October 23, 2005


There was a time when I knew Daly City, the adobo capital of the United States, like the back of my hand. Apparently not. I had every intention to go to Bindlestiff's production of "Alamat," excerpts from which I'd seen last week, so I was looking forward to seeing the whole thing.

Confident of my DC abilities, I briefly checked Yahoo Maps just as I was about to leave and found this graphic:

yahoo map

I -- and you West Bay folks would probably know this too -- should have known there was no way 699 Serramonte Blvd (i.e., the Jefferson Unified School District headquarters) could have been at that spot. But a selection of "schools" on Yahoo Maps (you can do it too) showed that it was correct.

So of course, once I get there, I realize my mistake: it was, as I had guessed, right smack dab in the middle of Auto Row, with car dealerships to the left and right and nothing but cemeteries further east. Could the theater be sharing space with Pier 41 Imports? Maybe behind the Toys 'R' Us? In the same building as the Spirit Halloween Superstore? I drive up and down the two big blocks about five times, realizing that the play was about to start at that point.

I pull into the Saturn dealership and ask one of the salesmen. He looks at me as if I were on crack. "It's all stores and dealerships here," he says. So I call up Verizon 411, and here's where the fates really conspire against me: they have no idea -- there's nothing named "Serramonte del Rey High School." They switch me off to the real 411, and they can't find the place either. Only an answering machine was picking up at Bindlestiff. I'm beginning to think I'm going nuts.

Desperate (not just because I want to see the play, but also because I can't believe I can't find this theater), I run through my cellphone thinking of calling people who might possibly be online on a Saturday afternoon: San Bruno, San Jose, Oakland, Brooklyn. I call the first two and they don't answer. I decide to slink back home.

At home I check Google Maps and get this:

google map

It is so far off it's not even funny. Again, I'm kicking myself because now I realize I know exactly where it is -- and I probably would have found it if I hadn't checked Yahoo Maps just before I left. Grrr.

Posted by the wily filipino at October 23, 2005 12:01 AM

Sunny - the same thing happened to peter & I... the upside was that there was a DC cop in the Toys "r" Us parking lot who told me that the Diego Rivera Theater was up the hill and that the street addresses in DC made no sense at all... Anyhoo, you'd think that I, of all people, would know where Alamat was showing... Hope you enjoyed it once you got there :-)

Posted by: June on November 7, 2005 08:41 PM

oops i misread... so you never made it to the show. come to the dec. 9th or 10th show at diego rivera theater at city college in sf - that's at 50 phelan @ ocean avenue... i'll comp you for your troubles :-)

Posted by: June on November 7, 2005 10:04 PM
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