Posts Tagged ‘massage’

Twitterloin Update: “VILLA AROMA,” Where Something Smells – Recalling SFChron’s “DIARY OF A SEX SLAVE” Brouhaha of 2006

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

As always, start with the Yelp:

“There is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi, a special sort of class, that imbues a neighborhood when it is sporting its very own windowless massage parlor with neon lights and a locked gate even during business hours (ring bell for admittance–I guess they don’t take walk-ins). The “carvings” on the wall seem to be intended to be reminiscent of something Roman.”

Here’s this place today in 2015:

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And now let’s learn about how things were back in aught-six, via the San Francisco Chronicle:





IIRC, this series was the talk of the town. Even back then, it was unusual for a newspaper to devote so many resources on one basic story.

And the story itself was single-sourced for the most part – it seemed as if the Chron simply assumed that everything the subject said about the journey from There to Here was true. Oh well.

Anyway, right from the get-go, the Chron started pulling back a bit, getting rid of photos what were “too sexy,” or something, IIRC.

And then came the blowback, hoo boy. This forgotten webpage has the deets:

“Instead of educating Chronicle readers about the cultural background of South Korea, the world’s 10th largest economy, the “Diary” series dwells at length, and with questionable purpose, on the titillating details of one individual’s forced sex acts and non-typical family history. The Chronicle series includes many cultural inaccuracies and paints a distorted picture of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city. Busan is an international coastal resort known for its open-air seafood — not sex — markets, and as host of the annual International Film Festival, the largest such event in Asia.”

Oh, here it is, the full Monty, blow-backwise. (And the non-SFGate version is here.)

Oh, scratch that, oh here it is, the Great Concessions:

Among the promises won, the San Francisco Chronicle (owned by the New York-based Hearst Corporation) pledged “in principle” not to syndicate the series, to provide the community more “constructive coverage” and access to the paper, and to continue a dialogue with the community to improve development of stories and their sources. Kim herself remained cautious, however: “We need to maintain a vigilant posture to ensure that there is, in fact, meaningful follow-through based on our initial meeting.” “[The syndication] was of utmost concern to our community members, as we feel the culturally damaging impact would be magnified,” emphasized Kim. ”We had also pointed out to the Chronicle’s management that based on the underlying facts of this case, there is a clear legal case to be made for racial bias,” said Kim.

Now, I may be just a simple hyperchicken, but I don’t think you can sue the Chron in a “legal case” for “racial bias” just because you don’t like one of its stories. Or if you do, you’ll get hit with an anti-SLAPP motion what will suspend your discovery process cold, and then make you wish you never ever sued the Chronicle, like the hardest work for the Chron’s attorneys would be proving up the $50,000 in attorney’s fees that you’ll end up paying to the Chron for bringing your nonsensical suit, for “racial bias.”

Or something like that.

Anyway, that’s what I think about whenever I pass by the Twitterloin’s  Villa “Aroma,” where something smells, even today…

Inner Richmond Acronym Game: “HeaVen” Massage Centre Stands For “Happy Endings And…”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I’m stuck at the V-E-N part

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Forget About The Hookup Truck, This Local Van Offers Mobile “Johnson Massage” – Also, “Herb Services!”

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Only in SF:

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Here’s Your Chance to Acquire Your Own Massage Parlor in “Polk Village”

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

As seen on Polk Street:

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Come to This Thursday’s “Workout NightLife” Party at Our CalAcademy and See If You Can Find Jared, the Subway Guy

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Our California Academy of Sciences is bringing it this Thursday night, July 28th, 2011 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM – it’s WORKOUT NIGHTLIFE just in time for the 2011 San Francisco Marathon on July 31st!

Bring your camera for when you spot Jared Fogle:

All the deets:

Workout NightLife

This week, NightLife works up a sweat in preparation for The San Francisco Marathon. CHEER SF will pump up the crowd with two performances in the East garden, followed by a costume contest for the best in workout attire (see below for categories). The SF Marathon crew and race partners will host interactive components including a chair massage station by Everest College, a yoga station from Lululemon, strategies from Bootcamp SF, UCSF RunSafe gait analysis and injury prevention advice, and contestants Ada Wong and Jesse Atkins from The Biggest Loser Season 10 leading a circuit workout. Plus, a series of creative short clips made just for planetarium domes at 6:30. Music by DJ Kap10.

Win a chance to run the 5k with “The Subway Guy,” Jared Fogle presented by The San Francisco Marathon! The “Where’s Jared” hunt will take place from 6pm to 9pm at NightLife. Dressed for the occasion, Jared will be in his finest workout attire. Be the first person to post 5 photos of Jared in 5 different locations at Nightlife to The The SF Marathon Facebook page and you will win an entry to the 5k event at The San Francisco Marathon on Sunday, July 31st!

Schedule of Events

6-9pm Snakes & Lizards- new exhibit! (Last entry at 8:45pm)/ Forum

6-10pm DJ Kap 10/ East Pavilion

6:30pm Best of DomeFest/ Planetarium

6:30-9:30pm SF Marathon Partners & Active Workshops / African Hall

7:30 & 8pm Performance by CHEER SF/ East Garden

7:30 & 8:30pm Life: A Cosmic Story/ Planetarium

8:30pm Workout Wear Costume Contest/ Piazza

Buy Tickets to NightLife on July 28th

Animated Al Gore Sex-Crazed Poodle Video: Another Winner from Taiwan’s NMA

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I don’t know, when you’re paying people $540 for massages, misunderstandings can happen. That’s about the most charitable way of looking at things vis-a-vis Al Gore in this whole massage incident.

Anyway, comes now NMA, the people who make animated videos to explain the news to people in Taiwan. This one is a doozy.

In this scene, Al G. explains the ground rules:

Uh oh, he’s getting p’oed:

Explaining the poodle reference:

Not sure what W and Pink are doing in there, but oh well:


Former US vice president and climate change warrior Al Gore is in hot water after news emerged this week of a 2006 close encounter with a hotel masseuse in Oregon. In a statement made to Portland police reported in the press, the 54-year-old masseuse recounted how she repeatedly had to fight off groping Gore as he made several attempts to bed her after she attended his hotel suite to administer a massage. So far, no charges have been filed.

美國前副總統高爾(Al Gore)上月才驚傳與結縭40年妻子分道揚鑣,現在又驚爆性醜聞。美國媒體報導,一名奧勒岡州女按摩師在2006年曾指控高爾性攻擊,甚至聲稱當晚所穿內衣留有高爾的DNA,可資佐證。


該女子在數周後才報案,表示當時「完全嚇呆,擔心失去工作」。據帳單顯示,按摩服務從當晚 11時開始,第一節為90分鐘,其後立即追加一節75分鐘。高爾共支付540美元(約1.7萬元台幣),另加給兩成小費。俄勒岡州檢方也證實,確實有女子報案稱遭高爾「不當肢體接觸」,但她後來不願接受警方訪談,也不願提告