“WELL, BUTTERCUP SAYS— “I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT. BUTTERCUP WILL SAY ANYTHING.” — HEARD ON THE SIDEWALK IN SAN FRANCISCO Continue reading And Who is This Buttercup?
Disclosure: This post appeared originally in different form on a private social media page. This post addresses exterior changes in a historic car dealership building located at the southwest corner of Van Ness Ave. and Bush Street in San Francisco. The dealership was founded by Ellis Brooks during the 1930s, and originally sold REOs, and then Hudsons to families whose daughters were reading early Nancy Drew mysteries. The business went through many changes before moving to a smaller storefront around the corner. If you’ve been curious about the fate of the historic Ellis Brooks Chevrolet neon sign at Bush & … Continue reading Modernization, Aesthetics and Respect for History
I don’t have statistics for accidents on sidewalks, and if the statistics were right in front of me now I don’t know if I’d believe them. Personally, the only time I filed a hit-and-run bicyclist report was in 1992, when I was injured just badly enough to get a taxicab to the emergency room. I’ve been in that particular type of accident on other occasions, but got up and walked away after the bicyclists bolted to avoid being held accountable. So, I’m led to believe that incidents of this nature are underreported. Many people are unaware that it’s illegal to … Continue reading Dangerous Sidewalks in San Francisco
I SWEAR, IF THERE’S ONE MORE WORD OUT OF THAT DUCK… — OVERHEARD ON THE MUNI (SAN FRANCISCO) SUBWAY Continue reading Not One More Word!
THE GUY WHO WROTE THIS BOOK SEEMS LIKE KIND OF A WEIRDO. — OVERHEARD ON THE MUNI (SAN FRANCISCO) SUBWAY Continue reading I Couldn’t See the Book Cover
ALL FOUR OF THOSE ASSHOLES WERE RAISED BETTER THAN THAT. — OVERHEARD ON THE MUNI (SAN FRANCISCO) SUBWAY Continue reading Ladies’ Room or the Subway? The Best Conversations
EARLIER TODAY, A MOTORIST WITH AN OUT-OF-STATE LICENSE PLATE SHOUTED SOMETHING UNACCEPTABLE AT ME AS HE DROVE BY. I MADE A FRIENDLY HAND GESTURE. “YOU FUCKING WANKER!” I YELLED BACK AT HIM. WE MAKE OUR OWN SUNSHINE. Continue reading Overcast Today in San Francisco, With Some Embellishment on Details
(Disclosure: This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) WARNING: HISTORY LESSON! HISTORY LESSON! Today, May 21, is the fortieth anniversary of the Dan White verdict and “White Night” riots which occurred in the S.F. Civic Center and Castro District. People still debate whether the riots had a positive long-term effect on LGBT rights. I say they didn’t, and shouldn’t have happened in the first place. The far-out nature of the verdict made a violent public reaction likely, though, so no one should have been surprised. Dan White’s crime was viewed as homophobic, and San … Continue reading Today in San Francisco History
Please see the end of this post for a link to a Hoodline article by Carrie Sisto about the demolition of the Hemlock Tavern on Polk Street. The Hemlock was a longtime bar and entertainment venue. Many years earlier, a gay bar called Giraffe was in that space (Polk Street was a less conspicuous gay-themed alternative to the Castro for decades). I’ve lived in San Francisco since 1982, and can recall how my mother used to note the sad changes in the Financial District skyline whenever my parents drove me home on the Bay Bridge from their house in Oakland. I made … Continue reading One More Piece of San Francisco Has Been Lost
More than two years ago, I invested in my first smartphone. It was an unused, clearance-priced iPhone 5s, listed on the site of the service provider who was overseeing the account for a cheap flip phone I’d been using. Even the best smartphones don’t last forever, regardless of whether you treat them gently. I treated that phone gently often, too. I let go of it to shower, sleep, read books and go into public places, and that was about it. The rest of the time, I was the constantly needy infant, and that phone was my caregiver. Recently, I noticed … Continue reading Maintaining a Smartphone on a Budget — and Frightening Guesswork