Giants Win Another World Series, But What About the Children?

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For better or worse, San Francisco has become rather skilled at winning.

Case in point: Last night’s World Series victory by the San Francisco Giants, the team’s third World Series victory in five years.

The Bernalwood Action News Team watched the Giants clinch their 2014 championship victory from fashionable Lundy’s Landing on the west slope, where the al fresco baseball viewing experience was an image of everything that’s good and right in the universe right now. This was the scene during the second-to-last out of the game:

Here’s a post-game victory portrait of Team Lundys, highlighting the Bernal sexy:

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Super- mega- extra- gold stars for the Lundy’s neighbors who made the al fresco World Series happen. That was as good as it gets.

From Lundys, the Bernalwood Action News Team rolled down to Mission Street to watch the festivities there. From afar, we heard lots of whooping and car horns honking. Madness! We arrived on Mission across from our Taoist Safeway, and quickly assessed the situation. There was a robust police presence, with bemused SFPD officers standing on almost every block. Most of the whooping was coming from cheerful pedestrians celebrating on the sidewalk. Like these stylish gents:

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Much of the honking car horns was coming from minivans full of parents and their excited children participating in an ad hoc parade.

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We encountered this group of Bernal hooligans as they wandered south on Mission:

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The big excitement in Greater Bernalwood was on Mission at Precita, where a large crowd gathered in front of the (rather delicious) Baby Blues BBQ restaurant. There was much cheering and waving of banners:

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At one point, Bernalwood peered into a car stopped at the intersection. Star Sighting!!!  It was San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.  You remember: That guy from the Batkid video! Chief Suhr was out surveying the situation from the passenger seat of an unmarked car:

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Then, with impeccable timing, just moments after Chief Suhr headed north on Mission, a pod of Lowriders showed up.  And when the light at Mission and Precita turned from green to red, the cars began to bounce:

Much bouncing ensued. And lifting, and tilting, and and flag-waving, and cheering. There were some firecrackers, and lots of laughing and high-fiving, and in general, there was a lot of euphoria but not a lot of mayhem on our stretch of Mission Street.

Sure, things got far more wild as you headed north on Mission. But here in Bernal, this is about as wild as it got:

Because overall, San Francisco is getting very good at winning.

Yet herein lies an insidious peril, particularly for the children of Bernal Heights.

The hazard is that for many of our Junior Citizens, World Series celebrations
have become a familiar event. Victory is the only thing they have ever known. The whole “win the World Series, whoop it up around the neighborhood, then go to sleep to the sound of news helicopters hovering overhead” … this has become a familiar ritual in their young lives.

In other words, our children are growing up with unrealistic expectations. They have no first-hand knowledge of lifelong defeat, late-inning disappointment, or unrequited loyalty to a losing team. The oddness of this condition was summarized by one Bernal parent whom Bernalwood spoke with last night on Mission Street:

“It’s okay if the kids stay up a little late,” the Bernal parent said. “This only happens once every two years.”

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Bernal Hill Stars in the Most Epic Display of Giants Pride the World Has Ever Seen

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Holy schmokes!  While things were going badly for the Giants last night, Daniel Leu, our favorite Bernal-watcher on Potrero Hill, noticed that we looked rather stunning during the sunset.

Daniel writes:

While the San Francisco Giants were battling the Kansas City Royals, the sky over Bernal Heights had its own spectacular show.

We may have lost the game, but it can now be said Bernal Hill put on the most epic display of orange-and-black Giants Pride the world has ever seen.

PHOTO: Daniel Leu

On Lundys Landing, Bernal Neighbors Share an Al Fresco World Series

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Last night’s 7-1 victory over the Royals in Game One of the World Series was a great moment for all Giants fans, but the scene was particularly sweet on Lundys Landing, where some of your neighbors projected the game onto the side of an adjacent house.

Neighbor Valjoy says the al fresco viewing party will happen again for Game Two tonight, and you’re invited:

PHOTOS: Top, @travis_schlafke. Below, @Valjoy9

Tire-Spinning Sideshow Celebrates Giants Victory on Mission at Valencia

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Hooray Giants!

It’s become a bit of a ritual: Whenever the Giants have a big win — we’re talking pennant- or World Series-level stuff — crowds flow onto Mission Street in Bernal for a (generally) good-spirited festival of ad hoc anarchy and celebration.

Last night’s NLCS pennant victory was no exception, and this video shows the tire-spinning excitement that went down at the intersection of Mission and Valencia:

A few fans celebrate Giants win into the World Series by doing donuts in the intersection. This went on for about 15 minutes until the police showed up.

Something is going on in this corner of Bernal Heights. If it’s not renegade cattle stockyards and vile-smelling offal, it’s smoke and burning rubber in the late hours of the night.

Meanwhile, the inane TV news coverage of the festivities turned your Bernalwood editor into a NAMBY:

HT: MissionMIssion

Elusive Bikini Jogger Sighting Provides Important Reassurance During Uncertain Times

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Stars collide, galaxies collapse, websites fall over, and the macroeconomic forces of global capitalism grind inexorably onward. Yet all is well in Bernal Heights, because there’s been a sighting of the legendary Bikini Jogger.

A Bernal neighbor shared this snap of the Bikini Jogger on the move yesterday near the Folsom gate on Bernal Hill. With it, we can all rest assured that at least our corner of the universe remains enlivened and perplexed.

Previous Bikini Jogger coverage on Bernalwood

Where to Buy Your 2013 Ski Bernalwood Season Pass

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Hello Skiers and Snowboarders!

It’s been cold, and it’s been wet, which means conditions have never been better at Ski Bernalwood, San Francisco’s finest wintersports resort destination. Right now we’ve got a 41″ base with powder and packed powder on top, so it’s a great time to strap on your boards and and explore all the terrain we’ve opened up on Bernal Hill.

Let’s go over some of the highlights on tap for Winter 2013.

Ski Bernalwood 2013 Season Passes Now On Sale

Ski Bernalwood offers plenty of challenging terrain for riders of all ability levels, with two charilifts for fast, convenient access to all areas of the mountain. But before you hit the slopes, you’re going to need a lift ticket.

This year, we’re proud to announce that Ski Bernalwood has partnered with several of the finest merchants in Bernal Heights to offer an our first-ever Ski Bernalwood Season Pass.

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For reals! This is an actual adhesive-backed lift ticket, sold with a complimentary metal wicket you can use to affix it to your favorite jacket or outerwear. Ski Bernalwood season passes are available for purchase starting today at any one of Ski Bernalwood’s Authorized Lift Ticket Vendors: Heartfelt on Cortland, Secession Art & Design on Mission, or the Precita Park Cafe in North Bernal.

Now, you might reasonably ask, Why should I buy a 2013 Ski Bernalwood Season Pass?

We’re glad you asked. Here’s why:

1) It’s a Superior Value
Have you purchased an all-day lift ticket in Lake Tahoe ski lately? Heavenly wants $102 for one. Squaw Valley gets $99 a day. Northstar is $105. But starting today, Ski Bernalwood is offering a full season pass for just $4.

That’s right! Four bucks buys a Ski Bernalwood Season Pass that gives you unlimited access to our trail and lift network for all of Winter 2013. Just show your pass to the lift attendants, and let our high-speed chairs whisk you up Bernal Hill to a world of gravity-fueled adventure.

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2) There’s So Much to Enjoy
All your favorite Ski Bernalwood terrain features are back for 2013. There’s lots of powder to discover in the steeps of the 14 Limited and Stoney Grotto runs. Huck the cornice at Cornelio’s Folly. Or drop in at the Haunted House Terrain Park, where our engineers have just completed construction of a massive new tabletop jump. We predict it will leave you spinning:

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Of course, you can’t go big on an empty stomach. That’s why we’ve put together a terrific lineup of tasty treats at the Sutrito Summit Lodge. Inside, you’ll find Off Piste, the innovative Swedish-style bistro that San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer says is “redefining what urban ski lodge cuisine can be.” To manage your thirst, don’t miss the two full bars serving artisanal cocktails and microbrews on tap. Outside, you can enjoy our Patio BBQ while taking in views of the city below.

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3) It’s Devastatingly Fashionable
Your 2013 Ski Bernalwood Season Pass opens the door to an entire winter of downhill fun, but it looks great on or off the slopes. No matter if you’re running errands on Cortland Avenue, or weekending in Chamonix, or rocking the red carpet at the Academy Awards — the Ski Bernalwood season pass attached to your jacket, hat, or shoulder bag represents Bernal Heights and tells the world that you demand superior downhill wintersports excitement.

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4) Think Globally, Ski Locally
Each 2013 Ski Bernalwood Season Pass is printed on rugged, self-adhesive vinyl, to handle any abuse you dish out on the slopes or around town. You’ll also be glad to know your pass was printed by your neighbors at Ellaprint on Precita Avenue, right at the base of Bernal Hill. So you won’t just look good you when wear your 2013 Ski Bernalwood Season Pass — you’ll feel good.

Remember, you can purchase your 2013 Ski Bernalwood Season Pass for just $4 from any of these Authorized Ticket Sales Vendors:

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Just stop by Heartfelt, Secession, or Precita Park Cafe during normal business hours, and ask at the counter for a 2013 Ski Bernalwood Season Pass. They’ll set you up.

We’ll see you on the slopes!

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