Posts Tagged ‘tenth’

Hurray! The Memphis Minnie’s “Big Pig” Van is Back on the Road, After Being “Destroyed” in a Giants Victory Riot on Haight

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Remember when our San Francisco Giants won the World Series the time before last?

It was back in 2010. Good times. I celebrated by climbing on top of the Memphis Minnie’s Barbeque Joint And Smokehouse Ford van parked on the street in the Lower Haight.

There I was, looking fierce bouncing up and down in my little black dress and orange pumps, along with bunch of other people.* We few, we Band of Brothers, we Baseball Furies.

Anyway, as the above link to Haighteration shows, the Big Pig, she got messed up.

But here she is back on the road in 2013, wavy roof panels and all:

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I don’t know, I think this ride is worth more than it would have been without the battle scars from aught-ten.

I think this rig is now a historic artifact worthy of preservation.

Keep on keeping on, Memphis Minnie’s.

*Oh, not really. Actually, after watching on a friend’s big screen (’cause I don’t I have cable ’cause I want the Comcast monopoly to die die die) I had to ride my bike on up to Pac Heights. The city was electric, all over, not just in the Mission and in the Haights.

The Best Place to Score Drugs in SoMA is Probably on Heroin Street, Right Next to Quality Brake Supply on Tenth

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

[Here’s how rooted in the 80’s I am – this simple ditty gives me chills within the first second of play. (Sinead O’Connor proved that you don’t need hair to look good when you have excellent, excellent genes.)]

Or Heron Street, some people call it that…

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Or some people might read it as “END Heroin.”

Your pick…


The Two Kinds of SFPD Cops: Those Who Enforce the “Right Turn Only on Inbound Market” Rules and Those Who Don’t

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Leave us begin. The driver of this white cute-ute had an idée fixe: “I gots to get to the Old Navy or the Ferry Building or whathaveyou.”*

Maybe the driver knew that the popo was just two cars behind or maybe not. Regardless, s/he went straight through towards Fifth Street, which is a big no-no in these days of Car-Free Market Street. See?

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Look what happened. The driver of the bewinged** Civic follows right along.

Oh, sweet justice, from the popo, coming right up!

Or, maybe not. You see, the cops in those Ford Crown Victorias are focused on fighting “real crime,” not edumacating out-of-towners on new-school mandatory turns on inbound Market Street:

DO NOT try this in front of a Harley-Davidson-riding member of the SFPD, is all I can say.

But those cops crusing around in police cars, they’ve got better things to do than learn you da law, it would seem.

Oh well…

*You can try to explain it to people, but they’ll say something like, “Well, how am I supposed to get to the Nordstom?” And then you tell them ways of legally doing what they want to do, and the drivers, well, they don’t like it. They don’t like it one little bit!

**First of all, I’m not sure what that rear wing is for, IRL. Second of all, smaller Civics are front-wheel-drive, so even if your wing mattered in some theoretical road race, you know, to keep your driving wheels pushing downward, ever downward, it wouldn’t matter. Yes the dealership will sell it to you that way, but car dealers are the cheesiest b’tards in the universe, right? Oh well.

Tent City in SoMA! Are People Lining Up On 10th Street Just to Get the New DPW Food Truck Permits?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Well, first it was all like this, and then it was all like this, but now it’s like you can’t legally sell food from a food truck how many hundreds of feet from a legacy restaurant? Isn’t that called corporate welfare when you try to protect struggling bidnesses from competition? (Alls I know is that the Golden Gate Restaurant Association thinks this whole sitch is “fair,” which is a big fat clue that it’s not.)

Anywho, this was the scene on (speaking of corporate welfare) Tenth Street in SoMA betwixt Market and Mission over the weekend on Saturday. The white signs say “DPW Mobile Food Permits – Line Starts Here,” or something. (I could have broken stride to check, I could have stopped to actually talk with these poor souls, you know, to find out, but I haven’t renewed my journalistic license since the SFPD started charging $50 a year…)

Is the new mobile food fad just another “DEAD END” for gastronomic entrepreneurs? (Not sure if this new gold rush is ending or if its still beginning, actually.)

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Anyway, Bon Courage, Tent City denizens!

Someday, My Closet Will Look Just Like This – Bon Anniversaire 1MX Rainbow Shirts!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

It’s like a rainbow, all the way, whoooh! at the Great Mall of Market Street:

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What’s that, Express? $50? Maybe I’ll stick with the $16 no-iron cotton bidness shirts* and the $12-something jeans at Costco #144.

Nice rainbow, though.

*36-inch sleeve lengths? Perfect! Higher quality than anything the Express would ever sell? Natch.

OMG, Free BBQ at Memphis Minnie’s Today Until 6:00 PM – Their Tenth Anniversary – A Feast in the Lower Haight

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

As you no doubt learned from Haighteration (your one-stop source for all news of the Lower Haight) earlier today, Memphis Minnie’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Smoke House is giving away free BBQ to celebrate 10 years of doing bidness in Le Haight Inférieur.

Drop by at 576 Haight Street betwixt Fillmore and Steiner before 6:00 PM today, October 26th, 2010, to get in on the fun.

Join the party!

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Not so sure about the sandwich part – there was no bread early on, but there are greens and fries and free drinks and all kinds of pork. Pork pork pork!

Manny, Moe and Jack are awaiting your arrival:

Bon Anniversaire, Memphis Minnie!

Aggro SFPD Motorcycle Cop Singlehandedly Enforces a Car-Free Market Street

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

At first I thought I was witnessing Mid-Market Judgment Day, you know a hypothetical effort by the SFPD to enforce the rules establishing a car-free Market Street. (And by “car-free” I mean the forced turns required of drivers of private cars on inbound Market at the intersections of Sixth and Tenth.)

See all the cars turning right back there? They have no choice ’cause they can’t turn left and they can’t go straight on any of the three lanes of Market Street.

But some make a try anyway. This cop has his hands full, as you can see – he’s not done dealing with the first driver but he’s still waving people over:

Now it’s time for a brief argument about the big old barrier that tells drivers not to come this way.

I guess by coincidence, there were all sorts of Crown Vics and whatnot parked about – on the sidewalks, on the new green bike lane that cyclists prefer not to use, and all over. But this guy was acting alone, handing out citations left and right.

You’d think he might linger in such a target-rich environment, but he took off to park at the Tenth and Market intersection, probably focusing upon red light runners during the evening drive.

The gentle reminders are over, you’ve been warned…

[UPDATE:  This is a familiar scene to Andrew Sarkarati of Mission Mission]

The Refurbished Richmond Branch Public Library Looks Good From the Back Also

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The Richmond Branch of the San Francisco Public Library looks pretty good, don’t you think?


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Look for it on Ninth or Tenth Avenue.

Arrested Decay in the Richmond District – Monty’s Groceries

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Looking like something from the Bodie State Historic Park ghost town, the former Monty’s Grocery store at 701-703 Tenth Avenue (or 839-849 Cabrillo) appears to be in a state of “arrested decay.”


Hollywood couldn’t come up better gone-to-Hell look if it tried. Click to expand – it gets big.


See that old glass tubing above the sidewalk?

Will this neon sign still be here in a hundred years? Maybe.