Happy 2010 from the Richmond!

So far, the year is off to quiet start which is fine by me.

Slow and steady, but still with a flair of drama, that is. We saw a surfer get stranded with the sea birds on a rock near the Cliff House on Monday. The official cause of the mishap? Surfer Tim Terry said he paddled out and just got tired. Aw, poor Tim. That’s ok – the surf rescue squad pulled off a dramatic helicopter rescue and Cliff House reservations are up 125%…

If you’re in need of space after amassing some new holiday loot, use this Saturday to unload some of your old electronics. Free e-waste recycling is taking place at Ocean Beach near Beach Chalet, as well as in the Sunset. Out with the old, in with the Nexus!

The Examiner unearthed a curious sight in one Outer Richmond backyard. Artist Nomi Klein has turned her garden into a giant chess game, complete with 43 inch tall pieces that weigh 12 pounds each. Checkmate, my friend.

Sunday begins the first off this year’s traffic headaches for Richmond residents. Our beloved shortcut from the Marina District goes away as the Presidio Parkway begins construction and the offramp from Doyle Drive to Hwy 1 Southbound/Park Presidio is closed until 2013. Gulp. The other ramp, zipping us from the Richmond to the Marina will be closed soon too. To all my friends in the Marina: it’s been nice knowing ya!

If you’re looking for something unique to do this weekend, check out the free Vintage Paper Fair in Golden Gate Park. You’ll find vintage postcards, photos, stereoviews, photography, prints and many other types of vintage collectible paper. Check out the vintage postcards below I found last year the feature Richmond District landmarks, including some in Golden Gate Park.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sarah B.
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