26-Apr-2012 (Thu)
Wherein, to our eternal shame, we are closed on a Friday.

You may have noticed that we're closed this Friday. I can't remember the last time that happened. It's been years.

We had an event booked, until extremely recently. About two months ago, these guys Martin and David, who were, like, part of the C-list of Blow Up's promotional helpers, booked the date for a party with Drop the Lime, who played at Blow Up back in February. And then, eight days before the event, Martin calls us and says, "Hey, David is afraid we won't make any money on this show, so he's not going to pay up, so is it cool if we cancel?" In case you were wondering if that's cool, no, that's super-duper not cool. This was after they had already paid us a deposit. Obviously we won't ever trust them to book anything here, but what they may not realize is that by fucking over the artist like this, The Windish Agency also won't be returning their calls. That's a somewhat larger bridge to have burned.

Look, our new bathrooms have walls, mostly:

First you put up the aluminum studs. Then the plumbers put the pipes inside the space where the walls will go. Then the electricians come through and put in the conduit. Then you schedule a plumbing inspector. Then you schedule an electrical inspector. Then you schedule a framing inspector. Then you can close up the walls. Then you can install the fixtures. Then you schedule a plumbing inspector again. Then you schedule an electrical inspector again. Then you schedule a health inspector. Then you wonder how anything ever gets done at all.

There has been some minor perceptible progress in our permit review. It has made it to eyeballs at both the Building and Fire department, which is... good? But this has resulted in the fun situation of having people from one department interpret the code one way and people from another department interpret the same code in a completely different way. Negotiations are, as they say, ongoing.

In the event that we someday have custom-printed pizza boxes -- and I'm not foolish enough to predict that this will ever actually happen -- they might end up looking something like this prototype:

19 Responses:

  1. ILikeItSpoooky says:

    I think you'll get a kick out of this, Jamie.


  2. Jeremy Wilson says:

    I'm curious - why don't you just open as a bar, with no specific event?

    • jwz says:

      Doesn't work. Too big.

      • Jeremy Wilson says:

        Up here, most clubs and bars don't have events on weekend nights - they save those for during the week to fill up what would otherwise be empty nights. Friday-Sunday are usually packed with just the house DJ playing.

        What do you think is different about SF nightlife that you need an event to draw people on a Friday night? I'm genuinely curious.

        • Elusis says:

          Here's an idea: why don't you personally cover the staff wages, wholesale alcohol costs, fractional insurance, utilities, and other costs I haven't thought of for DNA to open tonight, and you can keep the gross?

          • Jeremy Wilson says:

            I'm not telling him to open - I'm asking what he thinks the difference is between nightlife in San Francisco vs. Toronto, where a club the size of DNA has no trouble filling up on a Friday night without having a specific event.

            Queen St. would be the equivalent area here and there's lineups at every club and bar along Queen, Adelaide and Richmond on Fridays.

            Is it the number of people? The type of people? I see the cities as very similar in demographics, so do the people there just not go out like the suburban popped collar types that inhabit our club district?

            I'm just asking his opinion as the resident expert on the subject.

            • Lun Esex says:

              Might have something to do with the fact that San Francisco doesn't have a "club district" that people can just head towards and then go bar hopping at.

              Similarly San Francisco doesn't have a "theatre district" or a single "red light district" (although there's some concentration on Broadway, there's also other scattered spots with a cluster in the Tenderloin where it crosses Market St, and in the Polk St. area).

              This kind of ties in to how on Halloween in San Francisco there used to be Halloween in the Castro, which would overwhelm that neighborhood, and now that the city enforces NOT having an event there everyone is scattered all across the city that night.

              • Jeremy Wilson says:

                Ahh, I assumed that clubs and whatnot clustered together like they do here, so people can just head to an area for a night out. With everything scattered, you have to plan, so event-based stuff makes more sense.

        • jwz says:

          That's great for them, but honestly I don't care. It's a different business, in a different city, a different country, and 3,000 miles away. It's hard to imagine it having less impact on my life, even assuming that your outsider assumptions of the economics of their business are correct.

  3. tjic says:

    > Then you schedule a plumbing inspector. Then you schedule an electrical inspector. Then you schedule a framing inspector. Then you can close up the walls. Then you can install the fixtures. Then you schedule a plumbing inspector again. Then you schedule an electrical inspector again. Then you schedule a health inspector.

    Clearly industrial self-inspection is just a scheme by evil baby raping capitalists; the government alternative is MUCH better. "Underwriter's Lab" ? It'd NEVER work!

    • Lun Esex says:

      The first "obvious" step city governments would take today would be to replace the government-employed inspectors with privatized ones...

      • Anthony_A says:

        Anything more complicated than framing or plumbing, it already happens. And it does work better than the City inspectors.

        • Lun Esex says:

          How many repeat trips (& associated fees) do the privatized inspectors get out of the deal?

          • Anthony_A says:

            Special Inspection agencies generally work with the contractors to schedule inspections at the contractor's convenience, and to minimize the inspection visits needed. That said, if the work isn't done right, most special inspectors will note it and set up a revisit after the deficiency has been corrected.

            Technically, most special inspection is overseen by city building inspectors, but in general, that just means that the city inspector looks at the special inspectors' reports.

  4. pavel_lishin says:

    And after the plumbing inspectors come the curtain inspectors, to make sure they're up to spec for visiting DJs...

  5. nooj says:

    Wow, not having a booking agent really sucks!

  6. chris t says:

    Is that a tiny pizza box? Is there a version I can print at home?

    • blasdelf says:

      I don't wanna hear your excuses! The box has to be at least... three times bigger than this!