After the craziness of New Year’s Eve in the Mission (where it seemed everyone was stumbling around completely sloshed and people were still partying at 24th and Mission BART station at 3 a.m.), it should be no surprise that the entire neighborhood seemed hungover yesterday, and it was probably one of the quietest Friday night on record.

But while yesterday we found a Christmas tree waiting for a bus, Mission Mission blogger Vic Wong found that tree, and pictures of a whole bunch more around the neighborhood. They’re everywhere! Keep an eye on these guys, and watch your back around them. They look a bit shifty.

Meanwhile, with Phil’z, Ritual, Four Barrel and about 2,486 other coffee houses in the neighborhood, it’s pretty easy to overlook the humble tea houses, such as Om Shan Tea on 14th Street. Fortunately for tea fans, the New York Times took a look, pointing out some in the area, including Om Shan.

At the Bold Italic, bold local Mara Sohn starts the new year off right by volunteering with a few organizations here in the mission District. Read her descriptions and see the blocks we all know come alive.

Meanwhile, in the latest installment of the series of music videos that I haven’t thought of a name for yet, there’s this 2008 video from Keelay & Zaire, (Kee and Zee) a duo that operates bi-coastally in fashion similar to The Postal Service. The video has lots of key San Francisco scenes but a whole lot of Balmy Alley, plus, you get to play spot Gavin Newsom! Enjoy.

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Armand is a photojournalism and multimedia student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and is originally from Baton Rouge, La. His work history includes being a paper pusher in Los Angeles and a youth program coordinator in Ramallah, and is currently a student editor at Mission Local, which means he gets to read a lot of news and tell people what to do.

He also waits for the day when bacon and buffalo sauce combine on one plate.

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