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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 4…Strolling Along The Golden Gate

GG BridgeThe Golden Gate Bridge…On this foggy San Francisco Wednesday, September 13, 2017

After a visit to The Painted Ladies, San Francisco continues to open it’s Golden Gate…For Kid N Drei…

Nancy Bea Hefley, during her days tickling the ivories of the Rowland organ at Dodger Stadium, would always serenade the crowd with that classic tune during the opening lineups when the hated one’s we’re in town…

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We’ve finally arrived Kid! Every time I’ve come to The City, I’ve never had a chance to walk across The Golden Gate. I walked the Oakland Bay Bridge back in 2013 after it’s enhancement that added a pedestrian and bike path…

BBridge 1Oakland Bay Bridge, December 2013

BBridge 2_Stomper Hey there Stomper !

BBridge3_DreiTaking my morning stroll along the newly added pedestrian path on the East Bay’s recent addition to The Bay Bridge, donning my Niner colors as I started from Oakland. Notice to my right parts of the old double decked bridge, slowly facing demolition…

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The Golden Gate Bridge. 80 years young. This is the first time Drei has walked across The Golden Gate. Who better to join Drei than the broham, Kid…

One thing Kid N Drei share is their love of long walks and hikes. Unlike Drei, Kid has been a bit more adventurous, having hiked Yosemite’s Half Dome not long ago…Perhaps someday Drei will try that hike. 

Time to give The Golden Gate…A Touch of Dodger Blue

20170913_120515.jpgWe’ve made it across The Golden Gate. Neither mist or fog could keep Kid N Drei from strolling The Golden Gate…

Before Kid N Drei head back to the San Francisco side of The Golden Gate, we decide to take a hike up a hill toward Battery Spencer. Up here, on a clear day, the views of The Bay from Battery Spencer can be very gorgeous. However, on this “hella” foggy day, the views of The Bay are non-existent.

20170913_124522.jpg What up Sammy ! Sourdough Sam showing off his city’s number one landmark amidst the fog, for which locals affectionately refer to as Karl The Fog…

To get up to the top of Battery Spencer, we first follow a pedestrian path underneath the bridge that would lead us to a trail… 

20170913_130603.jpgFrom this pedestrian path underneath the bridge are these support beams, also painted in the bridge’s signature International Orange. 

20170913_124203.jpgNo fog could stop Drei from having a “Good Dre” in The Bay

20170913_124049.jpg Karl The Fog may have covered most of the bridge, but no amount of fog would stop Kid N Drei from giving The Golden Gate…A Touch of…DODGER BLUE !!!

20170913_124323.jpgMoments later, and Karl the Fog has covered our view of The Golden Gate Bridge…

We made it Kid! Kid N Drei, officially giving The Bay, a Touch of Dodger Blue. Blue, as Drei likes to call the fleece, has been well traveled since 2004. The fog may have taken away the view of The Bay, but that doesn’t deny the beauty behind Kid N Drei, as The Golden Gate provides the perfect silhouette to the fog with Kid N Drei…(Kid, I know I’ve hung with you for a minute,  but really you should be the one providing the beatz…)

Allright Kid, time for us to head on back. How ‘bout some of your acapella freestylez Kid?

Screenshot_20170917-213633.png Kid Marls…Ready to present his beatz…From L.A. to The Bay…On The Golden Gate…

Hey Kid, I know you own two cats, but even with all this fog and mist, Drei says it’s still a good day to take Blue Dog for a walk across The Golden Gate…

20170919_000657.pngKid N Drei…Taking “Blue Dog” for a walk on The Golden Gate…

 

We did it! Kid N Drei crossed The Golden Gate. With stops and the hike to Battery Spencer included, it would take Kid N Drei a total of 3 hours to stroll the bridge and back. It was quite a stroll, highlighted by Karl The Fog…

As memorable a walk Kid N Drei had across The Golden Gate, one thing Drei must advise…When walking across the bridge, keep in mind that other tourists will be strolling along both on foot and bike. Like Kid N Drei, you’ll probably be taking lots of pics, especially if you’re like Drei. Be careful though, some of these same folks on the bridge, especially the bicyclists, tend to have little patience of other tourists snapping their countless pics.

We got to come back Kid and explore more trails. Just slow down for Drei every now and then. Remember, “Viejo”, as you like to call Drei, can’t always keep up with you…

Now that we’ve cruised The Golden Gate, it’s time for Kid N Drei to continue on. Next stop, Golden Gate Park. From The Golden Gate…

20170913_135712.jpgPeace and Love…In The City By The Bay…From The Golden Gate…With a Touch of Blue…From Kid N Drei

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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 3…Higher Dimensions With The Painted Laidies

PicsArt_09-19-06.05.05Kid N Drei…Feeling those peaceful vibes on the 50th anniversay of The Summer of Love…1967…Haight and Ashbury…

After a hearty breakfast….Kid asks if the houses from Full House are nearby. The Painted Laidies, the row of houses that line Steiner St across from Alamo Square Park, is a nice 15 minute walk from Haight & Ashbury. Since Kid N Drei was still full from breakfast, we decided a stroll to The Laidies would make for a nice walk.

“Feeling “Hella” fresh Drei…”

We’ve been in The City for a little over 3 hours Kid and you’re talking like you’re from The Bay…

“Yessir, Drei.” Next, we’ll find Kid migrating up the coast from L.A. to The Bay…

“Hell nah Drei”.

Don’t you mean, Hella No?

As we’re strolling toward The Ladies, we pass a church along Masonic Street that has a sign displaying it’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Kid- “We’ll fight for your and your families right to stay, but you need to afford to pay…”

Drei- “That sums up The Bay for you Kid. The Bay and L.A.”

Even as The Bay continues to be extremely expensive, as many families continue to get priced out, much of The City still maintains their liberal points of views, at least many of these San Franciscans say they do…

Cruising right along, as we stroll along The Panhandle along Oak Street, Kid is really soaking in all the Victorian Style housing that line many a street in San Francisco. If only these houses had any space between each other…

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We’ve finally arrived at Alamo Square Park. Across the park, The Painted Ladies. The Painted Ladies is one of San Francisco’s popular tourist sites as it’s been seen in many productions, most notably the opening credits of Full House.

20170913_095530Hey, it’s a Mini Dre sighting! Mini Dre has also made his way from L.A. to The Bay…

Screenshot_20170915-140556The Ladies seem to be attracted to Kid. Hey Kid, how ‘bout entertaining these ladies, you know, taking these ladies to some…Higher Dimensions?

 

Looks like Kid had a great time keeping The Ladies entertained. In the short time we’ve been in The City, Kid N Drei has gone from McCovey Cove to Upper and Lower Haight, through The Panhandle…Drei giving Kid a “Summer of Love” themed walking tour en route to a Full House. In this time, Kid N Drei has also shot the breeze on gentrification and dreamers. Kid N Drei, though “working” on a “low-budget” production, Kid N Drei Productions, saw Kid perform on the same grounds the Tanner Family famously roamed the grassy hill…

Screenshot_20170915-140546Kid giving The Ladies all his blessings…

It’s been quite a fun and productive morning for Kid N Drei. The morning started early from McCovey Cove to breakfast at Haight. From The Haight we strolled to Alamo Square. On the way, Kid N Drei expressed their views on gentrification and DACA. Along the way, Kid took it slow, soaking it all in…”Feeling hella good in The City Drei…”

Drei’s really glad you’re enjoying The City, Kid. Best part? Kid’s showing more excitement than Drei ! Well, it’s Kid’s first time seeing parts of the city other than old Candlestick Park….Welcome to The City, Kid…

Where in The City is Kid N Drei headed next. San Francisco sure has opened it’s Golden Gate, for Kid N Drei. Hey Kid, speaking of, The Golden Gate, how ‘bout a stroll across some bridge named after The Golden Gate?

“Sounds hella good Drei!”

Again Kid? Again with hella? You sure are enjoying abusing “hella”…

“Is that “hella” right, Drei?”

Extra Innings…It’s Playoff Time ! Time To Step It Up To More Higher Dimensions

It’s been quite a season for our Boys In Blue. Kid N Drei went to a total of 6 home games this season, going 5-1. As for The Blue, it was another memorable season, setting an all-time L.A. Dodger record with 104 wins. We’ve now reached October…October baseball is Playoff Baseball…It’s been 29 years since The Blue has brought us a World Championship…Time to take this…Up To More Higher Dimensions…Take it KID !!!

20170913_100922Hey Kid. “Whatever happened to predictability?”

From The Bay…LETS GO DODGERS !!!  Peace and Love, From Kid N Drei…

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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 2…McCovey to The Haight

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Tuesday morning, September 13, 2017. Ten minutes before 7 AM. Kid looks all rested…See Part 1

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Blue Dog is all excited to be in The Bay…

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Strolling the Cove, early Tuesday morning…Drei looking back on when the yard was making it’s way. Even as a Dodger fan, AT&T Park is one of the most gorgeous yard’s Drei has ever been…

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OK Kid, time for some breakfast. How ’bout we head toward The Haight? “Sounds good Drei ! Looking forward to cruising the Hyte…” THAT’S HAIGHT KID ! IT’S PRONOUNCED, HATE ! YOU KNOW, THAT WORD WE’LL BE HEARING A LOT TONIGHT…

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Kid N Drei…On SF Muni’s N Judah…And that female passenger is like…”These L.A. Kids…So “Hella” weird”…

You know Kid, whenever I find myself cruising The City on the N Judah, I always think of Hey Jude, especially during the chorus when everyone in unison is singing…Na, Na Na, Na Na Na Na, and Paul screams…” Jude Judah Judah…”

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Time for breakfast! That pork chop at The Pork Store Cafe sure looks appealing…( Don’t know if “Porky” feels the same way…

The Pork Store is the Haight’s oldest restaurant. Opened in 1916 originally as a butcher shop, it’s become a favorite breakfast spot for Drei whenever he cruises The City…

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Inside the Pork Store Cafe. Nothing fancy. Very intimate. Can be cramped when busy. If you appreciate simple dining in an intimate setting The Pork Store Cafe is the place for you. An Upper Haight staple, Drei’s confident it won’t be leaving The Haight anytime soon due to, dare I say your favorite “G” word, Kid…GENTRIFICATION!

Gentrification. Kid N Drei’s topic of discussion during breakfast. It’s a hot topic issue from L.A. to The Bay. It’s a very broad topic that has affected the communities in both these and many major cities, be it L.A’s Boyle Heights or San Francisco’s Mission District among many of L.A and The Bay’s communities impacted by gentrification… It’s a topic Kid is very adamant about. Drei, not so much. It’s not often Kid N Drei have many disagreements. The topic of gentrification is no different. 

That’s not to say Kid N Drei are on opposite ends of gentrification. Matter of fact, Kid N Drei agree with the issues that arise with gentrification. Kid points out to Drei that gentrifiers dont do much when it comes to preserving the local culture. While Drei wholeheartedly agree’s with Kid, Drei also points out that while it is true, bringing in a Starbucks or a CVS to underserved neighborhood can homogenize the community, it’s both a convenience and a luxury that serves many in the communities quite well

One thing that Kid N Drei STRONGLY agree about gentrification? Displacement of residents and local businesses. Renters, low-income families, local businesses being driven out by high-end developers. As said earlier, gentrification is a broad topic. It can also be a divisive topic. When well-rounded minds gather around, the topic of discussion does not stop over breakfast. 

20170913_083924 Still hungry Kid ?

Well, we both had quite a filling breakfast. I think it’s time to cruise toward The Painted Laidies, Kid? “Sounds good Drei…Drei Beatz with The Tour of The Bay…” Thanks Kid, but as I’ve said many times, you the one with the Beatz…Drei tells the Talez…

Well, how ’bout a cruise along The Haight before we see the Painted Laidies…

20170425_101622 The Jimi Hendrix House. Taken back in April. Jimi Hendrix took up residence here during the early 60s…

20170425_095850 Jerry Garcia mural, corner of Haight & Cole, also back in April during my first of four L.A. to The Bay daytrips for 2017

20170913_075331 Hey, it’s Kid & Jerry ! Word has it Jerry has an ice cream shop on Haight and Ashbury with some other dude. Drei thinks it wouldn’t be a bad idea to drop that name in front of Jerry and replace it with…Kid. Hmmm. Kid & Jerry instead of, well…Doesn’t sound bad at all…

20170913_080145 Well, we’re just about done cruising The Haight. Time to pay the Painted Laidies a visit. Peace and Love…And GO DODGERS !!! From Kid N Drei.

 

 

 

 

Sunday Night Tale: Beatz N Bitez…Another Kid n Drei Tale

PicsArt_08-06-08.25.41Hungry Kid? That’s one BIG APPLE! The Blue sure took a big bite out of The Big Apple this weekend…

Hey Kid! You ain’t the only one who had a Big Apple appetite this weekend. Some other Kid in Blue been crushing those apples this weekend…

 

PicsArt_08-06-08.46.46 Hey, Drei’s got a big appetite for apples too…

As first year broadcaster Joe Davis has said…2017…Moment after moment…

Extra Innings…Beats by Kid

Also featuring Mid City DJ Reno Sparks

 

Ballpark Budget Travel…The Megabus Experience…L.A. to The Bay…4/25/2017

Planning ahead for a trip can be a chore. Saving up for one can be even more. Fortunately for me, here in L.A. I have Megabus as an option. With it’s fares as low as $1, you can’t be that. Of course, there’s a caveat. More on that later…

 Union Station, Monday night, 4/24. Patiently waiting…

With the red-eye cheduled to leave at 10 past 11, our bus, originating from Anaheim is running late. Though Megabus’s on time performance can be spotty at times, I’ve never had any serious issues. 

With our bus arriving just past midnight, we are greeted by a somewhat surly driver. After another pickup at Burbank, the ride goes smoothly. 

 Pit stop, Lost Hills. Always nice to step out for some fresh air…

 Gotta take my Magic Gnome to hostile territory…

After a pit-stop, it’s smooth sailing to The Bay making a brief stop at the West Oakland BART Station to drop off Oakland bound passengers. The West Oakland BART stop is a good location for those heading to an A’s game or elsewhere in the East Bay…

Tuesday morning, 4/25. SF Megabus Stop. In the distance, AT&T Park. See the floodlights…

Though we left L.A. about 90 minutes past scheduled departure, we would arrive to Baghdad by the Bay only 45 past our ETA, 15 minutes before 8. With a whole day ahead, arriving 45 minutes late, all things considered wasn’t so bad.  

 Tuesday Morning, McCovey Cove…

20170429_223953 That beanie comes in handy up north. 

As mentioned earlier, Drei had a whole day ahead of him, a whole day to Cruise The Streets of San Francisco

From Market & Powell, through The Haight…The Panhandle to Golden Gate Park, Drei sure got around The Streets of San Francisco…Drei even got to check out The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Exhibit at the De Young Museum. 

Prior to that evening’s game, I had a chance to take in some sights and eats from The Garden at AT&T Park.

Thanks to some media connections, I was able to make the most out of the minimum. Even without connections, the Megabus still does help on the wallet, especially when you’re just doing this for the day and into the night. 

Our Boys in Blue would take down the hated ones, thanks of course to Kid K, who just seems to thrive on pitching in hostile territory…

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 Time to head home…

The departure time back to L.A. would be a quarter past midnight. As I boarded my bus, the driver who checked off my reservation quipped that I was the $1 man. Apparently, the $1 fare is to that lucky passenger who snatches it first once Megabus releases their sale dates. After that, the fares gradually goes up, starting at $5 to as much as $41 pending ticket sales and date of purchase. Friday and Sunday seem to have the high priced fares as many college students rely on their service. 

In all, including the $1 processing fee each way, my trip to The Bay was a grand total of $4 ! Of course, the caveat to that is you have to know far ahead of time, at least 2 months, when you plan to travel. Also, you must constantly monitor the Megabus site when their fares are released. A good way to do that is to follow them on Twitter on turn on their notification alerts. 

The ride back to L.A was much smoother. A win by The Blue most certainly helped. Heck, we would even arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule. 

The Megabus experience, with proper preparation, can be an adventure. Honestly, the redeye, which for me, acts as mobile lodging, is geared more for the single and budget minded traveler. Many passengers have shared their tales on Megabus, but it is what it is. For $1 each way, you can’t beat budget travel.

Feeling adventurous enough to do Megabus throughout other parts of the country en route to your ballpark travels? Check out this Megabus Tutorial for more on how to do your ballpark journey on a budget. 

Stay tuned for Drei’s next Megabus adventure…Coming Soon…

If You’re Going to San Francisco…

OK, with The Boys in Blue already paying a visit twice, their next visit won’t be until September. But that shouldn’t stop any of you ballpark chasers on making the journey up north, should it?

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This summer marks the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love. The summer where folks from all over gathered from Haight-Ashbury to Golden Gate Park to preach Love and Peace, among other activities…

Summer of Love_Drei at Haight and Masonic Cruising The Haight…Haight and Masonic

Before heading to the De Young over at Golden Gate Park, to prepare myself, I decided to take a cruise The Haight, The Panhandle on to Golden Gate Park, along with a couple of my Blue clad buddies…

 Jerry Garcia mural, Haight and Cole

20170425_095850Drei and Jerry…

 

20170425_101929Blue Dog and Magic Gnomeon the corner of Haight and Ashbury

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love, The De Young Museum will be featuring The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll

Summer of Love_Stickers Faux pins 

 

Prior to entering the museum, several faux street signs line the entrance, each noting an “intersection” of past and present.

 

As I walked through the exhibit,  though my existence here in planet earth would be established 7 years after the Summer of Love, I made it a point to tell myself to get past the fact this would not be a re-creation of that whimsical summer as evidenced through the mannequins seen above modeling the clothes of 1967. 

Aside from the clothing, the exhibit features a vast and at times, a repeat of concert posters…

As a huge fan of 60s pop culture, though I was not expecting a recreation of that Summer of ’67 the overabundance of clothing and posters made the exhibit a somewhat underwhelming experience with little perspective as I could only muster so many posters. That may explain why this digital story provided on the exhibits page. In case you haven’t quite had your fill of art and fashion, here you go

Not all is lost inside the exhibit. The highlight for me was Bill Ham’s Kinetic Light Painting room that featured a psychedelic light show accompanied by that era’s music as I did my best to act as if I was on some acid trip…

Should you find your way through De Young, check out Stuart Davis: In Full Swing in the museum’s 3rd floor. Davis, born in 1892 was a lifelong jazz enthusiast whose art presents the vibrant colors of European Modernism. 

“Stuart Davis was an artist both ahead of his time, and completely immersed in it,” says Max Hollein, director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “His works provided comment on the times and were simultaneously a dominant force in postwar art. The de Young has always believed that artists have a duty to comment and critique our culture and we are pleased to show how one American artist responded to the tumultuous times he lived through.”

Admission to the De Young Museum is $15. Dual exhibition tickets to Summer of Love and Stuart Davis are $30, a good bargain given each exhibit is $25 each. 

Hey, Kid K, they named a street after you !!!

Timeline…

PicsArt_04-25-12.05.39 Hippie…Hipster…Is there a difference?

December 8, 1980, The Monday Night When Howard Announced The Tragic News…

     “Remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps, of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which, in duty bound, we have to take. Frank?”

The exact words Howard Cossell would announce to viewers 34 years ago this Monday evening, on December 8, 1980, as the New England Patriots would battle the Miami Dolphins in a huge game on Monday Night Football. It was during the waning moments of the 4th quarter as the Patriots we’re attempting a game winning field goal when Howard Cossell would do the uneviable task of announcing to the viewers that former Beatle John Lennon had been shot outside the Dakota Apartments in New York City as he was returning home from a recording session. Just six years prior, Cossell had interviewed John Lennon during halftime on Monday Night Football…

There are so many way’s to describe how the music of The Beatles and John Lennon has to this very day touched so many peoples lives. The influence that Beatlemania had was so huge and so rapid that The Beatles we’re the first rock n roll band to perform live concerts at Major League Baseball venues, performing at Shea Stadium in 1964 and evnetually performing their 2nd to last ever live performance at Dodger Stadium in August of 1966.

wpid-20140718_144630.jpg From August 2006, looking back on the 40th anniversary of The Beatles performance at Dodger Stadium

beatles_dodgerstadium The Fab Four performing at Dodger Stadium, August 28, 1966. ( Dodger Stadium’s appearance sure has passed the test of time…)

JOHNLENNON_LATIMES12081980 Front cover of the L.A. Times, December 9, 1980

Here is a 2010 clip from ESPN’s Outside The Lines reflecting upon the ill-fated night of December 8, 1980…

At the time Cossell announced to the viewers the untimely death of John Lennon on that ill-fated evening of December 8, 1980, it was not possible for people around the world to have known the news right away. There we’re only 3 major networks at the time, but most notably, in 1980, we didn’t have such things as ipads or droids among other electronical devices that we take for granted today. There was no way fans could have shared their feelings at that very moment with fellow family and friends as we do today with the ever so endless social media outlets available in our pockets.

So of course it was impossible for the 75,000 plus fans at the Orange Bowl to have been aware of what happened to the famed Beatle. I can only imagine that if an event of this magnitude had taken place today during a huge sporting event, be it MNF or the World Series, what the mood would be like inside the venues. Would many of us be on a emotional roller coaster of excitement of being at a huge sporting event while hiding the somberness on our minds, knowing that someone who had a profound impact on us has passed on ? I’m sure many of us would be paying instant tributes throughout the world of social media.

I’ve heard many people talk about the night John Lennon was assassinated, putting it in the same sentence of the tragic assassinations of King and Kennedy. To many, the night John Lennon was killed marked the end of an era . I was not around when King and Kennedy we’re shot, and I was only 6, in the beginning stages of being a Dodger fan. ( I’m also trying to put some light into this folks…). I don’t really recall where I was the night John Lennon was shot, however I do remember various radio stations playing continuos music from The Beatles during the week as it was played in our house in Hollywood.

Do any of you recall where you we’re the night of December 8, 1980 ? Did you find out while watching MNF ? We’re you putting up a Christmas tree when the news was announced ?

 Happy Christmas…. Someday, War will be over….