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Still unknown whether GG body belonged to arm

Photo credit: davco9200 Creative Commons

It remains a mystery whether the severed arm discovered in Golden Gate Park last Sunday was part of a body also found.

For more information please check out the SF Examiner story.

Note: an earlier version of this story contained the full text of the Examiner story. I apologize for this indiscretion.


Best. Weekend. Ever.

Okay, maybe not ever, but pretty darn close.
If my honey had been around it would’ve been the best for sure. And if I’d gone surfing twice daily. I’m still too freaked of OB to go alone. For good reason I think. Note to self: find surf buddies for weekends like this.
Alas, I’m gonna break all the conventional journalism rules and just write about my weekend, being the first I’ve spent really enjoying my ‘hood while soaking up some well deserved (and rare) Sunset sunshine!
I started the weekend at the Save The Waves Film Festival at the Victoria Theatre in the Mission. Aside from the chaos of bartending for all involved, it was an awesome event. Transparent Sea was inspiring as was 180 Degrees South. Can’t wait to get out and do some more world travel.

Sachi Cunningham debuted a part of her three-part series on big-wave chasing and riding which was a really innovative look at the sport. Her footage featured GoPro shots from the front of the board being ridden into eighty-foot waves. The new perspective definitely heightened the level of respect I have for all of those folks who paddle into giants and successfully tame them. WOW. And by the way, Sachi Cunningham is my new hero and when I grow up (ha ha) I want to be her. Or like her. Do what she does.
Los Angeles Times multimedia crew, hello! I made a connection with her and am STOKED to perhaps maybe who knows have an opportunity to work for/with/alongside her.
I also finally met Ocean Beach Bulletin‘s Mark Lukach face to face! He has been helping me stay in the Sunset loop in regards to stories and connections and I interviewed his partner Tom Prete when the website launched. I have to admit it was kinda awkward as it was my first time meeting someone for real, after web-only contact for some time. Nevertheless it was great to connect in the physical world, and I’m looking forward to a possible internship at the Bulletin next spring.
Saturday morning was a little hazy after the past evening’s tequila and whiskey drinking, but I managed to pull on some shorts (yes, shorts) and meander down to the Sunset Cooperative Nursery School to check out Chris Del Moro‘s whale mural, which is highly worth a trip to see.
I enjoyed it Saturday morning, evening, and Sunday evening again as I cruised by on my evening run. A sweet addition to OB!
My buddy Shane Anderson hadn’t spent much time in the outer regions of SF and what an amazing day!
After the mural peeping, we meandered down to the sand to check out the river of moon jellies that washed up the previous night. Thanks to our friends at OB Bulletin and their breaking news coverage, we knew about the occurrence before we even got out of bed!
Right on local news coverage! That’s what I’m talking ’bout!
So yeah, crazy indeed.
Not sure what the deal was exactly. Some said it was normal, others were freakin’ a bit. Alas.
Shane geeked out (as any good Bio teacher should) and showed me the inner workings of the peculiar creatures. Fascinating and slimy.
Post-jelly fun we headed to Outerlands for some brunch.
Free-range bacon and organic fried egg on homemade toast with some fresh greens was the purrrrr-fect hangover helper. And let’s not forget that bomb ginger lemon apple cider. Sooooo delicious and spicy.
Then we headed to get a cup of coffee at Trouble and window shopped at that little store next door. What is it called?
Super cute, and the backyard has a green house filled with succulents and cacti!!! Yesh!

Then we peeped in Mollusk to see what was up. Amazingly, the peeps working were very friendly! I don’t know about you, but I’ve never felt ‘cool’ enough to shop there. They always play this weird “the customer isn’t right” thing and sometimes don’t even look up when you come in. Weird. And after delivering stellar customer satisfaction four four years at Patagonia, that shite is the epitome of baaaad service.
But not this time, so cool cool.
Then we found a couch in the street and Shane sat on it. He tried to make me, but I have a phobia of abandoned furniture so I declined.
Alison Agosti aka Just_Alison on Twitter said it best when she decided that:
“Bedbugs wouldn’t scare me so much if I could buy tiny hats for them on Etsy.”
After I took Shane to the BART station it was back home for me where I proceeded to skip dinner and sleep eleven hours. Awesomeness continued into the night as I had an epic dream about a Megalodon and whales (thanks Rasta and CDM for putting sea mammals in my brain).
Sunday was just more chill time. I recorded some footage for a video story I’m doing about Outerlands (thank you to Shane for the idea) early morning and then booked north to have brunch with the boys at the Novato firehouse.
Captain Davis brought his sweet little pup to work, a half Australian shepherd half German shepherd that smelled just like puppy! Go figure. Totally cute until it frantically munched some grass, puked up breakfast, and proceeded to just as quickly gobble it all back up. Who’s hungry now?
Then it was home to the beauteous Sunset again for some homeworkin’, facebookin’, sunbathin’, and then another sunset run.
A sweet weekend indeed.

Note: First three photos (from film festival) were taken by Giovanni Agnoli. The rest were taken by me.

Ocean Beach welcomes new surf shop to neighborhood

There’s a new surf shop in the neighborhood and it goes by the name of Sunset Shapers.
Located at 3896 Noriega St. (at 46th Ave.) and spearheaded by OB local James Mitchell, the shop not only retails surfboards from his own brand Las Olas, but also a variety of other Central Coast shapers, demo fins, wax and other essentials, and also houses a shaping room where Mitchell and other aspiring shapers can hone their skills.
Mitchell was generous enough to let me shadow him for a time while he embarked on the intricate and precise process of shaping a board.
Watch the audio slideshow here!

All photos by Lindsey Graham-Jones. “Get On Board” by Oneness, music courtesy of Creative Commons.

Hardly Strictly celebrates 10th anniversary in GG Park

This past weekend marked ten years in the ongoing tradition of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest in Golden Gate Park. Locals and out-of-towners gathered together to enjoy music, food, and the best people watching to be had.
Acts ranged from Elvis Costello, to Joan Baez, to MC Hammer, and the Avett Brothers. The sun even showed up for a brief minute on Sunday afternoon.
Check out some pics and an audio interview below!

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Listen to HSBG here!

For more info check out the news story at: http://xpress.sfsu.edu/archives/arts/015398.html

Surviving the fog – 5 tips to happy outer city living

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Living in the avenues and neighborhoods of SF’s outer parts has many upsides. It’s quiet, there’s parking, close proximity to nature (beach and park), and plenty of that good ol’ rural neighborhoody feelin’!
However, there are some hurdles for each resident to jump as well.
There’s the fog. Sure, some people love it. But no matter how much you adore cool damp air, it eventually messes with your mental state.
We’re mad isolated out here too.
So listen up Sunseters… here are a few tips to keep you on the up and up!
1. Meet your neighbors
They might seem weird/quiet/raucous/creepy – whatever it is you, share common space now, so make nice, even if you’re not going to have dinner together.
2. Get out and go

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Not actually leave – although you should do that too – but run/walk/surf/swim/bike, get your blood flowing. Exercise is fantastic for the soul and helps when the fog finally creeps into your brain and becomes depressing.
3. Have a gathering
Whether in the day or night, at your home or in the park, get all your friends to come to your side of town. You’ll feel stoked to show them around a new ‘hood, and they’ll be excited to try something new. Everyone wins!
4. Ride Muni
Even if you’re not going anywhere specific, just explore the city via public transportation. It’s fun, adventurous, and environmentally friendly! You may even find yourself in a sunnier part of town!
5. Watch the sunset
Obviously this is a rare occurrence in the fog-soaked outer lands, but when it does indeed shine through, the sight is epic! Make sure you get somewhere you can see it set, you won’t regret it!

Where’s the coverage for us outerlings?

Sure, the Sunset District might be out there. Although this area of SF covers a good junk of the city, it’s relatively quiet and suburban.

It seems at this point that all Sunset locals have to look to for news, recommendations, and other random tips is EveryBlock San Francisco.

My thoughts are that there is way more going out here than one might assume.

The Richmond District blog has great coverage of everything “Richmond,” but no one has yet to dedicate a page to the fantastic Sunset!

From the Golden Gate Park to the SF Zoo and all along Ocean Beach where surfers go to check the day’s surf conditions and weather.

The de Young museum offers shows culture for the masses, conveniently located in GG Park between the Sunset and Richmond.

Take a stroll through the massive park and discover the SF Conservatory of Flowers, the Botanical Gardens, and

The Sunset does have a community center, offering classes and workshops for the whole fam.

I hope to be that missing link in the Sunset community, helping to bring it all together somewhere accessible and exciting!