August 26, 2007

hippies and surfers


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photo by Donald Kinney

TODAY'S QUIZ:   The lower photo was shot at Fort Cronkhite Beach, but for ten-points-and-a-gold-star the question is:  where was that top photo of the sign taken?


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11 comments:

plug1 said...

that old surf shop on Judah in SF?

AphotoAday said...

Nope, but good guess... I'll have to find that surf shop on Judah now...
I won't spill-the-beans yet on the location, because there is one frequent commenter to AphotoAday that should know where the sign is...
You know, I think I remember seeing a sign like this somewhere else, but I can't remember where... It may have actually been in the Haight Ashbury -- as a joke, of course...
But the sign got me to thinking -- trying to remember the extent of the rift between the surfers and the hippies -- I don't think either group had much respect for the other... My memory is dim -- I'll have to research it more...

Annie said...

Gee, it's a serious sign?

Peace and love, man.

AphotoAday said...

Hi Annie,
You know, that's the question...
I assume that it is intended as humor, but there is still an element of doubt... Back in the '60's the hippies were regarded as fairly low creatures... I guess surfers were the next higher up on the food chain...

And still no winner in the location contest -- Photowannabe Sue, where are you?

photowannabe said...

Boy, the pressure is on but for the life of me I don't know where its located. How could I ever have missed that?

AphotoAday said...

O.k., Photowannabe Sue didn't recognize it -- it's the little surfer house where you turn out at the high overlook at the south end of the beach in Pacifica... I think they call it the "Seaview" or "Oceanview" district...

I wanted to explore the cabins out on the cliffs beyond the parking area, but from a distance it looked like "private property" was being enforced...

So, nobody won the contest... I admit, this was a tough one... Thanks to all who scratched their heads...

Tomate Farcie said...

That's a great sign!! Good catch! :)

photowannabe said...

I have been by that house a million times but never noticed the sign or stickers. Shame on me for not being observant.
Apparently only residents can climb down that very steep trail to their homes. I don't know how they do it in the winter time.
Sue

AphotoAday said...

--A final thought...

You know, the theme of surfer vs. hippy got me to wondering about the (almost racial) seperation between the two "groups"... I tried to Google the subject, but couldn't find anything -- but I posed the question on craigslist.org and got this response:
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Hippies had long hair and were political and anti-establishment.

Surfers were clean-cut with short hair and not very heavy into politics (and typically from a more upscale background).

Hippies tended to be very serious and liked obtuse surreal music that went on for a long time, like the Beatles albums that aren't broken up into separate songs. The better to trip to.

Surfers liked catchy three minute songs. No need to trip while surfing unless you want to face plant in the coral.

The surfer fad was right before the hippies. Hippies also didn't get along with the disco fad that came right after they fell out of vogue.
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Plug1 said...

Plug2 snapped this foto in North Beach, reminds me of the top foto.

I should have known Pacifica!! That second pic is where we spent the first half of our first date!! Ill have to show her this, shell get a kick out of it.

AphotoAday said...

Hi Plug1,

Oh cool -- yeah, I think that must be the sign (hippies use side-door) that I was thinking about... I've forgotten where it was (don't tell me), but thanks for narrowing it down to Northbeach (I would have guessed the Haight)...
And glad the photo of the couple on the beach at Fort Cronkhite brought back some memories -- that's a great beach, isn't it... A good place to shoot surfers too -- they're very close compared to Pacifica...

 
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