Chopstick Chafe
I love Eliza's (Eat, June 7) for the reason you slam-dunk them. You want to be catered to and stroked and mollycoddled by waiters? I want quick and efficient service. Most of my colleagues only have an hour for lunch, and they're delighted that they get serviced so quickly without a lot of idle chitchat. That is real Asian. Any time I've asked for clarification, the answers are satisfactory.

Have you ever heard of making ends meet? Meeting payroll? Paying bills? Does volume ring a bell?

You need not be so caustic and venomous in your assessment just because you have access to the printed page. Your overtones sound jealous. You sound WASP-y, callous, and rude.

If only you realized how many customers “linger” at a table — hogging the space and time … you would be more sympathetic about move on, please. I get aggravated when I see couples sipping coffee after dinner for seemingly hours while there is a line. It's a very selfish attitude. Not an “us” mentality or considerate.

While at restaurants where the tab is $100-150, then you should feel free to “sip” and linger all you want! You're practically paying the mortgage.

If you knew all the sweat and blood and tears that have gone into these two restaurants, you would ask for forgiveness and kiss the feet of all the workers!

Your poison-pen, haughty, ugly American attitude is offensive. Unfortunately you're part of what's wrong with our ungentle society.

Serafin Sanchez
San Francisco

Hot and Soured
Thank you for blowing the whistle on Eliza's (Eat, June 7). I think I'll Xerox and send your review to all my pals who work around Civic Center. They keep dragging me there because “the service is so good” and “the food is wonderful.” I finally just dug in my heels and refused another badly seasoned, mushy, quasi-Chinese meal served with smart-alecky sauce.

Stephanie von Buchau

In the Doghouse
A roar of applause to Amy Linn and her all-too-accurate portrayal of apartment hunting in San Francisco (“Exile in Rental Land,” June 7). As a dog owner, I viewed more than 60 apartments before I found two that would accept me and my pet. Both were overpriced dumps, resplendent in the wall-to-wall shag native to this fair city. Both required near religious experiences to obtain; both were vastly overpriced.

Throughout my search, I found it would have been easier to move in with a troupe of clog-dancing Norwegians than one well-trained dog. My job, immaculate credit history, and charm were no match for the surly, narrow-minded, and suspicious landlords I encountered here. As my faith in S.F. property owners plummeted, I became more aggressive and comical in my dealings. “You can't accept dogs? What do you think of goats?” “It has a lawn? Great! Can I dig a swimming pool there?” As I became more obnoxious, my housing results improved. In further housing hunts, I found my success rate grew as I became less tolerant. The more I bickered about price, the more the owners wanted to rent to me.

As recommendation to all renters, new or old — take no shit from S.F. landlords. Do not tolerate overpriced rents or inflated and legally questionable deposits. Negotiate for reasonable terms. Don't be afraid to live in nontraditional or less-popular neighborhoods. As renters, it is our responsibility to keep the market competitive and let the landlords know it is our money they're living on. Reasonably priced housing exists in San Francisco. It is our job to find it and maintain it.

Steve Timble
San Francisco

Reel Mad
What are you people thinking? Reel World is one of the main reasons I look forward to reading SF Weekly and here I come to find that you're getting rid of it!

As a person who works in the San Francisco media, it was nice to read the column and catch up on information that I'd missed. It was always a good read — informative and entertaining. So why are you getting rid of it?

I know you're under new ownership, management — whatever — but Jesus, get a clue. Don't mess with something good. Michael Fox's column is good — so if you're getting rid of it, then hey, maybe there's one less reason to read your paper. I'm afraid to find out what you'll be axing next.

Jennifer Gonzalez
San Francisco

World Without Fox
Michael Fox's Reel World column was a consistently informative and useful source of info for this Bay Area filmmaker. To lose it to make way for more reviews is simply foolish. The Bay Area has a large circulation of mediamakers to whom the column was highly valued — it was also something the Guardian didn't have. Bad move.

Haydn Reiss
San Francisco

Zoned Out
In his recent article purportedly about Epicenter Zone (“What's Shakin' at Epicenter?” June 7), James Sullivan created a highly misrepresentative image of the space. Rather than attempting to give an accurate description of Epicenter, its volunteers, and our objectives, Sullivan chose to sensationalize an animosity that few of our current volunteer staff are a part of, by highlighting interviews with two people who at this time have only a peripheral involvement with the space.

If the infighting in the punk scene were the topic of interest to the reporter, the article should have been identified as such. An article really intended to describe Epicenter Zone would have portrayed people more directly involved with the day-to-day activities of the space as a meeting place, a resource, or a record store, and the volunteers who run it, any of whom would disdain to be labeled a spokesperson for the space as the highlighted interviewees were implied to be. The inconsistencies between what was reported and the reality of the space with which I am involved leave me with a not unfamiliar distrust of stories printed in SF Weekly as to the degree of “truth” to which they adhere.

Epicenter Zone
San Francisco

Gunning Down JROTC
On behalf of the San Francisco Coalition to Oppose JROTC, I want to thank Smart Feller for their JROTC cartoon (May 10).

At a time when violence and guns are an issue in our schools, the S.F. Unified School District continues to support a program that allows guns to be brought into schools, teaches violence as a means to end conflicts, and teaches history strictly from a military perspective.

JROTC and their supporters want us to believe they are a benevolent organization sponsoring toy and food drives and teaching students how to follow orders so they can become good leaders. They don't tell the students that the military exists for one reason only — to kill!

JROTC and those school board members who support it point out that many students who join love the program, noting it's like family to many. This may be true, but programs exist that can do all that JROTC does without guns and the use of violence.

On Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m., the San Francisco School Board will vote on a resolution to phase out JROTC. The meeting will be held at Everett Middle School, located at 16th and Church streets; call 241-6000 for more information or to get on the speakers' list.

Richard Sanderell
Coalition to Oppose JROTC
San Francisco

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