Public Transportation Pitfall
Public transportation needs to think about sustainability: Thanks to Joe Eskenazi for shining the light (so to speak) on Muni and encouraging more efficient and safer operations ["Sleepless Train," Your Humble Narrator, 8/21]. No public agencies should squander both financial or environmental resources, especially when they advertise themselves as a clean air solution. BART provides a great service. However, it would be nice if it would find a way to operate its escalators on demand (i.e. motion or weight activated) rather than nonstop for 20 hours a day. The hefty maintenance bills and periods where the escalators are out-of-service would be fewer.
Highly-praised indie film fails to deliver: After I merely saw the trailers several times, my feelings reflect what Jonathan Kiefer wrote ["Ain't Them Bodies Saints: Lovely People on a Crime Spree," film 8/21]. I am glad he commits to print the fact that he believes this movie is an overrated indie. I too was getting tired of the critical acclaim being heaped upon this movie. The trailers show it, at least for me, to be every bit as precious, pretentious, and unnecessary as he's written. I'm glad he acknowledged the good that he saw in it, but noted that it was in service of nothing in particular. I'm tired of tales like these bamboozling critics and audiences.
Blog Comments of the Week
Going topless shouldn't be a big deal: I don't understand this. It's all culturally relative ["Stand Up For Women's Rights: Show Us Your Boobs," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/22]. There is nothing essentially wrong about going around naked. Have people changed so much in the last 50 years? It seems that many men would take this as an opportunity to gawk.
Video may not be what it appears: The young man walking away from the two kids shooting was probably very frightened ["Oakland Shooting Caught on Video," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/21]. I think it is ridiculous to say that he was being nonchalant. He was probably thinking that if he reacted he would be shot at as well.
Good Samaritans who restore faith in mankind: This happened to me a few years back. I lost my cashed paycheck of more than $1,500 ["Did You Lose a Big Wad of Cash Near Bernal Heights Yesterday?" Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/21]. In a rainy day around the Mission, a person whom I had never seen before, or after, gave me the envelope with all the money in it. I tried to give her some money, but she refused it. Even though the city has changed, there are nice [people] around.
Radio music doesn't include artists worth listening too: Carla/Evangelista is an amazing live act and it's sad that we here in the U.S. are so spoon-fed on garbage radio pop and recycled hipster Pitchfork dreck that we don't appreciate art like Carla's ["Carla Bozulich on Experimental Music: "There's No Future For Us in the United States," Sam Lefebvre, All Shook Down, 8/14]. The Evangelista show at UC Berkeley a few years ago was one of the best shows I've ever seen. I will miss you, Carla.