Me and My Simboard

Art by Rob Goldstein
Me and My Simboard.

The first thing I bought when I joined SL was a simboard.

A simboard is like a skateboard that flies and it’s just as cool.

When I go into SL to simboard I totally go in which means that when I fly I feel like I’m flying

It’s what I do when I want to think.

I started doing tricks to music in 2010 and eventually I customized the board so I could do better tricks.

One of the reasons we keep a parcel in SL is so I can have a safe space to fly.

You need room to simboard.

Art by Rob Goldstein

I always wanted to make a video of one of my simboard sessions but none of them looked right.

To me, even the best avatars look like little trolls on video.

When we started learning to make slide shows I wondered if I could make a video slideshow that showed how simboarding feels to me so I started going in and taking still shots.

It took a few session but I finally got shots I liked.

My favorite mix for flying is the Essential Mix by Roger Sanchez but that’s too long for a video.

So I went with Someday We’ll Be Together by the Supremes.

It’s funny. I never listen to the Supremes when I Simboard.

I bet the song is Sara’s doing.

Anyway,  here’s my video. 🙂

Diana Ross & The Supremes
Someday We’ll Be Together
Community Audio

Daily Life in San Francisco

These are shots from my hometown, San Francisco.

Local residents call it The City.

The City is dynamic and always changing.

These Cranes are almost Everywhere Right Now

Moving to San Francisco was the best decision I’ve ever made. I think that one of the reasons that I am still alive is that there is an overall generosity of spirit among the people who were born here and who choose to live here. The other way of saying it is to say that The City has a high degree of tolerance for diversity.

I live in Hayes Valley and there are at least two parks within walking distance from my house.

The first is Alamo Square Park which was established in 1857.

These Bougainvillea Vines blossom year round and seem to grow wild in certain sections of Alamo Square Park.

September 6, 2013

I remain clueless as to what the name of this flower is. Thank you to the first person who will tell me.  It also looks as if it grows wild.

Alamo Square Park, December 12th

Golden Gate Park is also close to my house.

Golden Gate Park began in 1861 when San Franciscans decided they wanted a park like Central Park in New York.

This shot was taken in Golden Gate Park in the Spring of 2014.

Golden Gate Park, March 2014

When I feel ambitious I’ll walk up into Pacific Heights to look at the Bay.

This shot of the Bay was taken from Pacific Heights in 2012.

July 28, 2012

I love graffiti art and its political commentary. There is no better neighborhood for it than San Francisco’s Mission District.  I take my camera out and walk through the “Mission” at least three times a week. There is always a random collage somewhere, like this one on Valencia Street.


Or this public service announcement in Clarion Alley about Lil Sally Slamsalot and using Naloxone (Narcan) to prevent her death from an overdose.

Lil' Sally Slamsalot

The other thing I love about San Francisco is its sense of humor. It’s everywhere:


There is a hectic beauty to our downtown. I took this shot on Market Street at Montgomery Avenue.

Power Lunching

The last thing I want to say about my home is this: I came here seeking safety, and I found it.

Seeking Safety

Copyright Robert M. Goldstein, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material (text and images) without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Robert M. Goldstein with proper and specific direction to the original content.