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Skip Black Friday- Top 10 fun things to do in San Francisco

photo_17326_20100325Pink – the new Black- Friday

Top 10 Fun Free things to do in San Francisco the day after Thanksgiving – Go Pink!

Americans have been whipped into a shopping lather with a recent tsunami of newspaper inserts and rabid radio and TV blitzes.

Spend money now? While words like foreclosure, job loss, recession, recovery, crisis, cutbacks and budget are dancing in our heads?

Aggressive retailers are lighting the fires for conspicuous consumption and fanning the flames with a massive Black Friday media blitz.

Conversely, there is a movement afoot called Buy Nothing Day, to put the brakes on spending and avoid the ill fated

‘Shop until you drop’ malady.”

frog-1Kermit was right; “It is hard being green.”    

Very few of us have ‘the green’ we used to have. More lack than black, Friday. Go Pink. Be ‘In the pink.” Listen to Pink Martini Or Pink Floyd, watch ‘Pretty in Pink,“ or take the time to plant pink tulips.

            Skip Black Friday.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, fun, eating, and volunteering, and helping the less fortunate.

Here are Top 10 Fun Free Friday Things to do Around San Francisco the day after Thanksgiving

1. Span -Walk across the International Orange Golden Gate Bridge – 76 years old.

2. Make a Fort – Explore the Presidio, Fort Point, Fort Mason, and Fort Baker

3. Click - Take a photo journey to the Mission District and locate and photograph the famously popular murals.

4. Play - Continue a day of play:  try jigsaw puzzles, charades, movie marathons, and touch football…

5. Explore- Walk around your very own neighborhood. Concept: Introduce yourself to a neighbor – or two…

6. Shift Gears- go for a bike ride, stroll, hike, a run or skate…

7. Merge -into Movie Night – share DVDs – have a friendly movie night with another friend – be selective and be smart: go to the library and get new films.

8. Step it Up- Research the famous staircases and steps of San Francisco – Get the book – at the library and start with the first walk

9. Pack – a picnic with some of those leftovers and hit the beach, forest, or the park and relax…Watch the clouds. Find the Andy Goldsworthy art in the Presidio…Walk around the Palace of Fine Art in the Marina – say “Thank you, Walter Johnson” the hero responsible for rebuilding the once falling-down and falling apart SanFrancisco landmark

10. Purge – Do you have ‘One Warm Coat’ your are not wearing –  Please Donate to: One Warm Coat with drop offs all over the Bay Area.

During the football marathon, clean out a closet. Men’s clothing can be donated to “Out of the Closet” at California at Polk Street (free drop-off parking lot) Women’s can go to the excellent woman’s shelter, Casa de las Madres, via the Community Thrift store on Valencia St.

Yes, Binkie, This year avoid Black Friday~ Buy Nothing-  and go outside and play!

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Avoid Black Friday – go pink – Top 10 Free in San Francisco

Pink – the new Black-Friday.

Is that all there is?

Americans have been whipped into a shopping lather with a recent tsunami of newspaper inserts and rabid radio and TV blitzes. Spend money now –  while words like foreclosure, job loss, recession, recovery, crisis, cutbacks and budget are dancing in our heads?

Aggressive retailers are lighting the fires for conspicuous consumption and fanning the flames with a massive Black Friday media blitz. Conversely, there is a movement afoot  called Buy Nothing Day, to put the brakes on spending and avoid the ill-fated ‘shop until you drop’ malady.

Kermit was right; “it is hard being green.”

Very few of us have ‘the green’ we used to have. More lack than black, Friday.

Go Pink. Be ‘in the pink” Listen to Pink Martini or Pink Floyd, watch ‘Pretty in Pink” , plant pink tulips. Skip Black Friday.

Thanksgiving can a time for family, friends, fun, and eating and volunteering, and helping the less fortunate.

Here are Top Ten Fun Free Friday Things  to do Around

San Francisco

1. Span -Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

2. Make a Fort – Explore the Presidio, Fort Point, Fort Mason, and Fort Baker

3. Click -take a photo journey to the Mission District and photograph the murals

4. Play - continue a day of play: jigsaw puzzles, charades, movie marathons, football…

5. Explore- Walk around neighborhood. Meet a neighbor – or two…

6. Shift Gears- go for a bike ride, stroll, hike, back-pack…

7. Merge -DVDs have a movie night with another friend’ watch all your old DVD’s; go to the library and get new ones…

8. Step it Up- Research the Famous Ttaircases and steps of San Francisco – Get the book – at the library and start with the first walk

9. Pack – a picnic with some of those  leftovers and hit the beach, forest, park and relax…

10. Purge -  Donate to One Warm Coat  – During the football marathon, clean out closets.

Men’s clothing can be donated to “Out of the Closet” at California at Polk Street (free drop-off parking lot) Women’s  can go to the excellent woman’s shelter, Casa de las Madres, via the Community Thrift store on Valencia St.

Avoid Black Friday - seek and you shall find some merry mistletoe. Place said item, the key to kissing, on your lapel, above your door, on your visor…you get the idea.

Happy hearty holidays.

Getting in the pink:”Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now.” Hugh Hefner

Occupy What? Meeting the Fokkers on Thanksgiving?

Turkey:  Rhymes with dysfunction

Do you dare bring a date home for Thanksgiving -to meet the family?

Imagine the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven and the sight of luscious pumpkin pies and plump mincemeat pies sitting on the buffet. Cubes of yellow butter melting on mounds of steaming mashed potatoes. The dining room aglow with orange votive candles and a massive centerpiece of fall colored chrysanthemums gracing the table.

Dishes piled with green beans and sweet carrot soufflé, bowls of ruby red cranberries, and pomegranates and tangerines all crowded on the kitchen counter. A veritable food festival with friends and family –and, some ‘strangers in the night’.

Steve in Houston revealed he is ‘blessed’ with an Aunt Can’t Edit, who blurts unseemly comments and slightly embarrasses the entire family in one fell swooping comment.

Cherie in Seattle writes last year she was graced with, “A cast of cousins straight out of Central Casting, Seven Dwarves style: Grumpy, Dopey, Snarky, Chatty, Smokey, Sneezey, and Boozy.”

Okay, kids, so Thanksgiving will never be a Norman Rockwell painting. Granted, for many of us it will be more like “The Scream” Each year we are fortunate to gather, gobble and go. Count your blessings. Bring your current sweetheart home to meet the family? Tomes have been written about courage and bravery – you decide: will this exposure to your kin  be a coup de grace or a potential triumph? Good luck.

 

The family… a strange little band of characters trudging through life… inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Oh, Happy Day
Last year, six of us volunteered at three different soup kitchens and were turned away. There were too many volunteers. That’s what I’m talking about.

The Mad Dash of the Holidays is Here
I refuse to count the daze. This year I’m going to float down the stream of Christmas consciousness and revel in friends, fun, simplicity and sanity. All aboard.

The Day after Thanksgiving and all through the house,

not a creature was shopping- all were watching football, talking, laughing, reading, washing dishes – a meditation- walking, riding bikes, going to see Harry Potter, or RED- and avoiding getting mauled at any mall. Double  dare you to Buy Nothing

San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin,welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at Page.Larkin@gmail.com.

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