Wednesday, July 23, 2008
*Warning not a average Robyn posting...strong language and content, in respect for some of my regular readers*
This mystery trip was back in April! Yes...April. Adrien booked a walking tour of the Haight and Ashbury area! I LOVED IT! I am such a Jerry Garcia fan and really loved our tour guide. She was kooky and had fab stories. She has personally done(I mean meet)everyone from Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Janis Joplin...and many, many more! The pic of the house below at one time housed the Hell's Angels! I know...get out! They lived right next door to Jerry Garcia. And how it was explained to me from my hippie tour guide, this is how Jerry came about having the Hell's Angels as his security.
This is Jerry Garcia's house. No big deal to most but to me...it rocked!
Here is a pic of our hippie-chick tour guide (looks as if she is trying to cup the whatnots of the mural...lol) She could talk and talk...and her stories were like listening to the history channel. We walked miles and miles, but some of the best miles.
And this brings me to the next photo. There I was standing on a crowded street corner taking everything in. When...BAM...hippie-chick tour guide says "Magnolia Thunder-Pussy used to have a place..." I burst out so loud with laughter, I swear everything came to a halt. I was rolling. That name alone evoked quite a picture in my mind. But seems she was a coolie-o type of chick. And really did live the hippie style life. Where what's mine is yours. Check out the blown up menu you will roll with laughter!
Double click on photo below to zoom in. I am telling you it would rock if we had a place around here where I could order the likes of "Pineapple Pussy".
And this is what I found when I Google searched! I only wish I had been able to meet this crazy-sex-pot growing-joint smoking-getting her drink on-loving gal! Can you imagine how fun that must have been back then. Yep...those were the days (well my friends Walker and Inner Voices still seem to be living the 'puff-puff-pass-get-their-drink-on' life style...lucky bastards!)
Magnolia Thunderpussy (c. 1940 – 15 May 1996), born Patricia Donna Mallon, was a San Francisco burlesque performer, radio personality, filmmaker and restaurateur. Thunderpussy operated two San Francisco restaurants in the 1960s: the one at 1398 Haight Street, which bore her name, featured a late-night delivery service and erotic desserts such as the "Montana Banana" (two "balls" of ice cream, whole banana, whipped cream and chocolate shavings) and the "Pineapple Pussy" (a hollowed pineapple filled with strawberry ice cream covered with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a cherry).
Thunderpussy worked at several well-known dining and entertainment venues during her career, including the Boarding House (David Allen's nightclub on Nob Hill) and Capp's Corner (a restaurant in North Beach).
The Haight Street site is now occupied by a brewpub (also called "Magnolia" in memory of Thunderpussy).
There are crazy stores that line both sides of the main street. Crazy I tell ya! You have total chaos down there. Street performers and Hippies alike. Now of course the Hippies have a darker look, very rare to see tie dyes around. More like grunge.
And because the Hippie movement started in San Francisco, the fire department now has the Grateful Dead's logo on all their engines. Now, tell me that doesn't ROCK!
One of the best mystery trips for me. Very close to my rock-n-roll heart! And I am one for history and storytelling. I could have hung out all day listening to our Hippie-chick tour guide's stories. I would highly recommend this walking tour for anyone wanting to get immersed in some of San Francisco's diverse history.
Here is the simple link: Flower Power Walking Tour
With much love,
Posted by Robyn Haas at 3:38 PM