Thursday, November 20, 2008

Heading to London, England

Sphere: Related Content Next week I'll be heading over to merry old London, England. While there I plan to visit Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and walk along the Thames River.

I haven't been to London in several years, so it should be interesting. The only concern is the cost - the Euro is so strong against the dollar that everything will be hellaciously expensive.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Andy Goldsworthy Sculpture in Presidio is Stunning

Sphere: Related Content This is a bit far afield, but anyone interested in exciting outdoor sculpture should check out the new creation by Andy Goldsworthy in The Presidio. Goldsworthy has created a tall spire out of logs of trees that were felled as part of a reforestation plan.

The sculpture is a bit hard to find. Easiest way is to enter the Presidio through the Arguello Gate. Go a little ways in and park at either the Presidio Golf Course or the parking area for Inspiration Point. You'll see the spire rising from a clearing not far from the road. The main problem right now is that construction fencing surrounds the area around the sculpture, so you can't get very close yet. But once they finish the grading and take down the fence, it will be magnificent to see.

Sno Drift Catches Fire

Sphere: Related Content The old Sno Drift nightclub at 1830 3rd Street near Mission Bay was in flames Sunday afternoon. Police had Third Street blocked off while firefighters put out the blaze.

I don't know how the fire started, but it looked like the place was gutted. The building had been empty for quite some time - I believe it's on land that will be used for the UCSF Children's Hospital that is just beginning construction.