A Love Letter to the City of San Francisco

I love you, San Francisco.  Sometimes I hate you, sometimes I’m indifferent, but I always come back to you. It’s not just because I work in the heart of you, in Union Square. It’s not because I spent 20ish years moving around you, from apartment to apartment, trying to figure out your mysteries as I…

Sunny Days on Mondays Never Get Me Down

A bright lunchtime street scene in between the rain showers caught my eye at Market, Grant, and O’Farrell Streets today. It’s raining and cold now, but little moments like this are always welcome in the winter time. We are having a very wet January, and not complaining. California is still not out of drought conditions,…

MUNI in Pictures

The San Francisco Municipal Railway, known around the Bay Area as MUNI, has had quite the transit history. Trust me, I know. I was raised by a whole tribe of Bay Area transit historians, my father and grandfather at the controls for most of their adult lives. Once you’ve heard streetcar, cable car, trolley, and,…

Lefty, Don’t Leave Us! 

Yes, it’s true, the great hofbrau that is known to native San Franciscans as Lefty O’Doul’s, on Union Square, is moving out soon. Yes. It’s due to a rent hike. It’s very rare these days in San Francisco if a long-time business moves their location on just a whim. And the same landlord that booted…

Another Morning, Another Commute

Friday morning, January 6th, 2017.  They are calling it the calm before the storm, as a monstrous wet and windy storm is on its way tonight. But the real battle in the Bay Area today was getting the hell to San Francisco in time to clock in to work on time. The last time our…

Millennium Tower Christmas Tree

Wandering the city at night, a sign of humanity above winks above the MUNI bus, catching my eye. The Salesforce tower is to my right, climbing massively and ever ploddingly into the sky.  This is the changing skyline of Mission Street, easily seen from the Bay Bridge toll plaza. Obscured by fog at its very…

Merry Christmas from Market Street

Merry Christmas! I feel I have neglected my post (pun intended) as of late, but I am recharging for a more concentrated effort in the year to come. Other writings have taken up my time and energy, and I feel the loss from not spending more time here on WordPress.  A lot more written posts…

Don’t Call it Frisco

We don’t call it Frisco. We don’t call it that, claimed Herb Caen, out of respect for the saint the City was named for. We don’t call it 7×7. That’s a magazine title. We sure don’t  call it Shaky Town, that’s too obvious. The Golden Gate City? Haven’t heard that one, but it’s better than…