City Lights

at&t.JPGWhile spending the past weekend in San Francisco, one thing stuck out for its incongruity.  A city that claims to be a bastion of liberalism and the protector of all thought left of center really should do more to practice what it preaches.  Sure, there are lots of homeless people and the denizens of the city leave them alone in true liberal fashion.  But why is the public transit system subpar at best?  And are you really saving electricity when you leave your low-wattage bulbs on all day long?

Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco is a beautiful city.  I was lucky enough to run a half marathon that took me down the Embarcadero, across the Golden Gate Bridge and up the Presidio.  And it was amazing.  I also made it to AT&T Park and watched as Barry Zito proceeded to ruin my fantasy scoring for the week.  But staring from behind home plate at the line of trees peering over the top of the left field wall, I couldn’t help but wonder how people that pride themselves on eating local also support the importation of palm trees, a species that is in no way native to the area.  Sure, like Zito’s sweeping hook they’re beautiful but the upkeep probably costs as much as his contract.

I have an idea for you, San Francisco.  Let’s return the palm trees to Los Angeles because even though they aren’t native there, either, at least the fakeness fits.  Let’s get a train system with more than two stops in the city so it’s actually worthwhile.  And let’s turn off the lights when we leave.  I’ll be back in a couple years and I expect results.


Thanks to L for the idea



  1. raysrenegade

    Never had the pleasure of letting San Fran swoon me or try to take advantage of me. Even with a Journey song by the same names asyout title in the background, romance and the big city just doesn’t light my candle.
    But I do agree that a town that boasts it uniqueness and obsession with coloring outside the lines should have a viable transportation system in place beside the trendy cable cars or Chinatown human taxis.
    But in it own skin San Fran has so much to offer, I am sorry she gave you the cold shoulder. Hopefully next time she will massage your mind and soul..But no happy ending….

    Rays Renegade

  2. angelsgirl012

    I leftt my heart in Sannnn Fraannnncisco ❤ One of my favorite cities to go visit. AT&T Park is just beautiful! I hope to go someday … yet I understand the transportation or lack there of. 😛

  3. mattpeas

    yeh my family had aotta BART troubles just 2 years ago for our visit. rather creepy too. congrats on the half marathon! looking to get one in in the next few years for myself. would love to to the disney world one


    Hello there, I just had to chime in on something. “At least the fakeness fits” is pretty weak. I’m a 7th generation native Angeleno (rare, I know) and admittedly I love San Francisco. It has nothing to do with politics, more because it’s probably the most beautiful city in the U.S. and because of the variety of things to do see and do there. But I do have to put a plug for my hometown. Los Angeles is full of normal, hard working people, many of them immigrants, and a few of them actually having long time ties to it. Sure, we also have people also from every state in the country, many of them, who relocated here. Unfortunately, you do not hear much about the average hard working Angeleno on the celebrity newscasts but I can assure you the majority of people here are not “fake.” I was in San Francisco last weekend for the Dodgers-Giants series and you hear a lot of that stereotype there, too. I’m not sure where you live, as this is only the second time I’ve read this blog. But most likely the people there are no more “real” there than they are here. ~CKE

  5. redstatebluestate

    CKE — It’s all relative. Allen wrote the above article, so I can’t/won’t speak for him, but I can tell ya, having lived in North Hollywood for a stretch, that of all the places I’ve ever been/lived in the world, Los Angeles was the most full of “fake.” Are there hard-working “real” Angelenos? Of course, there are. Are there storms of wannabe famous folks in Burbank, Culver City and Van Nuys who wouldn’t blink an eye at doin’ somethin’ shady just to “make it”? Of course, there are. And, since I spent most of my time in and out of the Valley, I was surrounded by them. I think it’s safe to say that since L.A. has the highest concentration of such people, that the “fake” moniker is justified. Just depends on where you are, and where you’re comin’ from. Thanks for stoppin’ by. And thanks for the comment. Keep comin’ back 😉

  6. behindblueyes

    First time I’ve read this blog in ages, but I’m gonna have to support my buddy CKE here. I wouldn’t compare parts of the Valley to most of urban L.A. I’ve been going to Dodger Stadium for over 30 years, and I have to say Dodger fans do not bear out the stereotypes many around the country have of them. In fact, it almost sounds like a Giants fan wrote this. 🙂

    One more thing to consider, the Valley also produces the majority of major league ballplayers from L.A., and Socal is known as producing more MLB players than any other area. So if you wanna get back at that, then heckle the “fakers” all you want on the field. 🙂

    Despite the fact that it’s the (cough, cough) Giants’ home, AT&T Park is a gorgeous facility with a scenic backdrop in a world class city (regardless of it having so many Giants fans, or the fact you may freeze your butt off there in August). I’m just glad I was not there last weekend. But it is definitely #1 on my list of road ballparks visited. Too good for the team that plays there. 🙂

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