The Sounds of Music
Not a fan of bucket drums: I enjoy most street musicians, but I really hate that guy who plays the drums in front of Old Navy, as well as the guy who drums on buckets in front of the Ferry Building ["Subterranean Rush Hour Blues," Joe Eskenazi, Kate Conger, Rachel Swan, feature, 12/18]. They're just plain loud and obnoxious, and drown out the other musicians whom I actually want to hear. I would be very happy to see them gone.
Ribbit, Ribbit, Croak
Fresh frogs for sale: I have seen frogs in deplorable conditions in Chinatown ["Jeremiah Was a Politcal Liability," Rachel Swan, Sucka Free City, 12/18]. Frogs piled on top of each other in disgusting water, helplessly climbing the smooth walls of the tanks frantically trying to escape. Others looked so sick they were near death. These animals are in no less need of compassion or protection than any other animal. There needs to be a ban on the sale of live animals in California.
Exchange fresh for frozen legs: This is a no-brainer and I hope Gov. Brown's office picks up on this. 1. No one particular culture's culinary preferences should be allowed to threaten California's ecosystems! 2. To avoid any political missteps or charges of racism, I suggest S.F. do what they do in Ontario, Canada, where a huge Asian population exists: Allow in frog legs , but only as frozen product where any parasites present in frogs are contained and have no risk of being released into the natural environment.
No Good Option
All options lead to a lawsuit: [I say] the train driver jumps off and saves himself ["Train of Thought," Joe Eskenazi, Your Humble Narrator, 12/18]. Unfortunately, if he stays on and tries to do something and fails at it, you'll end up in a lifelong lawsuit.
Blog Comments of the Week
Artists are being squeezed out of S.F.: All the culture is leaving San Francisco ["Thee Oh Sees, Deans of the S.F. Rock Scene, Are Going on Indefinite Hiatus," Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 12/19]. It's especially weird for frontman John Dwyer to leave, he was such a mainstay of the city for so long. Keep the Manhattanization going I guess; S.F. may never recover.
People need to remember they're not angels either: What makes this city so great also makes it so bad ["Santas Cited for Illegal Dumping and Permit Violations," Joe Eskenazi, the Snitch, 12/16]. This goes for all of those "bad Santas" acting up, and everyone else who bitches and complains about events like this or Bay to Breakers, Outside Lands, Love Parade (when we still had it) or any of the countless other street festivals. I'm sure that a fair amount of people who have an issue with events like this also act up themselves from time to time while out on any other weekend.