Monday, April 04, 2011

Only In San Francisco!

The Tenderloin District of San Francisco is an area to the south of Nob Hill near downtown. It is seedy. Drugs. Prostitutes. Homeless. Rundown hotels. Looked on by many locals with a mixture of revulsion and affection.

How the Tenderloin got its name is a matter of historical debate. There are many stories and myths, but no one knows for sure. We only know it has been the Tenderloin for longer than any living person can remember.

Now some interlopers want to rename it. PETA to be specific. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are suggesting that our beloved Skid Row be called the Tempeh District. Tempeh is a protein-packed fermented soybean product.

In a letter to our Mayor, PETA says “The city deserves a neighborhood named after a delicious cruelty-free food instead of the flesh of an abused animal.”

The Tempeh District? Really? Wanna bet? How about a compromise? We can call it the Fermented Soybean District. Come to think of it, that’s not bad.

Have a nice day!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In an area roughly delineated by Geary and Sutter streets there is a neighborhood where the down-and-out "Tenderloin" and the well-to-do "Nob Hill" converge -- known as the "TenderNob." Do a search on "yelp-dot-com" for "The TenderNob." There you can read about why it has also been aptly dubbed San Francisco's foreskin. Would "TempehNob" connote the requisite carnality? NOT! ~Ks

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