I so wish this had been taken in the Mission.
Something happens in Duc Loi Supermarket at night. When we humans go home to watch old episodes of NewsRadio on Hulu; heat up leftovers for our hungry children; go out to bars to meet up with an old girlfriend we’re thinking of getting back together with; or wander the streets with a camera, looking for weird little things to take pictures of, the piñatas at Duc Loi experience something very different.
I happened to catch a glimpse of their secret world the other night, and I’ll tell you, I have no idea what they’re up to in there. Here are some guesses as to what this could be about:
• Piñata Fight Club – The fight doesn’t stop when candy is spilled. It’s just another clean up on aisle three.
• Prayer Service – The Great One, a holy piñata in the form of a star with seven points appears in a blinding light and cleanses the spirits of the doomed beasts.
• Rock Concert – Big Bird and the Bats rock the house. Big Bird heads up the three piece jam band on vocals, Laa-Laa coos in the background on bass and Monkey-With-A-Donkey-Head keeps the beat on drums.
For now, all I have are guesses. Next step: Infiltration.
Our pal Annie learned something last week on her way to 16th and Valencia. Here’s how it starts:
I was walking quickly on 16th Street, keenly aware of the six minutes that remained before I’d be late — and I hate being late — when I heard a man call out to a woman. “Excuse me! Miss?” he said. I kept walking. He kept calling. Then I turned and realized he was talking to me.
I am ashamed to admit that when a strange man approaches me in the city, my first instinct is to wonder if he wants money or to sexually harass me. Because of this response, I am always a little guarded. I looked at the man slowly.
Pretty! Reader Eric D. tells us they come courtesy of Friends of the Urban Forest. Thanks, all!
Check it out, there’s this person called rat_fink on Flickr who basically takes pictures of nothing but Volvos, often in the Mission. Some of the Volvos are noteworthy (?) thanks to fancy hood ornamentation (see below) or subtly humorous (?) hood ornamentation (see above), but many are not notable at all. Volvos, Volvos, Volvos, as far as the eye can see.
Just caught wind of this gorgeous video of Mission singer/songwriter Sean Hayes. His new album drops on March 2. The video was produced by clean white lines, a video blog that has been doing some amazing work for local bands.
While you’re on a Sean Hayes kick, check out this tune he wrote inspired by stories of the Mission area during 1906 earthquake, “Dolores Guerrero”: