Hard bar­gain­ing to get rid of loans

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The av­er­age amount owed by stu­dent debtors for the col­lege class of 2016 is $37,000. The founder of the Stu­dent Loan Re­port (www.stu­dent­loans.net) has sur­veyed 500 stu­dent-loan bor­row­ers to de­ter­mine the se­ri­ous­ness/des­per­a­tion of their de­sires to rid them­selves of the loans’ obli­ga­tions. Stu­dent debt, says Drew Cloud, “is a $1.3 tril­lion is­sue in the U.S.A.” Ac­cord­ing to Cloud’s sur­vey: About 27 per­cent of bor­row­ers would con­tract Zika virus if it would en­able them to rid them­selves of loans; 31 per­cent would give up sex for 10 years; 84 per­cent would give up watch­ing “Game of Thrones” for­ever; 78 per­cent would give up SnapChat for­ever; 62 per­cent would give up eat­ing cheese for­ever; and about 9 per­cent would give back their de­grees.

At the Stan­ley Kubrick show at the Con­tem­po­rary Jewish Mu­seum a cou­ple of days ago, I paused to look at clips from “A Clock­work Orange,” an iconic 1971 movie I’d never seen. Forty-five years af­ter its re­lease, it was still pretty shock­ing.

“Too much vi­o­lence and not enough sex,” said viewer Ger­ald Web­ber in a let­ter of com­plaint that was part of the ex­hi­bi­tion. In one clip, a weak-look­ing woman was thrown to the floor by a man bran­dish­ing a huge plas­tic pe­nis-shaped weapon, which he lifted over his head as though he was go­ing to (1) bash her (2) em­ploy it in a more in­ti­mate mat­ter. The clip stopped right there, so the victim’s fate re­mained un­known, at least by me. But Mr. Web­ber, I think your com­plaints were un­founded.

1 Robert Weiner was at Valette restau­rant in Healds­burg, where the dress code is “smart ca­sual,” and heard one cus­tomer telling an­other, “Men wear­ing shorts at a nice restau­rant is dumb ca­sual.”

1 “The Price Is Right” was of­fer­ing the big prize of a trip to Rio the other day, re­ports Joseph Lil­lis, to stay at “Casa Mos­quito.” No thanks.

1 Jen­nifer Fish, whose Lit­tle Free Li­brary was es­tab­lished on Mer­riewood Drive in Oak­land five years ago, has added some fea­tures. A photo dis­play fea­tur­ing pics of neigh­bor­hood dogs and cats, “The Li­brary’s Four-legged Pa­trons,” now in­cludes one cat and 31 dogs. “The cats are not big fans” of the li­brary, she says, but per­haps fewer fe­lines is a re­sult of the abun­dance of dog walk­ers that pass the li­brary daily.

Fish says that one of her neigh­bors has added a red­wood bench for li­brary pa­trons. “My Lit­tle Free Li­brary has evolved from a card­board box of books to a gath­er­ing place for my neigh­bors. I couldn’t be hap­pier,” she writes.

“La Vic­trola,” un­der con­struc­tion at Amer­i­can Steel Stu­dios in Oak­land in prepa­ra­tion for Burn­ing Man, is a 35-foot­tall, 4-ton wood and steel gramo­phone to be used to “present a cu­rated pro­gram of live and recorded mu­si­cal per­for­mances, trans­port­ing au­di­ences back to an ear­lier time of vaudeville, speakeasie­s, cabarets and the birth of recorded mu­sic ... coun­ter­point to the dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and elec­tronic dance mu­sic that dom­i­nate mod­ern media,” ac­cord­ing to its mak­ers. My mind’s ear is hear­ing deci­bel du­els (will ya turn that thing down?) in the desert.

In cel­e­bra­tion of its first an­niver­sary, the Ten­der­loin Mu­seum is host­ing a free com­mu­nity day, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Satur­day, July 16, with a full sched­ule of per­for­mances and events cel­e­brat­ing its part­ner­ship with other cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions. But that’s not the item.

The item is that in De­cem­ber, cit­ing its at­tempt “to shift neg­a­tive per­cep­tions of (the Ten­der­loin) by high­light­ing the im­por­tant role it has played in LGBT ac­tivism and coun­ter­cul­tural move­ments,” the Guardian named it among the 10 best new and im­proved mu­se­ums in the world. (The range of the list — which in­cludes the Whit­ney Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art in New York and the John Wayne Birth­place Mu­seum in Win­ter­set, Iowa — is broad.)

As to the use of emoti­cons and emoji, are we go­ing back to hi­ero­glyph­ics? asks Terry Lesyk.

Mean­while, a sur­vey taken by the Cre­ative Group found that 78 per­cent of ad­ver­tis­ing and mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives think it “is not ap­pro­pri­ate to use emo­jis and emoti­cons when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with clients and cus­tomers.” (Don Draper would not use them.)

Ad­vice from the Of­ficeTeam, a temp staffing ser­vice that warns that the pic­to­rial sym­bols may “be dis­tract­ing and ap­pear un­pro­fes­sional”: “Just say it. When in doubt, rely on words to get your point across.” Or fin­gers.

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