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You work at Penrose and still wrote this article? And put your industry peers on blast? Super lame, dude
Hey Pilar, it is Cory from 355. I just wanted to clarify a few things in your article. Firstly, before opening as 355 the space was most recently known as Miss Ivy's I believe, Big Al's being sometime before that. The reason I am not entirely certain is that the business was actually abandoned long before we opened over six years ago. The article, I'm sure unintentionally, makes it sound as though my bosses came in and bought it out from under someone, which simply isn't the case. By the time they came along it had been shuttered for many years. It should also be noted, that they aren't some out-of-towners, or new money, that came in and swooped it up. Patrick has lived in the Bay Area since he was 18 (for the sake of his pride I won't say exactly how long that is, but trust me, it has been a minute) and Travis was born and raised in Oakland. I don't think this would fall under the category of "gentrification" as much as two guys fulfilling a dream in an empty space. As someone who has bartended in Oakland for the past thirteen years, I know the area has changed quite a bit. I remember working at Radio and being pretty much the only game in town. That being said, I think we have to be careful of just labeling all progress as bad or gentrifying. It doesn't factor in that, as with all change, some is good and well intentioned. I would like to think that we at 355 fall into that category. I'm sure you think of your job at Penrose in the same light. And hey! We have Hennessey at 355! :)
No mention of Val's, an 'American diner'?
Great article. Thank you
The Kingfish always set the standard for dive bars for me, a lot of real characters hung out there. Once awhile, as I remember it, the Cal Sororiety women would all swoop in at once - I recall the old guys saying "geez, these preppy Cal girls all got fat butts now, Don't they?" I used to get a kick out of that. It's was true, 80's era preppy girls all had fat butts, they didn't work out like they do now.
The thing not mentioned about the reopened publik house is that Scott worked in that neighborhood, on that same block none the less, since 1994. That he's been serving that neighborhood from the coffee shops to the neighborhood gastropubs for the majority of his adult life and had patroned Ye Olde Hut since the day he arrived in Oakland as a 22 year old dropped off after making a cross country move with the money in his pockets. Scott is exactly who the tired old bar owners should be turning their businesses over to because he isn't some tech douche gentrification piece of shit.. He opened that space with love and adiration and the utmost respect for that bar and the glory he wanted to bring back to make it the place it was when he stepped in there (when you pilar were in kindergarten and have no concept of), a lively fun approachable neighborhood watering hole with quality drinks and friendly faces.
Need more divey sports bars!
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Good for you, don't stop!
This program is the prison industrial complex incarnated. They profit and get awarded BIG government contracts essentially profiting of the pain, trauma, and vulnerability of both recently released parolees as well as homeless folks and people highly dependent on housing/social services.
People celebrate the carwash, a little inside info on it from a former participant they are mandatory for compliance in the program and the workers are not paid for their labor). To me free labor that others profit off of is not truly recovery, but maybe I just have a different definition then them. Just some helpful info for all of those under the false belief that they are truly making these participants lives better by supporting it.
Also, the housing is terrible and overpriced even by Bay Area standards (they stack four bunkbeds in about a150ft. sq. room for close to $800/month). Being in such close quarters doesn't allow for the space or silence that I have seen help myself and countless others dealing with substance abuse/mental health disorders.
If possible, it usually isn't a choice for participants, AVOID THIS PROGRAM AT ALL COSTS!
JB -Former Participant 2013-2014
Being Femme means I am special.
I don't have good job, didn't do well at school, was never noticed by anyone really and have few friends. I was really low down on the life scale. I didn't fit in and really suffered.
But then when I became femme, wore loads of make, cool femme clothes and whilst I still don't have a great job money or buckets of friends I feel special. I get noticed in the street, sometimes negatively, sometimes women come up to me to tell me I'm brave for my dress.
I went to high school with Christian and he always made me happy when we would run into each other during and after high school. I hope you're well, friend!
Right on for the right on. Brilliant piece.
I hope that Brodie can take some comfort knowing that the joke being played on Trump was really more about Trump as a buffoon and a horrible human being. I doubt that many people would have taken joy in ridiculing anyone else just because he had a belly and small genitalia. Or at least that is my optimistic assumption. I'm sure there will always be haters out in the world of all stripes. But good for you, Mr. Brodie, for using it as a jumping-off point to make a powerful self-affirming statement.
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I can add one more space I don't quite fit; spirituality. Thank you for speaking my truth.
I am a bi man, and I'm closeted. This article definitely touches on why. I have a few things to add though.
Earlier in life, for years after I figured out I was bi, I was closeted for the usual reasons. (I'm from the Midwest, which doesn't help.) But later in life, as I've grown and matured, I've stayed closeted by choice. For a few reasons.
I'm not bi-romantic. I'm straight romantic. I have absolutely no romantic attraction to men. I would never date a man. I don't even like kissing men. But I am definitely attracted to their bodies and personalities. Sexuality and attraction is truly a spectrum.
Because of that, "coming out" as bisexual for me feels more like revealing sexual history than something that's integral to who I am as a person. I don't really feel like I'm hiding more than anybody else who doesn't generally talk about their sexual history.
And, while this may sound like a cop-out, another reason I've never come out is that no one has ever asked or been interested. I would not lie if someone asked, but literally no one ever has. I'm fairly masculine, married, and have always dated women, so it's just assumed that I'm straight. (I've volunteered it to past girlfriends and my now-wife for obvious reasons.) If someone were interested, I would talk about it, but as the author touches on here, society doesn't really want to hear about it, so I don't talk about it.
That said, male bisexuality absolutely needs to be more visible and destigmatized. That's the only reason I've seriously considered "coming out."
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I'd love to speak with you. Thank you, Anthony! This article is sooooooo necessary - thank you for voicing our truths! - Kin Folkz
The same people responsible for "Bumfights" are responsible for the Trump statues.
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