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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO IS THE #1 CITY IN THE USA

Conde Nast has selected San Francisco as the #1 U.S. city for 18 consecutive years (Honolulu is #6, with Bangkok #1 in Asia and Florence #1 in Europe).  I picked SFO as the #2 place to live in SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity, next to Honolulu, but if I had to do this again today, my doubts about the economic metastability of Hawaii would drop the 50th State a bit, and, maybe a lot.

Can you believe that Cable Car rides now cost $5 and will go up a buck next month? If you get caught for evasion, the fine will rise from $25 to $100.  I remember when I did not have to pay anything, although I'm not sure now if that was legal.  But that was half a century ago.  I can also recall when most Las Vegas acts were free.  Anyway the first cable system opened in 1873, and several more independently popped up, including one by Leland Stanford in 1878 on California, which is still running today.  The system was finally re-built using Federal funds engineered by then Mayor Diane Feinstein, re-opening in 1984 for the Democratic National Convention.  Interestingly enough, the system was down yesterday for maintenance.

Bruce (really Jun-fan) Lee was born in this City by the Bay, the same year I appeared in Honolulu, 1940.  His family, though, moved to Hong Kong and he did not return to SFO until he was in  his late teens.

He was first a feared martial artist, but later appeared in a wide variety of movies, also playing Kato in the Green Hornet TV series.  Then came Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon.  He was the first real asiatic hero, giving Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan their start.  Charlie Chan was played by non-orientals, the first being Swedish actor Warner Oland.  Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32 in 1973.   The lament is that there is no plaque, mural...nothing here in memoriam, but that Seattle (where he lived for a while, attending the University of Washington) is building a museum.

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The Dow Jones Industrials dropped 22 to 12,049, with world markets also all down.  Gold fell $7/toz to $1538 and oil jerked up a bil (NYMEX $101/barrel and Brent Spot $118/toz) as the OPEC gathering produced chaos today.  These are the OPEC countries:

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Tropical Storm Adrian, the first of the year, is already at 70 miles/hour, and is on the verge of attaining hurricane strength status (72 MPH).  At this time of year, the ocean remains cool, so Adrian should peter out in a few days.

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