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San Francisco is One Big Bumper Car Ride

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 20, 2007

I have driven in Boston (which is bad), New York (which is worse), L.A. and Chicago, but San Francisco is by far the worst place to drive a car in the United States. People tailgate, cut each other off, scream, shout and make obscene gestures, run stoplights and stop signs, speed in school zones and have absolutely no patience with pedestrians. It's a constant peeve of mine, because it's a societal problem that goes way beyond on how we drive. It has to do with how we treat our fellow man; how we relate to others in our community, and much more. It has to do with respect, compassion, courtesy... (more)

Tags: city driving, society, accidents

Amarena Takes Food & Flirting to a New Level

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 20, 2007

Amarena is a classy little Italian joint nestled in the pristine neighborhood of San Francisco’s Russian Hill. It’s not in a commercial zone, which makes it nice. I get tired of restaurant rows. It’s good to have a choice, but a large grouping of nothing but eating establishments usually means one of two things: 1.) They’re all going to be mediocre or 2.) They’re all going to be really pricey. Things like competition and complacency all have opportunities to rear their ugly heads when you put a bunch of restaurants in one location. Amarena is just the opposite. When you get there,... (more)

Tags: san francisco, restaurant

The Great Victorians of San Francisco

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 19, 2007

Like wise old men and women wallowing in the fog and basking in the sun, the Victorian mansions and homes of San Francisco are more like people than structures. Every time I wander through Pacific Heights, the famous Cow Hollow commercial district, the Western Addition, the Outer Mission or the Haight, I marvel at these architectural masterpieces. If these buildings could only talk, I always think to myself. What would they say? I’m sure it would be things like, “Look at my decorative features”, or “Why do tourists keep taking my picture?” “Please wash my windows” or “Man, am I... (more)

Tags: san francisco

I'm Jones-ing for the Sopranos

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 18, 2007

It’s Sunday and I miss the Sopranos. I can’t believe that we actually have to wait until next month for the rest of the episodes. To be honest, I don’t know why I even like the show anymore considering how far it has fallen. Season one was just amazing. The show broke new ground and managed to stay clear of the stereotypical gangster films of the recent past. It was well-cast, the writing was fresh and it just worked. Since then, the Sopranos has suffered a gradual death, in my opinion. David Chase, the show’s creator, has a style of writing where he doesn’t worry about wrapping up... (more)

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"The Parrots of Telegraph Hill" Part II

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 17, 2007

Mark Bittner is a great San Francisco story. Here's a homeless musician who was living on people's rooftops in North Beach. He discovered this flock of parrots and it changed his life. He's now a celebrity in this town, with a best-selling book, an award-winning documentary and a new book on the way. Not to mention the fact that he got a wife out of the deal, marrying the woman who made the film about him and his parrots. Last week Mark was part of a successful effort to keep several trees where the parrots live from being cut down. I interviewed Mark a while back and here is a portion of that... (more)

Tags: san francisco, movie

When Will BrooWaha Catch On in San Francisco

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 15, 2007

I cannot believe that a hip, supposedly on the cutting-edge town like San Francisco hasn't taken immediately to a great journalistic vehicle like BrooWaha. If you look at the incredible news communities that already exist with BrooWaha LA and BrooWaha New York, you can see that this type of online publication is an innovative, one-of-a-kind concept that has caught on like wildfire in those two cities. Although the content on SF BrooWaha up to this point has been high in quality, I just can't understand why there isn't a huge rush of better writing. Where are the great writers out there... (more)

Tags: san francisco, broowaha

My Top 5 Favorite Baseball Movies

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 14, 2007

As an avid baseball fan, I have always loved baseball movies. The problem is that many of them are completely unwatchable (examples: The Major League and Bad News Bears series of films). Here are five, however, that I believe are worth noting. None of them are cinematic gems, but I think each has something to offer those who love this great game. If you're jones-ing for the MLB season to start as much as I am, maybe viewing one of these movies will ease your pain. 5.) Bull Durham: (1988) A funny, well-written movie produced by Ron Shelton, the king of sports films, this movie deals with things... (more)

Tags: baseball, movie

Brian Copeland's One-Man Show: Not a Genuine Black Man

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 13, 2007

Not a Genuine Black Man, a one-man show written and performed by Brian Copeland, is so incredibly moving, so outrageously funny and so mesmerizing and engrossing that once you’ve seen it, there’s no doubt that it will stay with you forever. It’s been described as an evening of laughter, tears and sociology. In 1972, the National Committee against Discrimination in Housing called the California city of San Leandro a racist bastion of white supremacy. It was selected as one of the most racist suburbs in the United States. At the time, CBS News and Newsweek magazine did in-depth stories on... (more)

Tags: san francisco, california

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 12, 2007

“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” is a fascinating documentary about a flock of approximately 45 wild parrots that live and breed in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco. It’s an award-winning film directed by well-known documentarian Judy Irving. For a long time, the movie made its way around the country as an underground sensation, popular with animal lovers, naturalists and people from all walks of life. Folks just seem to be drawn to this amazing story of human beings and animals living together and changing each other’s lives forever. The film is now available on... (more)

Tags: san francisco, movie, broowaha

The SF Zoo: Where the Animals Are on the Outside Looking In

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 11, 2007

I’ve been to a lot of zoos in my life, including the famous San Diego Zoo and the Central Park Zoo in New York City, and I truly believe that the San Francisco Zoo is right up there with the best. Back in the late 80’s when I first visited it, I couldn’t honestly say that. It was antiquated, with those old animal warehouse-type buildings and all of the animals were inside these rather uncomfortable-looking cages, or out in these environments that looked like bad sections of the Tenderloin. But, since then, the SF Zoo has gone through a complete remodel, and the results are so wonderful and... (more)

Tags: new york, san francisco, education, china

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