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Singing bus driver in San Francisco

Mike Kepka photograph

Mike Kepka photograph by Lawrence Morgan

No. 29-Sunset bus driver changes the day for many people in San Francisco

Mike Kepka has done a wonderful job writing this blog, especially with the accompanying video. I personally have taken this bus, the No. 29 bus, as the driver, Charles Davis, was driving it down Sunset Boulevard towards Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

I took this bus because my car had just been stolen - a common occurrence in San Francisco these days (and it's just been located, but I haven't had a chance to see it yet and to find out if it still runs).

I'm wondering - does any bus driver in Kansas sing, or have other special talents which really put a smile on people's faces?

And - Is there some way in which certain buses in Lawrence could be enjoyed as special, unique buses-places to have a ride just because of what the bus features?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

If you read this article and watch the video, I guarantee that you, too, will have a much better day!

And - today I just found another bus driver who also sings, but in New York City. He sings arias!

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Getty Images by Lawrence Morgan


Strictly Bluegrass, Live Webcast from Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, October 4-6, 2013, 13th Year

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Chronicle Strictly Bluegrass image by Lawrence Morgan

For three days, there has been a live Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

This is one of the prime bluegrass festivals in the country. It was this weekend in San Francisco, and it was in the Journal-World, but not where most readers could find it. Readers' blogs don't get coverage in the Journal World, and citizen journalism, which was so prevalent in the past, is almost completely gone. As far as I can tell, the Journal-World does not want citizen journalists - even though, for many papers in the U.S., it is one of the most read features of the newspaper online.

750,000 people crowded Golden Gate Park this weekend to experience the bluegrass festival.

The event was tremendous and it was completely free. After each day's session, I drove home (very slowly due to San Francisco traffic). The weather was beautiful, as well - everything was perfect this time for the festival. I was amazed at the thousands of young people who left the park - walking or taking the bus, for which they had waited forever. This led me to think that there was a very good thing which comes from this - thousands of young people may have experienced bluegrass for the first time - and the young people I talked with REALLY liked it! They came from all over the United States and Europe.

Even if you missed the live performances on the internet, you can see all the major acts from this festival repeated on video in Golden Gate Park at any time. Take a look - and enjoy hearing and watching these wonderful performers.

There are four stages which were broadcast live. Try all of them - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Go to the following web site:

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Next year, if things go right, I am going to take part in getting live streaming to a very important bluegrass festival in Kansas - but it will have to be worked out, and sponsors located, before I can announce it.

Bluegrass schedule, live from each stage for all three days:

Friday October 4

Banjo Stage 12 p.m. Jesse Dee 1:15 p.m. Jesse DeNatale 2:35 p.m. Seldom Scene 4:15 p.m. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Yunchen Lhamo 5:45 p.m. Bonnie Raitt

Arrow Stage 12 p.m. Manchester Orchestra 1:15 p.m. Freakwater 2:35 p.m. Low 4:15 p.m. Father John Misty 5:45 p.m. Calexico

Rooster Stage 12 p.m. Jake Bellows 1 p.m. The Cave Singers 2:10 p.m. The Felice Brothers 3:20 p.m. The Evens 4:30 p.m. First Aid Kit 5:45 p.m. Conor Oberst

Saturday, October 5

Porch Stage 11 a.m. Supermule 12:10 p.m. Paul Kelly 1:25 p.m. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside 2:40 p.m. Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys 3:50 p.m. Joy Kills Sorrow 4:50 p.m. Martha Wainwright 6:05 p.m. Sturgill Simpson

Banjo Stage 11 a.m. Spirit Family Reunion 12:10 p.m. Alison Brown 1:25 p.m. Tim O'Brien with Bryan Sutton and Mike Bub 2:45 p.m. Holler Down the Hollow - A Hardly Strictly Salute to the Masters 4:25 p.m. The Jerry Douglas Band 5:45 p.m. Steve Earle and the Dukes

Arrow Stage 11 a.m. Kat Edmonson 12:05 p.m. The Handsome Family 1:20 p.m. G. Love and Special Sauce 2:40 p.m. Elvin Bishop 4:05 p.m. The Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal 5:35 p.m. The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock

Rooster Stage 11 a.m. The Go to Hell Man Clan 12 p.m. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale 1:25 p.m. Mark Lanegan 2:45 p.m. Loudon Wainwright III 4:05 p.m. Patty Griffin 5:30 p.m. Robert Earl Keen

Star Stage 11 a.m. LP 12:30 p.m. Jon Langford and Skull Orchard Acoustic/Freakons 2:10 p.m. Dave Alvin with Greg Leisz 3:55 p.m. Boz Scaggs 5:45 p.m. Natalie Maines

Towers of Gold Stage 11:40 a.m. Sonny and the Sunsets 1:20 p.m. Bettye LaVette 3:05 p.m. Nick Lowe 4:45 p.m. Los Lobos Disconnected

Sunday, October 6

Porch Stage 11 a.m. The Deep Dark Woods 12:10 a.m. Della Mae 1:25 p.m. Evolfo Doofeht 2:40 p.m. The Warren Hood Band 3:55 p.m. Pieta Brown 5:10 p.m. Tift Merritt 6:20 p.m. Robert Ellis

Banjo Stage 11 a.m. Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue 12:05 p.m. Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 1:25 p.m. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell 3:05 p.m. Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott 4:25 p.m. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys 5:45 p.m. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Arrow Stage 11 a.m. Shovels and Rope 12:05 p.m. Moonalice 1:25 p.m. The Brothers Comatose 2:45 p.m. The Devil Makes Three 4:10 p.m. Trampled By Turtles 5:45 p.m. The String Cheese Incident

Rooster Stage 11 a.m. Tumbleweed Wanderers 12:05 p.m. Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin 1:20 p.m. Ryan Bingham 2:35 p.m. Kate McGarrigle Tribute with Martha and Sloan Wainwright 4:25 p.m. Buddy Miller 5:45 p.m. The Wood Brothers

Star Stage 11 a.m. Dry Branch Fire Squad 12:30 p.m. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers 2:20 p.m. Justin Townes Earle 4 p.m. Chris Isaak 5:50 p.m. Gogol Bordello

Towers of Gold Stage 11:45 a.m. Allah-Las 1:20 p.m. Richard Thompson 3:10 p.m. Billy Bragg 5 p.m. The Time Jumpers

In Memoriam

A wonderful link to the men and women who made all this possible, F. Warren Hellman; Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Hazel Dickens. Without F. Warren Hellman and his bold philanthropic thinking, none of this would be possible - yesterday or today.

To quote his words,

"What does move me is the philanthropic stuff," he told Forbes magazine in 2006. "Giving really does move me. Part of it is selfish. It's fun to be appreciated. But the other part is that good things really are growing." He called the bluegrass festival a "selfish gift," one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy. "How could you have more fun than that? What the hell is money for if it isn't for something like that?"

And, in case you don't know what bluegrass is, here is a very good article on bluegrass music.

It's time we have bluegrass sponsors in Kansas!

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mercurynews photo by Lawrence Morgan

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After six days closed, new section of Bay Bridge to Oakland opens Tuesday

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SF image by Lawrence Morgan

Bay Bridge closed for six days; open again Tuesday

For those of you who have been to San Francisco or Oakland, I had to post this so that you could relive your memories. The Bay Bridge has been closed for six days. It opens Tuesday morning, but not without a lot of controversy regarding the large bolts which have been broken and their temporary fixes.

Here is a wonderful video of the last trip across the old Bay Bridge, from inside an auto looking backwards:

Pictures of the bridge being built

Remarkable photos of the bridge when it was first being built:

And here is a bit of background on the Bay Bridge. Before the bridge was built, all transportation to and from San Francisco had to be completed by ferry.

And I can't resist including this video of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco. It's incredible.

Final Construction for Eastern Span of Bridge

Bridge is now open at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time, early Monday morning.


Here is the sunset taken Saturday evening before the bridge opens (Photographs by Marada Acayan):

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Marada Acayan photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Marada Acayan photograph

Marada Acayan photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Marada Acayan photograph

Marada Acayan photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Marada Acayan Photograph

Marada Acayan Photograph by Lawrence Morgan


Live Feed from Outside Lands Concerts, from 4pm until 12 midnight, Saturday and Sunday, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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caliber image by Lawrence Morgan

Live Feed from San Francisco

Here is the live feed from Outside Lands, a two day concert in San Francisco in Golden Gate Park, with 70,000 people paying $300 a ticket. It is available online from 4 pm, when the concerts start, until 12 midnight each day (Kansas time). This is because the residents of the Sunset and Richmond want to get some sleep (it will be 2 pm to 10 pm Pacific Standard Time).

Here's news coverage and photos from yesterday, the first day of the concert.

Another article from Friday.

News from Saturday's all day event.

And here's the wrap up for the weekend.

Now, why not set up two large video screens in a park with sound, and let Lawrence enjoy these concerts from around the world in the future?

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caliber image by Lawrence Morgan

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St. Stupid’s Day and the Big Wheel are two events that Lawrence needs to participate in next year

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SFAppeal photograph by Lawrence Morgan

These are two events that Lawrence can't miss next year

St. Stupid's Day Parade

St. Stupid's Day took place in San Francisco on April 1, 2013. I remember the first year I was in San Francisco. I was very poor, and I was sitting in a coffeehouse downtown, and all of a sudden St. Stupid's Parade passed the window. I couldn't believe what was passing by outside. I left my chair and went outside, and the parade was tremendous.

But when I got back inside to my chair, I found that my coat had gone, which I had just purchased the previous week - an unfortunate negative side to living in a large city.

But I've enjoyed the parade each year very much.

Can't you imagine what Lawrence could do with this parade, on April 1st of each year?

Take a look at the following pictures:

On Easter Sunday, there's also the Bring your Own Big Wheel race/demolition derby

There are more than 1500 contestants, dressed in everything from the Easter Bunny to astronauts. They all sit on plastic tricycles, or some version thereof, and head down the street past thousands of spectators. In San Francisco, Vermont Street on Potrero Hill is very steep. But the event would be just as much fun without the steep street.

These are two events that Lawrence absolutely needs to take part in!

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sfgate photograph by Lawrence Morgan


The Magic in San Francisco has happened - now, let’s do it in Lawrence

Bay Bridge photograph

Bay Bridge photograph by Lawrence Morgan

The Bay Bridge (from San Francisco to Oakland) is now lit with 25,000 LED lights!

Here is the Bay Bridge live. The camera is turned on 24 hours a day. At 6:30 pm our time (Pacific Standard Time), the lights are turned on, and they continue until 2 am in the morning. Take a look now:

Eventually they will have to run the lights all night, so that people in other parts of the world - Europe and Africa, for instance, can see them and come up with new ideas for their own country.

Here are more pictures and videos from the Chronicle:

And now ask yourself. Why couldn't a similar project be done in Lawrence! People would come from all around Kansas and neighboring states to see it. The bridge over the river to North Lawrence is not the Bay Bridge, but it has plenty of possibilities, as does downtown and other key areas of Lawrence.

And this doesn't mean just stringing up LED lights. Each project could be planned with specific effects in mind. For example, the Lawrence bridge might include words and sentences from key poems throughout the ages. Because words and sentences would be constantly changing, this would be a tremendous sight.

I also invite you to read my previous blog:

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The World Series Parade in San Francisco

John Zukowski photograph

John Zukowski photograph by Lawrence Morgan

World Series Parade today in San Francisco

The live video on this blog is over- it was fantastic, 4 hours worth. However, here is most of the parade in video replay. It is worth watching! For the Giants, it has been a happy day!

In case you missed it, here is the four hour parade and ceremony.

Here is the 2nd hour:

Then, the third hour is as follows::

And here is the last hour of today's World Series parade and ceremonies:

All of this thanks to ABC San Francisco, which broadcast the entire event live earlier today.

The World Series Parade is in San Francisco today. I'm sending photographs from The San Francisco Chronicle which I think you will enjoy before the parade starts.

People worked for days on these floats:

And many of the people had been here all night to get a good view:

The weather is not good (typical San Francisco!) but hope that I can get close enough to see some of the players.

Tonight I'll post photographs of the players, probably courtesy of The Chronicle, and I and thousands of others just hope it won't rain!

Well, I'm off to see if I can get a place to watch the parade and take some photographs!

The San Francisco Chronicle posted the following article, following the parade, with pictures:


Double rainbow last night in San Francisco

Double Rainbow Giant's Game

Double Rainbow Giant's Game by Lawrence Morgan

Double rainbow - a rare sight in San Francisco

Last night, I was out walking in San Francisco when a double rainbow slowly appeared above me. I think I've seen only one double rainbow before in my life - which was when I was in grade school in Hutchinson, Kansas.

I stopped in the nearby neighborhood store to tell Ihab and Adam about the double rainbow outside. But then I realized that I didn't have my cell phone with me. People were just standing everywhere and looking upwards. The double rainbow was "there" for about thirty minutes. It was truly amazing. I - and most other people - couldn't stop looking at it.

Here it is, with cell phone pictures from The Chronicle:

The Giants were playing at the time at AT&T park. Take a look at the Giants game with the double rainbow overhead.

What double rainbows have you seen in your lifetime?

When did you see one? Do you have any pictures to post?

Am I the only one who has seen so few of them?

Photograph on Flicker of Double Rainbow September 5 2012

Photograph on Flicker of Double Rainbow September 5 2012 by Lawrence Morgan

The following photograph, which is also of the double rainbow, is from the Bernalwood Neighbors-Reporters. Take a look at this site - it shows what can be done when neighbors work together from an entire section of town. I will be doing a blog soon which looks at neighborhood sites throughout the United States, and certainly from Lawrence and all of Kansas. Note the great sense of humor! The site is:

And the photograph from Bernalwood Neighbors:

Photograph by Bernalwood Neighbors - Reporters

Photograph by Bernalwood Neighbors - Reporters by Lawrence Morgan

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Sky jumpers leap from blimp and, wearing Google glasses, transmit live as they fall to Convention Center roof in San Francisco

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Business Insider picture by Lawrence Morgan

Google's glasses transmit real-time coverage as jumpers wearing glasses land on convention center roof

I will have much to say about Google's glasses in the future. But right now, there is a video (below) that I want other people to see and react to.

This is a video taken yesterday (June 28, 2012 from the Google tech conference here in San Francisco. Four jumpers leaped from a blimp wearing google glasses, and made their way down through the skies to the roof of the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. They then used bicycles to go across the roof, went down the outside of the building to the third floor, and finally made their way inside, up to the stage.

Google glasses

Google glasses by Lawrence Morgan

The google glasses which they wore transmitted the entire event live as they were carrying it out.

It was an incredible event, really the first of its kind. You have to see it for yourself. Click on the link below:

The week before, Google made a preparatory video to see if things would go properly (although no one knew for sure, until the event actually took place Thursday):

The google glasses, which transmit audio and video information real-time while the jump takes place, may or may not play an important role in our future. I will write more about that later.

Meanwhile, enjoy this incredible event!

The Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco

The Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco by Lawrence Morgan


One of world’s largest container ships, MSC Fabiola, came to San Francisco this afternoon

San Francisco to Lawrence, Kansas

I don't normally do blogs about San Francisco for the Lawrence paper. But this is an exception for a number of reasons.

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by ships - especially because I never saw one on either coast until I was much older. I grew up in Hutchinson, and then moved to Lawrence. I never saw a real ship until I left for Europe in the armed forces.

But today was a special event. I didn't even know about it until I went out to my car to go to Whole Foods for a sandwich. A friend came out of her house and said that there was a huge container ship coming from China. It would pass underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at about 4:07, and then make its way to Oakland. We left immediately. The sandwich was forgotten.

World's largest container ship ever to come to North America

It turned out that this was the largest container ship ever sent to the North American coast. I don't know if its true, but she said it was larger than the Empire State building is tall. The ship has the length of four football fields. It weights 146,093 metric tons. It is 1,201 feet long. It has a top speed of 25.3 knots.

We took off for the Presidio, the Federal Park by the ocean in San Francisco. As we neared the park, I saw that the fog was coming in quickly, right above the water. We parked and walked out to a pier close to the Golden Gate Bridge. The wind also came up quite strongly.

We met a lot of people, some from around the world, who were also waiting for the container ship to appear. But the fog increased, and we could now hardly see in front of ourselves. Finally we had to go to a coffeehouse nearby (Chrissy Field, if you know San Francisco).

At 5:00 the coffee shop closed, and we went outside. The fog began to clear suddenly, and soon the container ship was directly ahead of us, heading past Alcatraz towards Oakland.

Even at a great distance, it was of considerable size. We waited until the ship was completely out of sight, then came back home.

Why is it named the USS Fabiola from Monrovia?

I don't know why it was called the MSC Fabiola from Monrovia, when it had been sailing from China. Does anyone know? I do know that Fabiola is a common first name for girls in Liberia, and it flies under the flag of Liberia.

About two hours after I arrived home, I checked the Internet, and the San Jose Mercury News had just put up a tremendous web site of photographs. You can see the fog slowly lifting in the distance.

Show it to your kids. Tell them all you can about ships and maps. Tell them about knots and speed. This is their chance to become familiar with one of the newest and finest container ships in the world. They can also learn about Liberia, in Africa.

And in Oakland they have to unload it completely tonight, so that it can begin its journey back to China tomorrow.

I wish I could have made contact via email to the captain and crew of the ship. But to the present time, there has been no luck in finding such information.

Take a look. It happened this afternoon. Have your kids share the web sight at school. They might even like to have some models of similar ships to build.

And here's the article in the Chronicle, which just came out. It's good for more information, but the photographs above are just tremendous.