March 03, 2006

Isn't He Precious?

Like many San Franciscans, Chronicle columnist Joan Ryan rather overestimates how charming it is to go around telling everyone how much better you are than everyone else.

(via Larry.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at March 3, 2006 09:26 PM | TrackBack

I'll admit that the article was a little amusing, but it just reminds me of all the people that act like that. I can't think of anything that irritates me quicker than personalities that include those characteristics. My husband and I were considering going to S.F. for a vacation this year but I think I changed my mind.

Posted by: Amy 80 at March 3, 2006 11:24 PM

If that kid really cared about the rest of us, he'd invent a time machine so I could get back the time I wasted reading that article.

Posted by: dan at March 4, 2006 12:22 AM

Is this kid supposed to be Ducky from Pretty in Pink, Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful or Allison from The Breakfast Club? I wouldn't take advice from any of them.

Posted by: Tim at March 4, 2006 01:05 AM

Aww...She so should have gone with Ducky.

Sorry, girly moment...

Posted by: Amy 80 at March 4, 2006 01:53 AM

hmmm... I wonder what that makes Seattle? Probably a wanna be SF with a more mediocre bone structure and less fashion sense. Oh woe is us.

Posted by: jodi at March 4, 2006 01:57 AM

The analogy isn't quite right. It's more like this:

There's this class full of kids representing major American cities.

"We have a special treat for you today, class," says the teacher.

In walks this mime on stilts. He is wearing an enormous, velvety top hat, a tie-dyed shirt and huge rainbow suspenders. He spends the entire period pulling the suspenders out with his thumbs and letting then snap back, and tugging on an invisible rope, and putting his hands against an imaginary pane of glass, and making this surprised little "O" shape with his mouth.

The students roll their eyes, and the mime makes a sad face as he wipes away imaginary tears.

This mime's name is San Francisco. (The invisible pane of glass has a name, too: Berkeley.)

Posted by: Dr. Frank at March 4, 2006 02:27 AM

I've read some loads of crap before, and now I've read another. He doesn't really describe a San Francisco that I'd want to visit.
The best thing there was the Gary Dankos mention. The menu looks rather tastey, but nothing you can't fix at home.
And really, that guy didn't have to write it any more than Frank had to link it. We trust you to lead us better Dr. Frank.

Posted by: sam at March 4, 2006 03:55 AM

ack! mimes! we do NOT have mimes in Seattle. not even the most polite of NW natives would stand for that.

Posted by: jodi at March 4, 2006 04:40 AM

perhaps seattle is like the weird, beautiful (annoying) kid's sidekick - the one who offers a carfully timed bon mot or arched eyebrow at everyone that SF dismisses, and who sleeps with all the people that SF sleeps with (because monogamy is Part of the Problem).
What I'm trying to figure out is what that makes Oakland and Tacoma... maybe the psychos who hang out with SF/Seattle because they happened to grow up next door and/or because they dig SF/Sea's antipathy towards 90% of the school population. If they grew up anywhere else, they'd probably be into sports and they might pursue radically different interests, but they also kind of like the overlap with SF/Sea. But they also know that SF/Sea like hanging out with them because it allows them (SF/Sea) to brag about their 'tolerance' and 'concern' for non-white people.

Posted by: marc w. at March 4, 2006 05:37 AM

She left out "arrogant, insecure and condescending."

Posted by: lefty at March 4, 2006 05:58 AM

I thought this stuff was about 39 years past it's time. Well they say it all cycles.

Posted by: josh at March 4, 2006 05:13 PM

"What I'm trying to figure out is what that makes Oakland and Tacoma..."

I would have thought Oakland and Tacoma would be the "normal" kid siblings to SF and Seattle, equally plagued by people telling them their goofy sibs are *soooo coooool* and those who want to beat them both up.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at March 4, 2006 07:53 PM

Since New York City doesn't seem to go to this highschool can we assume it's the cool college kid that everyone wants to hang out with? The one that buys all the other cities beer.

Posted by: Manda at March 5, 2006 08:42 AM

Oakland would be John Bender, angry and poor and probably won't amount to much. Fun to hang around with for a short period of time, but be careful, he'll drag you down with him.

Posted by: Tim at March 6, 2006 06:50 PM

I thought the Misfit in the back was Jerry Only.

Posted by: slickdpdx at March 6, 2006 09:03 PM