The airport employee who emerged from a rolling overhead door, driving one of those three-wheel, electric carts, eating a banana.
The announcement over the gate PA, “Looking for San Francisco flight passenger Morrissey.” (Not that Morrissey.)
The older passenger who accidentally started playing music (Indian pop) through his phone speakers instead of the headphones that he had requested from a flight attendant earlier.
Having drink-cart Diet Coke and feeling like a debauchee for it.
Reading Neil Strauss stories about Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne’s pee-licking and Jack Daniels-chugging at the same time as feeling like a debauchee for the Diet Coke.
At the end of the flight, trying to get out of my seat with my seatbelt still on.
The SF MUNI logo (I had forgotten about it!). Almost illegible but worth it for the fun.
The startup billboards.
LA has Emmys, SF has startups, Chicago has pizza and lizard-like injury lawyers.
How, even though it’s also summer (and warmer) in Chicago, it somehow feels even more like summer in California.
The sun-faded Shen-Yun 2017 poster in the donut shop.
The name, “Happy Donut.”
The owner, recognizing a man who stole a dollar from her tip jar two days ago, annoying him into giving it back. Him, limp-running away afterward.
The awning, “21 Varicties.”
The man wearing a suit and a six-inch-wide, red button: “It’s My Birthday!”
Entering a weed dispensary for the first time, for an acquaintance’s comedy show.
The headlining comedian, a kinda melancholy, young substitute teacher, calling me “half Michael Cera, half Ichabod Crane” and “heroin-chic.”
The contractors installing new strands of crystals in the Swarovski store ceiling after hours.
The psychedelic Dee Dee TV public access show re-runs.
The Pride footage of lots of naked wieners and even people touching them.
The Wired story about how Cloudflare uses a 24/7 video feed of shifting lava lamps to generate random cryptographic keys for its cybersecurity tools (thanks Uncle Bruce).
Jenn Pelly’s great piece in the Guardian about the final traveling Warped Tour.
Wondering whether bands on the lineup like being described by the head of the festival as part of a “nostalgia tour.”
The two clear proposals she presents: keep Warped alive but make it more inclusive (Pelly’s preference), or “burn it to the ground and start something new” (a fan’s punk AF preference).
Paul Ford talking about web/app development as a reliable, old-school craft on his podcast, Track Changes.
The Ray Kroc quote about paper cups in that Atlantic piece about disposable straws: “I don’t know what appealed to me so much about paper cups. Perhaps it was mostly because they were so innovative and upbeat.”