Today's the 80th birthday of my very favorite train, the N-Judah. Thanks to Seamus for the heads-up, and click through to the N Judah Chronicles for the full story!
To mark this grand occasion, I will ride it myself to work on Friday, a few days late (and very likely a dollar short), in traditional N-Judah and Ginevra fashion. Here's to another 80 years of overcrowding and getting stuck in the tunnel.
Maybe it's the cold weather settling in, maybe it's the impact of the upside-down-ness of the past few months, maybe it's a cold beer on a cool night, missing how we sat with the dog under our feet at Kilowatt or Amber or 500 or anyone's house. Maybe it's all of the above.
Bring a hoodie. It's colder than you think. Taxi drivers and Chinese food joints miss Web 1.0. You will be sorry if you finish the whole burrito. The ocean? Bring a wetsuit. And there ain't no boardwalk. Real, fresh wasabi makes all the difference. Everything you want to go to after 9pm is closed. (™- Anil) You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a DJ. It was better last year. You need a car 18% of the time. Muni: worse than NYC transit, better than DC's. You can, indeed, make a family out of some of thegreatestfriends in the world.
Hello, internet. I've been trying to think of how to say and deal with this, so I'll just come out with it.
I am moving to Boston. Stella is not. Instead, Stella will be living with two of our favorite people, Jay and Jen.
Boston is not much of a dog-friendly town. San Francisco, you can bring
your dog into the bar, the record store, the bookstore, hell, there's
dog bowls out everywhere you go. Boston basically has a big sign on it
that says NO DOGS ALLOWED. Stella has wicked arthritis from her
surgery. Boston is cold, in case you haven't been following along. I
talked with her vet, and he spoke plain crazy
truth: "you want to take a large, arthritic,
barky animal to a city like that?"
Right. She would be miserable. I would be
miserable. And yet...
Here's the lowdown - there are thousands less kids in the San Francisco public school system than there used to be. Lucky rich kids go to private schools instead. (I'm a product of public schools, and look at me! I'm successful, I have a....blog!) SFUSD has proposed the closure of 9 schools. Trick is, public schools are often already strapped for ways to engage their kids - send them over a turf line to a new school, and you're encouraging truancy, dropouts, and lots and lots of trouble.
It's a simple case of robbing Peter to pay Paul - you close these schools, you up the costs of JD centers and police, not to mention the moral cost of telling these kids "we just don't think you need this school."
Why John Swett in particular? Well, my friend Andrea works there, for one, but this situation in particular seems avoidable, and within our grasp to change. In an interesting twist of bureau-crazy, the Board of Supes just approved $660,000 in funds for Swett - but the school board doesn't have to accept it. They decide tonight.
Think the world is nuts and want to affect change? You have to start in your own backyard. Take a quick moment to email our mayor and let him know what you think, or go to the rally tonight at 6 at 555 Franklin Street, and pass the word on that we'll remember this come next election.