San Francisco? Spring? Practically twins, especially on a day like 2 May 2014. You know that Spring has Sprung in San Francisco when you observe three phenomena in the same day.
1. Al Fresco Dining Becomes the Only Dining.
2. The Leaves in the Civic Center Unfurl.
The four rows of trees in the middle of the Civic Center receive a European style of trimming, involving severe pruning to force the trees into specific shapes. During the winter, the nubs at the ends of the branches look like big grey wooden fists, but when spring comes, the leaves unfurl, looking like green starburst fireworks.
3. The Cherry Blossoms.
They don’t produce cherries (darn it!), but they do produce pink. They have probably hit their peak for the year, so if you can’t visit the city real soon, I hope these will suffice as compensation.
And the Giants won another routinely excruciating 2-1 pitching duel tonight, this time over the Braves. Pity they have to play in Atlanta this weekend; the weather is perfect here. Have a great spring weekend, all.
Vonn Scott Bair