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By MillMan (Mon Aug 14, 2006 at 08:34:51 PM EST) san francisco, chinatown, bicycle pornography, photos (all tags)
I am neither asleep nor awake.

Last Thursday I went to see Who Killed the Electric Car with a nice liberalist from Iowa. It slayed the usual suspects and contains a bonus cameo from known anti-semite Mel Gibson. Get it on netflix if you are interested, Snakes on a Plane is coming out this weekend so you won't have time anyway.

San Jose is short on women, but whoa, there are a lot of hot nerd chicks. Blew an opportunity handed to me on a platter in my typical fashion there will be no further comment, this is just your chance to whip me more than I've whipped myself already, but whoa, where were the girls like this when I was living in Boston? Oh right, they were out here.

beer interlude

I zipped up to SF on Saturday, intent on finding some Asian foodstuffs in Chinatown. The markets there were disappointing - too small to have much of anything. I did score my fish sauce, generic hot sauce, and my curry paste, though. Unsurprising for a big tourist town, I guess, Chinatown largely consists of trinketry stores selling little smiling Buddhas.

My Chinatown tour was over in 90 minutes so I decided to continue north to the Coit tower:

this photo only reinforces the patriarchy, man

The walk wasn't bad, although the big bottle of fish sauce felt like it weighed 100 lbs in my asymmetric weight distributing messenger bag. From the looks of the non-English speaking Yerpian tourists going inside, I assumed you could go up the tower to a safe glassed in room where you can't dramatically kill yourself by jumping out. I wasn't in the mood for either activity, so I walked back down the hill a bit and snapped a few more photos.

polygon clipping?

Known trollist IgnoreAmos pointed out the big Asian Megamart chain in the SF area for me, so on Sunday morning I headed over and got all my other desired Asian foodstuffs, with the exception of lime leaves, which I will find elsewhere. I made Thai spring rolls that evening (chicken, shrimp, crab, cabbage, carrot, egg, bean sprouts, bean threads, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, red pepper), which turned out really well. Next time I'll probably add some cilantro, the recipe as is is missing a little something.

Quick note on Asian markets: IF YOU BUY PERISHABLE MEAT OR DAIRY PRODUCTS YOU ARE PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH YOUR INTESTINES. Uh, just sayin. Uh, don't buy milk there, ok?

That afternoon I purchased a bicycle, hand carved out of Redwoods by Canadians living in Vancouver:

Blixian comments on materialism go here blah blah blah

I was going to do a few road miles this evening but I was too tired when I got home from work. I'll get some grippy pedals tomorrow for near term use before I move on to those shackle pedals as I would certainly break multiple bones within 5 minutes of using said shackle pedals without training wheels at this point.

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except for by aphrael (4.00 / 2) #1 Mon Aug 14, 2006 at 08:57:25 PM EST
sashimi grade fish from japanese markets.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
Shackle pedals... by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Aug 14, 2006 at 10:03:59 PM EST
are easy. Just internalise the fact that you have to do something special to get out of them and practice it a bit.

Nice bike.

in due time by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Aug 14, 2006 at 10:14:53 PM EST
to be honest I just don't want to spend money on the shoes right now.

Everybody still hates me in this city and I hate everybody.

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Nice photos by cam (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 02:24:56 AM EST
Fit the stereotype I have of San Francisco (from 70s cop films). Funny that the street sign is "California".

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

In Chinatown by blixco (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 04:17:15 AM EST
you have to dig in past the trinket shops.  It's easy to spot the decent restaurants, and there's a great little walk up noodle joint that you missed entirely.  I have no way of describing where it is except that it is west of the park.

Nice bike!  I have a Marin myself.  Ain't nothin' wrong with a good bike, just like there ain't nothin' wrong with a good horse.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

restaurants by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 06:37:58 AM EST
The good placse aren't in chinatown. There's a great place on Sansome called Hunans. (Or was...I haven't been there in years.) There's also a Dim Sum place near Embarcadero center that people rave about, but not eating meat, we never go there.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Oakland also has a decent Chinatown. by Ignore Amos (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 04:46:07 AM EST
And, uh, I'm a troll now?

and always. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 05:05:19 AM EST
we've got your number, Mr.

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Is that you calling at 3AM ... by Ignore Amos (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 05:09:52 AM EST
... with the heavy breathing, then?

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I'm pretty sure that was Miss Trish. by garlic (4.00 / 2) #10 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 05:29:07 AM EST

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Mostly. by ni (2.00 / 0) #19 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 08:25:46 AM EST
We were a bit drunk. I tried to contribute some heavy breathing, but it just sounded all coy and girly. Clearly I need to start chain smoking.

[explaining the sledge-hammer] We had to maintain discipline among the floorboards. -- MissTrish
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Oakland? by MM (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 07:20:53 AM EST
I have heard rumors about this so called "East Bay" but I haven't been able to confirm them.

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Currently home to the hottest team in baseball ... by Ignore Amos (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 07:31:41 AM EST
... and some damn fine barbeque.

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Don't bother with it by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #22 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 01:23:09 PM EST
Only lamerz live there.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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I see you got your brakes fixed. by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 05:11:05 AM EST

Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
more or less. by MM (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 07:31:14 AM EST
Bikes are kind of fun to work on. Maybe I could quit my job and becomea hippie bike mechanic.

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You wouldn't be the first one. by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #17 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 07:37:33 AM EST
My roommate for the NEC was from NJ and worked in IT for the last 16 years or something. He and his wife both quit their jobs, sold their house and moved to Oregon where he's now a bike mechanic and does racing on the side, and she gives nature tours at a state park.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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*cough* *cough* by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #26 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 03:43:28 PM EST
I know some people who wouldn't mind that lifestyle.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
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Can't say I haven't been tempted myself. by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #27 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 03:44:49 PM EST
Coit tower by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #12 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 06:42:25 AM EST
They stuff you in an elevator with lots of smelly tourists. You can then stare from the top through dirty plexiglas. The view's pretty good, though. (Of course, in SF, the view's great everywhere.)

The first rule of SF is that if it's in a tourist brochure, it mostly sucks and is disappointing. Except Alcatraz, which is pretty cool.

Also, in regards to nerd chicks: Keep in mind that in SF proper, 1/3rd of the male population is gay. So, like, less competition.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

yeah by MM (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 07:19:21 AM EST
I almost felt bad for all the suckers driving up to the tower in a car, waiting an hour for a parking spot.

Even in San Jose where your statistical odds as a straight guy are the inverse of what they are in SF, they're actually pretty good if you don't vote republican and eat something other than steak and potatoes every day. Nerds chicks don't really go for that.

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Yeah by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 08:17:57 AM EST
I've always felt it was a bit unfortunate that I didn't move up here until after getting into a serious relationship. (Not that I regret the relationship, but I suspect single life is more fun up here than in San Diego.)
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Needs more Canada! by LinDze (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 11:33:53 AM EST
This bikes showing you up on the maple front. Seriously though, thats a nice ride you picked up.

Also for shoes I can recomened Diadora for "budget" or Sidi <Mega> Dominators if you want Teh Bestest.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

we're planning on it by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 12:31:07 PM EST
i've been sort of borderline excited about Snakes since our discussion on #husi. it will probably not be that great from a movie standpoint, but getting to hear Sam Jackson say "there are motherfucking snakes on a motherfucking plane" will be worth it.
Dance On, Gir!
we have this ad on tv by fleece (2.00 / 0) #23 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 01:25:10 PM EST
where there's all these slow motion coloured balls bouncing down a hill like that. I think it's an add for colour printers or film or something where vibrant colour is good. I wonder if the ad was filmed there? I think yes I'm sure there's lots of steep hills in the world but i'm sure the location was supposed to be iconic in a way that is completely lost to on non-americans

You must mean ... by Ignore Amos (4.00 / 1) #24 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 01:43:18 PM EST
... this one.

I have a tendency to watch it 6 or 8 times in a row.  It's kind of soothing.

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YES! by fleece (4.00 / 1) #25 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 02:45:01 PM EST
it's delicious. it always has my full attention, except ironically i had no idea what product it was advertising. I was just mesmerised by the soundtrack and teh balls.  (OMG there's an extended version!!)

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It spawned some spoofs ... by Ignore Amos (2.00 / 0) #28 Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:07:40 PM EST
... that can be found on YouTube.

Also, they seem to be coming out with a new ad.

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Nice bike. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #29 Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 04:24:29 AM EST
I'm not saying that just because I have an earlier version of the same, honest.

Well, actually I am, but at least I'm well informed.

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