Archive for June, 2009

Tenderloin Tableau: Pedestrian vs. a Yuppie’s Poor Volvo

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

This yuppie got delayed up a bit during his evening drive through the “Theatre District” and the Flank on his way back to San Mateo County the other day. He looked a little peeved due to the  pedestrian on the left smashing her fist onto the hood of his Volvo. It was quite the scene.

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Note the undercover cop avec bicycle and camcorder at the ready. is Still Out There at Fell and Masonic

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Once a month, like clockwork, you’ll see the folks from Iraq Moratorium at the corner of Fell and Masonic, doing their part to help you “THINK PEACE.”

This hula hoop is new though:

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See them every third Friday of the month.

A Hipster Garage Sale in the NOPA and the Shrinking Western Addition

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The Western Addition, contrary to what Wikipedia would have you believe, used to encompass all of San Francisco west of Larkin Street. You’ll find the term “WESTERN ADDITION” in the property records of all sorts of high rent San Francisco real estate. But smaller enclaves have been carved out over the years, most recently with the North of Panhandle Area. This process is now complete, so the shrinking Western A has shrunk again.

And here’s the proof. First note the Underwood typewriter and then take it from there. These hipsters are moving out, but they’ll be replaced.

As seen on the eastern side of Divisidero:

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Hang in there, Western Addition. Those real estate agents will stop subdividing you, eventually.

San Francisco’s 17th is the King of All Numbered Streets

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

San Francisco proper has 30 numbered streets, but only one has the gumption, the temerity, the will to make it across Market Street AND to keep on trucking up and over the nearest ridge, hilly geography be damned.

That makes 17th the King of All Numbered Streets in San Francisco.

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Ahora mas que nunca, 17th es el rey de todas las calles numeradas.

Riding a Bike on the Freeway – Your Right as a Californian

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

See? It’s legal to ride your bike on this stretch of the 101, so long as you keep to the right.

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Details here.

Tut at the de Young – Know Your Boy King: #1, Diadem with Vulture and Cobra

Friday, June 26th, 2009

It’s Tut! It’s dazzling! As you know by now, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is opening tomorrow at the de Young Museum.

This is King Tut’s royal headband. His mummified head wore it for over 3000 years, but now it’s available for you to view in Golden Gate Park.

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Inlaid Diadem with Vulture and Cobra. Gold, glass, obsidian, carnelian, malachite, chalcedony, lapis lazuli. Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun (1332–1323 B.C.). Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Tutankhamun

City Hall Maternity Ward – It’s a Bouncing Baby Bike Plan!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

How many officers and members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition were on hand last night at Room 400 in City Hall to make sure the Planning Commission properly midwifed the birth of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan?                                                                                                                                     

Well here’s two, anyway – it’s SFBC Program Director Andy Thornley and Executive Director Leah Shahum:  

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Let’s open the doors and walk into birthing room. Here’s Wade Crowfoot, San Francisco Director of Climate Protection Initiatives, making the case for certification of the Bike Plan Environmental Impact Report

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NB: “Litigant” in the previous link above  is a code word that means Robert “Crazy Rob” Anderson of District Five Diary and/or his Citizens for Adequate Review (CAR). As seen in the Wall Street Journal:


But what aboot Second Street, heh?

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On It Goes…

Congratulations to N Judah Chronicles on Its Fourth Anniversary!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Who turned out to mark the fourth birthday of the famous N Judah Chronicles in the prideful Inner Sunset district last night? Well, how about Matt Baume of Curbed SF and Sweet Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood and the Heinekin Girls and even chief MUNI flack Judson True (hey, let’s all hope lying about CultureBus pays more than telling the truth about CultureBus, ’cause telling the truth about the CB don’t pay a whit) and a host of others too numerous to enumerate.

Here’s NJC’s grand poobah Greg Dewar addressing the crowd last night on Irving Street near 9th Avenue at the Blackthorn Tavern. Chanted the mob,“Four more years!”

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And here’s the NJ itself,  just a stone’s throw away from the party, rolling along in the wind and fog.

Tut at the de Young Looks Absolutely Fantastic – A Must See

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

It’s Tut! It’s dazzling! Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is opening soon at the de Young Museum.

Don’t expect another tour 30 years from now. When this exhibit ends, it ends – you’ll have to journey to Egypt ’cause this large collection of artifacts won’t ever go on the road  again.  

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday with  Dr. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and, of course, a 3000-year-old life-size bust of the Boy King:

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Don’t just show up there in Golden Gate Park this weekend, you’ll need to get your tickets first.

See you there! (If not on Opening Weekend, sometime soon.)

The Brave, Lane-Splitting Recumbent Tricycle Riders of San Mateo County

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

This fellow is waiting at a traffic signal between the lanes on an Interstate 101 offramp somewhere in San Mateo County.

The six foot high pennants are a nice touch. Don’t leave home without them, especially when lane-splitting on a recumbent trike.

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Vaya con Dios, jinete del triciclo.