A Trip to the SF MOMA with Christina

I have been digesting the visual smorgasbord I saw last Sunday at the MOMA here in San Francisco,  So many ideas and questions arose as I wandered the now-seven floors that my friend Christina and I visited with much anticipation. We had joined up to see one of our photography icons, Diane Arbus. A friend…

Old Man Sutro

At the SF MOMA I spied Sutro Tower in the distance. He has a way of staying just out of the corner of my eye. Then he’ll pop up out of the fog. He may be a thing of the past, but he constantly reminds San Francisco he is there on Twin Peaks, keeping an…

Hints of History

You can still see the existing interior of the City of Paris department store, especially at dusk when the pillars that support the dome are illuminated. Glass and steel are fine, but the building that now houses Neiman Marcus is no match to the old classic department store that once stood on the corner of…

Goodbye to Gasser’s

Adolph Gasser’s is closing at the end of this month. I went into the store the other morning and asked them about it, and the woman behind the counter said that, thankfully, it’s not been pushed out like a lot of other San Francisco businesses have been in recent years. The owners are retiring.  My…

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,…