Introduce Yourself

Dear Readers,

We were thinking since Mission Mission is about this community we all love so dear, maybe the website should have a space where we the community can all get together and introduce each other to one another. Here it is:

147 thoughts on “Introduce Yourself”

    1. My name is Annie. First year in the Mission. Lovin it. Looking for musicians/friends around the hood. Love 1.50 Tacos. LOVE THEM.

  1. I’m Chris.

    Happily been in the city and the Mission for a year. I run a little blog that touches on the Mission and more.

  2. Hi Chris.

    I’ve been a Missionista for a looong time – 14 years – which is hard to believe because I’m so youthful :)

    Thanks for taking the initiative in creating a site dedicated to the best neighborhood in the City. Viva la Mision!

    MissionMission Happy Hour soon?

  3. hi, my name is Plug 1. I am an alcoholic, and hate The Mission, or as I call it “The Dirty Thirty.”

    But I like this blog, so carry on.

  4. I’m Katie, and i hate everything — including the Mission. Some people think i’m a bitch, but i really just say what others are thinking. :)

  5. Hi, I’m Tara, and I’m responsible for the cranky open letter to SFPD, posted today. Thanks, Mission Mission! We at Muni Diaries look forward to working with you.

  6. I’m Rhiannon, and I’ve been living in the Mission for 5 years now. I work at The Dark Room Theater on Mission at 19th, and can be found every Sunday night working the door. Hi!

  7. I’m Junk Thief, a.k.a. Gregg, and I’ve lived in the Mission for 12 years, currently a stone’s throw away from the Brava Theater and the St. Francis Fountain.

  8. I’m johnny0 — this is the best blog ever. I nearly spit coffee onto my computer reading the Medjool Douche posts.

    Last month I took a German buddy of mine to El Farolito for a burrito. At first he was scared, but now he won’t shut up about it.

    Just minutes ago he sent me pictures of a taqueria in Berlin he found — Dolores Burritos. I had to share — check out the map on the wall!

  9. Hello hello. I live, and work in the Mission.

    I also take a plethora of pictures around SF.

    Snapped this one last night. Enjoy.

    Speaking of enjoyment, I absolutely adore Mission Mission. Keep up the good work, guys!

  10. ciao missionistas! i moved into the neighborhod back when valencia street was the lady’s castro auxiliary and 16th and church was still considered ‘the mission’. god i feel old. now i’m a proud bernal heightian; i’m going to start herding sheep on the hill and rename it ‘little sardinia’.

    1. I was a Missionista from 1998-2004, when I moved to Bernal between Little Sardinia and La Lengua. I love Pancho Villa, Telstar Logistics, El Dia de los Muertos and my native-born San Franciscan daughters.

  11. Hey all! I’m brand new (a week!) to the area but love it so far. Found you guys via the SFist link from this morning. Sorry I missed the peace protest – and based on the pictures, super sad that I missed the block party one block from my apartment. Keep up the good work.

  12. Greetings!

    I just moved to the Mission this past month to attend CCA. I wasn’t aware that Treat Ave was in the middle of a crazy war zone right now….

    Love the blog.

  13. I live in the Mission and teach at Berkeley’s J-school and we’re covering the Mission District for a new hyper-local web site that we’ve created at

    We’ve already used Mission Mission for several tips. Thank you.

    Best, Lydia

  14. i moved into the mission in August and love it. I’m near 22nd and Mission. Such a great neighborhood. Good food, bars, more sun than the lower haight and I like the familial feel of the hood.

  15. I’ve lived on Valencia @ 24th for a couple of years, and I work on Alabama @ 17th. I practically never leave the Mission these days… what else could I need? Pancho Villa is my taqueria of choice, but Papalote is great too.

    I love the site, even though I don’t always agree with it (fuck Beretta) and check it several times a day just to make sure I don’t miss out on anything interesting happening in the neighborhood. Thanks!

  16. I moved to the Mission (well, technically the Castro, but right on the edge) about 2 years ago from Brooklyn, and have been experiencing lots of uniquely Mission experiences since.

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    With the possible exception of raimundo, I guess I’m the geezer here. Ouch. Landed in 81. Before most of you – and most of my coworkers – have been on this planet.

    He he he.

  18. Hi, I’m Adam Martin. I lived in the Mission on and off from 1997 to 2007. I’m no longer in the neighborhood, but I still leave the house, turn left, walk one and a half blocks, and expect an El Farolito burrito. It rarely appears.

  19. Hi, I mostly check Mission Mission with the faint but ever-glimmering hope that Lael will write again. Bring her back Allan! (Hint: try bribing her with a chocolate chip.)

  20. Just found MissionMission and love it. I know all about having great pride in the part of city you live in. Tenderloin here. I love the TL! Mission is pretty cool too.

    Check out my bartender blog sometime. I have a few stories…

  21. I live near 20th and Bryant. Love the Mission, why would you want to live anywhere else in this city? I like checking in with MissionMission to see what’s going on around me and I hope that eventually my trapsing around this online community will lead to some actual (live) interactions with my neighbors! Sweet.

  22. Hi. I wasn’t born in the Mission, but I sure as hell grew up in the Mission. Now i’m out in Hayes Valley but I still miss my old hood, even though it’s less Norteno thugs and more transplant douchebaggery. Still, I love it. Just don’t fucking let it become Haight Street. Or worse yet, the Marina (Valencia, looking right at your honkey direction).

  23. Hi I’m pat and I think your blog looks marvelous so I will read it. I live at 16th/van ness where i make cartoons and sell books.

  24. Hello Mission Mission and people. I probably click on a few Mission Mission articles per day from my Google Reader. Thank you so much for making me laugh and keeping us all informed.

    This past Sunday saw some action on Hampshire St near 26th in front of my place. Check out my pics of a car that flipped over in the middle of the street.


  25. Mazzy here. I’m a native San Franciscan and moved into my home on Florida Street in 1991. LOVE this neighborhood. During the dot com bust here in “Media Gulch,” I tried to rename the hood SOPOSA (South of Mariposa) or WEPO (West of Potrero). No, not really.

  26. sup gente?! dD here.. livin and playin in the mission for the past 7 yrs. evol this site much :) keep up the great work, Allan! and thank you.

  27. Dear Mission Mission,
    I was looking for the CCSF Lit Magazine and I found you guys. This is a very cool blog, especially since you use those frogs. Keep up the good work, and if you want you can visit me at my blog,

  28. Hi guys, I just moved to the Mission close to 24th Mission BART and I am amazed by the variety. Please let me know about good music and food places!

  29. Hi. My boyfriend was the one hit by the car in the Valencia bike lane in June (he’s doing okay, retained a lawyer to recoup medial expenses) and we live at The Box Factory on Florida where we do various events like MAPP and fundraisers. Say hi!

  30. Evening,

    My name is Thomas. I’ve lived in the city for about 6 years, spending half my night and day life in or around the Mission though, oddly, never lived there.

    I just started my own blog and realized that a lot of the perspectives I’ve got on the world are well expressed here too. Here’s hoping we run into each other taking notes on some mission-related musing.

  31. Hiya…actually met Allan at the Literary Death Match lst spring where I was a ‘contestant’ (and lost, oh well, in good company in that regard).

    A fine, fine, superfine, ever expanding chronicle of the Mission? Oh yeah.

  32. Hiya…actually met Allan at the Literary Death Match last spring where I was a ‘contestant’ (and lost, oh well, in good company in that regard).

    A fine, fine, superfine, ever expanding chronicle of the Mission? Oh yeah.

  33. Hi, I am Bettie. Bettie Sugar. That’s not my real name. I am moving to the Mission. That is my mission (that’s never been said before). I live in Portland, OR. I am not a logger or a hipster or a hipster who looks like a logger. Thank you for this blog. I am enjoying it from my home in Portland over a cup of instant italian coffee… and I am listening to bowie.

  34. Hi, I’m Chaka. I would just like to thank you all personally for your contribution to the gentrification that has nearly drained the mission of its authenticity, culture and vibrance. It’s heartbreaking how many families that made this neighborhood what it is have had to move away so a bunch of middle class little dipshits could move in and feel unique and cultured. Take a hint and mosey on over to the Marina, or Russian Hill. Go drain another neighborhood.

    1. Yes it’s true. This was a great neighborhood in the old days when it was all Irish. There were so many great families here, great culture, less crime. I’ll just let Wikipedia take over from here:

      “During the 1940-1960s, large numbers of Mexican immigrants moved into the area, initiating white flight… During the 1980s and into the 1990s, the neighborhood received a higher influx of immigrants and refugees from Central and South America…The Latino, Chicano, and Central American immigrants also brought with them gang violence. During the 1980s and into the 1990s, branches of the Sureño and Norteño gangs settled into the area and engaged in open violence throughout the neighborhood. The notorious Central American gang MS-13 also became active in the neighborhood as well. Although gentrification and a nationwide crackdown during the late 1990s and into the 2000s have reduced activities from these gangs, they still continue and continue to be a persistent problem for the neighborhood.” Ah, the authenticity, the cultural vibrance. Should we thank you personally, Chaka, for your contribution to crime and gang violence? Get off your high horse. Places change, people change. Take a hint and mosey on over to L.A., or Richmond. Go drain another neighborhood.

    1. Nice…so the recent changes in racial make-up of the Mission are blatant enough that you all assumed that was what I was talking about.

      No, no…I was referring to the extreme gentrification of the neighborhood in recent years…look it up, if you don’t get it.

  35. It’s all authentic. Are you talking Latin authenticity or Irish in the Mission? Would you feel that The Fillmore authentic is African American or Jewish (as it was 60-70 years ago)?

    SOMA was working class, The Embarcardeo dock workers. Native American Indians hundred of years ago. I lived in the Inner Sunset and the Richmond many many years ago. It was Jewish, Polish, Irish Russian, no much of the Richmond is Asian. So what?

    I love the mix of the Mission. Should it be a Ghetto for one ethnic people or culture? Just artists? 100 more Latin restaurants? Where would you draw the line?

  36. Hi I’m Alex! I recently moved to the mission to pursue my dream of making a living as a fine art photographer. I’m looking to connect with local artists, especially in the Mission, and am opening a gallery in October.

    Contact me if you’re an artist or musician looking for inspiration and someone to collaborate with. My contact info and photography can be found at my website:

  37. Hiiiieeeeee!

    i live on mission and 20th, kinda right above Bruno’s so it can be pretty douchey on the weekends, but the bacon wrapped hot-dogs in front of my door kinda make up for it.

    I live with a pirate and a one eyed cat named othello that was found on lexington st.

    i’m kind of a newb to the mission, i’ve been here about two years and its by far my favourite district that i’ve inhabited in sf.

    My usual bars are the lone palm, laszlo and benders.. oh and my favourite southpark character is butters.

    oh, and thanks allan

    1. Yeah there are a lot of us in the mission, you know, broke-ass-dudes. Makes me think all the broke-ass people in the mission could get together and do something about this economic slump. Any ideas?

  38. Hi – I’m a long-time Mission resident (I consider it the MIssion – South Bernal anyway), live a short block off Mission St. My office is above SoCha Cafe. I write about SF stuff off the beaten path on Dee Dee’s San Francisco ( Latest post is about Mission Street. MIssion Mission rocks!

  39. Hi – I’m Donovan. I live around 24th/Church, up the hill from the Mission. I’ve always wanted to live IN the Mission, but I was never cool enough, and now I’m too old (35+).

    Love to blog, though. I’ve authored a site ( which invites exploration of SF in its glorious entirety.

    Many thanks for an entertaining and illuminating guide to the essence of Mission-ness.

  40. Hey Folks — My name is Jason and I am grateful recovering addict. I have lived in the mission for longer than I would like two admit. Lets just say it’s well into the double digits and before the dot-com who-ha. I love the site. Thank you for all you hard work cyber people. This is one of the sites that has helped me shed my Luddite tendency and embrace my inner techy geek-a-trod. Oh, and if your new to the neighborhood and you drive an SUV I have stopped popping your tires and keying your paint job long ago. In fact, welcome.

  41. hey kids. i’m lila. i live in el corazon and barely ever have a reason to leave 24th street. you can see me at jacks, pops, taqueria san francisco, st. francis, dirty thieves, dynamo and/or philz on any given day of the week.
    sometimes i even venture out to la lingua to have a drink at argus, naps, el rio or the knockout, but only cuz that’s where my partner lives.

    i see a lot of the same faces all the time, who probably live in the hood like me, so i think it’s high time we say hello and get to know the other regulars and locals. this is our community.

  42. Hi I’m Liz, I first moved into the Mission in 1991 and lived on Elgin Park. Since then I’ve lived on 20th and Guerrero, Clinton Park, 22nd and Dolores, and that awesome brick building on 25th and Bartlett. If you ever see a vacancy there, you should move in–it’s an awesome mix of hipsters, ancient people who smell like pee, and couples in their 50s who still pay $450 a month.

    But I digress. I now live in the bayview but do almost all my eating and drinking in the mission. In the last two weeks I’ve been to Pop’s, Latin American Club, The Corner, Gracias Madre, and the Attic. I love dogs and vodka.

  43. hey all, i have lived and work in the mission for 5 years now. Live in the mural on 18th and Lexington and work as a bartender just down the way. Besides waking up to mural tours outside my window in the summer and making it onto who knows how many mid american families pictures from their visit to sf…(i am the naked shadowy one in the window from the walking tour of the mission day) i love the mission and want to life no where else… unless you know about a cheap tic in noe.

  44. Howdy folks.. I’ve taught in the Mission for almost 3 years and lived on 20th and Lex for about 2. Love it here, it would take a LOT for me to leave. This blog is awesome.. one of my daily reads. Thanks!!

  45. To all my friends, drinks on me, just kidding, I have no friends. My name is neo displacer and I am as old as dirt. (well from a 20 some-thing’s perspective. From my view I’m young but I’m delusional.) I love the mission and I love missionmission. I miss KevMo too. I have strong opinions about Taquerias (I hate your favorites), love bicycles (but think fixed gears are idiotic outside of tracks), am very interested in street art (but hate tagging, taggers, and illegible script.) So I guess this is the best spot for me!

  46. Hi, I’m Rok Das Boot and I stayed in the Mission Dist for 4 days during Lovefest 2006. I will return. But right now I’m chairman of the sprawling edifice that is and am living in exile on my home turf here in Melbourne.

  47. Dave here, been in the mission for 3 weeks observing the kooks and hooligans as they flit about under my prime perch on the 2nd floor of the Mirabelle at 15th and Mission. Saw SFPD take down a thug at gunpoint last night and knew it was something worth watching the news for – sure enough, turns out he and his thug buddies are suspects in a home invasion from Wednesday, having beaten an elderly couple and stolen their vehicle. GO SFPD! Nice to personally see someone like that taken off the street.

    Here’s the thing I can’t figure out.. they caught him because he was still driving the stolen truck, 24-hours later, IN THE CITY. They pulled him over at 15th and Mission, he bailed from the truck to run and they took him down. Yes, crooks ARE stupid.

    As fun as this show is, the wife and I have to be out of this hotel on Monday and are looking for new digs. Don’t want to make this an ad, so all I’ll say is my name up top of this comment links to my blog, which has a contact page *ahem*

    I’ve been reading this blog for a few months and love it, which is why I subscribe to it along with a number of other SF blogs in my reader. Thanks for the hard work.

  48. Just a Polish-Croat girl from Chicago living in the mish since 2006 wishing there was a decent pierogi joint in the hood. Pierogi cart anyone? Been reading this blog for awhile but finally decided we need to band together to get more pierogies damn it!

    1. Howdy-how. I do Russian pirogi. I’ve never done anything like food-cart action but could be totally game. Email me! greg (at)

      1. Hey there,

        I KNOW just the guy to talk to. Matt Cohen from SF Cart Project. Check out his website: SFCartProject.
        Email: He’s full of info and he can help.

        I have a blog called Foodie a-la-Cart and I cover all things street food. Check it out and let me know what you think. Here: FoodiealaCart. Hope to see you up and running real soon!

        Good Luck,

  49. Hey there,

    My name is Starla and i have lived/worked in the Mission off and on for the past 6 years. I work at Sports Basement on Bryant street and wanted to share with all of you what an awesome business it is. I’m not just saying this because i work there but because i really respect what they do and how they reach out to the community. For those of you who don’t know Sports Basement it’s an out door store that carries new but discounted products because they get things on close out, along with discounted items they also carry a lot of in line stuff as well. They have a full service bike and ski shop too.It is not a corporation but it owned by a set of partners some who started working on the sales floor them selves.

    They host all sorts of free events from free Sunday yoga to movie nights. They have fun runs every Wednesday and it’s a great place to meet new people. They offer bike maintenance clinics so you can learn how to fix your flat and advanced ones were you can learn to take your bike apart and put it back together the right way. They lead group bike rides on the weekends, have free CPR certification classes and cool Speaker Series talks.

    They also have a huge Gallery space that showcases local artists, again for free.

    They host tuns of events and offer up their space to organizations that need a place to meet.

    They help groups raise money for charity and other organizations through shopping party’s where they provide food and beer, Ive taken advantage of this my self to raise money for a charity.

    As for people who work there they take great care of them as well. With an amazing discount we all spend most of our paychecks there, we have a kitchen with a fully stocked fridge, we are encouraged to participate in sports and get support doing so, they take us on Out of the Basement trips to different locations like Tahoe and the Velodrome. And if you have a furry friend you can bring them to work with you, that’s right they are a dog friendly business.

    I could go on and on about this place and it’s not because I’m trying to drum up business, but more because i think more businesses should reach out to the community and support it the way that Sports Basement dose.
    So if you haven’t been it’s worth checking out and if you have but did not know about some of the community events and support that they offer then take advantage of it.

  50. My name’s Nicole and I’m young and broke (but not too broke) and looking for a cool place to crash in the Mission over summa since I’ll be working on Valencia! Help a sister out. :)

  51. Hey there,
    I’m one of the few lucky men who work at the Women’s Building and love and respect the diversity, strength, and resilience that is so alive in the Mission. I also write a blog about the awesome thrift finds that are so prevalent in the 16th-24th St. blocks…

  52. hey all…

    my name is obviously greg… i have no doubt in my mind that i’m the smartest person you’ll ever meet (or not be fortunate enough to meet)… been here less than 2 months now… loving every minute of it…


  53. hi, i’m elle. i walk around the hood in wings.

    guess what? starting yesterday evening and throughout the summer, there is a security guard on duty 24-7 on the block of Valencia between 16th and 17th. this is private ‘police’ monitoring your activity in public space. they don’t stop people from being robbed or killed, they are just there to watch the stuff.

    is hiring private security for public space even legal?

    your neighbourhood is turning into someone’s private police state.

  54. Elle Ko. I was talking with the security guard recently on my way home, and he told me that he’s there because you keep spray painting the building next to frjtz. He also said that you promised to continue vandalizing the building the moment he’s not there, so as a result, he simply has to be there. My guess is that if you weren’t committing crimes in the neighborhood, or at least telling people you were, he wouldn’t be there at all. My guess is you’ll get caught soon enough – but it seems like (according to the security guy anyway) that’s exactly what you’re trying to do. Personally, I’m glad he’s there. If what he says is true, I applaud the day you get bagged with a felony. Is hiring private security legal? I guess it’s at least a little more legal than tagging local businesses.

  55. Hoy, I’ve been living here for two years, reading this blog for about half that time, just found this page. I’m slow like that. Peirogi idea gets my vote. Also, more noodles in the mish.

  56. Hey there, I’m Schlomo.

    I used to own a bar in a different part of SF called House Of Shields, where the bike messengers drank starting at 2p before riding their fixies to Bender’s and Pop’s later in the day. And I’m close to closing a deal to put another bar in the hood. I also sometimes serve Banh Mi from my cushman (@BanhMiSF). I also live deep in the Mish across from an old catholic church to remind me that Latinos still live around here.

    Wanna go out and maybe we can fall in love?

  57. Hey, been reading mission mission for a while now.
    If anybody is ever around bartlett and twenty second and you see a dude painting in a garage with the door open (on bartlett street) that would be me. If you say please and thank you then you can come over anytime and chop it up as i work.

    Coffee am, Beer pm.
    Metal am, hip hop pm.

  58. I was born in San Francisco. Yes…a proud native and raised in the Mission District (24th and Mission, lived in the apartment right next to the Bart Station). I LOVE Mission Mission! More than happy to subscribe! Thanks so much for creating the blog!

  59. Just wanted to say “hello”. I am a company member of Killing My Lobster and saw you had our video on your site. Thanks!
    Also, I host and produce the comedy show The Romane Event at The Make-Out Room. Come by sometime and get your comedy on.
    Love the site.

  60. Hello All! My name is Ariana, born and rasied in the mission for 22 years, now I am raisng my little one on Treat Ave as well. she was born with a view from St. Lukes of the Mission & the Bay Bridge. We are Mission Bosses through and through!
    I am also an SF based fashion designer inspired by what else? my life in the SF Mission. I would love your support please check out the link below:

  61. Hi folks –

    My name is Amandeep but everyone calls me ‘Deep. I’ve lived in the Mission since I discovered it in ’96.

    I’m all about making urban spaces the most vibrant, enjoyable and human places possible, and I love our particular slice o’ the planet. I’m doing my best to give back all the awesomeness that is the Mission & SF.

    I’m involved in a lot of of SF stuff (SF League of Conservation Voters, SF Bicycle Coalition), local stuff (Dolores Park Movie Night) and my own crazy activities (my flash mob dance parties: and my roving tricycle sound system – which you’ve probably heard blasting around our ‘hood and Dolores Park :-) (

    Rock On Mission Mission!

    – ‘deep

  62. Hello Mission Mission!
    I favorited this blog a long time ago and recently rediscovered it.
    My name is Marisol and I was born and raised in the Mission. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I used to tell my parents I’d buy them a house to live in, so long as I get to keep the apartment, lol.
    My favorite thing about the Mission is the murals. I love looking for new ones.

  63. I’m Caitlin and I live above the Orbit Room on Market Street. I am more likely to be found in the Mission than Hayes Valley or the Lower Haight because gravity pulls me downhill. I’m addicted to blogs and it’s a problem.

  64. mission mission, how i love you! what up? i’m sandeep…i would say ‘you can call me deep’, but it seems that moniker’s been taken by my desi brother on the badass tricycle. i’ve lived in the mission for three years and can’t live anywhere else (tried, failed, and i’m back!). i dig going to see music in the mission and do what i can to rock the fuck out. when not making a spicy food obsessed metalocalypse styled caricature of myself, i teach high school…and read mission mission.

  65. I am SCUM, I grew up in The City (since 1972) and I like PBR, whiskey, Motorhead, lengua, hockey and girls. Lets meet at a bar in the Mission and have a drink and shoot the shit.

  66. Hi there!

    Just ran across your site- nice one! I live in the mission and just opened a bar a block from my house. Asiento at 21st and Bryant in the purple mural building.

    It is a place where neighbors meet and can enjoy yummy tapas and good drinks. Full bar, rocking sound system and fun, welcoming staff. And happy hour seven days a week :)

    Come by and check it out! Looking forward to meeting you.

  67. Hi everyone, I’m Joie Rey. I’m a photographer, and an MFA student, graduating in May… Just found out about this website from a guy at Philz Coffee on Van Ness.

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