It’s the end of an era — Tim, the force behind Overheard Lines, San Francisco’s venerable (since 2005, which is like 40 blog years) evesdropping site, has announced that the site has run its course, as:

I’ve been way too busy; people on the bus have been way too on-their-iPods-and-not-saying-anything-I-found-interesting; and many other Overheard sites have sprung up that can easily fill your day better than I can.

Far be it from us to impede life progress, but, damn, we’ll miss that site. In the interest of nostalgia, here’s just a few fave Overheard Lines from the past 4 years.

And The Moral Is: Toothless People Like Movies?
A couple rents 24 movies at a rental store and is awarded bonus treats. Teen daughter goes to the ice cream cooler.
Teen: “Mom, do you want the sundae cone or that one with nuts?”
Mom: “I can’t have them, I ain’t got any teeth!
Teen: …
Mom: “I’m getting my teeth for my birthday!”
Dad: “I’ve been waiting 20 years to get my two front teeth back, and here she goes to the dentist today and is getting a whole mouthful for her birthday.”

Mother Who Doesn’t Like Labels, To Child At Zoo
“We came here to see animals, not ducks!”

Overheard Outside A Church
Guy 1: “What are Episcopalians?”
Guy 2: “I don’t know, but they must be atheist. The sign says ‘all are welcome’.”

Good luck, Tim, and thanks. And, Sexpigeon? Better step it up.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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