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40% Off at kàrikter

Since international jet-setting is being put on hold for the time being, why not decorate your apartment with a little reminder of the good ol' days? kàrikter is currently having a 40% off all Tintin and Europa (think Air France) posters. The sentimental and vintage reproductions are both colorful and beautiful, and would offer up a great (and cheap!) opportunity to dress up a wall. The sale runs through February 28th.

Upside of the Recession: Killer Last-Minute Getaway Deals

If you didn't plan a weekend getaway for Valentine's or President's Day in advance, that might have been a wise decision. Whereas in holiday weekends' pasts, you'd be looking at a 500 percent increase on day-before bookings, 2009 has proven that it pays to wait and be flexible. In an effort to keep occupancy high, many hotels are offering killer deals--deals that are sometimes even better than their normal rates (and when does that ever happen over a peak weekend?). This is where new California travel site, LocalGetaways, comes in. Offering amazing new specials each week on regional travel, you won't find better proposals anywhere on the Web. Check out some of the ones still available this weekend:

Live in Spain for Free? Sign us up...

First, there was Australia's Best Job in the World offering (speaking of which, you can still apply to be an island caretaker in the Great Barrier Reef through Feb. 22!). Now, as if you needed another reason to quit your job--or revel in your recently unemployed state--Spain has to come along and drop a doozy on you, as well. Are you ready for this? Take a deep breath and listen here.

Bay to Breakers: Time to Start Training!

Lots of things are better when you DIY, but training for a long-distance race is not one of them. If you’re set on finally running the Bay to Breakers (May 17) or the SF Marathon (July 26) this year, do your body a favor and sign up for one of the various race training programs created by the SF Road Runners Club or the SF Marathon, all of which start right around now.

Six More Weeks of Winter? Not So Much

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning (um, did you see how fat that thing is? of course he'd see his shadow) and predicted six more weeks of winter.   Sucks to live in Pittsburgh.  Here's to 70 degree weather in February.  Get out and enjoy it while it lasts (the rain's supposed to hit later in the week).  

 

Here's a video of the prediction.  (Poor guy, he needs a California vacation).

 

 

 

Get Out There: Our Fort Mason/Aquatic Park Workout

Richard Martinez from PacWest Athletics takes us to The Aquatic Park at Fisherman's Wharf (and up the hill to Fort Mason) for a waterfront workout. Click here to download a printable pdf.

So here we go...

NOTE: You will need a resistance band for this workout.

Begin your workout at the Aquatic Park pavilion steps. Utilize the steel rails to stretch out your calves, hamstrings, quads and upper body.

1. Sitting sideways on the concrete steps with your legs fully extended, wrap your resistance band around your feet and grab both handles for a set of Sit Down Rows.

7 Recession-Proof Ski Deals

1. Sierra at Tahoe

Sierra’s 3-Pak lift ticket deal saves you $20 a ticket and limiting blackout date frustration. With February being Boeger wine tasting month—complete with free tasting Thursday’s from 3-4pm—we wouldn’t blame you for taking a mid-week sick day.

2. Northstar at Tahoe

Playing hooky gets even better with Northstar’s T.G.I. Thursday’s. Enjoy dining deals like $3 drafts and fish tacos and free entrees for Mom’s among the many restaurants in the Village. And with the Double Whammy pass, you can ride both Sierra and Northstar starting at $379 for the season.

We Be Clubbin' (Or Yoga-ing)

We’ve noticed two yoga trends lately: more music played during class, and more weekend nighttime classes that serve as a kind of social happening. These phenoms collide at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in the Mission, where Midnight Yoga has been bringing in the healthy crowd every Friday at 10 p.m. for a two-hour vinyasa class accompanied by local DJs and live music ranging from jazz to African. 3271 16th St., 415-355-1600, laughinglotus.com

Beastly Canoodling: Valentine's Day Voyeurism at the Zoo



The 2007 Christmas day mauling-to-death at the zoo may have diminished the Zoo’s status as a top destination for furry cuddliness and adorability on parade. The Annual Valentine’s Day Woo at the Zoo might just seal the deal that this is no place for kids. It’s a veritable den of sex and violence.

The adults-only sex tour includes racy tid bits of beastly canoodling – plus champagne and covered strawberries. Zoo experts will answer burning questions like: do giraffes prefer Barry White or Beyonce? Is it wrong to give a box of chocolates to a dieting hippo? Are penguins really frigid?

How Obama Will Change Travel (Hello Cuba!)

Now that the parties are over, it's time for all this change to take place (word on the street is that was kind of Obama's MO). The new prez, a fellow jetsetter himself, has promised to make traveling easier on the masses. Here's what globetrotters have to look forward to in the coming four (maybe eight) years.

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