Archive for February 2009

Alcohol Beverage Control Goons

The DNA Lounge is being attacked by the California Alcohol Beverage Control board. In response to JWZ’s post and Violet Blue’s article in the Chronicle, I wrote a letter to my supervisor, David Campos and a few other supervisors. It went a little like this:

Supervisor Campos, Mirkarimi, Dufty,

Could you please look into the matter of the ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) attacking the DNA Lounge, a night club in the city.

I have been to the DNA Lounge on several occations and can say definitively that it is a very well run, well kept, clean, and eminently enjoyable place to spend an evening. The management does absolutely everything required of the city to run a good establishment.

The harshness of the penalties being sought against the club are entirely out-of-line with the offenses.

Business regulations exist for a good reason, to protect the public. It certainly appears in this case that the ABC is trying to wield their power inappropriately. They are not protecting the public but their egos.

Do not let the ABC bully you into thinking that they are right on this matter. They are not. They are just bullying because that is what bullies do.

Thank you,
Lee C. Sonko
[contact information redacted]

PS. You can find out more about this issue here:

My Band

My new band is called Ectotherm
Our debut album is titled “Do as the Romans
Check out the cover:

(via, and)


Now it’s your turn.

The rules:

go to wikipedia, go to a random article. that is your band name.
go to random quotes and the last few words of the last quote on the first page is your album title.
go to flickr and explore the last seven days. the third picture is your album cover.

I’ll provide links:

  1. random band name
  2. album name
  3. album cover

Movies of Late

Thank You For Smoking – I loved this movie! Laugh out loud funny and wry. Charlotte wasn’t nearly as into it as I but she liked that I liked it.

300 – Very cool. And darned if it isn’t historically accurate.

Some days…

I rode my bike to Extra Space Storage on Folsom. I had accidentally driven over the tail end of a moving truck’s ramp and I was going there to pay the guy to repair it. I wasn’t driving over because my car just the other night started sounding “bad”. Maybe a rear-right tie-rod is broken. Whenever I turn left or right, it makes this *thunk* like someone hit the side of the car with a baseball. :-(

So I’ve paid the guy and I’m getting ready to ride home and I find that I have a flat front tire on my bike. That is in addition to the slow leak on the rear tire I discovered the other day. Feh. So I walked to Box Dog Bikes but they were closed for renovations (they’ll open in a day or three, so said the guys there). So I walked to Valencia Cyclery and got a $5 patch kit. The thought of paying $40 for them to repair both my tires made me unhappy…


But at least my dad called and told me that lonza was on its way to me shortly! Italian specialty meats will be my new avocation!


Wow, 3-D movies might just have come of age. I saw Coraline at the Alameda theater with Charlotte, Vevi and Rick the other night. The movie was such a terrific escape. They didn’t overuse the 3D and, just as importantly, it didn’t give me a headache.

Staring Rats

What does this mean?

I feel as though some sort of “understanding” is conveyed in this video.

Wow, I’m really pretty freaked out by it.

Please tell me what it means!