Tripping Out on the Architecture of The Outer Sunset along the Great Highway.

17 08 2009

I spent the first part of last weeks Sunday Streets just riding my bike up and down the mostly deserted Great Highway and getting reacquainted with all my favorite houses out here. This stretch of road is what turned me onto Outer Sunset house watching several years ago. The houses out here have a lot of character and each one tells a different story.

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This house would be perfect if you were a superhero type that fought crime with a hovercraft type vehicle that kept getting tagged up every time you parked it on the street. Problem solved. Just park your vehicle on the roof and then bogie on down.

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This house is quite amazing. It takes up three lots lengthwise and is two lots deep but still manages to be modest in its space consumption. Check out that front lawn. It’s like Vietnam down there with succulents large enough to eat a small child.

She was originally built in 1949 by architect Ernest Born as his personal home and then later added onto by Aidlin Darling Design. It’s quite possibly the sexiest house in The Outer Sunset. You have to check out her photo spread in The New York Times to really appreciate her glory.

Photos courtesy of Dwight Eschliman.

It’s a fantasy of mine that a porn star exhibitionist type of girl moves in here one day and converts that third floor room in her bedroom/playspace.

Speaking of which, Mika Tan, if you’re looking for a house in San Francisco I found you a fabulous spot right by the beach.

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The house that Viagra built.

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There’s a lot of circular windows embedded into the homes out here. I think some of the architects went over the top on driving home this whole “we all live in a yellow submarine” theme.

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What’s that on the roof of the blue guy? Is that an antenna? Or maybe that’s an anti prop-8 art piece. I have no idea.

And check out how the green guy has boarded up and colored over his submarine window on the 2nd floor. “Yeah, we all live on the beach. I got the memo. Now get the fuck out of my house you stupid submarine window”

There are houses that have seen better days.

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There are houses that are painted like the doodle pads I used to scribble on my peachy folder back in junior high.

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Dudekoff!

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Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, was our castle and our keep
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, that was where we used to sleep

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The Life is the Great Highway House

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The Jolly Green Giant House

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And John Law was taking his dogs out for a walk.

Thank you, Outer Sunset.

Thank you for helping to keep San Francisco weird.





The ALL IN ONE ONE IN ALL House in The Outer Sunset.

14 08 2009

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More evidence that The Outer Sunset has got to be one of the weirdest suburbs in America.

You can throw down your freak flag right there on the front lawn, run it up the flagpole, and just let it fly.

The beaches of San Francisco gave birth to Burning Man and the quirky beach side suburbs of San Francisco have given birth to pockets of these Temporary Autonomous Zones that have since mutated into Permanent Autonomous Zones.

Must be something in the water …

Thank you to Sunset Style for the head’s up and Goggle Maps for the legwork

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Hey, have any of you guys seen my fishtank?

13 08 2009

Have any of you seen my fish tank

This sign really isn’t that big of a deal from a San Francisco perspective, or from any major big-city perspective for that matter.

But think of it for a second in the context of the all-American suburb.

I’m a Navy Brat. I grew up in several different Navy housing units and suburbs and there isn’t a single suburb I know that would tolerate someone posting a large, laminated sign outside their house without a permit.

Much less a large, laminated sign dropping the S-bomb in front of them and their children. That’s an act of war in the suburbs. People would get all desperate housewives on you. Cops would be called. Chances are, you’d be tazed before the night was through, Bro.

But yet, here in The Outer Sunset, in what has to be one of the oldest suburbs on the west coast, you can get away with it.

This really must be one of the weirdest suburbs in America.





Don’t Fuck With Me. I’m Kung-Fu.

12 08 2009

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Some of the local housewives practicing their skills in front of the Ortega Street library on a Sunday Morning.





Sunday Streets in The Outer Sunset. August 9th, 2009. FREE.

10 08 2009

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What’s funny is that the sun woke me up this morning and that 31st Ave was still sunny and clear when I left for the day. But just a few blocks down the street and you could see that there was a pocket of fog just sitting down there by the beach. Just like the Twilight Zone. It’s like it’s own completely different ecosystem down there. You can go from San Diego to Bermuda Triangle tropical rainforest conditions in just a few blocks.

And then it all burned off 20 minutes before the block party was over. Yo! Sunday Streets. Can we change our hours from the 10AM – 2PM shift to…let’s say noon – sunset? Can we make that happen? Because, seriously. Most of this town can’t even get out of the house before 4PM. Trust me on this one.

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Who’s a good dog!
Who’s a good dog with the most bad-ass tricked out bike!
That’s right, you are!
Good dog! You’re a good dog!

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You were always on my mind.
You were always on my mind.

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I saw this set up a few months ago at that free bike party in Golden Gate Park that I never got around to writing about. They tried to go renegade that day but had to retreat back into the neighboring Burning Man Golden Gate Park parties jurisdiction to avoid prosecution. That was an interesting day.

All the electricity for this party isn’t provided by a generator. It comes from all the people peddling on those bikes. Really ingenious idea.

And this is what a human bike-powered renegade party on Ocean Beach looks like.

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The next Sunday Streets will be back in The Outer Sunset the day after The Man burns.

Seriously? Who scheduled that?

Are the promoters for the Outside Lands Festival on your board of directors?

Seriously. We need to talk people.

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Kailash Kher’s Kailasa in Stern Grove in The Outer Sunset. August 2nd, 2009. FREE.

6 08 2009

Kailash Kher’s Kailasa in Stern Grove in The Outer Sunset. August 2nd, 2009. FREE

Simply awesome.

Update # 1

Rad live video from teijaahl

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The Choose Your Own Adventure Bus

24 06 2009

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I’ve got a problem with this.

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Is this really how you’re going to go about repairing a hole in The Choose Your Own Adventure Bus, by just shoving some cloth through it?

Couldn’t you put up a homemade “EAT THE RICH”, “DESTROY THE CAPATILIST STATE”, or “NAMASTE” sign? That would be more practical and would have worked with The Choose Your Own Adventure Bus theme.

Sorry, I don’t want to get all Tim Gunn on you, but this kind of judgment call worries me.

You’ve got a very distinct and unique theme going on here and to go from that to the Moltiv Cocktail School of Auto Detail is just lazy work, my friend.

Get it together people. Make it work.

UPDATE # 1

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Again I maintain that this is one of the neatest SF perks about living in The Outer Sunset.

Free. Curbside. Parking.

I can see my car from my living room most nights. People can visit and spend the night or crash for the weekend without having to worry about their car being towed the next day.

And there’s MILES of curb without driveways if you know where to look.

I noticed the other day that the Choose Your Own Adventure Bus just got a new paintjob. Her new legal name is Rusty the Rodeo Whale by the Jugtown Pirates. They have a myspace with beats and everything.

Welcome to the neighborhood.





You play with words, you play with love. You can twist it around baby that aint enough cause girl I’m gonna know, If you’re letting me in or letting me go don’t lie, when you’re hurting inside, cause you can’t escape my…

22 06 2009

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There are few really neat graffiti vans and art cars that are indigenous to the Outer Sunset. We have all of these great curbs along Golden Gate Park or Sunset Boulevard that don’t have driveways so it’s the perfect habitat for larger vehicles.

Here’s one that I’ve come to known as the Hall and Oats mobile.

It’s always standing guard and keeping a watchful eye on Noriega Street.

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The Bashful Bull Burger Special

13 05 2009

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The Bashful Bull has got one of the better burger deals in the city. Chris Isaak has been said to be a regular here and I can see why. Bashful Bull is definitely my favorite dinner in The Outer Sunset.

The homemade hamburger is a dieing art form. It’s amazing how many trendy/expensive burger joints have popped up all over town that serve frozen patties. I’m not a purist, but there is something really cool and unique about a hamburger patty that a human being in the kitchen just made specifically for you.

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That and the place carries Sriracha! Fuck yeah!





The California Academy of Sciences FREE for Sunset residents.

9 05 2009

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The California Academy of Sciences has started a new free day specifically for local residents. If you live in The Sunset you got in for free today and there was almost no line to get in. Amazing.

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The trick is to grab the free passes to the Planetarium and the 3D Show as soon as you get in and then plan your day around those shows.

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This was another shot of the line to get in from a few hours later.

If you were trying this on that other free day there would be 300+ people in line ahead of you.

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This sign cracks me up.

Just incase you weren’t sure which direction down was, The Academy has got you covered.

The Free days at the California Academy of Sciences for Sunset residents are May 8, 9, 10, 2009

And then again in September 11, 12, 13, 2009