Have you ever wondered why your wireless signal doesn’t extend as far as you think it should? It could be the chicken wire in your walls, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently the fencing is the perfect size to interfere with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi signals. Strange.
Mitchell’s Ice Cream is hosting a holiday food drive for one more week. Help them fill up a third barrel of donated goods by swinging by and dropping off some rice, pasta, canned fruits & vegetables, tuna, canned meats, soups, stews & chili, peanut butter and/or cereal.
Also in foodie news, Inside Scoop takes a look at the upcoming Heart wine bar on Valencia Street, and discovers that the bar will share a kitchen crew with Kitchenette in the Dogpatch. Hey, remember that champagne bar that used to be on 22nd Street?
Remember the video for “In San Francisco” posted a couple weeks ago? Poking around on YouTube, I found Gold Toes in this older Block Report: Mission District from 2007. It’s got genuine ghost riding in it. Happy New Year’s, y’all.
* As far as I know, Good Vibrations, Cafe Gratitude and Sunny Vibrations have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
One last note – Mission Local reporter Anrica Deb dug up this bit of trivia-night knowledge while perusing some history. Behold, the namesake of Treat Avenue.
Biographical Note on George Treat
George Treat deserves more than mere mention. Born in Frankfort, Maine, on April 16, 1819, the son of Joshua and Sarah (Sweetser) Treat, he left that state in his early youth and in 1835 settled in New Orleans. He remained there until 1847, when he and his brother John enlisted in the United States Army and went to Mexico shortly before the war with that country ended. After his discharge he came to California on the bark Selina, reaching Santa Barbara on July 8, 1849, and San Francisco on August 10. The brothers settled in the neighborhood of the Mission and raised foodstuffs for the city markets. George Treat later engaged in mining enterprises in Nevada and Mexico, and was prominent in business circles in San Francisco. Treat Avenue, in this city, was named for him. He was a member of the first Committee of Vigilance of San Francisco, and when the South seceded from the Union, he enlisted in a California regiment which, however, remained here.
As did many others in those early days, he became interested in horse racing and owned a horse. This horse he named “Thad Stevens.” Treat was an ardent Abolitionist, because he had seen slavery at its worst in New Orleans, the slave market of the South; it may therefore be inferred that he named the horse for the famous Abolitionist of that name. It was affectionately called by San Franciscans, “Old Thad,” and in two of the most memorable races held in San Francisco it was the favorite. On November 15, 1873, it won the first race at Ocean View Race Course, and lost the second at Golden Gate Driving Park a year later. The attendance at the first race was fifty thousand and considerably more at the second.
George Treat was married on April 19, 1857, to Clarinda Littlefield, daughter of Rufus Batchelder, of Prospect, Maine, and they had five children: May Benton (the late Mrs. Alexander F. Morrison), Clara Littlefield, Sara Batchelder (Mrs. George R. Child, who lives in San Francisco), Rosa, and Frank Livingston Treat. He died in San Francisco in May I907.