Tagged: San Francisco

Only in San Francisco #32,412

Japanese Astronaut Soichi Noguchi posted a twitter picture of the Golden Gate Bridge as seen from space. As you'd expect it's really quite lovely. I did enjoy the comments suggesting how he might make the photo better with photoshop. I'm sure the ISS has photoshop installed and ready to go.

Only in San Francisco #227

Zante Pizza is fusion in the best sense. It is a pizzeria that infuses it's pies with the flavors and spices of Indian food. The smell of the place alone is heavenly. Credit where due, I was introduced to Zante by my friends Scott & Caren, who are vegan, and yet responsible for several of my favorite pizza experiences. My parents were in town from Texas, and they always like to try new things when they are here, so we made an adventure of it, and got off BART at 16th Street, and walked the mile or so down Mission...

Urban Flooding

The Bay Area lives in a near permanent drought state. We really only get significant rain for a few months a year. In general, hard rain is very rare here. So, yesterday the City was paralyzed by about an hour of torrential rains. So much so that the subway tunnel was partially flooded and train service was halted. This amazing video is even more unbelievable if you know Van Ness Station, and how far that water was traveling! I have never seen harder rain since I have been here, and I have never seen anything like that stairway waterfall.

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…

"Keep going." Those were the only two words I heard as the massive light rigs above me swayed as if in a stiff breeze. The sound was like a clog dancer running from one end of the building to the other right down the middle of the roof (we later learned that sound was bolts in the roof popping). I didn't perceive the rolling of the stage as much as I noticed the seats in the audience moving in impossible ways. It was 5:04PM on October 17, 1989. I was rehearsing for the play Beyond the Horizon in my high...

On the Spot Reporting

The President is due to appear at a fund raiser a block up the street from my office. Sadly, his handlers are so afraid of protesters (and why would liberals have any reason to be angry with Obama? Oh, right…) that he will not make any public appearances. To San Francisco's credit they have not established the despicable "free speech zones" this time, and Union Square (directly across from the hotel) is jammed with protesters and media. Oh, and a few police. Sorry these pictures aren't great, they are from my phone.

Only in San Francisco #10,652

150 years ago today, the sort of person that our current mayor Gavin Newsom would try to imprison (ie homeless) put a small notice in the San Francisco Bulletin proclaiming himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States acting on "the peremptory request of a large majority of the citizens." The editor printed it as a joke, but in San Francisco it stuck. Dressed in a uniform given to him by the presiding General of the Presidio, he owned the City along with his two stray mutts, Bummer and Lazarus. Restaurants competed to have him dine there (gratis, of course....

All Of A Sudden, I Am Interested in Twitter

Sorry Chris, but this is going to be another "how cool is living in SF" post. The other day I was walking around and found a little trailer selling some incredible crepes. I talked with the folks there briefly, and they let me know that San Francisco has a great tradition of "street food" and that most of it is now coordinated by Twitter. Turns out, you can get everything from curry to tamales to goat tacos, on the streets of San Francisco (sorry, I couldn't resist..) in conveyances ranging from the classic taco truck to a guy on a...

Won't Someone Think of the Nicotine Addicted Children?

The put upon few over at Phillip Morris have a message for the City of San Francisco: "stop limiting our Civil Rights." I tell you, San Francisco has a lot of nerve. You see, starting October 1st any business that called itself a drugstore was no longer allowed to sell cigarettes. Not surprisingly, cigarette companies were not big fans of this ruling, and fought for a restraining order. Walgreens also got in the act, claiming in it's filing that the act was discrimination against drug stores.

Urban Outdoorsman

The Chronicle had a fascinating article today about Tom Sepa a hardworking pretty normal guy, who happens to live in Golden Gate Park. He has a job (a cold caller for IT firms), a laptop even a netflix account, but he sleeps in a tent in the largest park in the City. He refers to himself as an urban outdoorsman, not homeless, and he certainly challenges a lot of the preconceived notions of homelessness ("drunken lazy bums", crazy people etc.) For him, it's a conscious choice to live this way. I wonder how many folks are in a similar boat?...

I Love My City

Last night I took the girls shopping in Chinatown. They found the weird sayings on the t-shirts as amusing as I did (my favorite last night was a pink shirt with glitter hearts on it that said "Love Always in Action." As we were walking around after shopping, we noticed a man run frenetically by us and drop a small pile of flour on the ground. We then noticed that the man was wearing a red dress. That was only sort of strange. Things got really surreal when about 10 minutes later, almost a hundred people came running by in...

Introducing the Irrationally Infallible Guide to San Francisco!

I'm kicking off a series that is destined to be as relevant as Ken's encyclopedic collection of Creed CDs. My 2 teenage cousins are going to be spending the next 3 weeks living with me. During that time, we are going to be doing a lot of the touristy things around the City I love. So, I thought I would write up some guides to these places along with some small tips, a little history and whatever else I can think of. And to add some ironic detachment to the whole thing, I'll have the girls give each place a...

Like a Phoenix Rising From the Ashes

Those were the words used to describe San Francisco at the 1915 Worlds Fair. It was only 8 years after the devastating earthquake of April 18, 1906. Today is the 102 anniversary  of the earthquake and fire. Each year, there is a ceremony at Lotta's Fountain (the central meeting point for survivors during the quake) to commemorate the '06 quake and to celebrate the survivors. This year there was only one present, 105 year old Herbert Hamrol. Soon there will be none. Here's to that beautiful Phoenix.

Is This Politically Incorrect?

Apparently, the Chinese military is sending "torch attendants" along with the torch at every stop. These aren't touchy-feely charity guys, but para-military police (or "ninjas" as one SF politico described them, no doubt raising Ken's hackles.) During the Paris run, there were 12 of them surrounding the torch at all times, and as things degraded, one of them even went into the crowd after someone.

Torch Update

San Francisco is under police control today, as thousands of protesters and almost as many cops clash (both peacefully and otherwise.) The Chronicle reports that thousands of people are moving through the streets after the police changed the route at the last minute. I never thought I would see a headline like "Thousands are now moving up California Street." Funny, the new route (which, to get all the torch bearers in, is having them swap the torch every block) is going right by my old office. Here's a picture of the amount of police bracketing the roads Here are a...