SF GoogleBus Appeals Hearing Recap

Posted by banane on April 2nd, 2014 — in local color, north beach

(Or, some other super sexy title). SF politics- so interesting. So, a few months ago the city transit board decided to respond to protests regarding the Google buses (all Silicon Valley employee shuttle buses- intercity, not intracity shuttles) by creating a pilot program. This program would charge the companies $1 per stop, per day. The […]

My Awesome (1940s) Neighbors

Posted by banane on April 4th, 2012 — in local color, north beach, nostalgia

Via Burrito Justice, I started looking into the National Archives’ released census data on who exactly lived at my address (via 1900 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps)- the corner of Columbus (formerly Montgomery) and Taylor, in North Beach. The entries are fascinating, especially when I started doing the math. The details are fun. I decided to […]

I Can Haz Copy?

Posted by banane on April 22nd, 2009 — in can_haz_murder, iMurder, north beach

Welcome to I Can Haz Murder, a murder mystery… start here A strip joint in the morning, an empty paddy wagon trolling down the main drag, two young guys in striped shirts and jeans, stumbling and laughing down Grant Street with lattes. This was the cheerful grittiness of Beth’s walk up Columbus to her new […]

Things I Love About SF

Posted by banane on July 10th, 2008 — in local color, north beach

Well, first off, not the eau de trash that is wafting in my window from the sewers… on a hot day not the ideal place to live. As I flew to Baltimore then drove back, I had a lot of time to think about the things I like about this fair city. – Lots of […]

Spring Cleaning

Posted by banane on April 21st, 2008 — in north beach, nostalgia, technology

For me, it meant the low tech solution of plain old soap, water, a rag and a lot of elbow grease to wipe down the white (!) railing on my balcony that had collected tons of SF city grime. Then the high tech solution of amping my wi-fi to 5gHz and stop leaching off of […]


Posted by banane on April 13th, 2008 — in local color, movies, north beach

I added 3 iMovies to this site- all local color kind of SF, documentary-style things. Check them out. The 1-minute ones are more “moving pictures” as in studies in neat stills, and sounds. The cab ride is a kind of snapshot of going through town, to music. More movies are at video page on this […]

Everything’s Backwards

Posted by banane on March 24th, 2008 — in local color, north beach, technology

The drivers here go up Jackson, then let the break go and do a nifty backwards careen at an angle into the garage. The brakeman here is telling me, “Everything seems backwards, doesn’t it.” Because I was walking backwards – giving the legs a break- and their car was going backwards. I’m almost ready to […]

Cafe Circuit

Posted by banane on March 12th, 2008 — in local color, north beach

I met a guy at a conference and he emailed me the other day, “See you on the conference circuit,” and it made me think of other circuits I have in life. I’m currently in the Cafe Circuit. As I walk from home on errands around downtown and North Beach, there are a few cafes […]

art school break

Posted by banane on February 13th, 2008 — in local color, north beach, nostalgia

I’m recovering slowly from being sick, and strangely one or two things really stood out as what I miss most about being healthy. How, when you’re healthy, you don’t really think about your health. I mean, you do, but not as #1 important thing going on in every moment– that self-consciousness about your body and […]

Things You Never Do

Posted by banane on October 8th, 2007 — in local color, north beach

There’s a list of things I never do that I want to do. before you move, you end up doing them all in one week. – practice the cello (I rent one, now I need to PRACTICE) – go to yoga at the Italian American Athletic Club (every time I walk by I write down […]