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    not sure if this has made mention here yet, but there's a sweet little video out of the poetry (pessoa) that's painted along a bicycle path in lisbon:

    O Tejo on Vimeo

    *"The river of my village doesn't make you think about anything.
    When you're at its bank you're only at its bank."

    "Through the Tejo you go to the World.
    Beyond the Tejo is America
    And the fortune you encounter there.
    Nobody ever thinks about what's beyond
    The river of my village."

    "The Tejo runs down from Spain
    And the Tejo goes into the sea in Portugal.
    Everybody knows that.
    But not many people know the river of my village
    And where it comes from
    And where it's going.
    And so, because it belongs to less people,
    The river of my village is freer and greater."

    "The Tejo has big boats
    And there navigates in it still,
    For those who see what's not there in everything,
    The memory of fleets."

    "The Tejo is more beautiful than the river that flows through my village,
    But the Tejo isn't more beautiful than the river that flows through my village,
    Because the Tejo isn't the river that flows through my village."*


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    happy birthday nhatt!

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    definitely go see something at the castro theatre
    if you don't have a bike, catch the f-market (cool deco street cars, just for the heck of it).
    if you do have a bike, watch out for the streetcar tracks around town-- total landmines and if you're not careful they can wipe you out.

    +1 for tartine (almond croissant to die for), and they've a fancy restaurant by the same owners if you can afford to splurge.
    bi-rite has some pretty damn tasty treats, and the ice cream parlor they've opened across the street is undeniably fantastic (though mitchell's still my personal favorite; see below)
    if you're at zeitgeist you can have bbq or skip the bbq and wait for virginia to come 'round with her homemade tamales.
    mission burritos have gotten pricier than when i lived there, but they're still pretty irresestible. eat as many as you can, and weep for them when you return to london.

    my favorite tacos are from the taco window on 21st st (near either treat st or harrison st-- can't remember)-- the place has a name that starts with the letter c, and which i can't recall, so just look for the big yellow awning thing attached to a house, walk up to the window and order... i'm salivating just thinking about it.

    find yourself a nice salvadorian restaurant/pupuseria, too-- i like el zocalo on mission/29th street (there are other good places, but el zocalo is open conveniently late). mitchell's ice-cream parlor is nearby; not really anywhare to sit, but the ice cream is amazing.
    i think they still serve mitchell's at st. francis fountain on 24th street/york (definitely worth a visit).

    bernal heights is nearby, too and has great views (and a vegan ice cream parlor, among other things).

    north beach:
    yes, a cable car ride is worth it, but only if the car is half-empty, and the driver goes nice and fast.
    just nearby, is coit tower (dedicated to firemen) and the WPA murals. good views all around. wander around the little stairs that dot telegraph hill, and look for the wild parrots (cousins of the ones in london).
    +1 for city lights. while in north beach, go to 101 records; you may or may not find what you're looking for, but i really like the place.
    definitely have canoli (has anyone ever seen canoli in london?)- stella bakery is really good (nice cookies), but there's a place across the street that has good canoli, too.

    fisherman's wharf
    definitely skip fisherman's wharf-- there's nothing at all to see there, except the sea lions.
    in fact, i do like fisherman's wharf, but only in the wee hours when it's just you and the barking, blubbery sea dogs.
    if you want clam chowder/seafood, go to sotto mare on green street (next door to a good pizza place) in north beach (sotto mare is pricey, but delicious)
    OR if you like ersters, go to swan oyster depot on polk street (this is not north beach, but sort of like btw tenderloin/nob hill; yes, the tenderknob). go there for breakfast so that you miss the lunch rush and instead can watch the fresh catch being brought in big wooden crates, while you enjoy having the whole counter to yourself and can linger over your coffee and oysters (sounds gross, but tastes like being at the beach).
    oh, definitely go to baker beach, or maybe ocean beach if it's just after christmas-- there are always big x-xmas tree bonfires at night.

    *the richmond *
    on the way out to the beach, cruise through the richmond and check out clement street for an abundance of pretty much any kind of east-asian food you can imagine (though the best vietnamese tends to be around the tenderloin).
    also, on geary blvd there's a russian bakery with a red/white awning that has good (greasy but tasty) blintz like things filled with meat or sweet cheese, and there's a huge eastern european deli across the street (also on geary) that has all sorts of good stuff-- i'm partial to the fresh refrigerated pickles in the back. there are some interesting high-alcohol content beers back there, too.

    there's tons i've not yet mentioned, and yes, this post is all about food but i can smell supper...

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    Paul has completely stabilised for the moment and is quite up for visitors.

    We popped in on the waifs ride and em and I are just sitting with the old man right now.

    this is a lovely update! merry christmas to all of you,
    and paul-- i haven't forgotten about the r.crumb book; i'll come look for you the minute i'm back in the u.k. xo

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    the following set list in the form of streaming archive

    Bing Crosby, "Happy Holidays"

    They Might be Giants, "Santa's Beard"
    The Vandals, "Oi to the World"
    MXPX, "Christmas Party"
    Sonic Youth, "Santa Doesn't Cop Out on Dope" [comp: JUST SAY NOEL]
    Junior Varsity, "Don't Believe in Christmas" [comp: KINDERCORE RECORDS: CHRISTMAS TWO]

    The Sonics, "Don't Believe in Christmas"
    The Royal Guardsmen, "Snoopy's Christmas"
    Stan Freberg & Daws Butler, "Christmas Dragnet" [cut off due to skipping]
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer, "I Believe in Father Christmas"
    James Brown, "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto"
    Ron Holden & the Thunderbirds, "Who Say There Ain't No Santa Claus" [comp: BUMMED OUT CHRISTMAS!]
    Stan Freberg & Daws Butler, "Christmas Dragnet"

    The Wailers, "Christmas Spirit??" [comp: BUMMED OUT CHRISTMAS!]
    The Beach Boys, "Bells of Christmas"
    Bobby Darin, "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
    The Youngsters, "Christmas in Jail" [comp: BUMMED OUT CHRISTMAS!]
    The Beach Boys, "The Man with All the Toys"
    Spike Jones & his City Slickers, "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth"

    Jimmy Buffett, "Mele Kalikimaka"
    Jack Johnson, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" [comp: MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS]
    Willie Nelson, "Silent Night"
    5 Chinese Brothers, "Christmas on Interstate 80"
    Victoria Williams, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" [comp: SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS]
    Dean Martin, "Baby It's Cold Outside"
    Lena Horne, "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

    The Blue Hawaiians, "Christmas on Big Island"
    Los Straitjackets, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
    The Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Hot Christmas"
    Mojo Nixon & the Toad Liquors, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"
    Louis Armstrong with the Benny Carter Orchestra, "Christmas Night in Harlem"
    Ralph Marterie & his Orchestra, "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus"

    The San Francisco cast of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
    Wall of Voodoo, "Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas" [comp: NEW WAVE XMAS]
    Ladybug Transistor Family & Friends, "Christmas Extravaganza"
    Brave Combo, "O, Christmas Tree"

    Leon Redbone (with Dr. John), "Frosty the Snowman"
    Kay Starr, "(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag"
    The Brian Setzer Orchestra, "Sleigh Ride"
    Ella Fitzgerald, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
    The Tamlins, "Last Christmas" [comp: SLY & ROBBIE PRESENTS TAXI CHRISTMAS]

    The Damned, "There Ain't No Sanity Claus"
    Bad Religion, "Silent Night"
    The Celibate Rifles, "Merry Xmas Blues"
    Rev. Horton Heat, "Jingle Bells"
    El Vez, "Feliz Navi-Nada"
    Yo La Tengo, "Rock 'N' Roll Santa"
    The Dickies, "Silent Night"

    Loudon Wainwright III, "Christmas Morning"
    Kincaid, "Summer is Half a Year Away" [comp: KINDERCORE RECORDS: CHRISTMAS TWO]
    The Posies, "Christmas" [comp: JUST SAY NOEL]
    Bright Eyes, "Blue Christmas" [comp: MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS]
    Death Cab for Cutie, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" [comp: MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS TREE]
    Grandaddy, "Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland" [comp: XFM: IT'S A COOL COOL CHRISTMAS]
    Low, "Just Like Christmas"

    Calexico, "Gift X-Change"

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    remember this?

    well, this has been making me laugh for months and months (forgive me if i've posted it already):

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    YouTube - psychic tv - the orchids

    can;t believe I threw this record away. I was in a place where I thought Psychic TV were trying to kill me. Seriously.

    not sure what to say about your reason for getting rid of the record, but i'm glad you're in a better place now!
    this happens to be one of my favorite songs of all time, thanks for posting it!