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Top 7 Takeaways from “The Franchise” Premiere

Like the good Giants fans we are, we caught the premiere of “The Franchise” last night, the Showtime series chronicling the ball club’s post-World Series season and its quest to hold on to the championship. For those of you who missed it, here are the highlights:
   1. Barry Zito is not bitter about the difficulties that have plagued his pitching the last few years. To the contrary, Zito appeared philosophical, humble, and team-oriented. This may be due to his yoga practice, which looked surprisingly elegant. Zito held a stoic Tree Pose while his trainer watched, balanced impressively in Natarajasana, and his Warrior II was expertly aligned.

Getting To Know Your Favorite Giant: Lou Seal

On June 8, 2011, the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park, 3-1. Matt Cain pitched a complete game, and struck out 11. But otherwise, it was just another game for the reigning World Series champs.

Except for Joel Zimei. It was a pretty big day for him. You’ve probably never heard of Joel. Which is funny, because he is one of the most popular members of the Giants organization.

Since 1999, Joel has been the man behind Lou Seal, the loveable team mascot. Since he took the job 12 years ago, he has never missed a home game. Which meant that on June 8, Joel celebrated his 1000th consecutive home game as the Giants mascot, which is the longest-running streak amongst mascots in all of Major League Baseball.

Scenes of the City: Sunday Streets on the Great Highway

For this week's Scenes of the City we took a bicycle ride on the Sunday Streets route through Golden Gate Park and turned south to follow the Great Highway to Sloat Ave where the event terminated. The day was full of lots kids running around, fun music, dancing in the street and even a bit of sunshine. 

Learn How to Survive a Zombie Attack in Lower Haight This Week

Let’s face it, we live in a dangerous city. We have to contend with earthquakes, possible tsunamis, and those freaky liquifaction zones. Through the NERT program, the San Francisco Fire Department is doing a great job training us on what to do when disaster strikes. But there’s one thing they haven’t prepared us for: Zombies. 

Fear not, citizens of San Francisco, help is on the way. This Thursday, you can learn disaster survival skills (like building an emergency kit and finding safe drinking water), but you’ll also learn how to stab the undead through the heart. Did I mention it’s a game, with prizes, and there’s a party afterwards?

A Beginner's Guide to Bay Area Surfing

Summer's here and the Bay Area surf is...down. While that’s bad news for experienced local surfers, it’s great news for anyone interested in learning. In the Bay Area, summer is definitely the best time for beginners.

3 Summer-Soaked River Escapes Within Four Hours of San Francisco

It's time to skip town. Get your bathing suit out, pack the sunscreen, and head to any of these rivers—all within four hours of SF—in towns where the temps soar well above 80 degrees all summer.

1. Canoeing Down the Russian River

Where: Healdsburg
Driving time from SF: 1.5 hours
Average July high: 90 degrees

SF Triathlete Swimming to Break Record for Longest Non-Wetsuit River Swim in The US

By the time he walks into his Market Street office at 8 a.m., Jamie Patrick, 40, has been up for hours, swimming in an Endless Pool in his garage. For lunch, the general manager of his family’s office supply firm Patrick & Co. hits up Aquatic Park or Golden Gate Tennis & Swim Club for another 90 minutes in the water. Come the weekend, he’s freestyling in the bay. It’s all part of his training to swim the length of the Sacramento River next month to raise money for Buena Vista Auxiliary’s literacy programs in Contra Costa County. He’ll start at the bottom of the Lake Shasta dam and plans to swim 240 miles nonstop over nearly three days in 55- to 72-degree water to reach Sacramento.

Water Bottle World: A Guide to Finding Hydration Perfection

Now I'm thirsty. Whether you're looking to add to your collection or need a starter bottle, reusable water bottles are a simple way to help the environment, save money and stay hydrated. The main reason I carry one is to help eliminate the use of plastic — watch the documentary Bag It and you'll want to do something. Here's one thing. In a city full of fitness fiends, we have an extensive selection. Here's a guide to the city's coolest, all BPA-Free (BPA is a chemical compound used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins; it's an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen).

Photos: A Bay Area Parkour Meetup


SF Parkour hosted the first ever San Francisco (inter)National Jam with Parkour Connections this weekend. Parkour fanatics hit the streets and walls of Oakland, Berkeley and Marin to bust out some gravity-defying moves. 

Luxe Camping Options Near the Bay Area

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

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