Archive for the ‘Events’ category

Searching for a Breaking Bad Party ….

September 22, 2013

I’m a huge fan of the Albuquerque-set drama “Breaking Bad”.  Naturally I’ve been following it a season behind on DVD.  But as the series nears its big conclusion, I really can’t wait a year to find out how it ends (there is no way to avoid spoilers on the internet for a year).  So I was thrilled last week in NYC when I stumbled upon a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen with a chalkboard announcing “Breaking Bad tonight at 9pm!!”.  I returned and enjoyed the thrilling episode “Ozymandias” with 30 of my new closest friends.

So….  today I hoped to repeat the feat.  Dan and I cruised the Castro bars this afternoon in search of another establishment hosting a fab Breaking Bad viewing party (second to last episode of all time!!!!)…

Midnight Sun… hmmm.. will be showing something else it appears… darn.


440 Castro?  no…


Moby Dick’s?  ahh.. they have better things to celebrate today…


well then maybe that dog wash/dog spa place on Castro?


Dang… not even there.  Guess I’ll be watching it tomorrow on iTunes.  NO SPOILERS in the comments!!


Yankee Doodle Dandies

July 4, 2012

Hmmm…  from last Sunday’s puzzle.  What do these folks have in common?







Weird that they left off “Documentarian who was 65-Across (1977)”.

ps:  Buon Compleanno, fratello mio!

Deal of the Day (of a lifetime?)

May 18, 2011

Got this email just now:

And we feel fine…

According to the billboards, the world is ending this Saturday, May 21, so we’re having an End of Days sale at Bittersweet!

Come by our cafe this Saturday (5/21) and say “I’d like the End of Days discount”, or just show this note, and enjoy a 10% discount on all our signature chocolate or coffee drinks.

And stop by anytime to check out our Judgment Day Preparedness Kits. We’ll have kits designed for everyone–staying OR going.

What better way to meet the end of the world than with the taste of Bittersweet on your lips?

I don’t know if it’s a thing where you are, but here in the bay area, it’s hard to cross town to your yoga class without seeing an ad about the end of the world (even on the huge electronic billboard by the Bay Bridge!).

NOT the bay bridge sign (couldn't find a pic)

I was wondering how to best binge before the rapture in 3 days.  Thanks Bittersweet!

Earthquake #2

January 9, 2011

Friday, we had our second earthquake since starting the blog.  It was a 4.1 centered down near San Jose.  I was watching “Micmacs” at home on DVD and felt a single obvious swaying of the apartment.  Dan was with an ex-student at Matching Half coffee and sadly didn’t feel a thing.


City map



The Mikado (the good bits)

March 24, 2010

We’re a little tardy in reporting on it, but we joined Mom & Dad, and E&C and the girls, for the Lamplighters’ “Sing-A-Long” performance of the Mikado this past Sunday. And it was splendid. They did a “dress rehearsal” style performance and allowed all of us in the audience to belt out everything, to our hearts content. Troy’s (and the girls’) first Gilbert & Sullivan experience couldn’t have been better. And certain of us (not us) dressed up in kimono and happi coats, and won themselves some unvaluable prizes to boot.

Anyhoo, we were reminded of the comic genius of W.S. Gilbert by this bit of dialogue, from the second act, in which the cheap tailor (who was raised to the exalted position of Lord High Executioner by the Mikado himself) bemoans his fate, when confronted with the awful possibility that he will have to exercise his duty.

KO-KO.  My good sir, as Lord High Executioner, I’ve got to behead him in a month. I’m not ready yet. I don’t know how it’s done. I’m going to take lessons. I mean to begin with a guinea pig, and work my way through the animal kingdom till I come to a Second Trombone.

The scourge of guinea pigs.


The joke was originally (we believe) at the expense of Second Trombones, but we suspect certain of our readers will want to keep a careful eye out for Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan.

Where were you when?

August 26, 2009

I reached a new milestone today. For the first time, I learned of a significant news event on Facebook. I woke up and as per my newest routine, spent the first 5 minutes of consciousness checking my email and Facebook, etc. on the phone before performing my morning ablutions. The first status update (Eddie Snow –from the old Knoxville ward) talked about having seen Teddy Kennedy once in a cool car in Hyannis. Then Michelle McEvoy (from my Bancroft Elementary years) had an RIP tribute up and I realized …. oh, he’s passed away. Made me think of the evolution in how I’ve been informed of big news:

April 1995, Oklahoma City bombing: the TV above a patient’s bed in the VA hospital during a neurology rotation.

January 1998, Monica Lewinsky: on I was amazed, at the time, to think that I’d learned of this **on the INTERNET** rather than on TV. Ha! [And to think that I used to regularly go to for news? Wha?]

April 1999, Columbine: on the radio while driving around Oakland post call.

Sept 11 2001, Phone message being left on my answering machine by Brent while I was waking up.

July 2009, Michael Jackson’s [impending] death: –the blog for Seattle’s free newsweekly “The Stranger.”

OK, maybe the progression from old media to new here wasn’t exactly a straight line, but I’m still wondering: What will be next?

Guinea Tonic

July 28, 2009

At the behest of Celery Boy, aka Rowan Cavia, and the twenty-toed giant who cares for him, we trooped out to the SF Center to watch Jerry Bruckheimer’s “G-Force” on Monday night. A grand time was had by all. Too bad Mr. Cavia wasn’t able to infiltrate the theater, like his secret agent cousins.

The film itself was … entertaining. If you happened to be in the theater where it was playing, at the time. I’ll link to our favorite Guinea Pig’s review when it appears, but in the meantime, and as a special request, I present here the recipe for the drink that started our evening … just right.

Guinea Tonic

  • 2 oz Tanqueray gin (it comes in a green bottle you know)
  • 3 oz tonic water
  • 1 celery stalk (as garnish, or swizzle stick, or nibbly bit)

Stir over ice in a rocks glass. Don’t forget to eat the celery when you’re done …