Look Out for This Gnarly Pothole

It’s on 21st Street somewhere around Treat, and it’s deep! There’s a construction barricade marking the spot, but construction barricades don’t stop cyclists traveling at top speed not looking where they’re going. Somebody should probably put a cone in it.

P.S. Did you know potholes are sometimes called “kettles” and “chuckholes”? Chuckholes!

[Photo by Lizzy]


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Dolores Park Community Winter Wine Mixer 2011 This Thursday

Always wanted to get together with your neighbors and some “Dolores Park community leaders” over wine and snacks to see some presentations and mingle? Dolores Park Works has just the event for you:

Please join Dolores Park Works and five Dolores Park community leaders for a causal, friendly mix of Dolores Park talk, wine and hors d’oeuvres this Thursday, February 24th from 7 to 9pm at The Summit 780 Valencia Street.

Our event features five high-speed presentations by charismatic Dolores Park heavy hitters who will inform, dispel and entertain in five minute bursts as 20 slides auto-advance every 15 seconds. Our Ignite-inspired presentation format is proven to be exhilarating for the audience and speaker.

– Scott Wiener, San Francisco District 8 Supervisor
– Eric Andersen, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Area Manager
– Nancy Madynski, Friends of Dolores Park Playground Chair
– Meredith Thomas, Neighborhood Parks Council Chair
– Peter Lewis, Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association Director
– Rob Lord, Dolores Park Works Chair

Sounds dynamic! Full details are here.

RSVP and invite your friends via the event’s official Facebook page.


Charlie Sheen Is On Fire

Charlie Sheen Is On Fire

I hung out a bit at Chris Daly’s new bar, Buck Tavern, on Market Street the other night. Anyway, enough about that. The TV was on so I got a little taste of what I left behind when I kissed cable news goodbye. Instead of maybe tracking the state of Egypt, a country that is literally on fire in places, they focused on some issue with Charlie Sheen and prostitutes, which actually seems like the opposite of “news”. Not because it’s not interesting, but because it’s neither new nor unexpected. In any case, I wondered what kind of message they were trying to send me by making up to 6 references to fire at one time. “BURNING”, “FIRE”, “BURNING”, “FIRED”, “BURNING” and actual footage of burning fire in the background.

Do they just use fire as a motif to make whatever they’re talking about seem interesting and urgent? Are they trying to suggest that he must be living with some intense Sexually Transmitted Infections? Or is the real story that Charlie Sheen is some kind of raging pyromaniac? Weird.

Dramatic Muni Accident at 24th and Mission

The 49 Van Ness-Mission seems to have plowed into a bus shelter. The tip and photos come from reader Blake via his friend Renna’s Facebook page. He says “One comment reminded that this is yet another reason to not eat at Farolito. Truth.”

Yikes. Anyone else see this? Hoping nobody was hurt.

(thanks, Blake!)

UPDATE: Commenter “Mulch” says “I was on the bus. No injuries. I talked to a guy who had just got up from the shelter. He said the bus just suddenly swerved into the curb. It also hit the light post right in front of it.”

More updates in the comments, including the guy from the shelter.

Did You Feel the Earth Move Under Your Feet?

Alex: did you feel the earth move?
under your feet?
me: neg
was it gnar?
Alex: 4/1
4.1 San Jose
me: where were you?
Alex: my desk duh
me: any fatalities?
Alex: in my office?
me: yeah
Alex: nope nope nope
me: anything happen?
Alex: my coworker Julie from Pittsburgh said “My first earthquake and I didn’t even feel it?!”
me: sounds lame
Alex: yeah pretty much
jus askin if you felt it
me: thanks

Where Does Four Loko Go to Die?

It goes to a recycling center to get turned into ethanol. Salon reports:

Brian Potter, vice president of operations at MXI’s facility in Abingdon, Va., said about a couple of hundred truckloads of the drinks would be coming to the plant. Each truck holds 2,000 cases of the 23.5-ounce cans.

MXI Enterprises is one of three facilities in the U.S. that recycle ethanol, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol, an industry group. Potter said Thursday that his competitors also are taking shipments of the drinks.

“We’re equipped to process four truckloads a day, and we’re at full capacity,” he said. “There are about 30 different products involved, and we’ve only seen a couple of them at this point. It could go on for several months.”

I see a Pixar movie about a case of poor, defenseless, anthropomorphized Four Lokos banding together to battle their way out of the recycling facility and into the bellies of some grateful cool kids. Read on.

[Thanks, Kevin!]

[Photo by Carina]