Chevron to Reopen When?

by Mister SF on 02/06/2014

>> Only in SF


Dateline: 1698 Fell Street, where Panhandle neighbors were surprised to learn that renovations to the Chevron gas station will not only take longer than expected, they will actually add two days to the month of February. According to a sign posted on the property, the gas station will reopen on February 31. When alerted to the that fact the month is only 28 days long, crew members at the site acknowledged the gaffe and said they expect to reopen “around March first.” Mister SF reached out to Chevron’s corporate office for comment. We expect a reply some time after the 12th of never.

Shoe Pavilion

by Mister SF on 09/08/2013

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838 Market Street in 2002. Mister SF best remembers this spot as the Headlines gift shop. There was one here and another at 557 Castro. In the early ’90s we all got our David Spada Freedom Rings at Headlines! Shoe Pavilion was a Sherman Oaks-based chain that operated from 1979-2008. As things change and remain the same, the location is once again a shoe store. “If you didn’t get it at Shoe Pavilion you paid too much” was the company’s advertising slogan. (I always preferred Payless, so I guess I overpaid.)

Then and Now >>

Fillmore Hardware

by Mister SF on 09/04/2013

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Fillmore Hardware, 1930 Fillmore Street, a fixture in the Fillmore for fifty years beginning in 1961. Thanks for helping me hoard all those incandescent light bulbs.

Then and Now >>

The Glass Bolt Bridge

by Mister SF on 09/03/2013

>> In with the New!,Notorious SF


Dateline: Oakland, where Mister SF celebrates the opening of the new Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge during its inaugural commute! The bridge replaces the 1930s cantilever section which was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and later deemed seismically unsafe.

The Bay Area’s own “Big Dig,” the bridge was completed at a cost of $6.4 billion – 400% higher than Caltrans’ original, 1997 estimate. But do we always get what we pay for, as the old adage would have it? In March 2013, 32 bolts essential to the span’s seismic infrastructure broke when they were tightened. Not to be daunted from making opening day – nor from collecting on-time bonuses – builders and officials decided to shim the sucker until the defective areas of the span can be braced with steel saddle components. Because, after all, if something expensive doesn’t work properly it’s best to ram it and rig it, right? As Mister SF so often says, we’ll find out together.

A movement is underway in the California Legistlature to name the western, SF-Yerba Buena Island span for former Mayor Willie Brown, though the idea leaves San Franciscans cold according to my own informal survey. Some say a fitting honoree is the 19th Century eccentric Emperor Norton, whose proclamation ordering the construction of a bridge between the City and Oakland was printed in City newspapers of the day. We chose the name “Glass Bolt Bridge” for the new eastern span because it’s descriptive, and because its initials create a reverse bookend with those of “Golden Gate Bridge.”

More About the New Eastern Span
Bay Bridge Official Site

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Polk Street Hair Design

by Mister SF on 08/28/2013

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Dateline: 1435 Polk Street, where Mister SF remembers Polk Street Hair Design, one of the last gay businesses on Polk.

Still Waxing Nostalgic

by Mister SF on 08/15/2013

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Which witch is wax? Follow the yellow brick road to Jefferson and Taylor Streets, where Mister SF takes his final tour of the San Francisco Wax Museum.

San Francisco, Casual or Casualty?

by Mister SF on 08/07/2013

>> Notorious SF


Dateline: Walgreens, 3601 California Street, where Mister SF observes the phenomenon known as San Francisco Casual.


Dateline: Masonic Avenue between Geary Blvd. and Euclid Avenue, where Mister SF follows a harbinger of future technology and needless need, the self-driving car!


Dateline: The Goodwill Store, 1700 Haight Street, where Mister SF bids a fond farewell to thrift shopping. That’s right, the entire practice.

Sunshine Wrapped in a Rainbow

by Mister SF on 06/18/2013

>> High on a Hill


Dateline: Polk and Pine Streets, where Mister SF makes an astronomical discovery and finds one of the most beautiful things he’s ever seen in San Francisco just by looking up.