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Monday, July 28, 2014

Hot San Francisco Weather Inspires Near-Nudity

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

click to enlarge A boundary-crosser, of sorts... - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • A boundary-crosser, of sorts...
San Francisco has a narrow range of weather possibilities. But you get all of it, every day. 

That's why everyone's mother here shouted "dress in layers!" as you ran out the door. That's why jeans and a hoodie is applicable 90 percent of the time. Not this last week, however. Going back to July 21, it was 73 degrees or more every day — with a Los Angeles-like weekend

Temperatures are a bit saner today, and figure to stay in the low 70s for the rest of the week. But, thanks to wonders of photography, the Internet, and optic nerves we can relive the glorious insanity afflicted on city residents unaccustomed to what those from elsewhere would refer to as "weather." The gent to the right is, to a point, dressing in layers. Just not nearly enough of them. 

Women, too, found time to dress — or undress — in odd fashions befitting our odd weather. To wit: 

click to enlarge That's the thing to do? - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • That's the thing to do?
Our favorite documentarian of quotidian San Francisco, Jim Herd, caught the above Speedo-clad gent gallivanting down Lombard and the lady in the brassiere — and little else — on Polk.

This sort of behavior is legal, even in San Francisco: Our nudity ordinance states "A person may not expose his or her genitals, perineum, or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet, or plaza, or in any transit vehicle station, platform, or stop of any government operated transit system in the City and County of San Francisco."

Along those lines, this couple was, perhaps overdressed. But only along those lines. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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