I think I hate San Francisco. - Page 129
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.
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?
No, it is typical SF hipster food. Gourmet fare for those who grew up on mac and cheese.
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.
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.
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.
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.