If you haven’t noticed, construction has wrapped up on Valencia and everyone can now enjoy wider sidewalks! Check it out when you go for a little Christmas Eve stroll.

I know I’m excited I no longer have to worry about close calls with drivers on my bike, lest I risk being forced into fresh asphalt.

Since you’re probably doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, don’t forget to grab a well-deserved cup of coffee.

Hankering for something new? Borderlands Café opened last week next to Borderlands Books on Valencia between 19th and 20th. New and used Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror — now with coffee! Although I’m sure the coffee isn’t used.

But if you were planning on browsing at nearby X-21 Modern, they’ve shut their doors for good. I’m a little sad I never checked out their odd-looking selection of goods, but judging by the prices on their site, there’s no way I could afford anything there.

Unfortunately following suit is Abandoned Planet Bookstore on Valencia Street between 16th and 17th, which will be closing at the end of the month. It was a favorite of late beat poet Harold Norse, who called Albion Street his home for the last 35 years.

More openings on the way though! Rosamunde Sausage is almost ready for their launch party on 24th and Mission.

Back to that last-minute shopping: If you’re in the Mission looking for unusual gifts, how about a frog?

I would not, however, look into this free photo with Santa. Something doesn’t seem right about getting a free photo and a “free qoute [sic] for insurance.”

There sure are a lot of people looking for and offering rides. I’ve been hearing from friends about impossible waits at the airport, so if you’re traveling, bring something to keep yourself entertained — maybe that new frog.

Once you reach your destination tonight, go stuff yourself with mashed potatoes and/or various meats — I know I will.

Kimberly Chua

Kimberly is currently a journalism major and business minor at San Francisco State University. Come May 2010, she will be moving on to bigger and better things, i.e. living and breathing journalism, not...

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