Do You Want Fries With That?

11 06 2010

I just finished reading Little Boxes: The Architecture of a Classic Midcentury Suburb and was kind of surprised to learn that Outer Sunset OG Henry Doelger was originally against Art Deco homes. He said that he always associated them with fast food joints, but when he was building his second empire in Daly City he was really turned on by what he called the “Fish n’ Chips” style of homes (It’s the pink one on the cover, the green one below it, and then check out the fucking killer living room money shot at the end.) and started to crank those out like nobodies business.

I thought that was a remarkable statement because whenever I look at Art Deco homes a part of me thinks of fast food as well and how often is it that you find yourself agreeing on something like modern architecture with someone who was born in 1896?

The Outer Sunset is a really unique living museum of Indestructible American Suburban Architecture and you can find some great Art Deco gems scattered about out here over here and there. I just discovered this guy the other day.

Do you want fries with that?

I’m really digging that top hat with the blue stripes.

A part of me is convinced that at any moment a Norman Rockwell era Betty will just zip up to me on these rad 1950s roller-skates and a uniform with a blue striped paper hat with my order of a burger, shake, and animal style fries.

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“That Don’t Match!”

8 06 2010

Somewhere along the line my girlfriend granted herself veto power over what I get to wear whenever we go out at night. If she feels like whatever I’m wearing is clashing she only has to say “That don’t match!” and either I have to change my outfit or if I try and argue the point my life becomes an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

“That don’t match!” has become one of our inside jokes, a catch phrase that perfectly sums up when we see anything that instinctively was not meant to be together. That phrase also happens to perfectly sum up this house that has the worst 3rd floor addition in The Outer Sunset and quite possibly all of San Francisco.

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Oh. My. Lord.

It’s like a tsunami took one house and washed it onto the roof of another house.

It’s like Homer Simposn got wasted one week and built a tree fort for the kids on the roof of his house. And nobody stopped him.

This beauty is on or west of the 47th Ave parallel, where the houses get Twilight Zone weird out here and a part of me loves it for that. It’s a reminder that the spirit of Carville still lives on out here by the beach. You can hire Homer Simpson to build the most ridiculous addition to your home out here and No One Will Stop You.

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Critical Mass Bonfire. Ocean Beach, Outer Sunset. May 28, 2010. FREE.

29 05 2010

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Or at least it was advertised as a Critical Mass Bonfire.

There was already well over a hundred people manning all of the Burning Man Bonfire Pits a good hour before sundown and before any of the riders showed up. After sundown most of the Critical Mass kids decided to stay up on the street with their open containers and get arrested. Welcome to the Sunset, hipster. Regardless, it was a glorious San Diego day at the beach; low-70s, no clouds, minimal winds, and lots of sun. What a perfect excuse for San Francisco to go hang out at the beach.

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Every Day is a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day in The Outer Sunset.

17 03 2010

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About two months ago I thought it would be a neat idea to start collecting pictures of all the green houses in The Outer Sunset for a Saint Patrick’s Day post. Then a few gigabytes later I realized that I was in danger of breaking my computer and quite possibly the Internet if I posted them all at once. I’ve since edited it down to just those green houses that I think are architecturally interesting or a good representation of The Outer Sunset. Enjoy –

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This house reminds me of the kinds of goofy sunglasses and other fashion accessories that Kayne West has made trendy recently.

You know, Michael Jackson really did have one of the best deaths of all time.

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I always imagined that if Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog got married and realized that they loved each other but could not stand to live in the same house with each other they would be neighbors out here like these two.

And why does Miss Piggy get TWO satellite dishes and Kermit has none? That’s not fair.

I thought I was pretty clever for writing that bit and then immediately afterwards I discovered over a dozen other instances where there was a loud green house next door to a loud pink house.

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All the years that I’ve lived here I’ve been oblivious to this “Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog as neighbors in The Outer Sunset” meme and now I can’t leave the house without them stalking me. Way to jinx yourself there, Mike.

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I wouldn’t really call the house on the left green, maybe it was at one time but right now it looks like it’s been molded over by some turquoise fungi color, but check out his neighbor to the right. I feel dirty just looking at it. The same crap that collects around your toilet bowl is growing around his windows. Lovely. This picture reminds me that even though I make fun of all the loud, tacky colors in The Outer Sunset, I really do appreciate it when a homeowner will take pride in the upkeep of their home.

C’mon Buddy, you live in a piece of charcoal.

A giant piece of moldy charcoal.





Shout at The Devil

14 03 2010

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Very impressive Devil Horns that you’re throwing down there, Neighbor.

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Nothing quite cements your status as the local mad-scientist like a pair of Dr. Frankenstein-era lightening rods attached in an aggressive position onto your roof.





No Time For Love, Dr. Jones!

12 03 2010

No time for love Dr. Jones

I was tooling around Chinatown a few weeks ago when I came across this van and liked the way it had positioned itself in Chinatown.

Then I was coming home from school the other day when I noticed these stencils on the side of the Noriega St. Safeway.

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It’s like if Batman were a tagger and drove the Batmobile all around town just leaving Batman stencils wherever he fought crime …or made a grocery delivery.





Renaissance Sidewalk Art of 33rd Ave.

2 03 2010

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