Sandone Tire Warehouse Fire in Scranton, PA

Tire Warehouse Fire

Sandone Tire Warehouse burns in Scranton, PA.  © 2015 Susan M Hall

Sandone Tire Warehouse burns in Scranton, PA.

Sandone Tire Warehouse burns in Scranton, PA. © 2015 Susan M Hall

Fire Department brings in heavy equipment to knock down Sandone Tire Warehouse.

Fire Department brings in heavy equipment to knock down the destroyed warehouse.  © 2015 Susan M Hall

Firefighters battle blaze at Sandone Tire Warehouse

Firefighters battle blaze at Sandone Tire Warehouse in Scranton, PA.  © 2015 Susan M Hall

Firefighters battle blaze at Sandone Tire Warehouse

Firefighters battle blaze at Sandone Tire Warehouse in Scranton, PA.  © 2015 Susan M Hall

Firefighters battle blaze at Sandone Tire Warehouse

Firefighters battle blaze at Sandone Tire Warehouse in Scranton, PA.  © 2015 Susan M Hall

Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center

Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center Oakland, CA.

Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center  © 2015 Susan M Hall

Cat Town, Hood Cats and Oakland Animal Services are partnering to place abused, neglected, injured or abandoned cats that are considered “un-adoptable” into permanent homes.  Many of the cats require medical attention particularly the “senior” cats.  In the five years since Cat Town opened it has helped over 600 at risk shelter cats resulting in a drop in the euthanasia rate at Oakland Animal Services to 7% (1226 in 2008, 1087 in 2009, 844 in 2010, 799 in 2011, 322 in 2012).1

The Cat Zone houses between 6 and 20 free roaming cats.  Cats are acclimated to each other and the Cat Zone on Monday’s and Tuesday’s.  There are surprisingly few cat fights.  A couple of boisterous boys pelted a cat with a barrage of bouncing balls. The cat looked non plussed.  Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and separate the cats if necessary. Most of the cats are in foster care with volunteers waiting to be adopted.

Cat Town cat playing with cat toy.
Cat playing with toy. Shoes in background.
Cat Town tabby cat portrait.

Misha © 2015 Susan M Hall

Cat lovers and city dwellers who can’t have cats can visit the cats on Wednesday thru Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM.  It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.  Reservations are available for a $10 donation.  Walk-ins are free based on availability. The cafe serves coffee from Bicycle Coffee, bagels from Authentic Bagel Company and baked goods from Rolling Sloane’s.

Grab a cup of coffee and a chocolate chip cookie, play with the cats and leave revitalized.

1 Oakland Animal Services Shelter Surveys.

Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center
2869 Broadway
Oakland, CA
p 510-891-1100
info@cattownoakland.org

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Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center

Sneak preview Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center. This is Misha. Going back with Deborah Ann Ajimura and Anne Chan today! ‪ #‎cattowncafe‬

Misha © 2015 Susan M Hall

Cat Town and Hood Cats are partnering to place at risk, sick, older or traumatized cats that are considered “un-adoptable”.  Many of the cats need medical attention particularly the “senior” cats.  In the five years since Cat Town has opened, the euthanasia rate at Oakland Animal Services has dropped to 7%. Their goal is to reduce that number to zero.

Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center
2869 Broadway
Oakland, CA

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San Francisco Walking Tours; Fisherman’s Wharf

Alioto Lazio Fish Company, San Francisco’s oldest women owned and operated seafood company. © 2015 Susan M Hall

Co-owner Angela Cincotta with a dungeness crab.  © 2015 Susan M Hall

Monterey Clipper Boats Fishermans Wharf San Francisco

Double-Hulled Monterey Clippers berthed at Fisherman’s Wharf. © 2015 Susan M Hall

San Francisco City Guides: Free Neighborhood Walking Tours of San Francisco.

Alioto Lazio Fish Company
440 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-5868

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Moo Sale 25% Off

Moo Sale  Get 25% off until 11.59pm July 22, 2015.  10% off for new customers no expiration date.  Select a different image for each Moo business card up to 100 images creating a mini portfolio of your work. Super affordable at $19.99 or the current sale price of $14.99.

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San Francisco City Guides; Mission Murals

Dream Mission Murals

“Dream” by Lady T, Lilac Alley, Mission © 2015 Susan M Hall

San Francisco City Guides is a non profit organization with 200+ trained tour guides who lead free walking tours in the city of San Francisco. It is sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The Mission Murals tour is one of approximately 30 tours that visit neighborhoods in San Francisco. Our guide was Patricia.  The tour starts at Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School which hosts five murals including one created by students with bits of broken plates, glass and tile dedicated to United Farmworker (UFW) co-founder Delores Huerta.   The tour ends at Balmy Alley with murals memorializing Bishop Oscar Romero, “Enrique’s Journey” and my personal favorite “Greetings from the Future” featuring an anchor surrounded by the words “I refuse to sink.”

Mission Mural tribute to Archbishop Oscar Romero

A Tribute to ArchBishop Oscar Romero by Jamie Morgan, 2001, Balmy Alley, San Francisco. © 2015 Susan M Hall

On 24 March 1980 Bishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in El Salvador while celebrating Mass. The upraised sections are milagros, religious folk charms, that represent paint cans and brushes.

Mission Mural Enrique's Journey

“Enrique’s Journey” by Josue Rojas, Balmy Alley © 2015 Susan M Hall

Mission Murals "Greetings from the Future"

“Greetings from the Future. I Refuse to Sink.” © 2015 Susan M Hall

Mission Mural about gentrification.

Mission Makeover; Gentrification of the Mission District by Tirso Araiza and Lucia Ippolito (2012) © 2015 Susan M Hall

At the end of the tour Patricia recommended that we visit the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center and the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor on 24th Street.  I ordered a chicken tamale covered in red sauce and melted cheese with rice and beans.  There are additional murals on Cypress and Lilac Alleys.  400+ murals in the Mission District.

San Francisco City Guides: Free Neighborhood Walking Tours of San Francisco.

Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center
2981 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-2287

Roosevelt Tamale Parlour
2817 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-2600

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Micro Quest 7/57: Three Classics NOLA Cuisine

Cafe du Monde Coffee Shop

 Cafe du Monde ©2015 Susan M Hall

Cafe du Monde
Beignets
800 Decatur Street
70116 New Orleans
(504) 525-4544
Open 24 hours a day

Marigny Brasserie and Bar
Red beans and rice with Andoouille sausage
640 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 945-4472

Cajun Joe’s in the Lower Ninth Ward
Shrimp po boy
6024 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 942-8040

Who Dat Coffee
2401 Burgundy St
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 872-0360

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Micro Quest 6/57: Habitat for Humanity Build-a-Thon

Is it straight? Siding is a job for the perfectionist. Each piece overlaps the piece below it and you don't want the nails to show. No two seams should be lined up with each other. 1/8 inch between the ends of the pieces for expansion.

Is it level? © 2015 Susan M Hall

Siding is a job for the perfectionist.  Each piece overlaps the piece below it covering the nails.  Pieces are staggered at 12 feet, 9 feet and 3 feet for structural integrity.  No piece should be less than 3 feet in length.  Leave 1/8″ between the ends of the pieces to allow for expansion.  Back the 1/8″ gap with tar paper to protect from moisture.

I mastered driving a nail before the end of my volunteer stint at the Habitat for Humanity Build-a-thon New Orleans. It turns out you can’t tap the nail like it’s a thumb tack or a push pin. You have to clobber it.

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