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In a desperate move to get their share of the dwindling sports entertainment dollar, baseball begins tonight without fans in the stands. With substantial numbers of players testing positive for Covid-19, I wonder how long the season will progress. Then, looking at the NBA bubble approach, also without fans, hockey, auto racing, and limited schedule college football, we will finally have something to watch on TV besides old movies, and cornhole and dart tournaments. From the WSJ: "To reach opening day, Major League Baseball devised more than 100 pages of health and safety protocols, navigated an ugly labor dispute and survived an abbreviated 'summer camp' without a coronavirus outbreak,""Now, after a four-month delay, America’s pastime is finally back. But starting was the easy part. The real challenge begins now, as MLB tries ... read more
My brother Bob, and I at the Giants game
Two greats:  The Babe and Lou


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From 2009: Today would normally be the 1xxth running of the famous Bay to Breakers Foot Race. I have find memories of the race, having run about 10 times. It has been rescheduled to 9-20-20. Back in my running and jogging days, I ran in several editions of the Bay to Breakers Footrace in San Francisco. Back then, the race often experienced record numbers of entrants, and lived up to its name as the world's largest footrace. It begins at the foot of San Francisco Bay, then winds through the streets of the City, through Golden Gate Park, and finally onto the Great Highway and the Pacific Ocean (ie the breakers). The first race, known as the Cross City Race, began in 1912, as a precursor to the world class ... read more
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World's largest foot race!


Packing and preparation are complete. Taking off this afternoon for a 10 hour flight to London, followed by a relatively short hop to Lisbon. We should be there by late tomorrow afternoon local time. The trip started nicely with a weekend in San Francisco, staying with Alex and Jeff. On Friday, we had lunch in the Castro, with our Windsor neighbors, Jim and Stan. Friday evening, we travelled out to Berkeley for dinner and to attend a concert at the iconic Freight and Salvage coffee house with Alex and Jeff and Steve and Jan, more Windsor friends. It was great to see our good friend from Maryland, Dudley Connell and his bluegrass band, the Seldom Scene. Nice too, to catch up with him for drinks following the concert. Good music, friends and family. Happy Easter to ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission August 26th 2017

Keitin huoneessa aamukahvin. Sen kanssa banaani ja keksejä. Olin ostanut edellispäivänä kolmeksi päiväksi lipun San Franciscon joukkoliikenteeseen. Siinä riittääkin eri kuljetusmuotoja. Ensinnäkin on tavallisia busseja ja niiden lisäksi johdinautoja eli rollikoita. Raideliikenteen puolella löytyy vanhimpana muotona cabel car eli kaapeliraitiovaunu. Niitä on keskustassa kolmella mäkisellä linjalla. Vanhanmallisia raitiovaunuja kulkee linjalla E (rannalla) ja F (rannalta pääkatua pitkin Castroon). Uusimmat raitiovaunut kulkevat keskustassa metrotunnelissa ja jatkavat sitten kauempana raitiovaunuina kaduilla. Suurin osa raitioliikenteestä oli korvattu busseilla, koska kaupungissa oli joitakin mielenosoituksia. Ajoin bussilla F-linjalla ensin pohjoiseen satamaan ja sitten takaisin toiseen päähän Castroon. Loppumatka piti ajaa metrolla. Castrossa söin lounaan, otin... read more
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On Monday my parents dragged me through San Francisco to MOMA where I saw dozens of people gathered around these brightly coloured squares painted on the walls. Apparently they are famous because they were painted by someone called Matisse 100 years ago! I've only been alive for 4 months - I wonder if everyone will come to see my pictures in 100 years. The next day Mummy and Daddy and Mamie coughed all over me! They slept a lot so I think they must have been very tired! That evening, we went for a drive to the Cliff House, with wild seas and a freezing bride getting photographed. I stayed in the car because it was too cold and Mamie and Afi played me some lullabies in French and English. I think they all want me ... read more
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Sleeping in with Daddy :)

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission October 21st 2016

Arrived in San Francisco Friday around 1pm after a great drive up the coast from Paso Robles. Checked into our hotel, we are staying near the Airport as the accommodation in CBD is so expensive it is unbelievable! Homewood Suites by Hilton is a great place to stay, two bedroom two bathroom for around $330 AUD night, really good value when a hotel room in CBD around $500 a night, they have a great happy hour from 5-7pm Mon-Thurs including food, wine and beer thrown into the price of your room, as Aussies we love this! Definitely need a car here though, unless you have plenty of time they do have a shuttle to the airport then you can get the BART (train) to CBD but very easy to navigate around SFO with car unless the ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission October 5th 2016

Yes. Packed and ready to go. After a full month of nerves around this trip, I'm set. My head is in this. No more fucking around. Hell, I even sprayed my clothes with Premetherin in a perhaps futile attempt to ward off Dengue Fever. No matter; this is the blog where I can hopefully feel free to follow my every bout with flight delays, dysentery, challenges in third world countries, and me developing a hopefully strong and new relationship with an engineering team in Bangladesh. I look forward to a new found joy in encountering people from a so completely different world from me, it breaks me down and brings me back again. Because that's, let's face it, what travel should do. Next post...the departure from San Francisco to Dubai...and then 8 hours later to Dhaka, ... read more


To z założenia blog złożony z minutek kradzionych morfeuszowi. Dzieci i J śpią, odsypiają jetlag i chorobę, a ja spac nie moge bo środek dnia wd mojego zegara, no i jak tu spać na skrawku lozka 5 cm wygięta w chińskie rz, zeby rozpalonemu L było wygodnie. Dzien przed wyjazdem M dostala gorączki i wymiotowała, a dzis w nocy L cały jak piecyczek. Pytanie, czy to wirus i czy to ten sam wirus? Gdy 19 lat temu leciałam pierwszy raz do sf, samolot był overbooked i nie dostałyśmy sie na pokład. Tym razem słyszeliśmy, jak obsługa naziemna pyta, czy wyładować juz nasze bagaże, w sumie na pokład weszliśmy jako jedni z ostatnich, bo z lotami United jest jakas komplikacja i boarding mozna dopiero przy samolocie dostać, a ten z internetu drukowany ewentualnie wymienić. Tez był overbooking, ... read more
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Hello, my dear friends and family Where do I even start!?! Honestly, I spent every spare second of my summer thinking and planning for this trip. But what I didn't think about was how much I hate goodbyes! I don't think Madi and I have ever been so nice to each other for such an extended period of time! (minus the eyeliner + bus incident... sorry about that madz). It was nearly a week ago now that I spent my last sleepless night in New Zealand, packing my bags at 3am with my 5am flight looming ever closer. Tearful goodbyes behind me, I boarded my flight to Australia where I immediately proceeded to film a boring, 7 minute long video of us taking off in pitch darkness. Typical me really. Australia was a good time, with ... read more
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