Posts Tagged ‘Columbus’

Ink Splatter Deer Tattoo, Ink Splatter Deer Tattoo, Ink Splatter Deer Tattoo! Your Own Forearm Patronus

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The latest creation from Deanna Ward of Tattoo Boogaloo, 528 Green Street, North Beach,  San Francisco, CA, USA, 94133:

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The Scientologists of North Beach Want You To Know Their Policy: “NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY – INQUIRE WITHIN”

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Here’s what you can see and do at the foot of Columbus right across the street from the Transamerica Pyramid:

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And oh, if you take the “Oxford* Capacity Analysis” test YOU WILL FAIL. Just a guess. (Nothing against you or anything but I think the test is rigged so that it’s like super hard to pass.)

And note that huge Scientology sidewalk medallion. Looks as if they’ll be here for a while….

*Heh

AngelaS F: “I have no idea how to rate this.  I don’t want to be judgmental – b/c I think it’s great for people to believe in something but to be honest the things I’ve heard about Scientology (and, yes, much to my chagrin what I know I read in gossip magazines featuring Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes) have scared the bejesus out of me.  The most disturbing thing I read is that women aren’t supposed to scream during child birth!  WTF???!!!!

Anyway, back to trying to be non-judgmental…After going to Bocadillos last night, I noticed that the Church of Scientology (right across the street) was having an open house.  I was on a date so I convinced him that we should go in (I mean come on we had to!).  He initially resisted but let’s face it I’m too cute! 😉

As soon as we walked in we were asked to sign in – name (fake), address (San Francisco, CA), phone number (mix of my cell and land line – yes, those do still exist).  The man told us we could walk through at our own pace and then he’d give us a two minute spiel at the end.  We walked through reading some of the plaques that were ALL about L. Ron Hubbard, the founder.  L. Ron Hubbard’s books were sprinkled  everywhere.  When we got to the back there was a small area with maybe 60 chairs – it creeped me out.  I’m not sure why but it reminded me of a funeral home.  I felt very out of place and felt that at any moment they could lock us in.  After speeding by a few more plaques and pictures of you guessed it – L. Ron Hubbard we came across this ancient looking device.  The man from the front came over and said it was a “stress tester” and I immediately volunteered (at this point my date is wondering how fast he can drop me off).  I held these silver canisters in my hands and watched this needle.  

Scientologist: How’s work is going? 
A: Fine.  
Scientologist: What is your boss’ name? 
A: Erica  
[Needle was pretty steady.]  
Scientologist: What’s your Mom’s name? 
A: Pat  
[Needle moves up a bit.]  
Scientologist: What’s your Dad’s name? 
A: Bob.  
[Needle jumps.]  
Scientologist: Ah…there is some tension with your Dad!
A: No, in fact, I am closer to him than my Mom. (I do understand why that’s a safe bet – most of my friends have issues with their Dad.)
[Scientologist ignores this comment and moves on.]  
Scientologist: Are you married or dating?
A: This guy right here.  (I should write a book on what not to do when you just start dating someone.)
[Needle moves up a bit.]  
Scientologist: Well what would you say is causing you the most stress in your life right now? (Reminded me of when Kramer pretended to be the movie phone guy, “Well why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you want to see?”)
A: Um…well things are pretty good.  I guess my friend, Ashley, who is really depressed.
[Needle jerks and hits the max]  
Scientologist: Ohhhh, don’t tell me she is taking medication. [Shakes head disapprovingly.]
A: Um is that bad? [Flash back to Tom Cruise screaming at Matt Lauer about how terrible anti-depressants are.] (I glance at my date who has a look of sheer terror on his face.)
Scientologist: Anti-depressants only mask the problem.  It doesn’t solve anything.  Come over here.
[We reluctantly walk over to the L. Ron Hubbard library where he pulls out two books.] 
Scientologist: I recommend that you give this book to Ashley and this one you should read.
A: Ok well thanks for your time and allowing us to look around.  I’ll think about those books.
Scientologist: Sure come back anytime. 
[Date shook hands with Scientologist and asked his name again.  Date used his real name.  D’OH!]”

 

“OPEN DOOR, OPEN BOOKS, OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART” – City Lights Booksellers, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

On Columbus near Broadway:

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Gold Mountain Mural in North Beach is Gone, Long Gone, Owing to Graffiti Vandals – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.

Here’s what it looked like before….

…and here’s what it looks like now:

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Here are your reading notes:

Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.

Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky. 

It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town

I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?

I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?

What can we learn from this episode?

OMG, It’s William Shatner! “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” Comes March 11th to Our SHN Orpheum Theatre

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Bill Shatner wants you to buy a ticket for March 11th.

Don’t disappoint him.

El mundo de Shatner:

All the deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO (January 24, 2012) – SHN is proud to present television and movie superstar William Shatner for one night only in Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It on Sunday, March 11 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 AM.

The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film. Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It is headed to San Francisco and 14 other U.S. cities after appearing at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. These include: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Charlotte, and Detroit.

“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country, says William Shatner. “It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right! “

TICKETS:
Tickets for Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It range in price from $40 – $300 and go on sale Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 A.M. Premium packages are available. For more information go to www.shnsf.com or call 888-746-1799. One night only: Sunday,

March 11 at 7 PM.

SHN Orpheum Theatre: 1192 Market Street at 8th

William Shatner is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist and horseman. In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series Star Trek, which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed. He played the title role in the hit series T.J. Hooker before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911. He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, Shatner’s Raw Nerve, aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically acclaimed album Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet performed “Common People,” which was set to songs from the record; the event is featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet. Seeking Major Tom, featuring a number of heavy metal covers and songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd, was released last year. Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers. His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller, and Shatner Rules was released in 2011. His comic book series,William Shatner Presents is based on his novels Tek War, Man O’ War, and Quest for Tomorrow, along with a new title: Chimera. He has also been successful in another area – horse breeding. A dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events. He united his passions for horses and philanthropy with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, benefitting L.A.-based children’s charities. He appeared on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark, The World of Suzie Wong, and Tamburlaine the Great. And no, there is nothing this man does not do.”


				

Better Know Your North Beach Neon Signs: Roaring 20’s and the Hungry I Club – THE BEST GIRLS IN TOWN

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It’s just like Vegas, sort of:

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Or “Boring 20’s,” some people, like the workers there, call it that.

Oh, and Big Al’s, you need to step up, sign-wise…

Has It Been Just Two Years Since the Famous #20 Columbus MUNI Bus Brawl? 10,000,000+ Have Seen This Video

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Leave us remember October 2009.

So, so off-message:

Via Jonathan Perel‘s iPhone

Maybe people don’t fight on MUNI as much anymore, since such behavior is sure to be recorded on cell phones these days?

Church of Scientology San Francisco Bidnessman Can’t Even Leave His Building Without Running Into Anonymous

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Well, here it is a pithy two-minute video showing area Church of Scientology President Jeff Quiros leaving his historic building at the foot of Columbus.

(The reference to “SF Weekly” has to do with Lauren Smiley’s recent five-part “Scientology Apostate” series.)

I didn’t realize that Anonymous was still on the case like this.

Here’s what it looked like back in aught-eight when Church leaders walked over to the Chinatown Hilton to celebrate L. Ron Hubbard’s birth anniversary: 

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But it’s not too late to get in on the fun – if you want to try to make money from religion, why don’t you apply?

On It Goes…

Whoa: SF Weekly’s Lauren Smiley Goes Large Against Church of Scientology – Anonymous “EthicsTrouble”

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hiyooooo.

Lauren Smiley Scientology Apostate series looks to be winner already and this is just the first day.

Good job, Lauren!

Now, how will she top this? Tune in tomorrow.

No wonder the San Francisco chapter of the Church of Scientology is hiring. As seen last week on Columbus:

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Late Night Proposal: “The Church of Scientology San Francisco is Now Hiring – Inquire Within” – It’s a Trap!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

As seen at the foot of Columbus right across the street from the TransAmerica Pyramid:

 

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In the words of Admiral Ackbar, my favorite  Mon Calamari,It’s a …”

Choose wisely.

These are two spellings of the same word, which means to seek information about something or to conduct a formal investigation (usually when followed by “into”). The corresponding noun is enquiry or inquiry. Either spelling can be used, but many people prefer enquire and enquiry for the general sense of “ask”, and inquire and inquiry for a formal investigation…: