Happy Holidays!

For some reason, Midtown Terrace always seems to have more holiday lights than Forest Knolls. It’s always worth a drive-through, maybe even a walk-around.

And there’s this.

Just off Dellbrook, in a cul-de-sac called Greenview, the residents co-operate each year to set up an exuberantly decorated space. This year is no different. A string of colored lights across the road defines the area, and a sign says “Santa’s Court.”

Almost every house is decorated with lights, but each one’s different.

At the end of the road, there’s the north pole, Santa, reindeer, a menorah, and a sign saying Happy Holidays!

holiday decorations

These photographs don’t do it justice… if anyone wants to send better ones, we’d be glad to publish them here.


[EDITED TO ADD: People have been writing in to us to convey greetings and gratitude. So: if anyone from Greenview is reading this – thanks for the wonderful lights from your neighbors across Clarendon!]



It’s back again this year, still as wonderful!

And – all the figures look like they’re handpainted, not commercially available cutouts.


Broken Water Main

SF Water Department Workers

What we first noticed was muddy water flowing in the gutter. We followed it up to a truck at the dead end of Woodhaven. It was the SF Water Department, and a water main was broken.

They had a powerful pump, attached to a hose, to suck water out of the hole they had dug in the road. It looked like it was having a hard time keeping up with the water-flow, and Woodhaven looked a bit like a stream…

pumping the water out

But they got the level down, and used a jack-hammer to expand the hole enough to reach the pipe.

It was dark by the time they found the break, but they had a powerful light to illuminate the problem. The next step would be to turn off the water and fix the leak.

One of the men explained the situation.

“See that copper pipe down there?” [You can see it in the last picture, behind the hose.] “That leads to the houses, and it’s flexible. But the mains are cast iron. They’re old. What breaks them is the cold.” Cast iron is notoriously brittle.

“The Water Department is gradually replacing them with ductile iron pipes,” he said. “It’s a good thing this happened before the rains started. If it had been raining, people would have assumed it was water from a spring, and not caught the leak.”

They continued working in the cold and drizzle.

Lost cat notice [Still missing, seen 22 Feb]

Edited to Add 1: Sebastien is still missing, but was apparently seen on Warren Drive on 22 Feb 2010. He doesn’t come when called, but is docile when captured. If you see him “please try to grab or trap him” and call the owners.

(New notices have been put up. Scroll down for a picture… not a very good one, as they seem to have gotten wet.)

Edited to Add 2:  Note from a neighbor: “The cat seen on Warren probably was not Sebastian. There is a feral cat that has, for a long time, been hanging around Warren. He is being fed by a neighbor. I do wish it was Sebastian.”


There are “Lost Cat” signs on lamp-posts all along our street. The black cat, Sebastien, seems to have gone missing from Galewood, down below the school on Clarendon on Nov 5, 09.

If you find him, phone (415) 297 8926. (You could, if you wish, copy this number onto your cellphone so if you spot him, you can call them.)

If you know he’s been found, leave a comment here and I’ll update this post.

Edited to Add: Someone said he’d seen a cat like that last Thursday at Dellbrook x Panorama, and requested me to pass on the information, which I did. Sebastien has not been found yet (25 Nov 09).

Here’s what the ad on Craigslist says:
“Sebastien is a small BLACK 4 year old male CAT with a shy yet loving disposition. He has individual white hairs speckled all throughout his body, and his tail is long and thin and has a BENT TIP (from birth). He has large, pointed ears, light green eyes and a black nose, and was last seen wearing an aqua green soft collar with a blue bell, which he may have lost by now.

“He does not come when called so he’s really hard to find. He’s docile and gives up if cornered, so if you are able to TRAP or GRAB him (he won’t fight back), please do, and I will come and pick him up ASAP!

“If you have any information, please call me at any time of day or night at (415) 297-8926.”

March 2010 sign