San Francisco has a wide range of streetlife oddities, none more upsettingly compelling than Omer Travers who spent at least 2 days a week drunk on cheap vodka, playing La Cucaracha over and over and over and over on a beaten guitar outside our apartment on Bartlett.
Endearingly, he also spent several weeks building a planter box for an ailing elm planted (and abandoned) by Friends of the Urban Forest out of discarded cinder blocks. He used dead leaves to compost the “mechanism” and would come by periodically to clear out street trash.
The tree did not survive despite his best efforts. I blame La Cucaracha.
Perhaps Arizona will be a more suitable clime for his warblings.
December 4, 2013 Leave a comment
This enormous tree suffered worst. Short urban roots to blame.
December 3, 2013 2 Comments
This whole thing does go on a bit but I think it makes its point in the end. No one dances on BART, not even to 4 person brass band.
November 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Creature sighted with increasing frequency, always penned in purple. Largest instance to date captured at Grand and Harrison.
October 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Reportage from Boston per MK, previously unknown. Angry Boston street turkeys loiter in front of Harvard Book Store, suggesting unhealthy obsession with mid-list scholarly titles.
October 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Note to self: always bring camera on morning constitutional. Enormous turtle sighting, paddling in mossy trash shallows near 18th street. He drew a small crowd.
May 12, 2013 Leave a comment