Seen In San Francisco: Disputed Ode to Drunkenness Carved Into City Sidewalk

'I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy' reads the pavement.

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!”

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