All the people I ran into on Friday night

On Friday night I watched the Cavs-Hawks game at Pop’s, ate a really good burger at the Big Rec (now softly open at 3066 24th Street), saw Cocktails open for Wild Nothing at the Chapel, did a quick Jaeger shot at Doc’s Clock, danced like an animal during Lustmord’s set at the Gray Area Festival, ate two bacon-wrapped hot dogs, danced a little more at Baobab, ate birthday cake at my cousin’s house, ate another bacon-wrapped hot dog and then went home.

Along the way I ran into a bunch of people, one after another:

  1. Lauryn McCarthy, formerly of the Bold Italic (defunct website)
  2. Jess Stuenkel, of Tuff Signals (garage rock on the radio)
  3. Sean Rawls, of Still Flyin’ (legendary SF band)
  4. Bel Poblador, formerly of CNN (media conglomerate)
  5. Melissa Gordon, of Prima Bike Maintenance (greasin’ up yr chain)
  6. Pro Fan Marisa, of Professional Fans (music lovers)
  7. Chad Salty, of Salty Artist Management (music lovers)
  8. Josh Farrell, formerly of Mollusk Surf Shop (surf shop)
  9. Rob Queenin, formerly of Thieves Tavern (tavern)
  10. Omar Mamoon, of Dough & Co (yummm cookies)
  11. Jono Brandel, of Patatap (best thing ever)

It was pretty fun. It reminded me of the San Francisco of 2010 that David Enos wrote about so poetically.

‘Houston We Have A Problem’ by the Gooch Palms (Go Warriors!)

I saw somebody in the audience at Oracle last night with a “HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM” sign, during the nail-biting fourth quarter, so I started singing the chorus from this great jam by the Gooch Palms (who are performing this summer at Mosswood Park in Oakland at Burger Boogaloo along with the Mummies, the Gories, John Waters, the Black Lips, the Trouble Makers and lots more) and it worked — we won! The chorus in question doesn’t kick in until about 2:10, so be patient:

And check it out, I was wearing a Gooch Palms shirt at the time, what are the odds?

(Actually I have four Gooch Palms shirts, so the odds were pretty good.)

Go Warriors!

[Photo by Jaime Lou]

Valet parking for an open house event last night on Bryant Street

To be clear:

  1. This happened last night
  2. This is on Bryant between 21st and 22nd, in the heart of the Mission
  3. This is an open house, where a real estate agent shows the house to potential buyers
  4. There is a team of valet parking attendants out front, ready to park your BMW for you so you don’t have to

(Thanks to our neighbor Marc A. for the photos and reporting.)

Rich person birthday gift

[Photo and title by local class war junkie Ticklefight]

Ma Po Tofu ‘n’ Burger Rings, a recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 order of Ma Po Tofu from Mission Chinese Food
  • 1 bag of Burger Rings


  1. Next time you’re in Australia, bring back a bag of Burger Rings.
  2. Then get an order of Ma Po Tofu from Mission Chinese Food.
  3. Eat them side by side.
  4. Enjoy how well they go together.
  5. Thank me when you’re grateful.

Now please also enjoy some other recipes I wrote…

San Francisco’s iconic neon signs

Atlas Obscura talks to Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna, authors of the new book San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons:

Which neighborhood in San Francisco has the highest concentration of remaining signs?

Grant Ave in Chinatown has the most legacy neon signs per block. This is probably because Chinatown has never experienced a major “redevelopment”phase. Sadly, only two or three of these signs are still illuminated.

Is their loss something that is universally mourned in SF?

People mourn the loss of legacy neon signs, and also the small businesses they represent, which are being squeezed out by gentrification. A neon sign often marks traditional gathering places in neighborhoods, where generations of city residents congregate to watch movies, drink martinis, buy raviolis, eat fish, and even park cars.

The Q&A contains some great shots of iconic neon here in the Mission. Read on.

This little piece of art on the ground

[via Abby]

Is tech culture? Are condos community?

[via Emma]

When you’re scrolling past art student after art student on a fashion blog and then something different catches your eye

Ben, 24, explains his look:

My closet is composed of cheap eBay purchases that are made up of hunting camo whatever, Carhartt, sports jerseys, and death metal tees.

(Of course, he may very well be an art student too, who knows.)

[via SF Looks]

Guerilla street art viral marketing campaign for new Apple-Nike-McDonald’s collaboration

Hopefully they get slapped with some fines or something for de-beautifying our community like this.

[via Matt]

Allan Hough

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Email: allan (at)


Biographical Info:

"I joked that living in the Mission would be the end of me. And there were nights where it felt like the case.

One night I went out with my friend Allan to the bar that no one goes to on 16th Street, where I lost half my drink and money on the dance floor. Later we skated down 16th to Evelyn Lee, where I fell off my board and landed on my head as the 22 bus sped past behind me. A sobering moment. At the bar, I sulked and nursed my wounds until Allan put on Amy Winehouse’s 'Valerie.' We danced, he dipped me, and I felt better."

— My pal Valerie, writing about life in the Mission

[Photo by Sexpigeon, Homestead, 2009]