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post #1921 of 2698
It's just so precious to imagine a Berkeley-ite getting his panties in a wad over the driver not having NPR on on the way into the city.
post #1922 of 2698
The left-winger you picture wouldn't be caught dead listening to that corporatist drivel on NPR.
post #1923 of 2698
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

What the fuck? people get in the car with strangers around here?

 

You haven't seen those moustachioed cars? I was with a friend in SanFo who suggested we use one of those things. She went on to explain how "super awesome it was. Send out an text and people bid on driving you somewhere PLUS you get to meet really cool people with nothing to do on a Saturday night."

 

I walked home.

 

Joke's on me I guess as she just received 12M in funding for, as near as I can tell, an idea with no hope of making any money. And she has no clue how to make it profitable. 12M.

 

lefty 

post #1924 of 2698
I thought the pink moustaches were an advertisement for some sort of sexual preference. Like a blue bandana for the 21st century.
post #1925 of 2698
Thread Starter 

That would be a lot more respectable. Sadly, I think that's old San Francisco. We ... well you, are living in the new SanFo. While things may seem somewhat normal when you look closely it's the Twilight Zone X Stepford Wives. 

 

Don't let them catch you staring.

 

lefty

post #1926 of 2698
It's a sample size of 1, but it would not surprise me at all that this is happening. Basically computer programmers in SanFo are having their computers monitor and make reservations at hot restaurants shutting everyone else out. On another note, is State Bird Provisions all that?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/how-robots-are-stealing-your-dinner-reservations
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It's a sample size of 1, but it would not surprise me at all that this is happening. Basically computer programmers in SanFo are having their computers monitor and make reservations at hot restaurants shutting everyone else out. On another note, is State Bird Provisions all that?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/how-robots-are-stealing-your-dinner-reservations

No, it is typical SF hipster food. Gourmet fare for those who grew up on mac and cheese.
post #1928 of 2698
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This is almost enough to make me want to buy a car and just drive it over the bridge every day playing obnoxious things with hidden cameras in the car. It would make for great YouTube fodder.

If you're going to do it, do it right. Rush Limbaugh.
post #1929 of 2698
Yall are crazy for complaining about Lyft and its pink mustached cars. I hope its in jest and you're playing up the "get off my lawn" stodgy old white man bit.

Taxis in San Francisco blow ass. They're dirty, the drivers are rude, take credit cards only a bunch of bitching, don't turn up after calling for one, and won't even drive to certain parts of town (sunset/richmond). Lyft and instantcab are godsends in a taxi wasteland. At least for Lyft, they're cheaper and will take you anywhere. It's all done through the app with your credit card and is far less of a hassle.
post #1930 of 2698
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On another note, is State Bird Provisions all that?

 

Here's a shock - I hated it. Not that the food was terrible, but the idea of dimsum for dinner means that your dinner conversation is continually interrupted. I finally had to ask the waiter to bring us 5 dishes and after that I would call him over if I needed something. He acted (like most SanFo waiters do when you tell them what you want) as if I killed his puppy. 

 

I was clearly alone on this as the women next to me squealed every time the trays came by. "What yummy goodies do you have now?"

 

I walked home that night as well.

 

lefty

post #1931 of 2698
For non-grumpy people, state bird provisions is fine. I haven't ever waited more than 15 minutes but I tend to go there late or when someone else makes reservations. If you aren't expecting Thomas Keller level food and appreciate it for what it is, it's a nice place to eat. I think the idea of dim sum for dinner is fantastic - it's cool to see what the options are before committing and it doesn't take that long to pick items. The only downside is the same downside as all dim sum - some waiters are crestfallen when they get stuck with the chicken feet try or whatever and have to hear "no" all night.

This is a general comment that I assumed goes without saying but San Francisco isn't all things to all people. I don't know why anyone would expect any city to be. I love living here because it suits me - I can practice my profession here, I have access to amazing hiking/mountain biking/skiing/etc. within a convenient drive and I do my best to avoid all the annoyances involved in living here. There is no other place that would offer me the same compromise so I stay. As a general matter I appreciate hearing what misanthropes complain about, but it's silly to assume that the true problem is with San Francisco or that the recent tech phenomenon has really moved the needle that much. If Lefty (at his current age) had lived here in 1987 he would have been just as annoyed, and lord help him if he had lived here in the late 60's/early 70's.

And have to note - for anyone who is doing an A/B comparison between NY and SF, you aren't going to like it here. I don't shop but it's safe to say that it's much worse here. Way smaller selection of clubs, bars, restaurants and they close earlier than in NY. To a lot of people who live here, the biggest appeal is the availability and proximity of things outside the city that people enjoy doing, without having to live outside the city to enjoy them.
post #1932 of 2698
Thread Starter 

A waiter who is crestfallen when a diner doesn't select his offering is something unique to SanFo.

 

Dinner dim sum is not the worst idea (good food simply served for a fair price may be a better one), but the execution at SBP turns it into a frustrating exercise. Come to the table with a six or so different dishes so I can select three and eat in relative peace. Wait until I catch your eye for for more. With the one dish approach we were interrupted every 5-7 minutes. In fairness I didn't know what we were walking into.

 

As for the rest, yes. It is better outside of the city and thankfully easy to get out. Once I discovered the Sierras I was rarely in the city on a weekend.

 

lefty

post #1933 of 2698
SBP was tasty. To be fair, I did grow up eating mac 'n' cheese. lefty's right about the service, though.

To UnF's point, I love SanFo. I can't imagine where else I'd want to live.
post #1934 of 2698
Frank Chu has had ads on his sign since almost immediately after the 2000 election cycle, perhaps earlier. It's gone on for years.
post #1935 of 2698
I've found Cantonese food in SF (and NYC) subpar compared to Vancouver or Toronto. Does SBP live up to the hype?

BTW lefty I haven't found adequate laksa or poh piah in this hemisphere.
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