A few hours ago, our parking guy David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, challenged you guys to guess just what it takes to reserve your own parking spot in the city. The surprising answer is revealed below!
How Much Should You Expect to Spend on a Reserved Parking Spot in SF?
A) $0 per month because I’m special
B) $400 per month in a private garage
C) $200 per month in a city owned garage
D) $125 per month in a city owned garage if I’m a carpool
E) $75 per month for a motorcycle in a city owned garage
F) All of the above
San Francisco has no shortage of reliable record shops. In fact, this city is so inundated with dusty vinyl gems, it's nurtured some of the biggest music snobs on the planet. So when they feel like unloading their precious vinyl collections upon the rest of us, you'd best be there to scoop up the good stuff.
In the vein of Larry Clark, Ryan McGinley, the late Dash Snow and the Mission School of art, Dave Schubert's photography documents his day-to-day life spent on the underbelly. Considered a "quiet leader" in the documentation of underground cultures, his world is populated by weirdos, libertines, clowns, artists and randoms caught in the blink of an eye living in the "beautiful grime" of city life and really not giving a hoot. His fleeting subjects are surreally captured, often mid-mischief, in a hazy wash of colors on film processed by hand.
The go-to advice in this city is always "to layer," which isn't all that helpful when it's 75 degrees and sunny in the Mission and a chilly fog pit in Cole Valley. A new android app tackles these tricky microclimates, telling you exactly how hot/cold/foggy/sunny it is across this 7 mile by 7 mile city of ours (yes, that's where 7x7's name comes from). Powered by Weather Underground and created by R/GA San Francisco, SF Weather provides real-time and next day conditions and forecasts in 18 different neighborhoods. They're only on Android for now, so Android users (sadly, 7x7 HQ is without one), tell us what you think (it's free).
It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.
If you have to be at a regular place at a specific time each day or even one day a week and it’s typically a hassle finding parking, then this tip is for you. But you have to guess first! Check back in a few hours for the real answer.
After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week.
Sasha Wizansky is a founding editor of Meatpaper, the print quarterly about all things meat and carnivorous culture. She is author of Your New Glass Eye.
Magazines: I've always been interested in periodicals, especially the quirky and independent ones, and it seems my subscription list keeps growing: Cabinet, Esopus, Bidoun, Gastronomica, Print, Diner Journal, The Believer, McSweeney's, and The New Yorker. My life would be pretty different if the New Yorker ceased to exist. An ideal rainy day activity is curling up on the couch with a pile of print, which, it turns out, is nowhere near dead.
Novels: I haven't really caught on to micro-blogging or other short-form communication, and too much onscreen reading makes me dizzy. A good chunky novel still has the power to seduce me, especially when it spins an old-fashioned yarn. I keep up with Jonathan Lethem's novels for his vivid and offbeat storytelling. I loved the characters and slippery satire of Chronic City.
Go Outdoors: Head to Convert to save 15% on sustainable outdoor apparel that's equally suited for the urban jungle while sipping seasonal brews. While you're there, enter for a chance win a Nau jacket and Tahoe ski lift pass. RSVP here.
Ambiance: Snag a holiday party dress (or five) on the cheap with an additional 20% off all sale items through Sunday.
Now that baseball season is over, we're going to need another reason to drink beer. Luckily, there's a big one this weekend (Nov. 13 and 14) at Fort Mason. Bay Area Brew Festival gathers dozens of domestic and international brewers under one roof and, for $50, you can try them all for three hours straight (1–4 p.m.). In addition to local favorites like Lagunitas, Speakeasy, and Big Daddy, look for a wide range of brews, from the traditional (Colt45, brewed with pride in Woodridge, Illinois by the Pabst Brewing Co.) to the European (Spaten from Munich) to the karmic (Lhasa from Tibet) to the downright experimental (MateVeza, a "naturally caffeinated yerba mate beer" from Ukiah).
In April 2003, a falling boulder pinned Aron Ralston to the wall of Utah's remote Blue John Canyon for nearly five days, forcing the 27-year-old mountain climber to amputate his right arm in a desperate bid to survive.
In bringing his story to the screen, Danny Boyle deftly avoids the obvious stumbling blocks, transforming a mostly one-man show with a well-publicized ending into arresting drama that speaks not only to Ralston's implacable will but also to the durability of the human spirit. Boyle has described 127 Hours as an action movie about a man who can’t move, and the description is apt. Ralston’s existential struggle seems almost to sprint to its grisly conclusion.
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