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you could do it right the first time but why would you? – VENUE CHANGE!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Go to Americano (Mission/Embarcadero). You can be late, a little later than 5:11.

Nostalgic and historic Chaya is not availalbe until 6 PM tonight. Cigar Bar is ON!

Lotsa love,

Big Red.


There is no doubt in my mind…

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

that you all remember that Wednesday is THE Puff’n'sip day. That makes it this Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 the Puff’n'sip Classic day.
See you all there @ 5:11 PM, promptly!
Lotsa love,
Big Red

When I was a child…

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
I bet you are thinking – Oh, really? Pink? After all this time?… Or you might sigh with relief and shed a tear, whispering – I thought you were.. dead. Or you may ask yourself – How do I work this?.. And – Where is that large automobile?.. But most would probably experience a  general sense of confusion, likely attributed to coming to terms with the banality of everyday life or overextended comfortable numbness… without Puff’n'sip! And those of you without any care for old people’s music, which we call classics, might not have even made it this far into the paragraph and resolved to a solid  WTF? assessment. 
But hold on -
this week’s Puff’n'sip is on!  We are back with Puff’n'sip Classic – just what the doctor warned you of.
We kick off @
5:11 PM from Chaya Brasserie, 132 Embarcadero @ Howard
and stroll down memory lane by
7:13 PM to Cigar Bar and Grill, 850 Montgomery @ Jackson
One note, though – this is a special, rare (no kidding!) Puff’n'sip. We are rolling it out one more time, to be placed on an honorable Reserve status. What’s that, you ask? Good question! It’s the very top shelf, baby, up there in full view, yet not reachable without a stretch. Yes, it’s time to put away childish things… Oh, whom am I kidding! Just don’t have the time and stamina for our beloved weekly Puff’n'sip. But we’ll roll it out again, sometime on a very special occasion.
But this week we shall strike a classic – Puff’n'sip as the child intended. Come early for the slide show. And later AF will share his puff’n'sip scars…
And fear not for your merriment opportunities! Oh, we shall crawl! Again and again – get ready for the 9th Annual Bad Bunny Pub Crawl coming to you on April 11th!
Lots of love,
Big Red.

7th Annual Bad Bunny Pub Hop

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

A plague of feral bunnies

Grab some ears, pin on a tail and bring a carrot. It’s bunny time!

The 7th Annual Bad Bunny Pub Hop is this Friday, March 30th

4:30 – 5:45 PM  Cafe Prague (424 Merchant St) – If you manage to find this place, you’ve earned your first drink! It’s just beer and wine here, but you’ll thank us later.

5:55 – 7:00 PM  Bubble Lounge (714 Montgomery) – We’ll be here before the bridge-and-tunnel crowd has a chance to preen themselves, and start their weekly invasion of North Beach

7:15 – 8:50 PM  Monroe (473 Broadway) – Monroe says they’re going to open early, just for us! At 7 PM! Wow they must sleep late. DJ and dancing here.

9:00 – 10:00 PM  Sip Bar and Lounge (787 Broadway) – None of us can remember much about this place from last year, so we’re going to try again!

10:15 PM till ??? EZ-5 (684 Commercial St) – Another hidden SF treasure and our favorite place to land after a long night. DJ, dancing, Ms PacMan, and Patron on tap.

We will be raising money to support the Blind Babies Foundation. Bring some extra cash for the donation basket.

Google Map of the crawl route.

Facebook invite

The Bunny Crew

i know just the best way to kick it…

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In – and by ‘it’, I obviously mean the new year with its pounding guilt and pressure to overpromise. And for all of you trying hard to line up, and often document, all the goodness you are to do for yourself and hopefully for others in the incoming 2-0-1-2, I have some words of advice:

-do it all before the world ends. All the goodness is merely a sentimental notion after that.

-make it a learning and introspective exercise. There is no good without bad, it is all about eternal flow, about elevating spiral of inner knowledge, and clarity of  motives. Find it in you, recognize and study it – the bad. And good would be so much more… gooder.

I can see you rolling your eyes, thinking – another diet advice that no-one could ever follow. Not so! –  we have a simple and true recipe anyone can follow. And it works better as a team – bring you friends and family, if they are fun, along!

It starts with Bad Santa Pub Crawl this Friday, December 16, 2011 @ precisely 4:21 PM!!

Did that get your attention – read on! Find us on Facebook!

Lots of love and holiday joy,

Big Red.

naughty or nice? really?..

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I could spend days on reciting my concerns with how deeply guilt and fear of punishment is entrenched in our upbringing, when even a jolly, seemingly good-natured, gloriously aged, ready-to-share-a-coke-with-you stranger keeps a list of all of your wrong-doings. A list that he never cares, by the way, to share or discuss, or invites appeal. And we all know that there is a plenty of naughty done for a good cause – plenty, I tell you!.. So, I will not. Instead, I will charge you to stand up to the old man and prove to him that naughty is nice –

Join us for 6th Annual Bad Santa Pub Crawl!  It is sure to take place on December 16, 2011. Starting @ 4:21 PM and going on until, well, we’ll see. More details below!

Importantly, we will be offering Santa embellishments that you can own, with all proceeds heading straight to

Jacob’s Heart, Children’s Cancer Support Services.

“Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services mission is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face.

Jacob’s Heart provides emotional, social and financial assistance to children with cancer and their families.

We are a local, one-of-kind grassroots organization. Our support services extend to families with children under 18 diagnosed with cancer within the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and South Santa Clara.”

So uncork your cheer and forward this email to “The North Pole” along with 10 of your closest friends. It’s a guaranteed deal!

6th Annual Bad Santa Pub Crawl Official Route

December 16, 2011

4:21 PM – 83 Proof, 83 First Street (@ Mission)

6:14 PM – Otis Lounge, 25 Maiden Lane (@ Kearny)

7:31 PM – Union Square, Carols

7:47 PM – Gold Dust Lounge, 247 Powell Street (@ Geary)

9:03 PM – The Ambassador, 673 Geary (@ Leavenworth)

10:11 PM – Ace’s Bar, 998 Sutter (@ Hyde)

11:17 PM – R-Bar, 1176 Sutter (@ Polk)

Lotsa love!

Puff’n'sip Bad Santa Pub Crawl Committee

Do I have to remind you?..

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Pirates in Grass Skirts is coming due this Friday. You will definitely feel worse about yourself if you don’t go.


On weathering life’s storms and other curveballs

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I have to start with re-assurances: contrary to anything you might have heard, thought, or thought to have figured out, Puff’n’sip is doing alright. Just the mere fact that it is doing, is quite alright. And the fact that is it Puff’n’sip makes it plenty perfect. Yes it’s seemingly undetectable, or enigmatic if you chose, but none the less it’s here. Like the mysterious Flying Dutchman, or Black Pearl for you Disney educated folk, Puff’n’sip pops out of nowhere – stately, fantastical, and hardly comprehensible – but, unlike the formerly mentioned dread, it’s always a good thing. It’s as if Santa Claus was a pirate but instead of pillaging your ship and other bad stuff, bestowed upon you a handsome pirate booty. But, wait, let’s not go their yet – let’s stick with pirates. And here is why –

 The Pirates in Grass Skirts (aka Tiki) Pub Crawl is coming at you tshi Friday, October 21, 2011

4:00 PM – 83 Proof, 83 First Street (@ Mission)

5:01 PM – John Colins, 138 Minna (@ New Mongomery)

6:45 PM – Murphy’s, 217 Kearny (@ Bush)  – L&L Hawaiian BBQ (optional food stop)

8:15 PM – EZ5, 682 Commercial (@ Kearny)

9:45  PM – Bamboo Hut, 479 Broadway (@ Kearny)

11:00 PM – Hawaii West, 729 Vallejo (@ Stockton)

..…loop back to EZ5 if you still have your wooden leg! 


Puff’n'sip Pub Crawl Committee

mind bending and reality…

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Some people find dealing with Future a difficult task. Grasping a talking stove that reads off your grandma’s recipe for a hardboiled egg precisely to a millisecond or a processor-loaded vacuum cleaner that walks your cat and waters your plants is not always easy. Some people are so disadvantaged by their cultural heritage that they just give up on the future. My problem, however, is dealing with here and now. How do we know?!.. How do we know that orange is orange? And your orange is just like my orange? And many a-mornings I wonder what if… What if the world really is flat? No, really. What if we all are quite short, let’s say, on our left leg and we keep walking in a circle, but our brain is wired so that to make us feel like we are walking the straight line. And if you ever watched COPS on TV, you know that our brains are way accommodating when it comes to straight lines. What if our circle is really a straight line, and straight line is really a… You pull on that one too strong — the whole world unwinds like your proverbial ball of yarn. And then it’s all smoke and mirrors and convenient beliefs. And you still have to catch the morning bus to the office… If you feel dizzy by now, I don’t blame you – I often do, but think of it as a helpful framework of shared concepts that keep us on track… Like knowing that

Today’s April 27, 2011 Puff’n’sip is on! It will start promptly @

5:12 PM @ Chaya Brasserie, 132 Embarcadero (@ Howard)

and might even travel @

7:01 PM to Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery (@ Jackson)

Don;t you feel better? I do!

Lotsa love,

Big Red.

on foggy travels and gaps in time…

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

It’s been awhile. You might have not noticed it, but it’s been so long that I had to apply a search engine to arrive at an inspirational point. I have always suspected, but it became so very clear this time that life is but a journey through the fog, something with what all of you living in San Francisco should be quite familiar. A true hero follows its calling, quite oblivious of dangers and seemingly unshaken but the ambiguity of the path. We let our curiosity guide us, we get lost in our thoughts, we get lost in time. We take help, we take pity. We glorify obscure and fall in love with our imagination. And at the end of the day we relish simple comfort and proximity to our loved ones, yet we are trapped by an image we think we saw in the fog, once… It’s all there, I swear, nicely packeged. But wait –

Back to the path and our hero. We can discuss the above at length (I do recommend a puff or two first) at today’s Puff’n’sip! That’s right –

 Today’s,  April 20, 2011 Puff’n’sip will kick off promptly @

 5:03 PM @ Sens, Embarcadero 4

 And swing by @

 7:14 PM by Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery (@ Jackson)

 Lotsa love,

Big Red.