About Banane

Posted by banane on August 9th, 2006 — in

Me at Lone Palm, ages ago, credit: Cliff.

Banane means banana in French and German. It means something crass in Turkish. Banane.com originally hosted a “webisodic”- internet movie called Lava Lounge, circa ’99. It turned into a local color blog on living in North Beach and downtown. Now it’s a combination of various feminist, local color, and technology insights. It hosts some of my murder mysteries: iMurder & Killerizr.

About Me

OK back to me: I grew up in Cupertino, California, tried once to live in Paris, co-resided in Seattle for 5 years, and now reside for last 17 years in San Francisco, originally in the Mission, now in North Beach.

I’ve written five novels, and a screenplay about China invading San Francisco. If you’re interested- check out my writing projects. I’ve done professional writing for MarketingSherpa, MarketingProfs, my top marketing blog “Adventures in Email Marketing,” food writing for Michelin, and years of (my life lost doing) technical writing.

Mostly, now, I’m coding social iPhone and Android apps that are games. Yep. Check out the mobile projects.

I’m a Californian from a large, local family. I’m the youngest of 5 over-accomplished, beautiful, and talented siblings. I’m into local history, walking, open water swimming, tennis, travel, running, basketball, wine, beer, good local country-style regional and ethnic cuisine, playing arcade games with my 8, yes 8, nieces and nephews.


  1. Comment by Mark Schroeder

    Posted on August 26, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    Various insights on Anna from Mark:
    Anna buys really cool clothes for our 5 year old daughter!
    Thanks to Anna (or should I say no thanks), Megs now thinks she is a teenager!
    If only she would teach me more chinese.
    Being married to the top part of the Billstrom gene pool is great.
    I wish Anna would visit us more often and do some house work. Once Anna came over and totally worked in the garden for many hours. Now she is more lazy.
    If you get a really cool bike for Anna, make sure she gets a really cool lock (no SF is not a safe city).
    It is time to get a new car ANNA!

  2. Comment by CityHike

    Posted on September 13, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    Hey Anna, this is some great writing about SF. Wandering if you’d like to repost some of it or also contribute to postings on our site? Send us an email at cityhike@gmail.com if you’re interested

  3. Comment by Casimira

    Posted on November 8, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Anna, I just read your comment/gripe on our packaging issue and I’m rather surprised because our policy has always been that you are able to buy either one or as many flavours of your choice, or the standard assortment in one box. The only thing we wouldn’t do is separate the flavours in different boxes unless you’re buying each flavour in increments of 20’s.
    I hope you’ll visit us again but if you encounter this problem, please feel free to call me @ 510.339.9969.
    See you soon ~
    Owner, XOX Truffles

  4. Comment by dr normal

    Posted on May 18, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    On the valleywag SF vs. SV video you left this comment: ‘ “twatter” – I like that. I want Portland in an ad.’

    I didn’t get the Portland reference?

  5. Comment by Zoinx

    Posted on September 26, 2007 at 10:18 am

    “Banane” also means “banana” in Albanian.

  6. Comment by emilyshotwell

    Posted on August 8, 2008 at 10:58 am

    This site is great Anna!

  7. Comment by banane

    Posted on August 8, 2008 at 11:18 am

    thanks Emily!

  8. Comment by jemka

    Posted on May 11, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Just thought your readers might like to know about People of Public Transit in San Fran.



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