As is monthly tradition around here, we present our 10 favorite utterances from the February issue of The Nob Hill Gazette, "San Francisco's original social network." This month's issue is all about love, the way we date now, why no one should venture south of Sutter on Fillmore Street and the annual Most Eligibles list. Observe:
- "This issue is a paean to love—of people, food, money, and real estate." — Publisher Lois Lehrman in her monthly letter to readers.
- "P.S. Luxury real estate sales are through the roof! Since our advertisers are the best in the business, they are all smiling. There is a changing face of buyer in the city, too. Welcome Silicon Valley." — Publisher Lois Lehrman again, giving a shout out to all the Real Estate agents who buy ad space in the magazine.
- "The New York Times recently reported a rather tasteless new trend. It seems that 'What’s your sign?' has been replaced by 'What’s your credit score?' Anything above 750 is good, anything below is not—and is considered ample reason to shun the man or woman in question." — Marla Zellerbach, responds to this now-infamous NYTimes piece in her Modern Romance column on the current dating scene.
- "The Daily Beast, a popular online newspaper, surveyed the national situation and concluded that San Francisco is among the ten best American cities to meet a date." — Marla Zellerbach, incorrectly assuming a listicle on the Daily Beast should be taken as dating gospel.
- "About a year after Al Wilsey died,” says philanthropist/Fine Arts Museums board president Dede Wilsey, “My two sons sat me down and said, ‘We need to talk to you. Dating’s changed. Today, your date might want you to pay for dinner.’ I said, ‘If a man asks me out, I’m not paying for dinner! I never carry money anyway.’ " — 69-year-old Dede Wilsey, also weighing in on the way kids date these days.
- "Don’t go to a party or dinner famished... If you’re hosting a party, don’t nibble if you are doing the cooking. Think about all of those fabulous outfits in your closet and how good you will look in them." — Television fitness personality Joanie Greggains offers some sage advice on how to keep fit during event season.
- "In this digital age, books seem poised to take on an additional allure as abandoned technology, much as we marvel over Colonial candlesticks and copper bedwarmers." — Erika Mailman, picking the two most boring antiquated technologies ever.
- "For the residents of exclusive Pacific Heights, 'Fillmore Street' has always been a short walk of a few blocks to shop, or eat, or just stroll. Thus, when someone from that part of the city thinks of Fillmore Street, they do not mean its whole length." — David Fleishhacker, really letting the Lower Fillmore neighbors know they're not included in Pac Heights.
- "The famous 'Fillmore District,' south of Sutter Street and now entering a renaissance, was always something like foreign territory to the residents of Pacific Heights, and the farther away from Pacific Avenue, the less likely residents were inclined to explore it." — Just please stop, David Fleishhacker. (Also, sorry about your family's pool.)
- "Online dating, like everything else, has become so hyped, streamlined, convoluted, corporate, and impersonal that it’s all I could do to figure out how to proceed. The mere logistics of writing a profile, attaching a suitable photo, devising an anonymous handle, and then figuring out how to respond to dropped e-hankies, nearly did me in." — Gerald Nachman, a writer with a 50-year career, struggles with his online dating profile.
Honorable mentions: The 18th annual Most Eligibles list is a good read if you're looking to date a Nob Hill mover and/or shaker. George Rathmell also remembers a real '49er named Crabtree, and don't miss this "worth reading" piece on how to manage your secret foreign bank accounts.