I was driving my wife Helvetica to a meeting at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. When we entered the park, it just happened to be 4:20pm on 4/20/2009. A large roar was heard from Hippy Hill at that moment. People were streaming into that area as we drove to toward the DeYoung. I dropped my wife off, parked the car and walked back to Hippy Hill where about 10,000 people were celebrating 420. It was a thrilling atmosphere filled with a multi-cultural crowd of human beings who shared the value of imbibing in marijuana.
The Exploratorium is a stimulating, interactive museum space in San Francisco created by Frank Oppenheimer, brother of J. Robert Oppenheimer, lead scientist on the Manhattan Project that created the Atom Bomb. Oppenheimer realized the detrimental effect of the Manhattan project and decided put his energy into teaching people, in particular young people, through hands on, interactive experience all about various aspects of scientific disciplines.
The Exploratorium After Dark series was conceived and created a team led by Melissa Alexander. Every Thursday in April of 2009, the Exploratorium remained open until 9pm. One particular Thursday, the Mind Shaft Society embarked on the Exploratorium to research and examine the science exhibits that stimulated and inspired our imaginations.
Bishop Joey, secular leader of the First Church of the Last Laugh, a light religion, a snack food religion, hosts the annual St. Stupid Day Parade in honor the patron saint of parking meters and civilization. It occurs on April 1st at noon in San Francisco at the foot of Market Street during the week, and at the Pointy Building on weekends. You may be a member. Take the test.
Helvetica and I walked to Safeway for groceries this afternoon via the Cliff House and Ocean Beach. I like to observe the art & graffiti on the west side of the wall facing the beach. The really large stuff these days are tags by urban tuffs and punks. Tucked among them are little gems if you look at it right. These images were on the wall at the end of Balboa Street and the Great Highway.
Urban Dude’s hat has 415 written on it. 415 is the area code for San Francisco. Some dudes call it Frisco.
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The Intrepid Traveling Skypilot came to San Francisco looking for New Year’s Eve and found another Era.
My weekend was filled with philanthropic socializing, anthropological fabrication and mutant vehicle maintenance. The Black Rock Arts Foundation was the beneficiary at the San Francisco Premiere of Voyage to Utopia, a film about David Best creating one of his temples for Burning Man. After the film, many attendees sauntered to the bohemian Cafe Flore for much imbibing and seriously eclectic schmoozing.
Saturday morning brought the usual jaunt to the Mind Shaft to continue fabricating Uncle Sam’s Elvis Island Immigration Station. The end of this day started by picking up Helvetica at the Larkspur Ferry. We drove to the Carneros wine region in southern Napa Valley to attend a Professional Food Society benefit dinner and wine tasting at Artesa Winery overlooking Di Rosa Preserve.
Sunday was an excellent expedition to Drennon Ranch in West Marin to continue the maintenance on Huracan, the recreation of the God of Fierce Wind from the Mayan Culture. Our friends at Drennon Ranch are creating the Celtic Forest for Burning Man 2008.