Archive for February, 2012

Valencia chalkboard

February 24th, 2012

Chalkboard

The boarded-up former Bombay Creamery space is now hosting a chalkboard where passers-by can scribble a proclamation of love, a poem, or maybe some expletives.

No word on whether the chalkboard was an official installation, or if it was the work of an underground street artist. Either way, leave a note on there soon because the construction behind the plywood looks to be progressing quickly.

No toilet stopping

February 14th, 2012

No stopping

No stopping this toilet, folks. If you take a number two here and can’t flush, you’d better plunge it yourself — or you can expect a steep fine from SFMTA. And don’t even ask how they’ll tow you.

(Spotted on Caledonia and 15th St.)

Tonight: Kitchen Nightmares visits the Bay Area

February 10th, 2012

Tonight’s episode of Kitchen Nightmares takes place in the Bay Area! Gordon Ramsay visits Fremont’s Spin A Yarn, a strangely named restaurant where apparently all the food comes from cans.

The food looks pretty sad. In fact, this is the only episode I’ve seen where someone other than Ramsay throws up. That said the focus here is on the dramatic tension between the husband and “I’m not a trophy” wife. The rift between them seems to have started when the husband let his wife renovate Spin A Yarn without putting any limit on cost; you can imagine how that turns out. At one point during the episode the wife goes so far as to duck behind a curtain to avoid her husband.

I don’t want to say too much, but San Jose Sharks fans won’t want to miss this one.

The episode airs at 8pm on KTVU.

Imanes mierda, ¿cómo funcionan?

February 10th, 2012

Latin Juggalos?

Looks like there’s some kind of Latin Juggalo festival in town, if this poster is any indication. The idea of Latin Juggalos is a little odd considering Insane Clown Posse fans are notorious for being, well… gringos. It’s good to see that they’re branching out.

(Spotted all over the Mission.)

Remember way back when?

February 8th, 2012

Remember way back when?

Yes, there was a time when this drawing was correct: Great America was owned by Marriott, and there was a theme park called Marine World in Redwood City.

Hotel company Marriott built Great America and its sister park (also called Great America) but eventually sold off both parks. Neither of them have “Marriott” in the name anymore.

Marine World merged with another park and became Marine World/Africa USA. The park moved to Vallejo in the mid 80′s and eventually became Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The former location in Redwood Shores is now home to Oracle and a few other tech companies.

My, how times have changed!

(Drawing spotted in Balompie Cafe.)

Shrimp flavored crack

February 8th, 2012

Shrimp Flavored Crack

Spotted this one in a store near 16th and Mission, which somehow seems appropriate. It’s two things the area has a lot of — Asian food and crack — all in one convenient package.