The Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held on the last Sunday in September and caps San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week”. The Folsom Street Fair, sometimes simply referred to as “Folsom”, takes place on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market district.
The event started in 1984 and is California’s third largest single-day, outdoor spectator event and the world’s largest leather event and showcase for BDSM products and culture.
It has grown as a non-profit charity, and local and national non-profits benefit with all donations at the gates going to charity groups as well as numerous fundraising schemes within the festival including games, beverage booths and even spanking for donations to capitalize on the adult-themed exhibitionism.
This week I tried the Kiss rebreather system in a pool in San Mateo. It was very cool and I can see how freeing it would be to dive without bubbles. It would also be so much better for photography of fish and other “moving” marine life.
I was really sold on the idea but not ready to put down my money yet. It would be a real financial commitment of nearly $6000 for lessons and the equipment. Also, I don’t know if I’m quite there for the add risk of doing it because there is more to go wrong than recreational open circuit scuba.
It was very interesting and a little bit scary when at times I reached some sort of balance between my own longs and the counter lung of the the rebreather. Then it became very difficult to breath and I had to blow out my nose or go to open circuit for a moment to “unbalance” the two so that I could breath in and out.
I’m sure you figure it all out in the 5 days of intensive training. One day I will take the plunge. Now I’m off to dive in the Channel Islands, photos to come next week.
Here is a collection of my images from the 4th of July. The parade was a bit of a let down — seemed to be thinner than last year and didn’t find as many interesting subjects to take photos of during it.
We had fun afterwards at the tequila bar with friends and then a big bbq later that afternoon. It was a nice day overall.
The weather was overcast but the conditions were nice for this time of year – fairly green but with 15-20 of visibility. Because of the swell, we couldn’t get down to Carmel and had to stay in Monterey Bay. We did our first dive at Chase Reef – I had a 45 minute dive, 54 feet. The rock formations here are interesting and saw several nice invertebrates.
The second dive was at the intake pipe at Monterey Aquarium. If was the first time I’ve ever been there. Most of my best photos of the day came from this dive with several nice nudibranchs and fish images. The pipes are interesting — they are in about 50 feet of water and the ends are sticking up from the bottom with a giant net cage over them so they they don’t suck in sea life or stupid divers. The water is taken from here and used in the aquarium – the only museum in the world to use ocean water taken directly from the sea.
So happy that Friday night concerts – Redwood City Music on the Square have started again. For the first week they had Bon Jovi Tribute Steel Horse tribute band. I thought they started off slow by playing several lesser known Bon Jovi songs – it took a while for the crowd to get into it. But by they finished at 8, the crowd was really rocking. It is good to be out there and seeing the community show up.
This week I got my new glasses which is a totally new style from the frames that I’ve had over the last 6 years. I really like them and they are super light being made of titanium. I got a lot of looks from friends who saw them for the first time. Made me feel good.
“Zero G Titanium refers to “zero gravity” or “weightlessness”. This exclusive collection focuses on classic, modern, and timeless shapes in rich colors and unique patterns. Designed in California and handcrafted in Japan, Zero G is created with style, balance, comfort, and weightlessness in mind. All Zero G frames are hypoallergenic, 40% lighter than stainless-steel, and cut from a single sheet of surgical-grade titanium.”
These frames are more expensive but the comfort and durability I think will make them worth the investment. I’m pretty tough on my glasses and they are less prone to wear at the hinges.
On Friday night we went with some friends to go see the roller derby at the Redwood City Roller Rink. It was pretty cool, although I didn’t really have a clue what the rules were or the finer points of the game. I sort of got it by the end but it is was still a fun atmosphere. All the players get into the part with their gear and face paint, like the image I took here. Lots of fans who were interesting, good people watching event – some had some really interesting tattoos.
“Peninsula Roller Girls was founded by a group of skaters in December 2010. Most of our members live and/or work on the San Francisco Peninsula. We are a skater-owned-and-operated league, and we practice hard several times a week to improve our skills and to stay in shape to bout competitively. Our travel team competes in scrimmages and bouts around California. Our home teams, the Damas de los Muertos and the Psychopathogens, play intraleague bouts against each other in Redwood City. PRG is dedicated to the promotion of female empowerment, physical fitness, fun and community engagement.
You can follow us on Facebook or join us at one of our upcoming events as well!”
There was a swarm of bees that took up residence in our backyard this week. I’m going to give them a few days to move on before I take any action. From what I can see on the internet, they are looking for a new nest and would be scouting around trying to find the right spot for their new queen. It is exciting to see them all bunched up and massed like this.
This week I uploaded my collection of Redwood City postcards that I’ve collected. Redwood City is where I’ve lived for the past 15 years and I love this place. The postcards offer a variety of views from early 20th Century to modern day. I really like the old downtown scenes… You may notice the Marine World postcards — it was here in the Redwood City area until I think the 70s. A number of my friends who grew up here have fond memories of working there.