guess where #2

by Geezer on May 26, 2015

south parkBay seniors know that not too many historic City sites are hidden at this point, but South Park between Downtown and the Ballpark keeps ducking under the radar. You can explore its rich history this Sunday May 31 at 1:30 pm with one of the best San Francisco City Guides walking tours. Built around a private oval park in 1885 it was the City’s first planned community with the first paved streets and sidewalks. The homes and hotels there were residences for wealthy citizens who moved away when Nob Hill became habitable. It also thrived as an early Japanese-American community and stayed in the shadows until the recent dotcom booms. Free.

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how we roll

by Geezer on May 26, 2015

airwheels,jpgBay seniors on the lookout for an alternative to walking up the city’s ridiculously steep slopes should give airwheels, the new self-balancing electric unicycle, an audition. They have no steering wheels or brakes because by leaning this way and that you control all the movement. Traveling up to 12 mph for 40 miles on a single battery charging, they weigh a portable 28 pounds. Around $475.

 

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summer diy

by Geezer on May 25, 2015

wood1Bay seniors seeking hobbies never dreamt of at  summer camp have plenty of options here. How about making your own wooden six-pack holder at the woodthumb in the City. $65. They are also a retail outlet with witty wooden items like ties and sunglasses. Into leather? The workshop in San Francisco will show you how to dye and create your own leather belt (while belting down brews) on June 9. $72. Oft-mentioned in the Geezer are the classes at Oakland’s Crucible includes blacksmithing, glassblowing and neon sculptures.

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guess where? #1

May 24, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors may think they are hallucinating when they see the transformations in the Tenderloin. Yes, children on their way to school still step around sleeping drunks but, like everywhere in town those trendy techies are taking over. This was once a country village, then a gaudy entertainment center with great Deco-era buildings before […]

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have a bite

May 20, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors stirred to new heights of fandom by the Golden State Warriors this season can show their enthusiasm with t-shirts and bumper stickers. But for a really distinctive display of over-identifying with your heroes how about a mouth guard  like the one that the awesome Stephen Curry sports around? Just $34.99 at CVS. […]

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hello, discounts

May 19, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors can find talk is cheaper with special phone rates for “our people”. The Verizon 65 Plus Plan is just $29.99 a month for 200 minutes. ATT’s Senior Nation Plan is similarly priced but for 500 minutes. It sounds generous especially if you are laconic and don’t need to overshare your grandchild’s latest […]

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last picture show

May 19, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors with memories of making out in the drive-in movie theaters of our distant youth might be surprised that one of these alfresco cinemas still survives in the Bay Area. West Wind in Concord still shows first run features that run late, late into the night. Prices are a sane $7.50. They have […]

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far out but not far

May 18, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors seeking aquatic serenity are encouraged to dip their paddles into waters an hour north of city, sea kayaking at Point Reyes National Seashore. There are considerable tour options. Try gentle Tomales Bay at sunset with upclose views of ospreys and pelicans.4 hours for $89 includes dessert. Starting in July set off around […]

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not roughing it

May 17, 2015

Tweet Bay seniors whose idea of camping includes a lodge that is a replica of an Etruscan temple might consider checking out the Sequoia High Sierra Camp before it is completely booked as it is every summer. Located in Kings Canyon National Park “campers” are offered luxury cabins with daily housekeeping, a fine dining pavilion, […]

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codgertations #12

May 13, 2015

Tweet I am pro-fog. Not just because of its crisp Chardonnay chill or its saline perfume reminding me the mighty Pacific is a few hills away. In my unscientific mind I imagine these damp vapors are reducing the possibility of another firestorm in the dry grasslands above my home – at least until the sun […]

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