Finally, the Land of Misery way out there by Ocean Beach west of San Francisco is getting a little action.
“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?
“It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.“
Of course, former Supervisor Ed Jew famously claimed to live in the Sunset, but instead of actually doing that he preferred to risk jail, which is where he’s at right now. Oh well.
What a great place for a high-cost, low-productivity photovoltaic power plant using panels costing many times more than the going market rate. Oh well:
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But it could be worse. The writer could have started talking about the “houses” of the Sunset District. Here they are, in no particular order:
Keep on keeping on, Sunset District.
Via SFFunCheap comes the news of Free Slurpee Day.
On a drizzly day in the Godforsaken West Bay, a 7-11 is the Beacon of Culture amongst the grow- and cat- and halfway- houses:
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“Monday, July 11th is Free Slurpee Day at almost every 7-Eleven in the country, but a few locations in the Bay Area are actually holding full on “7-Eleven Day” celebrations.
One 7-Eleven location in San Francisco (3400 Mission Street at 30th Street) hosts four hours of brainfreezing fun with not only free slurpees for all comers, but also fun competitions like Brain freeze contests (exactly what it sounds, who can slurp a slurpee the fastst), with prizes, a jump house with a slide, balloon artist, KYLD radio from noon to 2pm and a live mariachi band at 11am.
This event is free and open to the public. There’s also another free 7-Eleven Day celebration in Sunnyvale from 1p-5p.
Free Slurpee Day 2011 Celebrations
- What: Free Slurpees throughout the Bay Area can only mean one thing…that’s right, it’s 7-Eleven Day. To commemorate 7-Eleven’s 84th birthday on July 11, aka 7-Eleven Day, Bay Area 7-Eleven stores will show their love by offering free 7.11-ounce Slurpees and hosting a series of competitions, including 84-second timed Slurpee-drinking contests
- Why: Because 7-Eleven wants to say thank you to the Bay Area and invite y’all
- Where: Nearly 400 participating Bay Area stores will offer free Slurpees.
Two Bay Area stores will host big 7-Eleven Day celebrations at::
- 11 am – 3 pm: 3400 Mission Street (at 30th) in San Francisco
- 1 pm – 5 pm: 708 N. Fair Oak Ave in Sunnyvale
- When: Monday, June 11, 2011 – 7 am – 11 pm, while supplies last”
And here’s a stab at participating locations: