Dear Babe,

People tell me I’m missing out because I don’t spend time in the East Bay. I don’t have a car so could only go places near the BART. Am I missing out?

East Bay Curious

Dear East Bay Curious,

I’m sure we probably are missing out. I even lived over there during college, not that I remember much of it. But one fact comes to mind whenever I’m about to pay the fare to take the BART east and it’s that “east bay” is pig-Latin for beast, which means the East Bay is kinda named Satan. Makes ya think.


Nagging questions holding you back? Babe Scanlon’s got your answer. A SF native, she’s been figuring this place out far longer than she cares to admit, and now she’s ready to share. Email her at and let the veil of confusion lift. Please do keep in mind: Babe Scanlon is not presenting herself as an expert in anything that means you can sue her or the Appeal if you take her advice and your life tanks. Her recommendations are just that: recommendations.

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Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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