LOMBARD STREET SAN FRANCISCO HAS A TWIN! FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG – Fireball carves San Francisco onto Lombard Street! But did you know there are TWO CROOKED STREETS?

Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns.

Stretching from The Presidio east to The Embarcadero (with a gap on Telegraph Hill), most of the street’s western segment is a major thoroughfare designated as part of U.S. Route 101.

The famous one-block section, claimed to be “the crookedest street in the world”, is located along the eastern segment in the Russian Hill neighborhood.

It is a major tourist attraction, receiving around two million visitors per year and up to 17,000 per day on busy summer weekends, as of 2015.[1]

The street was named after Lombard Street in Philadelphia by San Francisco surveyor Jasper O’Farrell.


STRANDED ON A CALIFORNIA DESERT ISLAND – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 727 – Fireball and Kathie head back to the Bu from San Francisco… and Fireball has some inspirational words.


WHITE CHRISTMAS ICE SKATING DISASTER! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 726 – Kathie goes Ice Skating in San Francisco… goes belly up! SUBSCRIBE- http://www.youtube.com/fireballtim

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CREEPY ABANDONED SECRET ARMY BASE – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 725 – While in San Francisco, Fireball and Kathie come upon a Creepy Abandoned Secret Army Base near the Golden Gate Bridge. Maybe not so secret, but pretty frikkin’ awesome.

FORT SCOTT… This Endicott-era battery was completed and armed in 1900 with three 5-inch rapid fire guns mounted on balanced pillar mounts, which were designed to defend against mine sweepers and fast torpedo boats.

These guns had a range of seven miles and could be fired at the rate of up to thirty rounds per minute. Like most light artillery, these guns were loaded with ammunition cases similar to the cartridges used in infantry rifles.

The weight of one cartridge was nearly sixty pounds.

The three guns were dismounted in 1917 for service as field artillery during World War I.

In the original plans, this battery was to have four emplacements–but the No.1 gun pit, on the right, was never built.

The battery was constructed on the former site of Battery West and incorporated three of the old battery’s magazines for storage of non-explosive articles and to shelter the gun crews.

Origin of Name

Battery Boutelle was named in honor of Lieutenant Henry M. Boutelle, who was killed in action near Aliago, Philippine Islands in 1899.


MARINA MOTEL BEST KEPT SECRET IN SAN FRANCISCO – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 724 – The Marina Motel is the Best Kept Secret in San Francisco and where Fireball and Kathie head for the Holidays. Plus… a Baby Shower.

Built in 1939 to celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marina Motel is considered by many of its guests to be “San Francisco’s Best Kept Secret”.

The motel was built by Henry Louis (aka: Lou) who was the son of a California Gold Rush miner.

Lou’s father came to San Francisco from Hannover, Germany in 1852 to “strike it rich” in the California Gold Rush Fields.

He made his claim near the town of Madera on the road towards Yosemite and named it “The Hannover Mine”.

As was common during the Gold Rush days, young Lou lived in San Francisco with his mother and three siblings during the school year while his father worked his gold mine in Madera all year round.

Madera was a several day horse and wagon ride away from San Francisco.

Working in the gold mine was hard work in all weather conditions with hot summer days and cold, wet winters.

Frequently gold miners got sick working in the damp mines all day and there were few legitimate doctors to be found.

Unfortunately, when Lou was nine years old, a messenger showed up at his house in San Francisco with the sad news that his father had caught Pneumonia and died.

Gold had been found in the Hannover mine but the gold vain had been lost just before Lou’s father death.

Many years later after the mine had been sold, the new owner re-discovered the vain under Lou’s mother’s vegetable garden.

With the sudden death of Lou’s father, Lou’s mother was alone with four children and could speak limited English.

Nine year old Lou dropped out of school to help support his family and became a “runner” for a San Francisco newspaper called the Call Bulletin.

In the days before cell phones or computers, the newspaper reporters would hand their story off to Lou so he could run it through the city to deliver it into the hands of the newspaper’s publisher.

A year later, Lou became an apprentice to a candy maker teaching him such useful skills as pulling taffy.

As Lou matured, he was able to talk some investors into opening up a Café and Bakery call the Buckley Café at the foot of Market Street along the Embarcadero waterfront.

There was no Bay Bridge in the early 1900’s so each arriving ferry boat filled his restaurant with customers.

The café burnt down in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. When San Francisco got back on its feet years later there were so many new restaurants opening in the same area that they decided not to rebuild.

On to his next adventure, Lou opened up San Francisco first Ford dealership selling Model A’s and Motel T’s.

He would tell each customer you can have any color you want as long as it’s black.

In 1915, San Francisco wanted to show the world that it was back on its feet after its devastating 1906 Earthquake by hosting The Panama Pacific Exposition.

The Exposition was built on top of all the debris from the buildings that were destroyed in the earthquake and that was thrown into the wetlands on the northern most shore of San Francisco.

The nearby Palace of Fine Arts and its beautiful lake is the only relic that stands today from this 1915 Exposition.

San Francisco means no Vlogs until December 27th…

Due to Christmas and travel, there’ll be no Vlogs until the 27th, but that doesn’t mean that Fireball won’t be filming every day!

Live in San Francisco? Reach out and tell us where there will be cool cars!


It’s a travel day for Fireball and buddy John Grafman as they head to #SanFrancisco. Tomorrow will be #PIXAR!

About Pixar from WIKI… #Pixar, also referred to as #PixarAnimationStudios, is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the Lucasfilm computer division, before its spin-out as a corporation in 1986, with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became the majority shareholder.

Disney purchased Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion, a transaction that resulted in Jobs becoming Disney’s largest single shareholder at the time. Pixar is best known for CGI-animated feature films created with RenderMan, Pixar’s own implementation of the industry-standard RenderMan image-rendering application programming interface, used to generate high-quality images.

Pixar has produced seventeen feature films, beginning with Toy Story (1995), which was the first-ever computer-animated feature film, and its most recent being Finding Dory (2016).

All 17 of its films have debuted with CinemaScore ratings of at least an “A−,” indicating positive receptions with audiences. The studio has also produced several short films. As of October 2016, its feature films have earned approximately $10.8 billion at the box office worldwide, with an average worldwide gross of $634 million per film.

Finding Dory, along with its predecessor Finding Nemo (2003), as well as Toy Story 3 (2010) are among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with the lattermost film being the third all-time highest-grossing animated film with a gross of $1.063 billion. Fourteen of Pixar’s films are also among the 50 highest-grossing animated films of all time.

The studio has earned sixteen Academy Award


Today’s episode of Fireball Malibu Vlog! Day 4 in San Francisco sends Fireball & Kathie back home to a Christmas Party where niece Alexa goes all out with gifts! Then, a Holiday message for YOU.


What a SAN FRANCISCO Monster Discovery! – FMV516

Today’s episode of Fireball Malibu Vlog! Day 3 in San Francisco reveals not only cool cars like this Monster Chevy, but some Christmasy Ice Skating and beautiful sites. Fireball & Kathie hit them all…


Today’s episode of Fireball Malibu Vlog! Day 2 in San Francisco with Fireball & Kathie results in Coffee, a tiny Wildlife Rescue, incredible Food, Japanese Gardens and amazing sites!