archive for July, 2005

Friday, July 29th, 2005

#19: The Mission Burrito

After a few days in san francisco, you’ll begin to notice a strange proliferation of fat silvery cylinders sprouting from the hands and faces of the local population. Is it an alien invasion? A new kind of cellphone? No. You’ve discovered the secret passion of San Francisco, the vital fuel source of artists, students, plumbers […]

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005

#18: Firebelle Lil — Elizabeth “Lillie” Coit

Elizabeth “Lillie” Hitchcock Coit was one of the prototypically colorful characters of San Francisco history. A daughter of high society, she was a tomboy who developed an unusual obsession with fire and firemen, and was associated with them throughout her life. Though much sought after by the young men of the city, she cheerfully ignored […]

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Friday, July 15th, 2005

#17: The San Francisco “Conversation”

Everybody’s having it. at home, at work, on the bus… everywhere in San Francisco the same question… and what are we asking each other about? “Sooo…. how much rent are YOU paying?” We don’t normally discuss things like this. Just as our social mores dictate that questions about sexual habits or body weight are off-limits, […]

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Friday, July 8th, 2005

#16: San Francisco Pyramid

What is that THING looming above the San Francisco skyline? Almost a thousand feet tall, covered in stone, with a bright red beacon at the top… okay, I guess even though we’re not in Egypt or Central America the answer is pretty obvious: it’s a pyramid. but why? Is it because the citizens of San […]

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Friday, July 1st, 2005

#15: The Golden Gate Bridge and Suicide

The Golden Gate Bridge is the no. 1 suicide landmark in the world. It opened proudly in 1937, but less than two years — and 11 jumpers later — a local newspaper reported that the California Highway Patrol had already begun looking for ways to prevent “further suicidal leaps from the bridge.” An officer was […]

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