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Internet Killed the Video Store

As I sit here at Peet’s on Fillmore and Sacramento I can see the former location of Rainbow Record and Tapes (now occupied by a high-end women’s clothing chain store). Of the three part-time jobs I juggled the summer before I left for college, my job at Rainbow was definitely the coolest. I worked in […]

Vinyl and Videos – Part One

Watching “All Things Must Pass” a great documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records got me thinking of how much Tower Records was part of my life. I certainly I spent more time browsing the aisles of Amoeba and Rasputin in my 20s and 30s, stores that had a wider selection of The […]

Morning fog over San Francisco.

Fog Days of Summer

After a couple of weeks of abnormally warm weather in June, San Francisco has returned to its regularly scheduled summer weather programming. I have many childhood memories of bundling up in warm clothes to “watch the fireworks” from various local vantage points and mostly seeing colored flashes in the fog. I can’t remember feeling oppressed […]

Celebrating 95 Years of SF history (Part 2)

My first high school job brought me to City Hall on a weekly basis, but that had been to secure signatures from judges, not impersonate them.

graduates with signs outside Marina Middle School

Celebrating 95 Years of SF history (Part 1)

A few weeks ago my friends C. and M. asked me and our friend F. to participate in what was billed as “a once in a lifetime opportunity.” All we knew was that we’d be involved in some way for C.’s great aunt’s 95th birthday party.

Gangway, Larkin and Geary, San Francisco

TL Full Moon Friday Follies

It was the first night in a week where it hadn’t rained or drizzled and city’s mood was buoyant. The temperate, windless evening was lit by the glowing orb of the full moon. Z. and I were pumped because we were on our way to watch smoker fights at my old dojo, K-One Fitness. But […]

High Tide bar, Geary and Jones

Tales from the TL—2016 in Review

Little did I suspect when I toasted in 2016 with a friend at our favorite Tenderloin dive bar that “the Loin” would become my second home in the year ahead.