We Built This City

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Beautiful mansion on Fulton at Baker

Beautiful mansion on Fulton at Baker

The Golden Gate salad with tofu at Savor in Noe Valley is definitely one of my top 5 meal salads in SF

The Golden Gate salad with tofu at Savor in Noe Valley is definitely one of my top 5 meal salads in SF

New… and… old

New… and… old

Beautiful details if you remember to look up. One Market.

Beautiful details if you remember to look up. One Market.

Thick, dark fog blankets the city at sunrise

Thick, dark fog blankets the city at sunrise

Taylor at Turk

Glen Park @SFBART broken escalator watch: Look, I don’t mean to blow everyone’s minds, but the escalator was actually NOT FIXED TODAY! Instead, we get date change #5. As you may recall, the original “fixed by” date was 9/5/14, and has been optimistically moved forward a week at a time. 

Like Gatsby’s green light, it seems eternally just within our grasp, yet somehow always stays just beyond our reach. 

Perhaps this is actually an elaborate art installation, designed to remind us that our idealized future, like the fabled functioning BART escalator, is a tantalizing dream that can never be truly realized.
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — F. Scott Firzgerald

Glen Park @SFBART broken escalator watch: Look, I don’t mean to blow everyone’s minds, but the escalator was actually NOT FIXED TODAY! Instead, we get date change #5. As you may recall, the original “fixed by” date was 9/5/14, and has been optimistically moved forward a week at a time.

Like Gatsby’s green light, it seems eternally just within our grasp, yet somehow always stays just beyond our reach.

Perhaps this is actually an elaborate art installation, designed to remind us that our idealized future, like the fabled functioning BART escalator, is a tantalizing dream that can never be truly realized.

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — F. Scott Firzgerald

WHOSAGOODDOG! On Market.

WHOSAGOODDOG! On Market.

Powell St. entryway

Powell St. entryway

Chinatown lantern

Chinatown lantern

The rule in our house is that any animal who makes it to double-digits has earned a special celebration. Happy 12th birthday to my favorite little dude!

The rule in our house is that any animal who makes it to double-digits has earned a special celebration. Happy 12th birthday to my favorite little dude!

Glen Park @SFBART broken escalator watch: After 3 date changes to this sign (original date was 9/5), the date still read 9/26 this morning. How exciting that it’s going to be fixed by the end of the day today, which is the only possible interpretation of the situation!

Glen Park @SFBART broken escalator watch: After 3 date changes to this sign (original date was 9/5), the date still read 9/26 this morning. How exciting that it’s going to be fixed by the end of the day today, which is the only possible interpretation of the situation!

Mission Dolores from Dolores St. It looks so unassuming next to the much larger, later-built church on the corner of Dolores and 16th.

Mission Dolores from Dolores St. It looks so unassuming next to the much larger, later-built church on the corner of Dolores and 16th.

I love the way old headstones in Mission Dolores cemetery tell a story. This one is for a woman who died at 34, “Also their children… Matilda aged 10 weeks & 3 days… Josephine aged 45 days.” Think about it for a second… it doesn’t quite add up, right? We figured out that the 34-year-old must have died while giving birth (prematurely?) to twins, then one of the twins died at about 6 weeks, the other twin hung on before dying a month later.

I love the way old headstones in Mission Dolores cemetery tell a story. This one is for a woman who died at 34, “Also their children… Matilda aged 10 weeks & 3 days… Josephine aged 45 days.” Think about it for a second… it doesn’t quite add up, right? We figured out that the 34-year-old must have died while giving birth (prematurely?) to twins, then one of the twins died at about 6 weeks, the other twin hung on before dying a month later.

Lovely statue of Father Junipero Serra in the Mission Dolores cemetery