Bay Area interlude: Part V

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Chinatown.  Old stomping grounds.  Multiple layers of old and new, reality and illusion, classic and kitsch, color and grit.

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From Portsmouth Square you can see the three ghosts atop the building at Kearny and California streets.  Lots of ghosts in Chinatown.

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A cable car rumbles past an ornate street light and some less ornate old fire escapes.

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A new mural pays tribute to an old Chinatown.

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And some traditions endure.

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It’s nice to see new murals that reflect neighborhood pride.

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And it’s nice that some old standbys haven’t changed much.

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It’s a little brighter inside.  But not too much.

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I like bars with interesting art.  Jukebox is much nicer now, but with plenty of old tunes.

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Way too young to even be peeking in here!  Go talk to Zoltar.

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Zoltar knows the score.

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Even if customers don’t.

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A parking spot in Chinatown!   Looks like the mural has been tagged and painted over a few times.

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Lots of color on the side streets too.

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Li Po’s another old friend, if a bit of a tourist trap.

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Definitely time for a Tiger.

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Such a cool old sign.  A throwback to old Singapore.

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Classic icons complimented by new technology.

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The little back room has been brightened up a bit.

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This second story mural is a nice touch but the terra cotta warriors seem a bit over the top.

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Then again, that’s Chinatown.

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Lots of ways to interpret this shot.

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Mr. Bing’s on Columbus was a little bit Chinatown, a little bit North Beach, a little corner of old San Francisco.  I stopped by shortly before the party ended.  Bing’s is destined for a new theme, a major facelift, and who knows what.  I’ll sure miss it.  Please just don’t make it into another new San Francisco attitude bar.

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Just checking the score.  Bing’s was an unpretentious place to relax and watch the world go by.

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A street-dweller pesters the alfresco types across the street.

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I didn’t call them.

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The steeple of Old St. Mary’s keeps an eye on things.

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Son, observe the time and fly from evil.  Words to live by.

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Just a nice person who sees the good in life. And in nature.

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