Deano’s answer to: “What is the best option for access to the Bay Area carpool lane after hybrid access expires June 1, 2011?”

The best solution is often the simplest: start picking up additional people to, you know, actually carpool.

Sources to find additional riders:

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Deano’s answer to: “How much impact have food trucks had on the lunch business of normal restaurants?”

How much affect has the internet had on the music/movie business?

In many senses, “none“. They are two entirely different channels. Their respective rises and falls are not correlated, for many good reasons.

In other ways, however, “huge“. It’s now possible to know in advance whether a movie/album is any good… And in some cases to even download the content itself “for free” in order to try it out, or even avoid paying for it. Still, there are solid arguments to be made that the net effect is that bad content suffers, and good content becomes more popular, faster.

Similarly, between sites like Yelp providing reputable and voluminous reviews of restaurants, and the food truck phenomenon disrupting the distribution and competition for restaurants, it’s a lot harder to “skate by” with a crappy restaurant in a convenient location… Or to open to raves in your first six months, and then allow food and service quality to backslide a bit as a profit-taking measure.

What food trucks do, primarily, is put pressure on restaurants and cafĂ©s to perform to a higher standard for their lunch crowd – and to highlight or even force out of business those businesses that fail to compete effectively. In the latter case, definitely, those restaurants lose lunch business to the food trucks, even if they have no overlap between menus.

For an example of a restaurant that “couldn’t handle the pressure”, and instead legally challenged the food truck parked outside, read on:…

In that case, the result was a backsliding of Yelp rating for the restaurant, as well as awkward search result placement:…

This answer originally appeared on Quora: How much impact have food trucks had on the lunch business of normal restaurants?

Deano’s answer to: “Where is the safest place to have sex on a beach in or near San Francisco?”

Ultimately, getting caught is the problem – and it depends on whether you’re concerned about simply being noticed/watched, or if you’re trying to avoid the cops.

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Here in sunny Alameda, CA, for example, it’s no great trick to have a nice quiet beach-quickie at sunset with no one around to see (great views of SF skyline when clear). Just make sure you book your classy dinner date afterwards to occur sometime between December and March. 😉

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In San Francisco, easily the safest beach for sex is… North Beach! Specifically, in a VIP booth in one of the strip clubs (pricey, and some dancers will be offended if you go at it in front of her – you’re supposed to be paying attention, after all). Alternately, the live and video booths at The Lusty Lady, or one of the other video-only arcades in the area, allow for a decent level of privacy at around a quarter per minute. Watch out for those sticky floors, though.

In terms of actual sex, and actual beaches… I have two recommendations:

  • Read up thoroughly on nude beaches in SF in general, and see which ones are being targeted by parks police at the present moment, and which are relatively free from gawkers, etc… There’s an ancient tome on the subject – How to Have Sex in Public Without Being Noticed – sadly way out of print, but Amazon has a few used copies:
  • Have sex in Golden Gate Park. You can try multiple different love spots on the famous “Fifty Places” list (…) to see which works for you, and then relax afterward by walking down to the beach (in time for sunset?) and perhaps a pint and burger at the Beach Chalet to regain your strength before driving home to relive the experience in bed. Sadly, this book is ALSO out of print ( – click that “suggest for Kindle button NOW folks!), but if you print out the directions/spots of interest on the website mentioned above, you probably won’t get too lost… And if you do, hey, maybe that’s a good spot to try!

As with any public sex, make sure to bring proper protections, lubes, blankets, and a bag to dispose of any “sex litter” afterwards. Be cautious of poison ivy, sand fleas, and other threatening flora and fauna… Oh yes, and do try to make an effort not to be obnoxious, offensive, or just unpleasant to those who are there to relax, catch a little sun, or play with their kids.

This answer originally appeared on Quora: Where is the safest place to have sex on a beach in or near San Francisco?

Deano’s answer to: “What is the fashion like in the SFBA?”

Generally speaking, fashion in the Bay Area is a cross between:

  • flea market “high fashion”,

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  • utilitarian-outdoorsy,

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  • and flat-out laziness[*].

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Of course, there are many strata to the SFBA, and its fashion subcultures. Generally speaking, however, even the most refined “steampunk bdsm hipster“, “startup khaki cyclist” or “militant vegan go-go dancer“could be easily mistaken for some combination of the above three listed categories… And that doesn’t even include the masses of

  • tourists borifying the place up throughout the year:

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  • or the costumed revelers who attend neighborhood festivals and holidays:

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[* Frank Chu is on an amazing tireless mission, but let’s face it – he does not dress to impress. Admit it: without the sign, he’d blend in with the SOMA startup doofus crowd]

This answer originally appeared on Quora: What is the fashion like in the SFBA?

Deano’s answer to: “What is the best way to get Japanese knives sharpened in SFBA?”

For metal blades it’s really just a general “where are the best knife sharpening services in the Bay Area”…

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For that, I would recommend:

  • Hida – 1333 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
  • Perfect Edge – 1640 Palm Avenue, San Mateo
  • Critical Edge- a Knife Sharpening Service – (925) 937-3343 – 465 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill

A lot of folks talk about lucking out with the sharpeners at farmers markets, but read those Yelp reviews carefully, and make sure you’re getting the good one, and not his or her sickday/vacation replacement.

For ceramic blades – you typically need to mail them back to the manufacturer. My wife recently did this with one of our Kyocera knives, and instead of sharpening it, they simply sent us a new knife. Not bad!

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