Even the Bathrooms in SF are Smart and Interesting

by hari on January 9, 2010

Here are various things I saw written on the bathroom wall at Philz Coffee on 24th and Fulsom in San Francisco. (To the patrons who were patiently waiting outside the bathroom for me to exit, I apologize that my faux journalism potentially created any discomfort for you.)

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…Live the life you’ve imagined.”

A quotation from Thoreau!

I don’t know why the ellipsis was necessary since I do believe that is more or less the full Thoreau quote, unless the tagger added this piece of punctuation for dramatic effect! If so, well done!

And how about something cute:

“LET’S MAKE LIKE A BANANA AND ABSCOND”

Adorable! The expression is “let’s make like a banana and split,” and here the tagger decided to change the word “split” to “abscond,” which means “to leave secretly.”

Bananas are actually unable to abscond. Unlike animals, bananas are unable to move without force and unlike, humans cannot be willfully secretive. (Interesting side question, can other animals sneak away from something? That’s a hilarious thought. A monkey sneaking away from another monkey whose banana it stole. HILARIOUS, RIGHT?)

Anyway the expression is about getting away quickly, and “abscond” does seem appropriate in that context. BRILLIANT.

Let’s look at another picture:

“YOU ALL COME HERE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE BUT YOU SIT IN FRONT OF COMPUTERS AND HEADPHONES?”

Yes, Yes, Yes!! Brilliant! You have called us on our bullshit, good fellow or lady! Yes, in the modern world, none of us are free! EVER.

And another:

“SMILE GORGEOUS. NOTHING IS WRONG.”

Beautiful San Francisco! Beautiful denial of your reality. Put your headphones back on and stare at that computer!

And this guy:

“DEBUG IS WATCHING YOU POOP”

Who is this fellow and what does he have to gain from watching me poop? Why San Francisco? Are you trying to remind us about Big Brother? He’s everywhere!

“IB: Go to the Federal Establishment on 23rd and Van Ness, ask for ‘general delivery’ -ZB”

Drugs? Oh ok. I think this is about drugs. Hmm…so that’s what this is all about.

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Evelyn February 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Love Philz! When are you performing in the Bay Area again?

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