Sunday, March 30, 2014


Corner of Larkin and Pine Streets

I'll try to remember that.

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 3/30/14

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Below is a sign displayed in many neighborhood businesses right now

It’s the latest attempt to restrict parking on Polk Street for bicycle lanes. The fine for those caught parking during the restricted hours would be $500 (!) The poster also asks the following questions:

I like the explanation a friend of mine had last year during the first attempt to restrict parking on Polk Street:

‘Do you really think the [san francisco] bike coalition has the money or the clout to ban parking on Polk Street? No way!’ she snorted.  ‘They’re just pawns, a means to an end, which is to get rid of parking and drive a lot of local businesses under so high-end shops can move in instead.’

Considering the amount of money that has flooded into the City and and this part of town during the last two years, I can't discount that explanation.

But back to the mattter at hand. Perhaps some of the 'Why?' questions shown above will be addressed at the SFMTA Open House Meeting tonight. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at Tenderloin Elemantary School located at 627 Turk Street between Polk and Van Ness.

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 3/26/14

Sunday, March 23, 2014


 Newly opened in the neighborhood is City Paws by For Paws Salon, located at 1112 Sutter between Larkin and Polk.

It's a dog and cat grooming salon that offers full service grooming, as well as a quick wash-and-blowdry for those times when you can't take that dog smell any longer.

Jason of City Paws

Copyright © by Chris Enquist 3/23/14

Friday, March 21, 2014


 Would you hire this guy?

What about him?

Would you put these people on the shortlist for the next job opening at Twitter?  How about any job opening anywhere?

No? Then stop expecting them to get jobs. To put it bluntly, many homeless are, unfortunately, fubar human beings. Expecting them to be able to work is like expecting a legless man to be able to run, then yelling at him for being a lazy moocher when he can’t. (If you think a lot of homeless people are either 'faking' it or anywhere near to being functional adults -- well, I don't think you're very observant or realistic.)

And please don’t start with that ‘these-people-don’t-take-their-medication’ nonsense. The last time I checked, medications cost money, and psychiatric meds can cost a lot of money. Where is this money supposed to come from? And how are you supposed to get a prescription filled without an address -- or a job?

Copyright ©by Chris Enquist 3/21/14


Monday, March 17, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014


§  SoothsayerBeware the ides of March.
§  CaesarWhat man is that?
§  BrutusA soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2, lines 102-105

 It’s Saturday, March 15, St. Patrick’s day weekend in the City. There's a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Market Street today starting at 11:30 a.m. that ends in Civic Center. There’ll also be pubcrawls in various neighborhoods throughout SF. (It’s also the date of a Roman holiday when the real Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.)


California/Polk signpost, March 8, 2014


In my particular neighborhood there are at least a dozen bars on a ten-block area of Polk Street, more when you count the side streets and Van Ness. So, for many people, I expect it will be a festive, if inebriated, day. Have fun!

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Graffiti on Pine Street wall between Polk and Van Ness Avenue, since erased.

Copyright ©by Chris Enquist 3/30/14

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


New to the neighborhood is Mustafio’s Pizza, located on the east side of lower Polk between Post and Sutter.

They serve pizza slices as well as whole pies. They also offer appetizers, salads, calzones, sandwiches, and desserts.

The next time you’re in this part of the neighborhood and need a quick nosh, give Mustafio's a try.

Copyright © March 12, 2014 Chris Enquist

Monday, March 10, 2014


One of the delights of my neighborhood are the ever-changing murals and graffiti.

This one was done in late December, 2011, by Mamishi of Wallspace (to learn more about Wallspace, click here:


It was displayed on the north side of Bush between Polk and Larkin, where it was seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of morning commuters going to work in the financial district and elsewhere.

Copyright © Chris Enquist

Monday, March 3, 2014


I had heard back in December that the Red Devil Lounge was closing, but when I passed by their location in January, there were still shows upcoming, so I assumed I had heard wrong.

Unfortunately, I didn’t, and it’s true: The Red Devil Lounge, which opened nearly 20 years ago and was one of the first (if not the first) black-painted buildings in the neighborhood, has closed.

Already, the interior is being torn out.

The letter posted on the window doesn’t mention why they closed. Neither did their Facebook page.

The letter from Jay Siegan & the Red Devil Family is gracious in its thanks toward the neighborhood and patrons.

I’m sorry to see them go. They had a good run and leave many good memories for many people behind.

Copyright © 3-2-14 by Chris Enquist