Throwback Thursday: Back when this bench existed

It’s only been gone a month, but I miss it already.

[Photo by Cierra, via It's Always Sunny in San Francisco]

‘In the Chips: Silicon Valley,’ a board game from the early Eighties about Silicon Valley

Local artist Jenny Odell just stumbled upon this relic at the dump. What a find!

Here’s the rundown, from BoardGameGeek:

“Welcome to the Silicon Valley! You’ll soon be traveling through the Santa Clara Valley on its main highway, earning income, buying a new car, buying a home, and making investment decisions. Naturally, you can succeed or fail; just like reality, some of the decisions are up to you.”

Many elements in this game are real businesses, Intel, HP, Varian, Memorex, San Jose Mercury, Stanford, San Jose State, Sant Clara Univ. Local major Banks, Auto dealers, Real Estate companies real places. Months of research planning and coperation and their participation. No one was ever charged to be in the game. It really played well. It would have to be done by 4 locals to understand how it had a strategy and used math skills other than counting bills.

One person surmised–Appears to be a conversion of ‘The Game of Life’ to a local region similar to the multitude of ‘-opolys’ -but never played it.

This board game was the most succesful in the region of San Francisco/Silicon Valley for 11/80-1/82 selling about 30,000 copies. Only behind a popular toy Rubik’s Cube. Later others ITC San Francisco, ITC Hawaii, ITC New York, RW Marathon Game, Dotto and lastly a solo effort the official-KFAT Gilroy Garlic Game 5K.

Read on for lots more — like lots — on the game’s inventor.

Also, there’s one — like only one — for sale on Amazon if you’re real interested.

Celebrate the grand opening of the Tenderloin Museum this Thursday!

Yep, that’s right, the Tenderloin Museum!  And things are starting off with a bang this Thursday!

The Tenderloin Museum kicks off its evening programming on Opening Night, July 16th at 6:30pm with transgender activists Tamara Ching, Veronika Fimbres, and filmmakers Susan Stryker & Victor Silverman. Moderated by Randy Shaw, the panel takes us back to the days of the Tenderloin’s 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria riot when transgender women and queers were harassed by police and businesses alike.

In those days, the Tenderloin was the geographic center of the city’s emerging gay and lesbian civil rights movement. It was in the Tenderloin where the movement’s more confrontational spirit was demonstrated, and brought success. Stryker, Ching and Fimbres will describe the decades of struggle following the Compton’s riot, as that legendary act of resistance—three years before Stonewall–was only the beginning.

Check it all out here.

And that’s not all!  Stop by the following week for the first showing in 50 years of Drugs in the Tenderloin!

A stark and often harrowing look into the life of the street denizens of the notorious San Francisco district which was a haven for junkies, prostitutes, and pushers during the Sixties… it takes a real gutter-level look at its subject, the grainy night photography capturing beehive-haired hookers and turtle-necked dope dealers plying their trade against a smoky backdrop of seedy neon, while meth users pontificate about their high, and a youth worker takes a couple of shocked city officials on a walking tour of the area, pointing out such lurid landmarks as Market Street, known in the area as the “Meat Rack” thanks to the male hustlers who ply their trade there.”Join us for some incredible footage of the Tenderloin’s past.

Throwback Thursday: The pool scene with the Strokes song from Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”

Can you believe this movie is already half a decade old?

The other day I watched it again because I was really hungover (the night after Mission gadfly Wesley Frazee’s epic birthday party) and it was on Netflix and the thumbnail looked relaxing and I couldn’t really remember many of the details of the story.

I saw it originally in one of the little rooms at the Roxie back in ’10 with my pal Kristina. At the end we agreed that we both totally thought this sequence was the end of the movie (even though there were actually like 40 mins left):

How good is that song???

(We also both agreed the movie made us want a Corona, and that was true of my second viewing as well.)

UPDATE: I also just remembered that on that same evening I gave Kristina a hard sell about coming to work with me on this blog, and she declined politely, saying that she wouldn’t want her name associated with some of the racier stuff we’ve posted. I understood.

P.S. Anybody wanna come write for this blog?

P.P.S. Go see something at the Roxie!

Throwback Thursday: Muni passes

Different times.

[via @noaaleh]

Throwback Thursday: Menu from Mission Stoned Food, a precursor to Mission Chinese Food

Damn that looks gooooooood.

(Check out some photos here.)

[via Mission Chinese Food on Instagram]

Eat some Horse Doovers at the Crystal Palace Public Market

Nuts 2 U!

PS. I totally expect there to be a pop up shop somewhere in the Mission selling horse doovers, whatever the hell they are.

[Via FoundSF]

Flashback Friday: Party in the streets when Obama won the presidency

November 2008. Seems like a lifetime ago.

[Top photo by Brendan O’Connor; Bottom photo by Elly]

This article from 15 years ago mirrors yesterday’s news about condo plans at 19th and Bryant

Yesterday we published a post about developers’ plans to raze a whole city block at 19th and Bryant in order to build a giant condo complex. In the comments section, neighbor TBone hipped us to this vintage article from the year 2000, which laments an eerily similar condo complex plan — one you just may recognize:

The project is being proposed by Stein Kingsley Stein Investments (SKS) (partly financed by the late William Simon, Treasury secretary under Reagan). SKS is also rehabbing a nearby warehouse into an office building at 19th and Harrison Streets. SKS’s headquarters are in the former Green Glen laundry building at 18th and Folsom — another SKS office conversion project.

SKS is notorious for having been the biggest contributor to Mayor Willie Brown’s re-election campaign (plopping down $100,000 in political juice).

The Bryant Square site also includes the former Pacific Felt Co. brick factory building, which was rehabbed into 35 live/work lofts (at prices up to $610,000), called “The Mill.” In the photo below The Mill is the brick building at left, the three-story curtain wall building at right formerly housed a sweater factory (now evicted).

Read on for lots more info and criticism, and more photos. Or jump straight to any of the following topics:

Braindead Growth
New Edge Downtown without Transit Support
Environmental Injustice
Displacing Artists and Blue-Collar Industry
A Daily Tsunami of Muscle Cars
Open Space: Gated Fortress or Public Plaza?
Approval Sparks Uproar

(I actually have some friends who live in this place now. One is an elementary school P.E. teacher, one is a lawyer, and they’re very nice people.)

Throwback Friday: Footlong boner-shaped ‘Super Massager’ for your ‘tired feet’

Only from Anthony Enterprises, Market Street, San Francisco.

[via Emily Nathon]