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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 19    <>  MONDAY, MAY 14, 2001

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PacBell for dummies. In case you haven’t tried it out yet, there’s a section that runs all the way around the top of the stadium known as “View Reserved” seating. Tickets cost $16. The view is spectacular, of the bay and its environs. But stay away from the left field side, cuz ya can’t see left field from there. Not an inch. Nor can you watch instant replays of what you missed. The scoreboard too is outa sight. You’d think they’d give a discount for plays not seen. If you want a good view of the field, check out the bleachers. Tickets, $10.

Our recent hot spell suggested a moneymaking gimmick Pete Magowan has overlooked. Back in rural Indiana in the 1920s, when temperatures soared in the summer, folks there often found church-going a little too suggestive of The Other Place. Enterprising merchants donated flat round hand-held fans decorated with ads for their establishment. And so it was that dozens of Dutch Reformed worshipers stirred the preacher’s hot air with fans inviting people to remember the Culp Funeral Home. Just think, the Giants could produce a whole collectable set, like baseball cards, each bearing a player’s picture and stats.

Mid-Market weekly report. The city’s uphill battle to clean up the mid-Market area continues. Late Monday afternoon police arrested four members of Food Not Bombs for permitlessly serving free vegetarian meals to prospective diners. The Independent Media Center (www.indybay.org) notes, “The effect of these activities taken up by the city has been devastating to residents in the South of Market and Tenderloin areas. Homeless people used the plaza as a daytime gathering spot to meet up with outreach workers, service providers, and other support workers. Outreach workers have since lost contact with many of their clients, rendering them unable to provide needed medical treatment and other services. The plaza was also a haven for many seniors and other disabled Tenderloin and South of Market residents seeking refuge from cramped and unhealthy living conditions. The removal of the benches has made the plaza virtually unusable for them.”

hookah.jpg (388080 bytes)But on the previous Saturday, the joint was jumpin’. Or at least swaying mellow-yellowly. The occasion: the 2001 Space Odyssey Marijuana March. Flyers touting Cannabis Freedom Day invited passersby to “Come out to San Francisco to join the Drug Peace Campaign in standing up for equal rights for pot smokers…. The 2001 Space Odyssey Pot Pride Rally will feature well-known speakers on the subject of drug policy reform, live opening music, and the rally will host an all-day techo dance party on UN Plaza featuring well-known Bay Area DJs.” Who needs benches, anyway?

The wilding of the Call. Where did they go? In this era of gratuitously trashed newsracks, last week provided a mystery. The setting: the corner of 5th & Market, where the chess players hang out. Where a Call box has also hung out for many, many months.

Follow this train of events. A mid-week inspection finds the newsrack’s window badly mutilated. Not to worry. Spare parts are at hand, waiting to be installed during the calm of the weekend.

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, a battered old Toyota pulls up, bearing a new window. The newsrack is gone. Completely vanished. Not to worry: A spare, rarely visited box is nearby, at a corner where foot traffic is limited. It’s quickly transported to 5th & Market and fastened in place, awaiting Monday’s deliveries.

Mid-afternoon the next day, a chance visit to the corner in question turns up… no newsrack. Gone, just like its predecessor. This one didn’t even have time to gather Market Street grime.