Saturday, January 05, 2008

If A Tree Falls In San Francisco...

If a tree falls in San Francisco, koan or not, you best believe that you will hear it. Hell, you can't even go down my street without a tree going "George of The Jungle" on you.

Branches to the left of me...

...Branches to the right of me...

...Onward, onward, into the valley of takeout. If you go three blocks further down, you will see the house that was used as an exterior establishing shot in "So I Married An Axe Murderer." It was the home of the McKenzies, who were the parents of Mike Myer's character, Charles.

So just what exactly is behind this lumberjack's nightmare? Two storms got together and created the perfect wind storm, George Clooney. We are talking about gusts up to 100 mph in the East Bay and 78 mph in the City.

Everyone was soaked as the gusts of wind made umbrellas useless (note that the next three pics come from SF Gate)...

...Just like here on this picture, up on Twin Peaks, where the gusts measured the strongest for San Francisco. All practicality went out the window and I saw many a pedestrian struggling with or trying to save their umbrellas. They often didn't notice the traffic signals changing and I had witnessed more than a few near misses, where people either went back into the intersections for their umbrellas, or they outright crossed against the red light during their futile efforts.

Everywhere you looked, the garbage men were angry because the wind knocked over every garbage and recycle can that was put out. The Christmas trees that were put out for recycling, did Mary Poppins imitations because the wind flung them at people and cars. But branches and Christmas trees weren't the only things that were falling or being flung.

Timber! This is down the hill from where I grew up, on Bosworth St. Back on my current side of town, you couldn't even drive through Golden Gate Park and many a traffic light was out.

This is on Dolores St. and I guess there are some things that even Swedish engineering cannot account for. The other irony is name of the street that it happened on, because dolor means "pain" or "suffering" in Spanish.

Click on over to SFist, where you will see what happened to the other side of the hill from where I grew up. There's a nice little "before and after."

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Blogger chelene said...

More evidence why the only reason I would ever return to SF is to see you guys!

Sat Jan 05, 07:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger Dale said...

And I complained about a little dip in the temperature! Okay it was a big dip but that terminology could turn on me pretty quickly.

Sat Jan 05, 07:51:00 PM PST  
Blogger EditorJDC said...

My own personal meme - 5 things you regret and 5 things you don't
You've been tagged by me for once.


Sat Jan 05, 08:47:00 PM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Because it never rains in the five boroughs, right? ; )



Johnny Dollars,

Dang it, Naruto is on! I'll get done tonight though.

Sat Jan 05, 09:01:00 PM PST  
Blogger chelene said...

Dude, there are no TREES ON THE GROUND in MY photo!! :)

Sun Jan 06, 05:16:00 PM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

No, just little old ladies floating down the street like it's tsunami-time ; )

Sun Jan 06, 05:23:00 PM PST  
Blogger jewgirl said...

holy shit. I can't believe sf was pummeled that hard. yas gotchya asses kicked. I'm glad the meshpucha is okay.

checking the before and afters now.

Mon Jan 07, 05:25:00 PM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


We might get thrashed again, tomorrow. They said gusts up to 45 MPH which shouldn't be too bad, but PG & E still hasn't brought power back to Mill Valley and the Santa Cruz mountains. They've been without power since Friday and might not get it back until Wednesday at the earliest.

Mon Jan 07, 07:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger James said...

I'll see your wind and raise you four inches of snow...

I'm a bit confused by one of those pics though. So, wait, that tree was planted in the middle of the street??

Mon Jan 07, 10:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


No, the tree was on the sidewalk, in front of Glen Park School. The same thing happened at my son's junior high, except it landed on a wall, instead of out in the street.

Tue Jan 08, 07:03:00 AM PST  
Blogger Quin said...



Thu Jan 10, 03:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


At least there's no snow...

Thu Jan 10, 06:07:00 PM PST  

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