The crazier things are in the world, the more important it becomes to appreciate simple pleasures close to home.
So thanks to Neighbor Kristy from Treat Street for calling our attention to fact that the mysterious Color Sprites of Bernal Hill celebrated the arrival of October by decorating the big rock on the north slope to look like a giant candy corn . Neighbor Kristy writes:
The dogs are Ichi at the bottom and Dion on top, with my friend Julie holding Dion up. We hike bernal every Monday and always love seeing the rock color change based on seasons. The candy corn rock cheered me up with the sad news happening
PHOTO: Courtesy of Neighbor Kristy.
Residents of northwest Bernal are familiar with the hand-painted Honda that’s often parked near the Coso Triangle; the car is a conspicuous landmark that celebrates our local sports teams, fandom, and San Francisco itself.
Now this rolling monument to San Francisco civic pride can be yours, because a sign on the window says it’s for sale. According to the cashier at Precita Market — a friendly gent who is also the vehicle’s authorized sales agent — the car is owned by a nearby neighbor and can be had for $1500, very negotiable.
Beneath all that amazing paint lies a 1990 Honda Accord with straight bodywork and a 2.2L engine. It appears to be bone-stock, apart from the custom paint job, and a quick peek at the interior revealed it to be in good condition.
You might consider purchasing this vehicle as a daily driver. Or, after a proper buffing and polishing, it would also be rather exquisite on display under tasteful lighting at your favorite folk art, automotive, or sports memorabilia museum. Your choice.
UPDATE: June 24, 2017 Price cut! According to the signs on the window, the most San Francisco car in San Francisco can now be had for the LeMons-friendly price of just $500. What a value!
PHOTOS: Telstar Logitics
“Now with a cushy landing pad at the end!”
A somber hush descended upon Bernal Heights in the aftermath of the presidential election, but Neighbor Tamara has found comfort in some simple joys close to home:
I was ascending the west slope yesterday after school drop-off and came upon this little bit of Bernal awesomeness.
On that rather grim morning, seeing the revitalized Esmeralda Slide Park made me smile. I assume that some amazing Bernal neighbors rallied to make this happen, so I’m sending out a very hearty THANK YOU on this sunny but bleak morning.
Chin up, Bernal. This is who we are, let’s keep being amazing.
“Cardboard holding device and primitive communication system”
“Bonus gargoyle situation”
PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS: Neighbor Tamara
She’s been living on Precita since the 1980s, but apparently there’s still a first time for everything. Yuck.
Neighbor Heather is fascinated by a strange little tree in Holly Park that has sprouted a very tall appendage. She says:
I’ve been watching tree in Holly Park for a month or two now. I think it deserves a profile.
The tree has sprouted one “reach for the sky DeVry!” branch that is easily twice the height of the tree. With a little tuffet of 6 or 7 leaves on the end. It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. (Well, OK, this is San Francisco and I go to Folsom St Fair every year, so not REALLY… But certainly the weirdest thing in Holly Park.)
Bizarre! Can any of our armchair arborists explain this strange mutation? Here’s the view from a different angle:
PHOTOS: Neighbor Heather
Some Bernal neighbors have been entertained, some have been bemused, and others have been annoyed, but the preachy home-made signs that have appeared on utility poles around Cortlandia have definitely gotten people talking.
Neighbor Matt shared the photo up top, while Neighbor Rebecca photographed a more elaborate installation on the corner of Cortland and Moultrie. “Fascinating neighborhood discourse,” she says.
Others, however, find the signs insufferable:
Look closely at the photo of that sign and you’ll see a respone written in pencil at the bottom. It says, “Don’t tell me whut to do.”
Neighbor Jane calls our attention to the St. Patrick’s Day-inspired transformation of the holiday rock on the north side of Bernal Hill.
She writes, “I’m a fan of the solid gold look, but neighbor leprechauns just do their thing!”