Posts Tagged ‘tom wolfe’

Painting the “Russian Embassy” of the Western Addition is a Biiiiiig Job – A Freaking Decayed Giant – Start at the Bottom

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Here’s the quote, from the 1960′s:

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

And here she is now, getting one shade of muddy green replaced with another:

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It would take me all summer to paint this monster

UPDATE: Apparently, someone spray painted “NO PERMIT PARKING IN ALAMO SQUARE” on the side of this hulk last month. As opposed to just hanging a sign? Would a frustrated, car-owning Alamo Square NIMBY do that to a house as an ironic punishment or did the owners themselves do it? It’s a  mystery. Haighteration, the Lower Haight Blog, has the latest on the issue of the SFMTA’s horrible horrible permit parking scheme.*

*I’m eligible to pay MUNI $104 per year for a permit but I don’t believe in the system so I don’t buy the permit. I’m sure the SFMTA would love to jack up the cost  to like $1000 but they can only charge a “fee” based on expenses. I believe that the “expenses” included the pay, benefits and retirement of 15 Parking Control Officers / meter maids but I don’t know that for sure. Quite sneaky to do that, SFMTA.

Oh Dear, Appears that “The Russian Embassy” of Alamo Square Opposes the SFMTA’s Attempts to Tax Parking in the Area

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

All right, first a little history:

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

Here it is. Note that its owner opposes the current attempt of the SFMTA / MUNI / DPT to charge people for parking on the street. See?

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This issue is ably covered by Morgane Byloos in the Local Addition blog of the Western Addition.

Hey MUNI! Why don’t you manage your existing affairs before you start working on new things?

Just asking.

In closing, MUNI sucks.

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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Perfect Hippy Ensembles Ruined by Crocs Shoes

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The case against Crocs shoes is now the conventional wisdom. Don’t they just make you want to scream?

Or maybe that’s the whole idea?

“Tom Wolfe, as famous for his distinctive attire as for his bracing fiction, once explained why he had begun to wear his trademark hand-tailored three piece white suits (worn with a hat and umbrella): “I had a white suit made in 1960, started wearing it in January – and found it annoyed people tremendously.”

“It’s kind of a harmless form of aggression, I guess.”

The Fixed Gear Bike Crowd Now Turns to Mountain Biking

Friday, April 18th, 2008

What’s the funniest line in this article from San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Dan Giesin – Single-minded cyclists have old-school cool 

“We’re shedding new light on an old tradition,”

“You feel like a purist,”

“You don’t need all those fancy gears.”

Too many gears can actually spoil the ride.

“…we single-speeders…”

“They are such a cool group,”

“It’s kind of a counter-culture,”

“There is that underground element: a little bit different, a little bit dangerous.”

This is called starting your own league, so it’s the same old thing. These people aren’t really dangerous either. They’re just having fun on bikes, nothing wrong with that. But you can have fun on bikes with or without gears, right?

There’s probably a more extreme element of fixed gear MTB-ers out there that eschews even having brakes. The photo below clearly shows the typical non-fixed, freewheeling setup:

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It’s the same crowd that’s attracted to fixed gear city bikes that find single-speed mountain bikes appealing.

And arthroscopic surgery is becoming cheaper and cheaper these days, so you should get in on this fun as well.