Photo Friday: Hula hoop buskers at San Francisco Ferry Building

San Francisco; March 2010

The setting was the Saturday farmers’ market at the San Francisco Ferry Building in early spring. The sun was shining and the stalls were selling asparagus, strawberries and spring flowers – branches of pink blossoms and bunches of fragrant narcissus. Around the corner by the water, I saw these buskers – a band and a hula hoop dancer.

I love the retro cool factor of hula dancing and way the tie-dye swirls on her t-shirt echo the spinning of the hoop. It’s also an amazing reminder of how warm it was on this California day in mid-March – she’s not exactly wearing much! Two months later it’s cold and foggy and I fear that San Francisco’s summer malaise might be setting in.

This post is my contribution to Photo Friday, a weekly blogging event hosted by Debbie of Delicious Baby. Please visit her site to see her gorgeous photo of her daughter in traditional Turkish garb and all this week’s submissions.

Thank you to everyone who made a guess about the subject matter of last week’s photo. It was indeed a koala ear. It was taken at Australia Zoo in Queensland.

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My previous posts on San Francisco

My previous posts on markets around the world

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  1. Would like to relearn this, well actually learn it. i was never good at this type of co-ordination.
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    I don’t think I ever actually had a hula hop but I remember trying out a friend’s one. It was quite hard to keep it going for long and to make it move up as well as down. It looks like fun and it’s meant to be great exercise for your core. – Caitlin.

  2. Funny, I use the term “buskers” quite often (usually in my print writing), and many people (fiance with a ridiculously expansive vocabulary included) have asked me on many occasion what it means. Maybe it’s a British thing I picked up abroad? You’re the only other blogger I’ve seen use it! =)
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    It’s a perfectly ordinary word to me. I guess it’s not in common use in America? Dang! Thwarted by my foreignness yet again; guess I won’t get too much Google juice on this post! ;-) What DO people call it here, by the way? – Caitlin.

  3. Yes, the word “busk” is “chiefly British” apparently. By which, I think the dictionary means “not American English”. And the Canadians seem to have their own thing going on. Why do North Americans speak such a different language to the rest of the English-speaking world?! :-D

       /bʌsk/ Show Spelled[buhsk]
    –verb (used without object)

    1. Chiefly British . to entertain by dancing, singing, or reciting on the street or in a public place.

    2. Canadian . to make a showy or noisy appeal.

    1850–55; perh., if earlier sense was “to make a living by entertaining,” < Polari < It buscare to procure, get, gain < Sp buscar to look for, seek (of disputed orig.) —Related forms busker, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

    It’s not quite a full definition though. To my understanding a busker doesn’t refer to any street performer; only specifically those that are soliciting donations from the public.

  4. What do Americans usually say rather than ‘busking’? I thought that was a universal term!
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    Me to! I haven’t been able to clarify that yet. Maybe just “street performer” even though that’s not quite the same? – Caitlin.