The stretch of Steiner Street along Alamo Square with the Painted Ladies houses on its east side could be the most photographed section of this city — or any city. Most camera-wielding visitors are not looking at the pavement, however.
If they were, they'd find this happy quote of disputed origin: “I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”
While no one knows for certain who coined this phrase — and we'll get to that momentarily — it is indisputably among the wittiest comebacks for any tippler forced to defend his or her behavior. It's much more eloquent, say, than replying “At least I'm something” when told “You're drunk!”