Archive for June, 2011

What does this mean, Clipper?

June 27th, 2011


Sometimes a phrase makes sense all on its own. Other times, it needs a bit of context. I spotted the cryptic statement “Always have $1.25 on your card” on a Clipper reader at a CalTrain platform.

What does it mean?

Some possibilities:

  • No matter how much you spend, with Clipper, you’ll always have $1.25 on your card.
  • Always have $1.25 on your card or it will explode in your pocket.
  • To prevent your Clipper card from blowing away in a strong gust of wind when you place it on a table, get 5 quarters and always have $1.25 on your card.

Readers: any other ideas as to what Clipper could mean by their cryptic statement?

Sunflower on 16th

June 27th, 2011


“Hey, meet me at Sunflower on 16th.”
“Oh, the Vietnamese restaurant?”
“No! The big yellow flower.”

Four Barrel’s new parklet

June 25th, 2011

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Four Barrel opened their new parklet today. There’s a wood bar to hold your beverages, a brick flooring, and a bike rack in the middle. The design fits the Four Barrel industrial-brown aesthetic and looks like it should last. All they need now are some climbing plants to grow over the metal trellises.

Open letter: Nat Ford’s severance package

June 22nd, 2011

To the mayor and city supervisors:

Since we’ve decided to honor former SFMTA director Nat Ford’s $384,000 severance package, I would like to propose that we provide these funds in the form of a pre-loaded Clipper card.

Please note that funds on a Clipper card are not refundable, and can only be used for transit.

Thank you,

Eric Gregory

Escalator temporarily stairs at Church St.

June 21st, 2011

Broken escalator

Broken escalator

“An escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. You will never see an escalator out of order sign, just ‘escalator temporarily stairs — sorry for the convenience.'”

– Mitch Hedberg

It’s already been fixed, but the other day the handrail came off the guide rail at Church St. station. Interestingly, the rubber rail is VERY heavy. There’s a wheel at the top moves the handrail (perhaps there’s another at the bottom) but for the most part it looks like it just slides on a rail. Who knew?

Guess who’s back?

June 21st, 2011

No, not Eminem. Pica Pica’s tiger! Yes, a new mural featuring a big orange tiger has shown up on the side of Pica Pica sometime over the weekend.

Pica Pica mural

Pica Pica mural

18th Street Zoltron art wall

June 19th, 2011


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Zoltron has covered a plywood wall on the long-boarded up space on 18th and Dolores. Eventually this space will become the new home of Bi-Rite’s 18 Reasons, but for now it’s livening up the Mission’s “Gourmet Ghetto.”

Update: It’s a collaborative, spontaneous art piece. I’ll let Zoltron explain what’s going on.

Yet another punk show at 16th Mission Bart

June 17th, 2011

Yesterday evening we had another little punk show at the 16th Mission Bart stop. Unlike many previous shows, this one was right in the middle of things; not much buffer zone between the audience and the band.

I wasn’t there when they finished up, but I hear that things ended quite early.

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Ed Lee for Mayor

June 13th, 2011

Run Ed Run!

The Ed Lee for mayor campaign has to be one of the strangest campaigns in recent history. The guy hasn’t entered the race, and has plainly stated that he won’t run. Which means this mayoral campaign isn’t run by Lee himself, but by fans attempting to pressure him into the mayor’s race. It’s a clear case of life imitating The Onion.

As for this campaign sign; the whimsical drawing is fun, the “Run Ed Run” slogan brings light to the fact Lee doesn’t want to run in the first place, but the URL? Is that some kind of Gnostic thing or… oh. I get it. (Capitalization, folks — learn to use it properly.)

Let’s face it, Lee makes a better mayor than a politician. And that’s why we like him. So keep it up with the quirky, confusingly-capitalized campaign signs if you wish, but let’s not take Lee’s “campaign” too seriously.

Sharpie owners upset about closing of Hong Kong Express Cafe

June 13th, 2011

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Hong Kong Express Cafe, also known as the absurdly cheap restaurant filled with hobos and pigeons, finally closed its doors to make room for Southpaw BBQ.

However, not everyone is pleased with this change, as indicated with the above photos of protests from Sharpie owners. And while it’s easy to discount their protests as the price of a Sharpie is greater than the cost of a plate of food at Hong Kong Express, it’s true that the number of affordable dining options around 16th and Mission has decreased dramatically in recent years.