Should We Expect Indifference?

I live in San Francisco, where we can be assured help will be summoned in an emergency if we carry our own cell phones — and can use them. Oh, sometimes bystanders will help.  The Castro District is one of the better places to have an emergency because the atmosphere of the neighborhood encourages a protective instinct.  One of the most memorable examples — from years ago, although I’m confident it would be handled the same way now — was something you don’t ordinarily associate with the Castro.  A car was pulled into the southbound bus stop at Castro and … Continue reading Should We Expect Indifference?

Scrambling to Post Something

I have a policy of posting on the blog an average of once per day.  If I skip a day, on another day there will be two posts. That system is going well, but shortly after 8:00 Pacific Time this evening I decided against skipping the Saturday post.  This decision was made in spite of having nothing to say. Here are screenshots of two social media posts.  Whatever.  The Instagram post has proven more popular than most of the crapola my Instagram followers must endure. Continue reading Scrambling to Post Something

Restaurant Hazards

Late yesterday afternoon, I thought I’d get a slice of pizza.  I don’t eat high fat food every day, and since my cholesterol stays in good shape without medication it didn’t seem like a bad idea. My attitude and appetite changed completely when I saw a health inspector’s notice in the front window.  An iPhone photo of the notice, as well as a screenshot of the S.F. Dept. of Public Health report, are at the end of this post.  The name of the business is omitted because the owner has enough problems already.  It’s all a matter of public record, … Continue reading Restaurant Hazards

San Francisco Recycling Woes

San Francisco has the toughest recycling laws of any place.  Our trash must be sorted carefully, and at least four bins are involved.  A few things have to be disposed of by making an appointment with the city’s contractor, Recology, and then placing the items at the curb. Sometimes we have to find a store that collects old cell phones or CFL bulbs. Even the most meticulous people will make mistakes, and I’m under the impression that most S.F. residents aren’t that meticulous.  They make more work for the people who have to sift through all of that crap after … Continue reading San Francisco Recycling Woes

Fun With Smartphone Apps

Yesterday I wandered through the Castro District in San Francisco, taking photos and recording videos with the tourists.  It may have been a warm-up to going on vacation someday, although presently no vacation is planned. By the way, if you’re in the area on Wednesday (Sept. 7), you may want to catch a viewing of Sunset Boulevard.  The Castro Theater is located on the 400 block.  I’ll include a screenshot of the schedule. The embedded media is a Vine video, recorded during a strong wind. The theater wasn’t moving.  I just couldn’t hold the darned camera still. Continue reading Fun With Smartphone Apps

San Francisco Sheriff’s Race

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will be up for re-election on November 3, with two other candidates running for the same office.  Many voters are uncomfortable with Mirkarimi because of scandals involving the Sheriff’s Department and an incident in Mirkarimi’s home shortly before he was sworn into office. It’s impossible to know whether any of the Sheriff Department scandals on Mirkarimi’s watch — including the death of Lynn Spaulding after she went missing at S.F. General Hospital — could have been averted if a different candidate had been elected Sheriff a few years ago. A moral argument can be made … Continue reading San Francisco Sheriff’s Race