Battling bitter cold yesterday, the participants in this year's Boxwars Battle really flew those freak flags high, bringing out their inner warriors for an epic battle of cardboard in Dolores Park.
Filmed on top of that green storage container, you can see a samurai, a giraffe, some sort of car, a robot and bunches of other cardboard warriors savagely duking it out for victory in this video, posted yesterday on Mission Mission. Though it's still nothing compared to what goes on in Europe or Canada, our mini version looks pretty badass.
For those with OCD tendencies (like this author) public drinking fountains are faint-zones. But when the thirst hits, sometimes you just have to suck it up. Now there's an app called OasisPlaces that both finds and rates public drinking fountains. Its rallying cry is for the reusable bottles/tap water cause (the app was created by Thermos), but I think its better application is for the avoidance of typhoid. I kid, I kid, I'm sure all of our public drinking fountains would pass non-OCD health inspections.
From baseball to boating, dancing to disc golf. GG Park is a players paradise. Click around the map below to find out where to play tennis, roller skate, lawn bowl, boat, swing dance, golf and play baseball.
Alright, so you're overeducated and underpaid. But there is one arena where the underdog becomes overdog, and the useless degree becomes useful: bar trivia night. Gathering a group of like-minded friends and a couple of pitchers at one of these events can be a perfectly blissful way to pass a weekday night (and discover previously unknown penchants for 80's music or geography on the path to victory). Here are five of the city's best trivia nights. Wage slaves be forewarned: trivia is a weeknight pastime, as it's usually a way for bars to attract customers who otherwise wouldn't show up outside the weekend.
Try a different kind of liquid refreshment in Napa Valley: a year-round burbling stream flowing through a shaded redwood forest. Ritchey Creek is the centerpiece of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park just north of St. Helena. Miles of hiking trails can be found in the park, including a leisurely 4-mile loop that ambles alongside the creek, far from the traffic noise of Highway 29.
Walk among the easternmost coastal redwoods in the state, as well as maples, oaks, and madrones; the tall tree-cover cools things down when Napa Valley's summer heats up.