Fortunately, SF Has Midnight Thai Food
When I was in second grade, I was assigned to write a “fortunately / unfortunately” story alternating between positives and negatives, cause and effect, pros and cons throughout the telling of the tale. I hadn’t thought about that story in years, probably since writing it, but it came back to me this morning when I realized that last night was very much a “fortunately, and then unfortunately” kind of night. Luckily, it ended with accidentally stumbling upon Thai food at midnight, a treat bound to make any story end with a “fortunately”.
The day had begun with the receipt of a number of different clients contacting me for last-minute work. Fortunately, I work from home and can set my own hours so I was able to rearrange everything that needed to be taken care of in order to accommodate the unexpected influx of new work. Unfortunately, that meant that I was buzzing around like crazy, trying to figure out how I was going to make such accommodations and completely overwhelmed by work from the minute that I started until the minute that I determined that I had done all that I could possibly do for the day. Fortunately, this determination came not too long after the end of a normal work day which meant that I was able to plan on going out for the evening to partake of the delights of San Francisco nightlife.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t really sure who to call or where to go … but fortunately, I remembered that it was Wednesday night which meant it was Bondage-a-Go-Go night at the Glas Kat which in turn meant that my favorite East Bay friend might consider coming in to the city to dance the night away. Unfortunately, the fun at BaGG wasn’t going to start until fairly late which meant that I needed to find something to do.
Fortunately, Wednesday night is trivia night at Durty Nelly’s, so after finding something that was somewhat suitable to wear to both Irish bar trivia and dancing at bondage club night, my roommate and I made our way over to the bar. Unfortunately, Durty Nelly’s is across town from us and takes forever to get to, but fortunately it’s always so much fun there that I’m glad I make the trek every time. Unfortunately, only three of us showed up so we didn’t do so well at trivia. Fortunately, some other team did even less well so our egos weren’t totally bruised. Besides, the drinks there are cheap enough to make forgetting that you’re not winning trivia an easy thing to do.
Unfortunately, when Durty Nelly’s trivia was over, I called my East Bay friend only to find out that he had changed his mind about making the trek all the way across the city. So I was a girl all dressed up for a bondage club with no place to go – or no one who really wanted to go with me anyway. Fortunately, I was in good company and we all enjoyed late night conversation before making the trek back across town. Unfortunately, when we got to the cable car line, we realized that my roommate didn’t have a bus pass so we’d have to pay the $5 or walk home.
Fortunately, we realized this late enough to walk along Powell instead of some other street, which is how we discovered delicious Thai food available at midnight on a weeknight. The place is called Bangkok Noodles & Thai BBQ, the location is Powell and Ellis, and the good news is that there’s no “unfortunately” to any thing about it. The price was great, the food was plentiful and delicious, and the service was fast and friendly. Coming from a city where I couldn’t even order pizza delivery that late on a weeknight, I am again reminded that I am fortunate enough to live in a city where convenience and instant gratification are each a regular possibility despite any misfortune that may arise.