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What's In-Store for Your Mutt?

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 25, 2010

I wanted to bring my dog into a grocery store in Pacific Heights in San Fran for just a minute. I didn’t see any sign that said “don’t bring in your dog”. As soon as I walked in, they jumped on me like a pack of rabid wolves. “No dogs allowed.” “Take your dog out of here.” And they weren’t nice. I felt like a second-class citizen and all I wanted was a quart of milk and a free-range chicken.

Dog owners wrestle with this issue all the time. Last month we addressed the “tethering situation” and most everyone agreed that it’s a bad idea. So, now the logical progression is to discuss the... (more)

Tags: san francisco, dogs, canine laws

What Tiger Didn't Say

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 21, 2010

As we all know, the real important things that Tiger Woods should have said yesterday were never even approached. So, here I am writing between the lines.

"Good morning, and thank you for joining me. Many of you in this room are my friends. Many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me or you've worked with me or you've supported me."

I stacked the room. "Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in."

I’m so sorry... (more)

Tags: humor, tiger woods, professional golf, elin woods

The Presidio Golf Course Has Love Fore the Environment

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 20, 2010

The Presidio golf course is one of the Presidio’s greatest attractions, with amazing panoramic views and a rich history. But, now the world is honoring the course for being a leader in environmentally sensitive golf course management. By capturing the highly-regarded Turfgrass Excellence Award in the public category of the Golf Superintendents Association of Northern California, course superintendent Brian Nettz can say with confidence that the greens at the Presidio course are truly greener.

The Presidio was built in 1895, making it the second oldest in Northern California. But by using... (more)

Tags: san francisco, golf, presidio golf course, green course

Greyhound Matter

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 15, 2010

A trip on a Greyhound bus is a traveling circus. A social experiment gone wrong. A petri dish on 18 wheels. Rows and rows of depressed and defeated. Retreating from what could have been to what actually transpired.

The old woman sitting right next to me is doing her best to avoid making eye contact, which is an art form in itself, because we’re a foot apart from each other. She’s once again being shuttled from her son in Waco back to her sister in Nashville. No one had to tell me, I can read her ticket sticking out of her purse and overheard her whining on her cell phone.

The... (more)

Tags: greyhound bus lines memphis, el paso, humor memoirs

The Greatest Documentary I've Ever Seen

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 29, 2010

I saw a movie last night and it’s sticking with me like warm chewing gum. As hard as I’ve tried to put this documentary out of my mind, I can’t do it. It may sound corny and melodramatic, but I’m crying as I’m writing this. My keyboard is damp and my mind is racing, trying to tell people about this amazing, troubling, surprising and yet hopeful film.

It’s called Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008, 1 hr. 33 minutes and available on DVD). This is the kind of story I can’t describe too much without giving away a bunch of important information. So let's put it this way—it... (more)

Tags: documentary, dear zachary a letter to a son from his father, andrew bagby, kurt kuenne

It's a Doggone Problem

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 28, 2010

A recent dog napping incident ended well, but many people lose their dogs and never get them back. Jojo the dog was reunited with Nicholas and Marie Gaffney and their three-year-old son of San Francisco, when a San Rafael veterinarian was able to identify the stolen canine by scanning for Jojo’s microchip when the dog was brought in for a check-up by its so-called “new owners”.

The five-year-old Australian cattle dog disappeared initially when an unidentified woman untied the animal from where he had been left outside the Safeway on Market and Church streets and walked away. A vet in... (more)

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The 1949 U.S. Goodwill Baseball Tour of Japan

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 18, 2010

“The 1949 U.S. Goodwill Baseball Tour of Japan” is currently a display at the Society of California Pioneers museum at 300 4th Street (at Folsom) in San Francisco. It runs through Spring. Call (415) 957-1849 for more information. If you’re a fan of baseball history, this is a must-see, featuring more than 250 items from this historical tour.

I am fascinated by the long history of baseball in San Francisco. Next month, the City By the Bay will celebrate 150 years of baseball in the Bay Area.

Lefty O’Doul was a fascinating guy. He’s the second-greatest player from the area,... (more)

Tags: san francisco baseball, lefty o'doul, 1949 japan baseballl tour, society of california pioneers

Hop on the Golden Gate Express!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 16, 2010

All aboard The Golden Gate Express for a San Francisco experience like no other! The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park brings back its enormously popular garden railway exhibition this winter with many new features and surprises created by local garden railroad aficionados and artists from SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc.’s Artist in Residence program. It’s a celebration of the city of San Francisco as a model train, cable car, streetcar and more wend their way through a lush landscape of dwarf plants and zip past mini versions of the city’s landmark buildings created entirely from... (more)

Tags: san francisco, golden gate park, conservatory of flowers, golden gate express

Say Goodnight Jay!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 15, 2010

The reports that indicated that NBC would once again be reshuffling its late night television schedule with the cancellation of the disappointing Jay Leno Show. But it seems that this is not yet the end of the road for Leno at NBC. NBC hopes to push back their entire late night slate, placing Leno back at the 11:35 slot he had called home for 17 years, to be followed by The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien at 12:05am, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon at 1:05am. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time NBC hedged on their decision to replace Leno with O'Brien as the anchor of its late night... (more)

Tags: david letterman, patton oswalt, jay leno, tonight show, conan o'brien, jimmy kimmel, howard stern, brett favre, al davis, nbc

The Summer of Love Died Long Ago.

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 11, 2010

San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district used to be a great place to visit, with all of the funky cafes, the head shops, the amazing music stores and a great laid-back vibe, but now it’s turned into a battleground where homeless drunks, stoners, small-time pot dealers and an entire armada of world’s lost children have taken over the area by acting like aggressive bullies and fighting the cops, who are losing the war and don’t really seem to care.

One of our friends was recently assaulted by a gang of homeless stoners in the Haight. He was walking down the street, avoiding eye contact... (more)

Tags: san francisco

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