INSTAGRAM FAILS TO DELIVER & SO DOES CHRONICLE!

Instead of a newspaper vending machine, we have a casino & the house always wins.  INSTAGRAM seems to take exception to public service announcements.  So, here is yet another attempt to warn people not to lose their money with a rigged machine.

Instead of a newspaper vending machine, we have a casino & the house always wins. INSTAGRAM seems to take exception to public service announcements. So, here is yet another attempt to warn people not to lose their money with a rigged machine.

YESTERDAY, I TRIED TO USE THIS ‘VENDING’ MACHINE TO BUY AN EXTRA COPY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. MY INTENTION WAS TO OBTAIN AN EXTRA COPY TO SEND TO MY BROTHER & HIS WIFE IN PHOENIX. I THOUGHT THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS. THE MACHINE ATE FOUR QUARTERS, BUT THE DOOR TO IT WOULD NOT OPEN, IT YIELDED NAUGHT.

I CALLED THE MAIN SWITCHBOARD NUMBER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, AND LEFT A MESSAGE. THE NUMBER THAT I CALLED, 415-777-1111.

I TRIED TO POST A COPY OF THIS MACHINE WITH A DESCRIPTION OF WHAT HAPPENED ON INSTAGRAM, AFTER GIVING THE NEWSPAPER A FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME TO RESPOND. IT SEEMS THAT INSTAGRAM CENSORED MY PHOTOGRAPH & COMMENTS. THE COMMENTS WERE FACTUAL, NOT A WORD OF IMPROPER OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE. IT SEEMS THAT IT’S TOO WEIRD OF AN EVENT TO BE MERE CHANCE, BUT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

THE MACHINE TO AVOID IS LOCATED NEAR THE CORNER OF HOWARD & 9th STREETS. THE SIMPLEST SOLUTION FOR THOSE WHO FREQUENT THAT AREA IS TO BUY THEIR COPY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE IN A CONVENIENCE STORE. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE MACHINES ARE NOT HONESTLY OPERATED.

I DO REMEMBER A FEW YEARS AGO SEEING SOMEONE TAKE A SMALL METAL OBJECT & EMPTY THE MACHINE THAT WAS IN THAT SAME LOCATION OF IT’S MONEY. ‘TIS A SHAME, BUT THEY DON’T RETURN CALLS, SO CUSTOMER SERVICE IS CLEARLY NOT A VALUE.

AND THE FAILURE OF INSTAGRAM IS JUST PLAIN BEWILDERING. I THOUGHT IT WAS FOR INSTANT SHARING OF IDEAS, NEWS, ETC.

Streetlight Records–There’s No Place Like A Store!

Very recently, went ‘online’ to get a DVD of a film that has actress Margaret Avery in a pivotal role. I wanted to get several of them, as she will be here on Saint Valentine’s Day. The film arrived in time, but it was in horrible condition. I would have been mortified to have presented it to her for signature. It looked as if it had been dropped down a sewer & pulled out to dry, then sold as ‘used.’

This store carries a wide variety of recorded entertainment, going beyond records.  One of the few remaining 'brick & mortar' stores left in this type of business.

This store carries a wide variety of recorded entertainment, going beyond records. One of the few remaining ‘brick & mortar’ stores left in this type of business. Located near Castro Street, 2350 Market Street-San Francisco

You won’t have that problem @ Streetlight Records. The variety of items sold goes beyond sound recordings. I am supposing that they retained the name, in part, because of the simplicity of sound & customer familiarity.

They are very good in terms of carrying older DVD copies of films, and it was my luck to find a ‘like new’ version of the film I plan to present to Miss Avery when my turn comes Friday.

This is one of the few places remaining that sells DVDs, VHS, and 33 and one-third rpm recordings.

It’s nice to have a place like this, a place where you can see & touch the merchandise prior to purchase. They also carry new films & compact discs as well as newly released ‘classics.’ In terms of recorded entertainment, there is something for nearly everyone. If they don’t have a particular item in stock, they are good about arranging special orders.

We a lucky to have them in the City.

Streetlight Records, they buy, sell, and trade.

Streetlight Records, they buy, sell, and trade.

If YOU CAN’T FIND IT–

They are very helpful & customer service is one of their priorities.

They are very helpful & customer service is one of their priorities.

DVDs-READY TO TAKE HOME & ENJOY OR WRAP AS A GIFT…

Dreams to be watched, right @ your fingertips.

Dreams to be watched, right @ your fingertips.

And if you want to dream alone, without disturbing anyone—

They sell headphones for the loner, or those who like to enjoy late, late viewings, but don't wish to disturb others.

They sell headphones for the loner, or those who like to enjoy late, late viewings, but don’t wish to disturb others.

How To Get A Royal Runaway Elected As Detroit’s Mayor-Del Shannon

When Her Imperial Highness was in the 4th grade, staring out the window, not paying strict attention to her Latin instruction, she dreamed about running away from The Tatoi Palace to Detroit. She wanted something different, she wanted something Supreme! She had not yet met Miss Ross.

Here was her dream: Del Shannon, The Runaway–the dream of Princess Melita Bonaparte, before she matured & Imperial thoughts entered her mind.

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, looking for work as a model, no computer skills, did not even know how to wait tables in restaurants, or do the fries in fast food joints. All she wanted was Detroit!

"If the telling of my life is a novel, then it will be a bestseller," proclaims Princess Melita Bonaparte.

“If the telling of my life is a novel, then it will be a bestseller,” proclaims Princess Melita Bonaparte.

PRINCESS MELITA BONAPARTE’S DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO FIND NON ROYAL WORK! SHE BEGGED THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM TO FEATURE HER AS PART OF THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING PUBLICITY MACHINE, BUT WAS DEEMED TOO MUCH A LIABILITY–“More Suitable for eye-level supermarket reading,” sniffed one high-ranking board member.

“I know I can bring back Detroit, if the people do not mind electing a Royal Runaway for Mayor,” pleads Princess Melita Bonaparte.

“Once I get Detroit back on its feet, then on to the Tatoi Palace.”–Princess Melita Bonaparte, regarding her 4th grade dreams as a Runaway Royal.

“LET ME BRING PEACE THAT DOES NOT HAVE ELEMENTS OF WAR!”-Princess Melita Bonaparte–“Join me in Prosperity for All.”

Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Social Media Fatigue?

If you answer “YES” to any of the following random observations, you might be through.

1)–Do you feel annoyance–(even some degree of controlled rage) by rude cell phone users?

2)–Do you spend 8 or more hours a day in front of a computer & find that you don’t want to go home & spend more time finding out about a friend’s dining choices?

3)–Do you have 300+ “Friends” on Facebook, but only know about 20 of them, 10 of them really well?

4)–Do you hate Farmville?

5)–Did you wish horrible things would happen do it, things that would make for the perfect storm of a disaster film genre? (I did!).

6)–When you do have a dinner date, and he-she picks up a cell phone call, do you put this on your Facebook “Like” list, or are you a wee, bit annoyed?

7)–Do you find it nice to be in the company of someone who does not let the cellular mobile device dictate how an evening’s conversation goes?

8)–Have you nearly been killed by someone driving while texting/chatting on a cell phone, despite recent legislation, and suffered PTSS for the next several hours, days?

9)–Ever seen a table of 3 or 4 people @ a restaurant & all of them were on cell phones talking to others? (The last part is an assumption.)

10–Did you know that California King sized beds were the reason that cell phones were invented? You can’t talk to someone who is that far away without a digital device. Now, that is stressful!

If you answered “YES” to any of these, and have others you feel that are horribly obvious that need to be added to make this list unmanageable & endless, I think you are suffering from symptoms of mild to severe Social Media Fatigue. And, gentle reader, you are not alone. If you answer “YES” and want more of this, your wish will come true with the latest upgrade & the newest landfill item. If you feel this list is puny, and it is, please add to it, make it huge, this one should go viral. Noise, we who hate noise, need to have it if we are going to learn how to effectively deal with it. So, make it!

Far from scientific on my end, but I have a strong hunch, that there are others who feel bombarded by computers, cellphones, and the endless noise that is being generated by this combination of 0s & 1s-and wish it would not take over.

Far from scientific on my end, but I have a strong hunch, that there are others who feel bombarded by computers, cellphones, and the endless noise that is being generated by this combination of 0s & 1s-and wish it would not take over.

Like most pictures, the above poster, gracing the subways of San Francisco, has hit upon a social nerve. If a picture, such as this one, is worth a thousand words, my feeling is that those who came together to produce this feel that those words would be more effective when spoken face to face, person to person, without benefit of extreme dependence upon digital technology. B-b-but wait, I see an Internet connection!
Mister Manners can be reached by going to a desktop computer or mobile device & keying BRIDGEMEN.org What is this world coming to?

So, back to square one, I end with, we depend upon all of it, but as tools to live real lives, not as focal points to live virtual lives.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Presents Hitchcock 9 Silent Era Films

A TRIBUTE TO GENIUS–

Alfred Hitchcock-Maestro           (1899-1980) 9 Of His Silent Era Films Featured @ Castro Theatre June 2013

Alfred Hitchcock-Maestro
(1899-1980)
9 Of His Silent Era Films
Featured @ Castro Theatre June 2013

Was a terrific honour & priviledge to attend & have the opportunity to meet one of his grand daughters & her daughter, a great-grand daughter. Wonderful way to experience the continuity of film history with a living connection to the genius behind the making of so many iconic films. They were fun to meet & clearly elated to be there for this highly deserved tribute. He never won an Academy Award, but many who worked with him did. Yet, he is remembered today, whilst many who did received that coveted Golden Man are not. His films still fill houses & the best of them require multiple viewings, just to savour the brilliance. All thanks to those associated with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival who made this tribute to him possible! Putting this together was a fine achievement for this art form & offered many of us a chance, for the first time, to see how his genius evolved.

Here is a still from The Ring, 1927

The Ring, 1927, featuring Lilian Hall-Davis & Carl Brisson.  Still taken from Castro Theatre Screen projection 15 June 2013.

The Ring, 1927, featuring Lilian Hall-Davis & Carl Brisson. Still taken from Castro Theatre Screen projection 15 June 2013.

This special treat from You Tube, collected by Morgan T. Rhys. We owe this person a debt of gratitude. This tribute covers most of his vast career. It was a joy to watch these!
EVERY ALFRED HITCHCOCK CAMEO

THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON!

Now, that the air has been cleared about electronic cigarettes, we now have a Saint Update. Catholics have a Saint for everything. So, for all those zeros & ones who used to feel so lonely, there is now room for blessing & being blessed. Here is the Saint for Digital Mobile Devices. We don’t want to get a head start on the Vatican, just help them out a little. So, now I can get one of these contraptions & Dial-A-Prayer! And maybe have a contest to assign a Saint to watch over our digital doings. Any thoughts as to who would be the best Saint to have for Mobile Devices? My pick is St Christopher, he was probably imaginary, plus, I have recently learnt that when ferrying over the Christ Child on his back, he dropped the very first Cellular Telephone into the river. He’d just invented it, and said, “Jesus Christ!” in a rather thunderous voice when this momentous thing happened. The rest is history. Then, when people, even non-Catholics, liked him so much, the Vatican stepped in & suppressed him, telling us he was not needed on the Universal Calendar anymore, that there was not enough information about him to authenticate his observance. Well, I just had a Revelation, and thought I’d share it with you. It looks like this Saint is a woman, so Christopher might be out of the running for a while longer. But she seems nice enough, and maybe she’ll help Chris get his back in place in line.

Keep your Spirits up, and let this Saint pray for us & act as an intercessor for our unspoken needs.

Word has it that this Lady discovered the very first Cellular Telephone that was invented by St. Christopher, but got dropped in the river. Her finding this relic assures her a valid role in watching over us  in  loving way.  Lord knows, we need it.

Word has it that this Lady found the long lost, very first Cellular Telephone that was invented by St. Christopher, but got dropped in the river. Her finding this relic assures her a valid role in watching over us in a loving way. Lord knows, we need it.

Low Technology Vending Machines

These were the first coin-operated vending machines I can remember. In my earliest memories, some of the items for sale cost only a penny, sometimes a nickle. It’s ironic, in this era of 21st Century, high-end technology, there still seems to be a niche market for these, right here in downtown San Francisco. Enjoy the trip backwards in time, although I must warn those of you who are ‘of age’–it costs more this time! Enjoy!

These low-tech vending machines bring back an era that is basically gone.  I think the novelty of doing this appeals to the younger generation & the fact that they remind those of us who were around when these were used on a daily basis, are what keeps them in business.

These low-tech vending machines bring back an era that is basically gone. I think the novelty of doing this appeals to the younger generation & the fact that they remind those of us who were around when these were used on a daily basis, provides some psychological reassurance that not all of our past is completely erased yet. It’s nice to have a tangible reference point & this is what keeps them in business.

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