San Francisco Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Saul Rubin
Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and thingsSan Francisco has to offer! Whether you're a born-and-raised San Franciscan, a recent transplant, or just passing through, San Francisco Curiosities will have you laughing out loud as Saul Rubin takes you on a rollicking tour of the strangest sides of the City by the Bay. • Catch a ride on the world's longest-running vintage streetcar line in daily service, and get an entertaining earful of clangs at a contest to determine the city's best cable car bell ringer.• Learn how San Franciscans swooned over Swoops, a blackbird that dive-bombed passersby in summer 2009 to protect its nest.• Visit a "national forest" in an alley of a downtrodden neighborhood, and a Tiki bar where it rains inside.• Get a feel for the Tactile Dome, a world of darkness full of maze-like pathways and different shapes, textures, and temperatures.
Saul Rubin, a veteran California journalist, has covered everything from major disasters to the state's quirky culture. He has hobnobbed with celebrities while writing entertainment stories for the Los Angeles Times and chased down sports figures while writing and developing stories for a national sports magazine show on Fox Sports Net. As a staff feature writer for Copley Los Angeles Newspapers based in Santa Monica, California, he penned a weekly humor column. Rubin's books include Southern California Curiosities, Northern California Curiosities, and Offbeat Museums. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Los Angeles area, where he is a full-time journalism instructor at Santa Monica College.