Patrick Smith, who writes the “Ask the Pilot” column on Salon, has a sign of the times.  And I feel an urge to put on my Citizen Kane DVD.

San Francisco is famous for its more than 600 murals across The City,  including great examples of Chicano art in the Mission, the controversial pro-labor WPA-era murals in Coit Tower, and Diego Rivera’s work in various buildings.

Imagine my delight this morning when Mr. SFL and I were driving down 8th Street to Trader Joe’s and discovered the newest addition to San Francisco’s collection of murals, painted on the side of a janky  hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant.

Close ups after the jump.

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Our own Miss Expatria has a new gig: she’s writing the WhyGo France Travel Guide for BootsnAll and is now the editor of Travel News Daily, which they’re calling “crack for travel addicts.” Fear her.

We’re trying to figure out a way back to London so as to embark on a tour of the great houses.  That includes Hardwick Hall – Elizabeth Cavendish (aka Bess of Hardwick) outlived four husbands (and Elizabeth I by 5 years), then built her masterpiece. She was the Frank Lloyd Wright of her day (look at all the damn glass … in 1582!):