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Signs and Wonders

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War Is Not Fair, But It Does Have Class

Here’s an original Mission Yuppie Eradication Project poster from San Francisco’s Mission District in the late 1990s. According to Wikipedia: “During the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, the gentrification of San Francisco’s predominantly working class Mission District led some long-term neighborhood residents to create what they called the “Mission Yuppie Eradication Project.” This group […]

No Parking

Navigating the city’s complex parking restrictions can be a bit daunting. If you’re paying attention, most Department of Parking and Traffic enforcement signs quickly and effectively convey their message to anyone remotely concerned about the risk exorbitant fines or worse; the dreaded tow. However, this strangely confusing piece of public art, located in the city’s […]

Wanted

Usually I dread trips to the US Post Office. When I’m unfortunate enough to receive the manila colored delivery notice proclaiming I have a waiting package, I have to find time after work to travel to the local station and painstakingly wait in line with other frustrated customers while flagrantly aloof postal workers process packages […]

Classes At The Main

A friend was handed this manifesto while buying a case of Kirin Ichiban at the corner store. Apparently created at the San Francisco Main Library on a schedule of available classes, the author (or unsung prophet) covers a range of themes seemingly common among the paranoid, such as government corruption, both historical and religious references, […]

Underground Man

It’s summer in SF. The city smells like piss, I’m spending more time than usual in my underwear and the kids with the carabineer key chains are well into their cross town fixie migrations, disappearing nightly into the surf where Pacific currents guide their steel frames and Deep V’s to secret breeding grounds somewhere on […]

Chinese Scientology

This is a poster I have seen numerous times over the years on telephone poles along San Francisco’s Clement Street and the surrounding neighborhoods. I never really spent the time to decipher it’s message, and based on the Mumia Abul Jamal look-alike, always assumed it was some badly executed attempt to promote some sad little […]

Jack of All Trades

Will’s back at it rehashing old themes and testing a few new ones. Not one to make an understatement, Will seems to be taking cues from Phil Spector and his infamous “wall of sound,” plastering entire blocks of street signs and lamp posts with multiple posters butted snug against one another. While his mini “best […]

Honey Tree Evil Eye

I love stories told in brief compelling episodes, each one a new clue to the titillating climax that lies ahead. However, instead of soap operas or the political circus surrounding a presidential candidate’s every misstatement, I favor the narrative of the offbeat, expressed in rants, ramblings and bizarre imagery. The continuing saga of Natalie/Carolina’s Pet […]

Learn German

Ever had one of those days when you’re trapped inside you own head? Today was one of those days. I had just paid a visit to my elderly father, where in his rapidly deteriorating state he’s allowed his house and his personal affairs to unravel into a typhoon of dirty dishes, unopened bills, and various […]

Forcing the Hand, pt. 1

Will’s not much of a people person. I’ve come to this conclusion after the latest in a series of menacing phone messages in which Will has implicated me as a key figure in a city-wide conspiracy to bury his burgeoning dog walking business by collaborating with the Department of Public Works and rival walking services […]

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