Sunday, June 20, 2021

Music Monday: The Songs That Made Me

 Music Monday: I grew up in the 80's and I found music really starting in junior high in 1981. Here are some of the songs that made me to this day. The first three are the first songs I can remember hearing from my three favorite groups- The Three R's, R.E.M, Rush and Night Ranger:

And here are three more from the era:

Hope you enjoyed some of the songs that made me back in day.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Work of Wangechi Mutu


I was at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and they had around the museum, sculptures done by Wangechi Mutu. Mutu is a Kenyan-American visual artist:

I wasn't really familiar with Mutu's work before but I really liked her work after seeing it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

GLBT Historical Society Museum

 I went to the GLBT Historical Society and Museum in San Francisco. The Historical Society has been open since 2011 and is the first stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history and culture in the United States:

Annie Hindle original sheet music. Hindle was the first popular male impersonator in the United States in the late 19th Century

A souvenir folder from the famed Finocchio's

A pair of drag queen's Vicky Marlone's earrings

A Japanese kimono worn by drag queen Jose Sarria

A 1983 flyer for AIDS education

A 2010 Gender Fabulous poster

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November of 1977. On November 27, 1978, he was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) by disgruntled fellow supervisor Dan White. Even though Milk only served 11 months, he led to a shift of San Francisco politics. In 2019, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. 

A Harvey Milk campaign flyer

The first Rainbow Flag that was flown on June 25th, 1978 during the Gay Freedom Parade:

The GLBT Historical Society Museum should be a must see when visiting San Francisco.

Monday, June 14, 2021

The Best Damn Dive Stadium

This might be very personal and self-serving as I am going to talk about something I am passionate about and many people don't know why.

I got to attend my first A's game since September of 2019 this weekend. I went to both the Friday night and Saturday afternoon games. 

 I am a huge Oakland A's fan and have been basically all of my life. The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is where I have spent a large portion of my life watching A's games. I literally grew up there and my kids did also. A huge part of my history and my kids history has been written inside the walls of the place)

The A's have been trying to replace the Coliseum for years and the pedal is starting to really hit the metal. The Oakland City Council is scheduled to meet about the A's new stadium project at Jack London Waterfront next month. Not going into a whole of details but the A's have been given permission to look at other cities and reportedly have had meetings with Portland and Las Vegas. 

The Oakland-Alameda Coliseum is showing its age, it is 55 years old and has it's problems. When the Raiders moved back in 1995, they built to what is referred to as Mt. Davis and it ruined the beautiful views that the stadium had of the Oakland Hills. 

It is the ultimate utilitarian stadium. It is not attractive but very useful. It has hosted baseball, football, soccer and the old Day on the Green concerts in its day.

I refer to it as a dump but I always say that "It's my dump and I love my dump," I recently said that on social media and someone I went to high school with decided to correct me and called it "best damn dive stadium" and after thinking about it I agree with it. The stadium is located in a sketchy part of town and the city of Oakland hasn't done anything to build up of the area with shops or restaurants (or anything)  in 55 years. Literally, if you take public transportation (like most A's fans) there is not a place to eat within walking distance (unless the cops are not around and the those illegal hot carts are on the BART ramp).

The cool thing is that once inside the place, magic happens. It is the closest to a Grateful Dead experience (I am not going to say what people use to smoke back in the 80's during night games in the third deck) in baseball. The fans are a tribe and stick together and welcome newbys as family members. In order to have a great time at the Coliseum you don't have to be an A's fan or even a baseball fan but have the ability to loosen up and have fun: 

The view from my seat during the day and night:

Out in center field is what is called Mt. Davis built in 1995 when the Raiders came back. It pretty much ruined the beautiful views of the Oakland Hills

And just some random stuff:

The cardboard cutouts they used last season. Joe DiMaggio actually was a coach for the A's 1968-1970 and the hot dog vendor is Tom Hanks who sold hot dogs at A's games in the mid-70's.

Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley who is an East Bay native

And a little game action:

And the giveaways were an African-American Heritage Shirt and an A's Pride Rally Towel

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is so East Bay. People who have grown up in the East Bay of the  San Francisco Bay Area are so authentic, original and organic along with gritty and tough.  As she puts it "Authentic fans, not pretentious. Trying too hard-wanna 'appear trendy' folk." 

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is the Last Dive Stadium left in a world that is all about being trendy, chic and catering to the chichi crowd. It is about having fun and letting the good times roll. 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Music Monday: Iconic Movie Songs

 Music Monday: Just some iconic movie songs that I love:

Hope you enjoyed these tunes on this Monday.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Seeing Street Art in the Morning

 I guess I am a little tweaked upstairs. After teaching during the most bizarre year, I decided to teach ESY. ESY is being held at middle school between the Mission District and Noe Valley in San Francisco. I haven't taught in my classroom at my school for like 15 months but do to things out-of-my control I have taught in two different classrooms in two different two schools. Oh well. 

Anyway, here is some of the great street art that I get to see on my short walk from BART to my ESY home: 

And I saw this on a truck as I was waiting for a light. 

Hopefully in August I get to head back to my classroom. That would be so nice.LOL.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Welcome to the Dirty Bird Lounge


I went to over to the Dirty Bird Lounge in Hayward. It is a cool place and things are opening up more in the Bay Area and it was cool to have lunch there.

The cool thing it is a coffee shop in the front:

And then you walk through an entry way to the restaurant:

And the place just oozes character. I went right when it opened but come 5pm, the place is packed:

And they built this cool two-tiered patio outside:

And the food is super good:

The Dirty Bird Lounge is a wonderful place in my city of Hayward.