Bernal Dads Embark on 24 Hours of Hot, Sweaty Racing

As you read this now, the Bernalwood editorial team is embedded with Bernal Dads Racing, somewhere along I-5 between Fresno and Los Angeles.

I’m in a truck that’s towing a race car, and we are en route to Buttonwillow, a hot, dusty race track just outside Bakersfield. At Buttonwillow, we will participate in the 2012 Arse-Sweat-Apalooza, an endurance race that’s part of the prestigious 24 Hours of LeMons series.

Our objectives:

  1. Get the race car to Bakersfield today.
  2. Race it for 24 continuous hours on Saturday, through the night, and into Sunday.
  3. Survive.
  4. Drive home on Sunday.
  5. Sleep at last.

Our vehicle is the venerable Whale, a combat-weary Volvo 240 wagon that is much nicer to drive than it is to look at.

24 Hours of LeMons at Infinion

Can it be done? What misadventures lie between here and the team’s glorious return to Bernal Heights on Sunday? WE HAVE NO IDEA!

Stay tuned, and we will post regular updates throughout the weekend over on the Bernalwood that’s over on the Twitter.

PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics

How To Get Free Family Admission to City Museums

Though they look glamorous, this is not another Bernalwood fashion shoot. Instead, here we see Laura (8), Hanna (11), Max (1), and mother Lene waiting for the Bernal Heights Branch Library to open, so they can check out a Family Pass and get complimentary admission (for the whole kit and caboodle!) to the California Academy of Sciences.

Any San Francisco resident who has a library card and kids in their family can do this, at any branch library. Individual branches have passes for a rotating selection of 15 “Participating Attractions,” which include SFMOMA and the zoo, at different times. A single pass is good for one or two adults accompanied by up to four children under 18.

Check out or the S.F. Public Library’s website for more information.

A Neighborly Response to an Anonymous and (Arguably) Passive-Aggressive Note

There’s been a development in the diplomatic kerfuffle on Colridge.

Sources tell Bernalwood that a response has now been posted to counter the anonymous and (debatably) passive-aggressive note that targeted a Bernal resident whose garbage cans are not hidden from the street.

The recipient, owner of said garbage cans, has responded with the note shown above. And @jack415 approves:

@Bernalwood, I so would like to hug her. Way to go, neighbors!

PHOTO: @jack415

A Rare Diesel Machinery Sighting on Bernal Hill

As you know, Bernalwood routinely carries news about strange creatures spotted on Bernal Hill. Today neighbor Ken found two large and unusual specimens in the wild:

Another day in paradise. This big baby got through the Bernal gate for a retaining wall project on the street below.

Judging from the white coloration and bold display of plumage, this would appear to be a male Levo Telescopicus. A female Vehiculum Gravis was observed not far behind, bearing a load of ferrous material:

PHOTOS: Neighbor Ken

Paul Revere Principal Accepts Plea to Avoid Jail in DUI Incident

A sentence has been handed down in the DUI hit-and-run case of Sheila Milosky, the principal at Paul Revere School. The San Francisco Examiner reports:

The controversial principal of Paul Revere Elementary School in Bernal Heights was sentenced Tuesday to community service hours instead of jail time in connection with a DUI arrest last month in which she allegedly sideswiped two vehicles just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sheila Milosky pleaded no contest to two DUI counts Tuesday as part of a deal with prosecutors that will allow her to remain in school rather than behind bars. As part of the deal, prosecutors dismissed the hit-and-run charge.

Milosky was actually sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that time will be served wearing an orange vest while cleaning up around The City as part of the Sheriff’s Department’s alternative work program. She also will spend nine months in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

PHOTO: San Francisco Examiner

Cyclist Hit by Car at Cortland and Bayshore

Hollywood's SFFD

From the SF Weekly:

A cyclist was taken to the hospital this morning after being hit by a car at the corner of Cortland Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.

Officer Gordon Shyy had very little information at this time, but said the cyclist, whose condition is unknown, was at the intersection at about 8:37 a.m. when the accident occurred

The Weekly adds that Vicky Walker, Bernalwood’s own Minister of History, saw the injured cyclist receiving medical care.

PHOTO: Telstar Logistics file photo

Ode to the Precita Playground Satellite Spinner

The citizens of Precitaville breathed a big sigh of relief when we learned that the upcoming glamorous makeover of Precita Park would not jeopardize the future of the playground’s much-loved “penultimate satellite spinner.”

The satellite spinner has been here for a long time, and it occupies a special place in the hearts of many Bernalese.

Neighbor Orlando has also been here for a long time, and he recently wrote a moving ode to the Satellite Spinner that reveals it to be not just a piece of playground equipment, but an essential link to life’s essentials:

I am relieved and thrilled with joy that the “penultimate satellite spinner” is not to be messed with. I held on to it with a death grip as I learned to walk as a toddler,  fearing of a hard landing in the sand beneath it. I sat on it holding hands with a girlfriend, dipping our tender toes in the cool sand as a teenager when I fell in love for the first time. And not too long ago, I visited it as a middle aged man when I was grieving the end of my fathers hard life. It is included in the background of many sets of kodak film of two generations in my family. Family that have passed away as the years have gone by. The cars, clothing, and hair dos of the folks in these pictures tell the story of what life was like in the years when they where taken. This “penultimate satellite spinner” has outlived many of the playgrounds make overs. It will outlive me. I hope it is there for me to sit on as I approach the final years of my life. I hope and I wish that perhaps, as I grow older and my life comes closer to its end, it will be there so I can once again hold on to it with that familiar death grip that I learned so well in the beginning.

PHOTO: Precita Playground Satellite Spinner, June 2012, by Telstar Logistics