of Federal Reserve Bank. It was small and seemingly disorganized but this is to be expected as the SFPD has been coming in and removing the participants support systems such as food tents, tarps, etc. periodically. You can follow SFist's coverage of the SF solidarity movement over here. There is definitely room for growth so if you have a minute, stop by and say hi to these folks. Maybe bring them some cupcakes?
What is Occupy Wall St? On September 29, the New York General Assembly (the Occupy Wall Street folks as of that date) passed the "Declaration of the Occupation of New York City." It details what "brought us together." It's a good read and - contrary to what the media would like you to believe - clearly outlines the intention behind this mvement.
Finally, I found this video from Occupy LA pretty cool:
I didn't realize she would cover something so fabulous (at least according to me). And here's the Peter Gabriel version. The time we saw her live was underwhelming - mostly because one of the tracks she "sang" skipped and started over - but I applaud someone who's willing to give Peter Gabriel a go.