Archive for December, 2012

Bicycle wheel wreath

December 28th, 2012

Bicycle wheel wreath

To the untrained eye, the above wreath is simply a holiday symbol attached to a parking sign. But no — this is not an ordinary wreath.

Everyone’s favorite 15th St. landmark, the Pez dispenser bicycle wheel, is celebrating the holidays cleverly disguised as a wreath.

Is this a new holiday tradition for the bicycle wheel? Will it celebrate other seasonal holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, or Cesar Chavez Day? Only time will tell.

Trader Joe’s Muni Metro line

December 28th, 2012


The express checkout at the Stonestown Trader Joe’s features a painting of a Muni Metro train. After noticing the painting, it immediately raised two questions in my mind:

  1. Why would an artist choose Muni to represent speed?
  2. Where would this “TJ” route go?

While I won’t attempt to answer the first question, I’d like to speculate on the second. The TJ Metro line has to connect all five Trader Joe’s locations in the city. That’s no easy task.

My panel of subway experts concluded that the TJ route will consist of the following:

Outbound stop is Stonestown. Trains head inbound along existing M line through West Portal and Forest Hill. A switch in the Twin Peaks tunnel takes TJ trains to a new side tunnel heading north under Masonic to an underground station at Geary.

Inbound trains continue north, turning east to a new California Street subway tunnel. All trains stop at a station under Hyde and California. From here there are two inbound routes. TJ-N trains head north under Hyde street to a terminal at Bay Street. TJ-S trains head south under Hyde to a connection at Civic Center, continuing under 8th St. to a terminal at Bryant.

Sounds good, does it not? I’m getting hungry for cheap wine and frozen pizza just thinking about this. Better get digging, Trader Joe. I have a shovel and a ladder you can borrow.

Yo Yo jumps on the Gangnam Style bandwagon

December 17th, 2012

Gangnam Style Bibimbop

Mission District sushi joint Yo Yo has jumped on the Gangnam Style bandwagon as part of their effort to add a few Korean dishes to the menu. Bimimbap is a traditional Korean dish which, as far as I know, has nothing to do with horsey dances or yelling at women’s butts.

While it’s perhaps a few months late to jump on this particular fad, the dish itself looks promising. If anyone’s tried it I’d be curious to know if it’s any good.

John Waters’ holiday card

December 17th, 2012

John Waters' holiday card

Legendary director John Waters sent a holiday card to the Roxie Theater recently, pictured above with a fantastic illustration of Waters himself. You can check it out on display in the ticket window at the Roxie.

As you might recall, Waters’ connection to the theater is that he helped out with the Roxie’s fundraiser last month.

Burt Katz of Katz Bagels has died

December 14th, 2012


The memorial pictured above recently appeared at Katz Bagels on 16th St. Founder Burt Katz died last week. He was 81.

As you may know, Katz Bagels has several locations around the city. Some have been rebranded with new menus (Nectar, for example) and the 16th St location recently did a stint as “Pizza 16” before reverting to Katz Bagels.

You might also recall the 16th location was once home to a bagel UFO which was later moved to storage in a parking garage.

My understanding is that Burt’s son Mike has handled the day-to-day business for some time, so I doubt we’ll see any major changes.

Rest in peace, Mr. Katz.

Raised by cats

December 13th, 2012


It’s got to be tough being raised by wolves. But cats? You’ll spend the rest of your life acting like sort of a selfish jerk who’s obsessed with birds and laser pointers.

(Spotted in Clarion Alley.)

Masculinity through retro hairstyles

December 10th, 2012

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(Photo by facmsc1)

This weekend the SF Chronicle looked into the trend in retro men’s barber shops.

The goal of this trend is to allow men to pay $40 for a haircut without becoming metrosexual in the process. This is achieved with retro hairstyles, vintage barber chairs, and reams of flannel.

According to the Chron interview with F.S.C. Barber’s Sam Buffa:

“This is about moving past the scraggly, long-haired hippie to something rugged and masculine and real,” says Buffa, who’s interrupted by a friend bringing a quiche from Tartine.

Surprisingly it’s now possible to be rugged and masculine while eating $5 artisan quiche at the same time. So much for Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. How times have changed!

You look like cardboard

December 4th, 2012

You look like cardboard

Took one look in this large mirror and man, I look awful today. I look like cardboard.

(Spotted at Valencia and 16th.)