Legalized Gambling (With Our Money)
We can't afford these benefits: It is a total disgrace that benefits to government workers we can't afford are burned into city charters and state constitutions ["The Billion-Dollar Bet," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 8/31]. What private sector has such protection? What about equal protection under the law in the U.S. Constitution?
A Dive Bar No More
Fun times without reason: I used to go to Grasslands pretty frequently when I lived nearby in the early 1990s ["Death of Another Great Dive," Katy St. Clair, Bouncer, 8/24]. Never saw any evidence of bar girls. We were usually the only non-Chinese-speaking people in the place. It was fun, but I'm not sure why.
Remembering the good ol' dive days: The place was [once] called Grassland. I still remember ordering bourbon the first time I went. The crusty guy behind the bar served it to me in this tiny glass that was so cloudy I wasn't sure I wanted to drink it. I'm terribly disappointed that "Where good friends and girls meet" is gone from the awning. By the way, for newbies hating on House of Nanking, it also used to be [gross] in 1997, just like Grasslands used to be. The food was better back then; the hygiene was not. Guess this comment makes me sound old and grumpy, huh?
Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about "Gucci Gucci" rapper Kreayshawn: Normally I would applaud a catchy record that satirizes status seeking, and especially hip-hop's fascination with high-fashion brands ["Kreayshawn and the White Girl Mob Bring Swag Back to San Francisco," Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 8/26]. The problem is that Kreayshawn's targets aren't rich rappers, they're the poor who are taken in and taken advantage of by the rap world's tireless product placement. In other words, she's a snob whose putdown of "basic bitches" is as heartless as the comments on the poor you hear at Tea Party rallies. Maybe she should get a gig on Fox News.
Another response to the swag-driven Kreayshawn performance: Now this was a well-crafted, objective review that highlighted the performance rather than any personal bias. I'm not convinced the "novelty" will wear off anytime soon, as they still have a lot of momentum and bring a more unique and upbeat flavor to a game that has been pretty much the same for the past 20 years. Also, the authenticity is there, which is a rarity these days and helps to build a very loyal fan base.
I'm guessing she sharpens their teeth on a few more live shows before hitting the studio and finalizing the album. Then, the label will put some of their investment towards a much tighter performance once there is enough content to go for over an hour. Only time will tell though.
In response to sit-lie law enforcement changing the streets of one neighborhood: It kind of takes away from the atmosphere of the Haight ["Sit Lie: Controversial Law Hardly Ever Needs to Be Enforced, Cop Says," Joe Eskenazi, the Snitch, 8/30]. I kind of sort of like to see deadhead panhandlers sitting there with their dogs. Maybe they could allow a few authorized sitters for tourists!
Prior to the publication of our Aug. 31 cover story ["The Billion-Dollar Bet," Joe Eskenazi], Richard Schlackman left his post as the lead consultant for Jeff Adachi's pension measure. Tad Devine and Julian Mulvey, whom Adachi brought in back in July, have taken his position.