The Frisco Kids
Nov 18, 2012Public
Photo: Armand Vaillancourt's sculpture, Québec libre! (1971) in Justin Herman Plaza. An enormously ugly pile, it held some charm for the kids. It was their first attraction in San Francisco.
Photo: But worse than the fountain, did I really have the nerve to call this album "Frisco"? It was a play on the Western with Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford.
Photo: But would that excuse me from Emperor Norton's wrath: "Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word "Frisco," which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars." (1872)
Photo: Emperor Norton was a fascinating character in San Francisco history. He was an eccentric who proclaimed himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" in the 1860s and 1870s.
Photo: The funny thing is the city totally humored him, inviting him to eat at fancy restaurants and attend opening shows. He decreed a bridge to be built connecting Oakland, and there are always resolutions to rename the bridge. When he died, he was given a funeral procession with 30,000 attendees.
Photo: "In 1867, a policeman named Armand Barbier arrested Norton to commit him to involuntary treatment for a mental disorder. The Emperor's arrest outraged the citizens and sparked scathing editorials in the newspapers. Police Chief Patrick Crowley ordered Norton released and issued a formal apology on behalf of the police force. Crowley wrote "that he had shed no blood; robbed no one; and despoiled no country; which is more than can be said of his fellows in that line." Norton magnanimously granted an "Imperial Pardon" to the errant policeman. All police officers of San Francisco thereafter saluted Norton as he passed in the street."
Photo: So, we shall not utter the name Frisco again. Now back to the fountain. Like I said, ugly, but had a certain charm
Photo: Namely, hopping *under* the fountain!
Photo: Come Mommy!
Photo: Did they get wet? Oh yes. And did that deter them? Oh no.
Photo: In Tahoe, just Anya wanted to get wet, now both kids got into the action
Photo: Splish-Splash I was taking a bath
Photo: I wonder if Anya was reminded of the Fort Worth Water Gardens in Texas?
Photo: I guess it sort of matches the Embarcadero Center's modernism
Photo: Some random photos of the kids around the city
Photo: Grant's mighty machines
Photo: Like the end of Avengers, she found some Shawarma
Photo: Trying to stop Grant from rolling down the steep hill
Photo: Grandma made the Cable Car sweater vest for Grant, but Anya liked to wear it.
Photo: Golden Gate Stairs at the visitors center
Photo: Grant pulled Betty Boop's garter all the way down. For shame!
Photo: Awesome street name in Chinatown
Photo: While Anya didn't get a San Francisco street like Grant, we did find a fun bakery name back home.