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CAFE LA BOHEME  6 AM  Good Morning Mission District!

The current temperature at 24th and Mission is a crisp 49 degrees Farenheit, with a  coolish fog hanging overhead.  Rain not in the forecast .  Question whether to go back to the Che Guevara for the second morning.  It is deep, strong, fragrant; something you might drink one morning before dawn in the Sierra Maestra.  So  why do I go with the Organic Rainforest?

A Winning New Message

Chicken John hasn’t given up, why should I?  The quote in the headline from Samuel Beckett was sent to me by  X/Pat(riot) after my inaugural post.

Phil Wants to Know

As noted elsewhere on missionloc@l today, the soon-to-be-ubiquitous Philz Coffee is asking its customers and all passers-by:  “So if we offered mugs would you drink from them?”  Don’t tell us, tell Phil:  FirstClassService@philzcoffee.com

Tales of the City:  Heart Warmer Deluxe

SFist notes Samantha, the cat reported stolen from a homeless San Franciscan last week, was found yesterday, cleaned up and returned to her owner.  SFGate has a story and a pic.

Ice Cream Freeze

The Bi-Rite Creamery, well-known for long lines on cold nights, will be closed the last two weeks in February.  When it re-opens, sez Tablehopper, the Creamery will be expanding,  to include more space for seating, production and a new window.


Trekker Drew comes to the Mission and discovers a hipster nivana.  Only he doesn’t know what a hipster is.  Nobody does.  That’s the joke, right?  Our Marsha Polovets tried to answer that question during the whole Affaire American Apparel.

More Mourning

Tears have still not dried from the closing of the Abandoned Planet bookstore.  Recently, the Kendra Alexander Foundation posted a note on the window acknowledging the community’s loss and putting forward its plan for the near future:  “We recognize the need for more spaces committed to supporting local cultural expression and progressive voices seeking a distinct vision for the Bay Area.  Within the span of this year, we hope to transform 518 Valencia into a fully accessible center for popular culture and education and make it available at low cost to organizations, community members and social movements.”

Department of Recurring Nightmares

Mission District performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña has sent a communique to all aging rebel artists in which he recounts his many (on-going it seems) mid-life crises.  These archival musings are not currently online, but anyone wishing to dive into the outtakes of an artist as an older man can contact La Pocha Nostra.

Ask John Yoo

Finally, not from the Mission (gracias a Dios), comes the story of a man who was arrested for employing “enhanced interrogation techniques” on his 4 year old daughter who had refused to divulge her ABCs. Meanwhile SF Gate reports that lawyers and scholars are urging a federal court “to hold Yoo accountable” for his memos “approving the Bush Administration’s treatment of terrorism suspects..”

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Mark Rabine has lived in the Mission for over 40 years. "What a long strange trip it's been." He has maintained our Covid tracker through most of the pandemic, taking some breaks with his search for the Mission's best fried-chicken sandwich and now its best noodles. When the Warriors make the playoffs, he writes up his take on the games.

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