Archive for September, 2009

Is This a Small Horse or Giant Dog in Golden Gate Park? You Make the Call

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Myself, I could go either way.

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Why is it that huge dogs are gentle giants but much smaller pit bull-types seem all agressive ‘n stuff?

Latest Polling Shows Jerry Brown Ahead, Gavin Newsom Behind Republican Candidates for Governor

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Jerry Brown this morning  is crowing about this bit from Rasmussen Reports. Would you agree that JB is “decisively beating” (as he puts it) the leading Republican candidates based on these results?

“California Attorney General Jerry Brown leads all Republican challengers in an early look at the state’s 2010 governor’s race. But with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as the Democratic candidate, the three Republicans are competitive.

The latest Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 statewide telephone survey finds that Brown leads former eBay CEO Meg Whitman 44% to 35%. He holds a 45% to 32% advantage over State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and a 44% to 34% edge over Tom Campbell, an ex-congressman and former state finance director.”

California Attorney General Jerry Brown with a loyal friend (bottom left, Dharma the 14-year-old black lab) working at the San Francisco State Building on a state holiday:


“Brown served as governor of California from 1975 to 1983. Since then, he has been chairman of the California Democratic Party, mayor of Oakland and the state’s attorney general. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980, and 1992 and for the U.S. Senate in 1982.

Newsom is challenging Brown for the right to represent Democrats in the 2010 governor’s race. All three Republican candidates hold a very modest edge over Newsom at this time, but if Newsom were to win the nomination, the political gravity of the state would likely give him a boost in the general election.

Currently, Whitman has the edge over Newsom 41% to 36%. Poizner leads the San Francisco mayor by a nearly identical 40% to 36% margin while Campbell is ahead 42% to 36%.”

Of course it’s still early yet.

Up at Fulton and Scott is a Great Shambling Old Gothic House, a Freaking Decayed Giant

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Finally made the connection between the Westerfeld House and this line from Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (which I read as a young lad) after seeing the monster house from the north, from way up on Post Street.  

Up at Fulton and Scott is a great shambling old Gothic house, a freaking decayed giant, known as The Russian Embassy

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Noe Valley Whole Foods Showdown – Andrew S. Ross Reveals the Order of Battle

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

[UPDATE: Whoops, apparently the Chronicle has two Andrew Rosses covering similar beats? Oh noes! Well, all the better. Speaking of mistakes, what are the odds that I’ll see a lit up snowflake on Market Street tonight? About 100%, based on the past two weeks’ observation. Oh well. Good thing those snowflakes don’t use petroleum-based electricity, huh?]

You see, normally the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Andrew S. Ross is lumped together with PhilMatier, thusly:

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But sometimes they let him run wild and unchained, all by his lonesome, thusly:

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As here, where Andrew Ross gives his take on the order of battle of this morning’s Whole Foods Showdown: Six Flags Over Noe Valley, Don’t Mess With Texas. See what Andrew did there? He fleshed things out, he gave more detail, he added to the story.

Que bueno!

(Now, you give those limited column inches to somebody like C.W. Nevius to check in with 24th Street and what would you get? Well, maybe vitriol and emotion, and maybe that would be it. Oh well.)

Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with M&R together (a quarter mil. we have to pay for horrible, soon-to-be-cancelled Trauma, where the average worker, we’re talking median and mode here, makes rock-bottom minimum wage?), but they should let Andrew out of the bizness ghetto and allow him to run wild over any and all subjects of the day

And that’s the The Bottom Line.

[UPDATE: Whole Foods has started to construct a defensive wall made of pumpkins, but how strong could it be? We’ll find out soon enough.]

[UPDATE 2, Electric Boogaloo: War Reporter Andy Wright has extensive coverage from the field of battle]

The Food Cart Craze – Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza Tonight in the Financial District

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

This is the scene tonight, Tuesday, September 29th, 2009, at the intersection of Sacramento and Front Streets in the Financial District – it’s a genuine pizza-making, wood-fired oven on wheels from Pizza Politana. Read all about tonight’s Hatcher Wine Tasting event at Wine Bar SF in 2 Embarcadero Center here. They’ll be there until 7:30 PM or so.

800 degrees – that’s what real pizza needs, right?

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Here’s more 411 on Yelp. Be on the lookout for this rolling oven – you can’t miss it.

The Golden Gate Theatre’s South Pacific Looks To Be a Huge Success – Ending October 25th

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Well the Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific is just packing ’em in down in San Francisco’s Mid-Market area.

Join the crowd before the whole shebang blows town on October 25th, 2009  

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See you there!

Oktoberfest By the Bay 2009 Sounds Like a Good Idea, But It’s a Big Ripoff

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I wasn’t sure yesterday (take a gander here to get up to speed) but I am today – Oktoberfest By the Bay has got to be the biggest ripoff of any annual Bay Area event. In short, it’s not for me.

But you, you’re different, you’re special – you’re a high-functioning social butterfly who knows how to party with your upscale friends anytime, anywhere. So you should go, of course. But normal people just might feel ripped off after they pay $35 to go to O-fest Saturday afternoon only to get kicked out at 5:00PM to cool their heels for an hour waiting for the right to pay another $35 to start again at 6:00 PM.

Harry Potter meets the Jager girls in 2005: 

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Let’s read the FAQ for some 411:

“1. Why two completely separate sessions on Saturday?”
Happily, demand has outstripped supply and, for the time being, this is the best way to provide access and an all-around better experience (shorter lines, more seating, etc.). So, we’ll clear the building at 5pm and start over at 6pm with a whole new group of festival goers. Pick the session that works best for you! We anticipate selling out both Saturday sessions.”

Bring a date on Saturday and the whole affair will only cost you $140. Oh yes, bring some extra money for food and beer and Jager and whatnot, of course.  

Here’s a malternative, instead of going to OBTB 2009. You’re cutting out the middleman and saving dough at the same time:

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All right, see you there! (Not really!)

This is Your Tree Squirrel. This is Your Tree Squirrel on Drugs in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I says, “Don’t eat that little blue pill, squirrelly!” But s/he went up a tree and away from view with a quickness.

What was in the capsule and whether squirrelly had no reaction, some reaction with humourous antics, or a massive OD resulting in death – that info is lost to History.  

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People, try not to drop too many doses when you’re popping your pills at Golden Gate Park‘s Strybing Arboretum, mkay?

The Noe Valley Whole Foods Boycott Begins Tomorrow, September 30th at 9:45 AM

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Oh, it’s going to be on tomorrow morning at the Grand Opening of the new Whole Foods at 3950 24th Street in The Valley. San Francisco’s fifth WF will start the sacred Bread Baking Ceremony at the same time protesters arrive to raise a ruckus about health care reform and CEO John Mackey, mkay?

Everyone is welcome to the store and the protest – highly unlike the invite-only events Whole Foods has recently held for the fearsome neighborhood groups. It’s called outreach or something. Whole Foods just ought to put these neighborhood associations on the payroll the way Sutro Tower, Inc. pays money to neighborhood groups around Mount Sutro to shut them up. A little payola (or granola in a huge goodie bag) can go a long way when you’re trying to placate the NIMBYs, of course.

Anywho, be there at 9:45 AM tomorrow to see San Francisco’s upscale version of Harlan County, USA

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And just think, after the boycott, “You’ll feel proud to come in and get food to serve to your family, friends, and neighbors.” Remember how embarrassed you were serving up that slop from the old Bell Market? Those days are over, soon as the boycott ends.

And if you’re not boycotting, sign up for the store tour on Tuesday, October 6th:

Tuesday Tours: A Taste of Whole Foods Market

10-11am Please sign up in advance, but the tour is FREE and limited in size. | Details

Both seasoned shoppers and new customers can benefit from a guided store tour, especially with so many unique choices available! In this tour, we’ll showcase what we mean when we say we offer all-natural, real food, at the best possible price. This is your chance to ask, listen and learn everything you want to know about our market. Please sign up in advance, but the tour is FREE and limited in size.

And here’s the bacchanalia you were excluded from:

“We are eagerly awaiting our opening next week on Wednesday, September 30th ! We have been working hard and are so delighted that we’re almost there! Further, we feel incredibly grateful for the support, well wishes, humor, smiles and hospitality that our new community has shown us! As a very small token of our thanks, we’d like to invite you to join us at our very own “Whole Foods Market Tapas Truck” on Saturday, September 26th from 11a-2p (really it’s a Taco Truck, but we’ll be serving Spanish Tapas—but you can’t miss it in our parking lot.)
Marketing Team Leader
Whole Foods Market, Noe Valley”

This is a special invitation ONLY event for our neighbors in the associations that we have been working with.

Have a look at the attached & either print a copy of this to bring with you or contact me so that I can get you printed copies that I have here at the store.

Any question, please ask—we’ll see you very soon!

Best regards,

Jennifer Dobrowolski”

Choose your side and get on out there!

Dead and wounded on either side/
You know it’s only a matter of time

MC Hammer to Kick Off Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2009 this Friday

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Check out the schedule for this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park – it’s paid for entirely by nascent media baron Fonzerelli Warren Kramer Hellman.

MC Hammer and Steve Martin and a host of others mean you can’t go wrong.

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See you there!