Sunday, July 29, 2007

Caught in the Crossfire

If you live in the Bay Area you may have heard about this, but for those of you who don't - this is what went down.

Last Monday the restaurant I work at got hit in a drive by gang shooting. Fortunately, no one except the intended victim was hit, but a few of our customers sustained minor injuries from glass and of course everyone, staff and customers alike, got the piss scared out of them. The man the shooter targeted was a suspected drug dealer and was in a car parked outside of the restaurant, unfortunately he was parked in front of a wall of windows that face into our bar area.

Now, I wasn't there - thank God - but this incident horribly upset me. What upsets me the most isn't the violence itself; i know this was a one time thing, and the restaurant itself wasn't the target, just the "bad guy" outside. What upsets me is that I feel that the Police Department in this city isn't on top of their game. So much happens in this city and nothing is ever done about it. Most notably, the Yale students that were attacked here and received National attention - their attackers were caught but never punished. But the things that don't make the news is what bothers me. Two men stabbed on 19th and Sanchez (in the heart of the Castro) and a string of muggings and robberies around 16th and Castro a few months ago. I personally don't feel like the police in this city have enough presence, or even care about the "minor" crime that goes on around here.

Makes me miss Texas where we all get to carry guns, not just the bad guys.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Off Like a Prom Dress

So i'm packed, plucked, and ready for my next adventure. I'm leaving for 7 days, so you probably will not hear from me for a week.

I'll be here .

See you in a week.


Never walk through the TL without an umbrella

Dear Readers:

Many of you have visited our lovely city and know about the charming neighborhood - the Tenderloin. For those of you that are not familar with this gem of the city, I will give you a brief rundown.

The "TL" is located in the heart of the city, prime real estate really. Unfortunetly it is populated by mostly black crackheads wandering around in a daze and begging/hustling for money all the time. Now, this is not a homeless population, becuase the TL mostly consists of "flophouses" or "residence hotels" where these people can live 5 or 6 story's above the street.

This is where needing an umbrella comes in.

As I was walking down on of the main streets in this hood, keeping a watchful eye of the going ons around me... i heard a loud SPLAT next to me and I have to admit I was very startled and luckily jumped very quickly into the street.

Someone was vomiting from the 4th floor of the building above me.

Gotta love that local charm.


Friday, July 06, 2007

Guess Where I am?