It's the US Half Marathon this Sunday, a 13.1-mile course that begins in Aquatic Park, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and winds its way back through the Presidio to the starting point (check out an interactive course map here). 5,000 people have entered, and the times to beat are 1:08:20 for men (Fernando Cabada of Fresno, CA in 2007) and 1:18:58 for women (Jane Kibii of Kenya in 2007). Intense. But even if you're not out for a record-breaker, the course, one of the most picturesque in the country, can be challenging.
Want to check out some giant waves? Tomorrow is your day. A quite large WNW (West-North-West) swell is on tap and with beautiful, calm winds. Waves are forecasted to be 20 feet plus, with sets up to 3-4 times overhead. It truly might be a Big Wednesday (Classic Surf Flick, a clip below). Be safe out there and get some!
We here in San Francisco all love our Giants, but I think I can speak for the entire city when I say that even we are surprised by how ruthlessly we've been creaming the Texas Rangers in the World Series. The Rangers, who beat the Yankees to take the American League pennant, are the odds-on favorite in Vegas, and no one honestly expected our little misfit band of Giants—half of them picked up mid-season in random trades—to take the Series in four games, but it's looking like that's exactly what might happen.
Excitement abound earlier this year when it was announced that the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville would be the first in Northern California to feature a swimming pool and a bocce court. But because of bad weather (45-50 inches of rain) and a pool depth not to Coppola's liking, the project was delayed. Turns out Coppola wanted a deep end, and had workers break ground again to make half of the pool seven feet deep instead of three.
Our Hot 20 Under 40 Readers' Choice earlier this year proved to be a tight race, with dozens of local luminaries being nominated from all the coolest corners of city life. Case in point: one of our fiercest contestants, Melissa Hung from Hyphen Magazine and a leader over at WritersCorps, was just given a prestigious national award by Michelle Obama at the White House this past week.
For those who haven't already seen this classic, it's required watching before Game One. Commenter natedgg99 hits the nail on the head: Brian Wilson's a real-life Kenny Powers from East Bound & Down. Watch and soak up some quotes for the ages. Go Giants!
Here's a way to show off your Halloween costume around town: by participating in this Sunday's Barbary Coast Trail Walk, where flamboyant Grand Marshal Mayor Willie Brown (who, along with other guides, will be in Barbary Coast costumes) will lead you through the city's most historically vibrant neighborhoods. Participants in this inaugural 3.5-mile walking event will meet at Mint Plaza at 9 am and walk through downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, then clear on down to the water.
Whether it's making you late to a very important date or it leads to meeting the love of your life on one of their rickety buses, our lives all hinge on Muni at one point or another. Friends and foes are all coming together this week on Friday, October 29th for Muni Diaries Live! at the Makeout Room to hear stories, both horrific and happy, about our city's public transportation.