Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Firehouse #6 -- April 9, 2008

Company 35 at Pier 22 1/2, Embarcadero and Harrison, is the home of the San Francisco Fire Department's two fireboats, Phoenix and Guardian. The station was built in 1915. Phoenix helped to save the Marina District from a huge fire after the 17-October-1989 earthquake. Two people who lived in the District donated money so San Francisco could acquire Guardian, a former Vancouver fireboat.
In other news, the Giants won their second game yesterday.
A lot of people worked from home today because the Olympic torch run was expected to draw big protests. Lots of people for and against China's policies gathered by Pac Bell Park and along the Embarcadero and had some scuffles. I was out about 12:20 and saw 15-20 motorcycle cops head north on Third.
The mayor deked both sides by having the first runner duck into Pier 48. Eventually a convoy rolled out and wound up at Van Ness and Pine. The runners ran from there and out to the Marina. He cancelled the ceremony at the Ferry Building.

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