My Top 6 SF Myths
1. That Mark Twain said: “The coldest winter I spent was a summer in San Francisco.” While true in its meaning, he never wrote it about San Francisco, unless, of course, you’re thinking about Paris.
2. That there are 7 hills in SF. There’s far more.
3. That there are no straight men in SF. 500 posts in “men seeking women” in craigslist, for today (8/29). Seems like quite a lot to me.
4. Various Chinatown myths:
more on my myth-debunking…
4.1. I encounter people who go, “Is this what it’s really like in China?” And I try to explain that it’s actually a colonial version, from the pre-Mao period. So, Chinatown: Beijing, is like Savannah GA to New York City. Twang and all.
4.2 That Chinatown holistically began that way- in reality it was a ghetto due to various racist exclusion laws.
4.3 Chinatown architecture reflects Chinese taste. It was actually commissioned by Chinese nationalists but they used white architects and their impressions of what would be a successful tourist trap. It was a scheme to prevent Chinatown from moving to Hunter’s Point after the 1906 Earthquake.
4.4 Chinatown is the most dense (and claimed by wikipedia, largest in the West) … Chinese residential area… I’d wager that the Sunset District, Cupertino, in the south bay, have a higher density, and over a larger land mass. Vancouver has us beat, hands down. Larger population and higher percentage, from my calcuation.
5. Soju, sochu, shochu…. I keep hearing people say that the reason soju is served with beer/wine licenses, is because it’s an Asian wine (vs. liquor). Truth: Some Korean restaurants were serving it and they didn’t know (yeah, right…) it was against their license. There is a limit on the alcoholic % in SF, though. So the powers that be allowed it. Nice!
6. I always thought this- that Bank of America was the tallest building. I lost this bet in a sad, sad, face-losing loss. T-Pid has Bofa beat by like a few meters of pure antennae wire. See, still bitter. T-Pid: 260 meters (853 feet). Bofa: Height, 236,8m / 779ft
Please contribute and add your own- or correct me on mine!
P.S. #7 almost forgot this one: myth: that Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe were married at St. Peter and Paul on Washington Park. Wrong- they were married at City Hall but photographed here. They couldn’t marry inside because both were divorced. He did marry his first wife there.