I can't help but feel optimistic about the new year. First, look at the date "1-1-11" - four aces. That is a good hand no matter no matter how the cards are cut. It is also the Chinese Year of the Bunny. How could that be bad? We are looking at a divided government and some semblance of fiscal responsibility being restored in Washington in a few days. My hangover this morning was not as bad as I deserved, and finally I was greeted this first day of the new year by a great headline in the Chron to enjoy with my ibuprofin and coffee:
This is going to be one heck of an economic boon to the City, and enabling us to upgrade rotting piers along the waterfront that we otherwise could never afford to fix. This was such an obvious good thing, that even our dysfunctional Board of Supervisors had to get behind it, despite the usual carping from the batshit left in the City who can't stand the idea that Larry Ellison might make some money on the deal.
San Francisco chosen to host America's Cup
"It's a new year and a new dawn for the sport of sailing in San Francisco. The city was chosen Friday to host the next America's Cup in 2013, heralding a potential renaissance in competitive sailing and a boon of more than $1 billion to the local economy. This "marks the beginning of an extraordinary new chapter for our city and for the sport of sailing," said Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who sought to secure the Cup as a capstone to his seven years as mayor. "We don't think there is any better showcase in the world for sailing than San Francisco Bay." [...]
Race organizers have picked a new class of boats for the contest, swift 72-foot catamarans. Some enthusiasts are gushing at the thought of the crafts ripping around Alcatraz in consistent winds, cantilevered at an angle as sailors lean off the side, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. It's a made-for-TV image that could easily appeal to sailing's largely untapped market in this country, and Ellison's group has said it wants to boost the sport's popularity, visibility and sponsorship potential by utilizing new media and having cameramen onboard the boats. "We sought a venue that fulfills our promise - to showcase the best sailors in the world competing on the fastest boats," Richard Worth, a race official, said in a statement. "And hosting the America's Cup in San Francisco will realize that promise."
Of course the coolest thing about all this, is that we will have a skybox seat to view the racing from the terrace of our Russian Hill condo. We had a little preview of what we can expect when Ellison's Oracle entry raced against America's Cup winner Alinghi in the Moet Cup Challenge Race a few years ago. Between now and then we'll need to pick up some good quality binoculars and a longer lens for the camera.
It's all good. Happy New Year indeed.