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11 Jul 2022

Hearing Your Neighbors Bang is Part of Living in San Francisco

I live on the top floor of a building constructed in 1914. To put that in context, Russia still had a Tsar when my building went up. Because it’s old and wooden, it shakes and sways. When a big truck goes by I can often feel the rumble. When they

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19 Nov 2021

Do Not Shop on Amazon for the Holidays This Year

At some point last week, I realized that it was about to be the holiday season. Somehow, we’d trudged through one of the most trying periods in modern history, and that celebratory end-of-year blowout of family, festivities and gift giving was nearly upon us. Unfortunately, just because this year is

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17 Jun 2022

The San Francisco Beer Passport is Here!

Step into a world of adventure with the San Francisco Beer Passport. There’s no better way to explore San Francisco than to literally drink it in. This passport is amazing! Each one contains 37 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 37 of the finest locally owned bars,

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06 Jul 2021

I’m Finally Hopeful About the Future of San Francisco

For the first time in a long time, I’m optimistic about the future of San Francisco. I know that’s a weird thing to say considering most of us barely leave the house, tons of people don’t have jobs and many of our favorite institutions keep closing down. But honestly, I can’t remember the last time I felt SF was so full of hope.

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21 May 2021

Things We Should Have Learned from the Pandemic….But Didn’t

But as we lurch toward what the new normal will look like after this harrowing experience, I wonder, have the people in power learned anything?

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21 May 2021

How San Francisco Changed My Life

So much of what I do now, so much of my devotion to this problematic, maddening, beautiful, brilliant, heartbreaking, mystifying city is tied to the way San Francisco made me feel when I was in my early 20s. It was a city of dreamers and believers, seekers and preachers, people who didn’t belong anywhere else, and never wanted to anyways. It was a city of “hell yes!” in a world of too much “no.”

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22 Dec 2020

I Want the World to be Better Than it is Right Now

I want to walk through our thoroughfares en masse, in unison, in celebration of something — anything — instead of in protest. I want to hold hands with a stranger while we do this, just because it feels right.

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29 Jun 2020

Is the Internet Worth it? Do The Good Parts Outweigh the Bad?

The story goes that when the Great Library of Alexandria burned down in 48 B.C., it had a copy of every book in the “known world.” Its destruction represented the annihilation of so much of the world’s knowledge that humanity lost things that are now gone forever. What’s remarkable is that each of us holds, in our pocket or bag, a device that connects us to infinitely more information than could have ever been held in a million Great Libraries.

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25 Jun 2020

Is San Francisco a Friendly City?

Has staring at technology and navigating sidewalks where there are often mentally ill people made us more anti-social?

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