Posts Tagged: san francisco

The Coldest Winter, etc.

I went to San Francisco last weekend. I drove there. I wanted to take the train, which is much more civilized, but it’s kind of expensive, and it’s just not that convenient, so I drove. I left Nevada City at 9 p.m. and arrived just before midnight. After the hot, slightly smoky air in the foothills the cool gray dampness of the Bay Area in the summertime felt heavenly. I paid the Bay Bridge toll collector in dimes and quarters, and it was only $4. I thought of all the time I’d spent scouring my bedroom for that last dollar and how I’d never get it back.

I always stay [...]


Batman For a Day

OK, sure, we can end the week on this: Miles, the 5-year-old leukemia patient from San Francisco, saw his Batman dreams through today via the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Here he is, setting forth to save a woman who'd been strapped to a "bomb" in the cable car path. Good job, everyone who made this possible.

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I Drank the Kool-Aid, and It Was Juice

Skip this if you already know [about juice].

February 22, 0001 AJ: I was visiting San Francisco, staying with the excellent Wirecutter editor Brian Lam, and I wanted a coffee. So Brian suggested we go to his favorite cafe, which was also conveniently "near [his] juice place," where he needed to pick something up, although the juice-place part barely registered at the time. (I like to point out "my cobbler" to friends, too, for instance, but no one ever seems to care. "Oh you got your shoes fixed? Tell me more" <— words no one has ever said.)

So I got my coffee at the cafe and wandered around [...]


ManServants Is "Not a Joke," Definitely "Real"

A startup in San Francisco called ManServants aims to give every woman exactly what she wants: a man who does exactly what she wants. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, wants to unleash your inner lady of leisure by providing you with a gentlemanly tailored-to-order mashup of butler, bodyguard and cabana boy.

But this is not — repeat, not — an escort service.

Mashable claims ManServants is "not a joke"; the "trailer" for ManServants claims "this is a real service" that'll launch in the fall. Sounds both suspect and entirely demeaning. Who's willing to try it out? [[...]


Who Will Start America's Second Unionized Strip Club?

Will it be you? Or perhaps me? There's been some good writing recently on the closing of the Lusty Lady in San Francisco, our nation's first and only unionized strip club. At the Atlantic, Lily Burana remembers her time working there:

I stopped in to see the show upon the recommendation of a friend—a Central American labor activist who had worked there before decamping to Nicaragua. When the opaque window slid up, I was oddly charmed—four nude girls behind the glass were twirling in this tiny mirrored room, like some pervert’s idea of a music box. Some of them had tattoos, one of them had [...]


Tiny House Not Safe

Too small; did not enter.


"It all works fine until you want to talk about the news with somebody you’ve never met."

It all works fine until you want to talk about the news with somebody you’ve never met. So, too, with political language. Where customization is the norm, discussion—between strangers and opponents—becomes hard. Negotiation migrates underground, among close affiliates. Publicly, we volley with broad precepts we can all affirm: creativity and kindness are good; cruelty and oppression are bad. Perhaps all this explains how, even when it comes to matters of wide civic concern, a city of progressives can see so little political progress.

-Nathan Heller is wonderful on San Francisco, and the social divide exacerbated by the fact that everyone in the city ostensibly agrees on an abstract level. [[...]


If Trout Could Come Out of the Computer

If you'd like to watch an 11-minute video about a delicious meal you likely can't/won't ever have, here's a cute one about a trout dish, among other things, at San Francisco's State Bird Provisions (a 2013 James Beard Award-winner, Best New Restaurant division).

The Innocents Abroad is a food and travel web-TV show; Kate Thorman (the one with the long, dark hair) and Nora Chovanec (the one with the long, dark hair) are your hosts. More info here.

Elsewhere in enviable fish: poached salmon and "a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn."


I'm Choosing to Believe in Fairy Doors

Recently, tiny mysterious doors have started appearing around San Francisco. They are too small for people to fit through, and they lead to nowhere, so the only reasonable conclusion is that they are fairy portals.

And yes, an artist has come forward to say that he's installing them as part of a project, but people on the internet are still choosing to call them 'fairy doors' because it's an objectively good name.

It also turns out there's another person in Ann Arbor, Michigan who has been anonymously creating tiny fairy doors since 2005, and a fan maintains a site dedicated to keeping track [...]