Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ol' Major Pepperidge has been letting things slide on this blog (perhaps a touch of burnout is to blame)… I realized last night that I didn't have a post ready for Saturday. Yikes. So today's "Anything Goes Saturday" edition is kind of a last minute rush job. Hopefully still worth a look, though!
The images are from a group of stereo slides from the 1950's, featuring San Francisco's Chinatown. Established in 1848, this area has the largest Chinese population outside of Asia. Wikipedia sez: "Chinatown is an enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity". I love this first picture of a busy street, with the wonderful signs, lanterns, and fabulous vehicles.
Ding ding! A lovable li'l cable car makes its way up (or maybe down) one of the hilly streets of Sam Fran's Disco. Did you know that Chinatown receives more visitors each year than the Golden Gate Bridge? Also, it has the most dense population of any place west of Manhattan, 7 times that of the rest of San Francisco. I love factoids.
"Say honey, howsabout we go out tonight and see a movie?"
"Sure, what's playing?"
"Chinese pictures. What else."
"As long as there's car chases and 'splosions, I'll be happy."
Now that's a sign! Neon up the wazoo (as Shakespeare would say). After seeing the Chinese pictures, I will go and buy some goods, and maybe even some sundries if they have them. Is that a bitchin' station wagon, or maybe even a bitchin' hearse? Either way, I love it.
Sorry for this half-assed post, everybody!