99 ONLY STORES:

A newly opened 99 Only Stores location at San Carlos and Brooklyn Sts. in San Jose on January 20, 2010.



A 99 Only Stores semi truck on Main St. in Ventura on June 17, 2013. Six photos added 10/28/13.

ALTERED STATE TRUCK:


This truck makes an annual pilgrimage to Burning Man. Seen at my friends' shop on November 28, 2009.

MY BICYCLES:

I owned a nice red coaster brake bike bought in 1982 from TG&Y Family Center. Here it reposes at a dorm I lived in at college.

BIG BUBBA'S BAD BBQ:

Big Bubba's Bad BBQ is based out of Paso Robles with four restaurants in central California. This trailer was being towed along US 101 near Boronda Rd. in Salinas on June 18, 2005.

BIRDS:

A dead pigeon on a downtown San Jose sidewalk on July 31, 2006.


A flock of seagulls flying over Blossom Hill Road in south San Jose (near Almaden Plaza Shopping Center) on March 4, 2009.

CABLE CAR COFFEE:

Cable Car Coffee located in Hallidie Plaza at Market and Powell/North Fifth/Ellis Sts. Photo taken on the night of January 13, 2010.

CAPITOL RECORDS:

The Capitol Records building at Vine St. and Hollywood Blvd. on February 24, 2004.


The Capitol Records building as seen from the Ventura Freeway (US 101) on June 12, 2011. One photo added 06/13/11.

CART:


My friend Julius constructed this cart for carrying stereo equipment or coolers using a NordicTrac frame and generator wheels. Here are some pictures taken September 2, 2011. Seven photos added 09/03/11.

CASTRO THEATRE:

Located at Castro and 17th Sts. in San Francisco, the Castro Theatre offers films and live shows. Two photos taken in the daytime and at night on September 14, 2008.

A DISTURBING FACE:

Taken with my camera phone, here is Julius' nephew Chris wearing a strange looking Halloween mask in Walgreens. Chris is a more handsome young gentleman than this mask depicts.

E-BIKE:

Julius' E-Bike in June 1999.

GREENWICH STREET STAIRS:







The Greenwich Street Stairs are a series of flights along the right-of-way of that thoroughfare which ascend the eastern side of Telegraph Hill to provide a pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Sansome Street and Coit Tower. There are a number of homes along the steps. I climbed them on January 2, 2011 and took these pictures looking upward and downward at various locations. Photos moved from another page 10/28/13.

GULL WINGS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM:

Gull Wings Children's Museum is located on 4th Street in downtown Oxnard. This fun place features hands-on activities involving the Wild West, medicine, fast food, and space travel. Gull Wings offers the use of facilities for birthday parties at a very low price. This "on-the-go" trailer was parked in front of the museum on March 1, 2006.

HP PAVILION:

HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose on the night of October 19, 2009.

HUMDINGER TOY SHOW:

Humdinger Toy Show was held annually at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose during the summers. Here's a picture of a clown statue that stood outside the entrance to the show; I took it in 1998. One photo added 01/05/10.

JOHN INMAN:

British television star John Inman visited Valley Fair Mall in August 1997 for a book signing ("Are You Being Served?"). One photo added 03/01/11.

ST. JULIUS OF MICHAUX:

"I do and I do and I do, and how many of them really appreciate what I do?"

KMART:

A classic Kmart sign on Victoria Avenue in Ventura on September 18, 2004. The store to which this belonged closed on January 9, 2007.

TAQUERIA LA BAMBA:

Taqueria La Bamba, located at Old Middlefield Way and Rengstorff Ave. in Mountain View, makes excellent burritos. Three photos added 07/12/11.


A second Mountain View location of La Bamba was opened on Castro St. as seen in this nighttime picture on February 7, 2009. One photo added 08/29/11.


The newest location of Taqueria La Bamba is at Rengstorff Ave. and Middlefield Rd. in Mountain View. Nighttime picture taken August 6, 2011. One photo added 08/29/11.


The Old Middlefield Way restaurant closed December 4, 2013 as part of removal of the buildings to make way for apartments. Photo taken December 12, 2013 and added 01/07/14.

LEUNG'S WHITE CRANE:

Leung's White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association troupe on Grant Avenue in the Chinatown section of San Francisco on August 20, 2005.

M&M'S CANDY:

An M&Ms candy snack vending machine at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in February 1997.

MATTRESS ON MINNA:

This mattress lay in the gutter at Minna and Eighth Sts. in San Francisco on August 27, 2011. So what's a few stains if you need to rest? And can the police ticket a mattress for lying in a red zone? It gets a five star rating! One photo added 08/29/11.

MQ POWER WHISPERWATT GENERATOR:

I saw this model DCA125USI MQ Power WhisperWatt Ultra-Silent generator parked on a downtown San Jose street on July 31, 2006. These things sell for $43,000 each including trailer. This one happens to be owned by Hertz Equipment Rental.

NEIGHBORHOOD VIDEO:

Neighborhood Video was a small business in Sunnyvale, originally located at the former Mary Manor shopping center at Washington St. and Mary Ave., later moving to El Camino Real and Grape Ave. The store closed down effective March 31, 2011; this picture taken March 26th shows the closing signs. My friends rented many DVDs here. One photo added 03/29/11.

NO ED CROSSING:

How come they won't let Ed cross the street here? And does that mean it's okay for the rest of us to cross here? El Camino Real and Quarry Rd. at Stanford Shopping Center, September 15, 2009. One photo added 04/10/11.

NO TRESPASSING:

It's so not worth throwing oneself in front of a train. It's also a good idea to stay off railroad tracks and rights-of-way. The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board has these signs mounted at the southernmost edge of the Santa Clara Caltrain Station platform, as seen on October 1, 2012. One photo added 10/15/12.

PAK'N SAVE FOODS:

The former Pak'n Save Foods store in Sunnyvale was closed January 2010 so owner Safeway could rebuild as a conventional store. I took these pictures on the evening of January 30, 2010.


Interior, doors, and former signage.


Julius posing with the closed Pak'n Save store; he worked here 1988-1998.



Two shopping carts with variations in name. One has plain letters, the other has a Pak'n Save Foods logo. Also, a shopping cart labeled Lucky on the side but with Safeway advertising cards on the front and back sides of the card holder.


My Oldsmobile Ciera parked in front of the store.

THE PIZZA PLACE ON NORIEGA:

Located near the Ocean Beach end of Noriega Ave. in San Francisco, The Pizza Place has a mural of ingredients and foods out at the beach. I was most interested in the slice of bacon sitting in the chair, so I took these pictures from a 71 bus on August 27, 2011. Three photos added 08/29/11.

SCHWINN TRICYCLE:


This 1958 Schwinn trike was at the shop on June 18-19, 2004 for some maintenance: new tires, 3-speed shifter, and new paint.

STAIRCASES:

The spiraling staircase of a Mountain View parking garage, photographed August 5, 2011. One photo added 01/07/14.

STEPHENS MEAT PARKING LOT:


On the site of the former Stephen's Meat Products plant rose the Stephens Meat Parking Lot, a public facility with ticket vending machine (which does not include the apostrophe in the name as does the neon sign) maintained by Standard Parking. Montgomery and San Fernando Sts. in San Jose on October 12, 2008.

STOP REQUEST:

On an N Judah streetcar trip August 27, 2011 I joked to my traveling companions that the first photo, in which a stop request cord is visible in the right foreground, would make the basis of a page containing pictures of such cords. I then took photos of one of the Stop Request signs within the car (Breda 1479). Three photos added 08/29/11.

SUNNY BUFFET:

Sunny Buffet was an all-you-can-eat Asian-American restaurant at 502 Ross Drive in Sunnyvale (Mathilda Ave. between US 101 and CA 237 freeways). Some of the foods served are crab legs, frog legs, crawfish, coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, clams, oysters, fried rice, soups, sushi, ribs, and chicken. Here's a photo of Sunny Buffet from March 21, 2009. The restaurant closed in early 2012.

TABASCO CINNAMON FLAVOR
JELLY BELLY JELLY BEANS:

This was my favorite flavor of Jelly Belly beans, discontinued in 2007. Pepper sauce in a candy reminds me of gag pepper gum.

TEDDY BEAR STORY TIME:

Ritz Camera once offered Russ teddy bears as a premium to its customers. On April 3, 2004 I gathered a number of the stuffed animals at the store and pretended to read to them from a Ritz catalog.

TOM'S TOYS:

Tom's Toys is a southern California chain of stores that offers a higher end selection of playthings and collectibles. Here is the San Luis Obispo store on June 10, 2011. Two photos added 04/13/12.


Tom's Toys in Town Center Mall in Santa Maria on June 15, 2011. One photo added 04/13/12.

TROLLEY CAFFE:

The Trolley Caffe in San Francisco is themed to the L-Taraval streetcar line which passes the restaurant at 24th Avenue. Photo taken during Milan streetcar 1818 charter on May 26, 2009.

TRUEBLOOD:

Trueblood was a store located on Main St. in downtown Ventura that offered a variety of toy collectibles, magazines, housewares, tools, and other castoffs. Owners Johnny and Kitty Trueblood closed it down June 5, 2005 due to escalating rents. This is my photo of Trueblood on September 19, 2004. One photo added 02/15/11.

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE:

A mailbox done up as Star Wars character R2D2 stands at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at Fourth and Townsend Streets. April 7, 2007. The mailbox promotes the USPS Jedi Master mailing website in connection with the thirtieth anniversary of George Lucas' movie franchise.

WILMA FLINTSTONE:

This female mannequin looks like Wilma Flintstone; just put the correct dress on her. (Fred was one lucky dude.) This was in the window of Out of the Closet at Folsom and Ninth Sts. in San Francisco on August 27, 2011. Two photos added 08/29/11.