Hello from the hockey moms in the Richmond District!

Ok, not really. And I am sure most neighbors would hiss at my Sarah Palin reference. I really don’t like her and apparently, neither do the guys at Green Apple Books! They have special plans for any profits they make from sales of her new memoir. What, you ask? Well let’s just say it’s their way of giving back to those who may have suffered at the hand of Palin.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just next week? Can you believe all the cooking that needs doing? Don’t despair. You can skip the hassle altogether and head to Beach Chalet or Park Chalet for a good meal with a million dollar beach view. Or order all or some of the fixin’s from Angelina’s Cafe, including pies. Once they’re all in your own serving dishes, you can tell your guests you cooked it. Warming up counts as cooking, right?

Will you be gearing up after Turkey Day to take on the crowds and go recession busting? If you answered “Hell yeah!” and your battle plan does not involve chasing the kids through circular racks while trying to grab the last fuchsia Snuggie, then the Richmond District YMCA may be able to help. The YMCA is offering day care starting at 6am on Black Friday. So while you shop ’til you drop, the kids get to have a good time.

Last Sunday I ran in the first (annual?) Skirtchaser 5k. It’s put on by Skirt Sports, the makers of the running skirt for women. Every runner got a skirt with their entry, so that was another first I could check off my bucket list: running while en skirt. The women took off first, followed three minutes later by the men, aka the skirt chasers. Check out the pics and video.

A new exhibition, Amish Abstractions, opened at the de Young Museum last weekend. It features a few dozen quilts from Amish communities throughout Pennsylvania and the Midwest and date from the 1880s to the 1940s. Now before you say “Quilts? zzzzzzz”, at least check out some of the quilts. Unlike their culture, the Amish quilts are anything but plain.

I’ll leave you this week with an interesting history minute from one of my favorite local historians, Woody LaBounty. This time it’s about the U.S. Life Saving Station that kept an eye on Ocean Beach frolickers from theit outpost on the edge of Golden Gate Park.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah B.
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