Happy Birthday 🙂
Amsterdam LGBTQI+ pride is the first week of August, which I’ll honor from here in A’dam by posting photos taken at the start of San Francisco’s annual LGBQI+ celebrations – a street fair on 18th Street and a sunny evening in Dolores Park, aka Dolores Beach on sunny days.
Found a few more lovely photos from my visit down to city in January, so you’ll see those in the mix these next few weeks – no, the trees are not currently quite this bare in SF. When I’m down there later in May, maybe I’ll remember to try the same angle and tree, to see where the sun rises near mid-year, and how much the leaves block the view to the east bay :-).
That’s Hayes Valley Grill, a dine-in, power-lunch or dinner institution near City Hall, the symphony and opera at the top of Hayes Valley. I’m told it plans to reopen, once dining indoors is again possible. Below are a bunch of shots I took during walks in various neighborhoods at the end of January. Not to be depressing, but realistic – like I said before, I think the city’s response to covid, both public and individual-behavior, has demonstrated some good models that other places might consider. But covid does cost us all, both immediately and, no doubt, in longer-terms impacts we’ll all be tracing for many years. Investing in good public health is the best way to manage such epidemics, but the influence of money and greed on the voters and politicians in the US have mostly strangled reasonable evidence-based discussions on public-policy and many other things here. Let’s hope we can nonetheless manage to build back with better opportunity and protections for as many humans as possible everywhere, despite the damage of money, greed, and the politics of division. Human ingenuity has proven in the past that we really can create rising tides which float a lot of boats, as long as we view it as collective success, rather than individual competition…