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August 28, 2014

SF Personality: Karl the Fog

Karl the Fog

  • Neighborhood: The skies of San Francisco
  • What do you love about your neighborhood? Cheap rent and great views (I bet you thought those things were mutually exclusive)
  • Native or Transplant: Native — born and raised in Point Reyes, now living and working in San Francisco
  • How long have you lived in San Francisco: A few years. I took over the family business in 2006
  • Gig: Making San Francisco feel 65 degrees most of the year
  • San Francisco is... delicious.

What do you like better: Bay Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge?

I’m seriously crushing on the new east span of the Bay Bridge, but my heart (and eternal embrace) belongs to the Golden Gate Bridge.

What's your favorite neighborhood to hang out in (other than your own)?

I don’t think Upper Market gets enough attention. After climbing over Twin Peaks, I tend to stop at Corona Heights Park and take in the view.

Where is your secret outdoor spot?

Floating to the top of Mt. Davidson makes you feel like you’re in a scene from “FernGully.” As you wind up the hill on paths covered by trees and vines, you won’t believe you’re surrounded by a concrete jungle.

Where AND what would be your last meal here in San Francisco?

The entire Outer Sunset.

What restaurant have you been meaning to eat at, but haven't?

Fog Lifter Cafe in Ingleside. You know, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

What is your go-to drink spot?

Churchill for an Old Fashioned. It was my grandma's favorite drink.

"Spend 24 hours in Potrero Hill. I’ll do it one of these days. My trainer says I just need to build up more cloud mass.."

What is your favorite spot to snap a picture in San Francisco?

Sutro Baths and Lands End. That place is practically begging to be photographed.

What is the one celebration in the city you look forward to every year?

Grey Pride. I just love how our city comes together to celebrate greys and allies.

Where do you escape the hustle and bustle beyond the bridge?

I’ve been known to make some incredible sunsets up at Mt. Tam. If you haven’t been there at dusk, you’re missing out on a magical experience.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night in the city?

Depends on the time of the year. In the summer: everywhere you look (I like to party). In the winter: on vacation, traveling the world.

What is your favorite place in San Francisco to act like a tourist?

Fisherman’s Wharf. I sneak up on tourists wearing shorts and flip-flops and make them buy those San Francisco fleeces. I’m keeping the San Francisco economy afloat.

What is the one thing everyone should do at least once here?

Bay to Breakers. What other city has Halloween in May?

What is the one thing you have yet to check off your bucket list in San Francisco?

Spend 24 hours in Potrero Hill. I’ll do it one of these days. My trainer says I just need to build up more cloud mass.

What piece of advice would you give to a traveler about visiting the city?

Layers, comfortable shoes, layers, hoodies, layers.

We almost exclusively hear from you through writing. Do you have a voice? What does it sound like?

Great question! I do have a voice. It sounds like a combination of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the giant gingerbread cookie from “Shrek 2.”


All that is sunny does not glitter, not all those in the fog are lost.

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