It's safe to say that Peter Shih, the entrepreneur who quickly became San Francisco's public enemy number one after penning a satirical post slamming the city and its residents, hasn't made a lot of friends in his new town.
The infamous blog post garnered attention from websites and news outlets across the globe for its perceived sexism and insensitivity towards the homeless, and even prompted fliers in San Francisco urging Shih to return to New York.
Now, one company has offered to help him do just that.
In an cheeky open letter sent to the The Huffington Post, travel deal site CheapAir.com offered to provide Shih with a free one-way ticket to New York.
"Listen, we want to help rescue you from the chasm of hell they call 'San Francisco,'" the company wrote. "We'll get you home safely, bro!"
And, of course, the company didn't miss the opportunity for some shameless self-promotion.
"We get the sense that you're a discerning traveler and you'll be pleased to know that when you book your free flight on CheapAir.com, you'll be able to instantly compare in-flight services of various airlines and planes."
The full letter from CheapAir.com:
We read with horror your post "10 Things I Hate About You: San Francisco Edition" and the unthinkable circumstances you have lived through. We get it—there is only so much variable weather, bad parking, and inconvenient transportation schedules that one man can possibly endure! And we can’t fathom why the women of San Francisco have been so unwelcoming.
Listen, we want to help rescue you from that chasm of hell they call "San Francisco". We frequently hear from individuals with heart-wrenching stories who ask for assistance with flights, but yours has struck a chord like no other.
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We’ll get you home safely, bro!
Since the backlash, Shih has removed the post from his blog and offered a profuse public apology, calling his actions "idiotic, childish, thoughtless, hurtful and offensive," and saying he was "deeply sorry" for the post.
"I don't deserve any forgiveness for the stupidity of my actions and words," he added. "But I sincerely hope to demonstrate by my future behavior to humbly build up and not tear down the communities and people around me."
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Visit The Anchor Steam Brewery
The day I first moved to San Francisco, I dropped my suitcases at my friend's Marina apartment and wandered down Chestnut Street to Monaghan's, where I ordered Anchor Steam on draft. And It tasted different. A little colder, a little fresher. It's worth making a reservation to explore the source (for free) on a weekday afternoon. The chipper tour guide who moonlights as a DJ, the churning assembly line and snippets of city history would be worth it alone -- but the tastings at the end bring it all home. More info <a href="http://www.anchorbrewing.com/brewery/tours" target="_blank">here</a>.
Bike The Marin Headlands
Turns out the formidable hill just across the Golden Gate Bridge isn't that formidable after all. And the exhilarating view on the way down makes the climb worth it -- it's like plunging straight into the Pacific Ocean. Bring plenty of water and a camera, and be prepared to feel like a warrior and see more beautiful things than should be allowed in one afternoon. More info <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zach-dean/biking-the-bay-the-marin-_b_1558160.html" target="_blank">here</a> (courtesy of HuffPost SF's own bike blogger!).
Dine At Coi
I've been wanting to try the Holy Grail of San Francisco restaurants since I first peeked longingly into Coi's nondescript North Beach window on the way to my internship at San Francisco magazine. Six years later, Chef Daniel Patterson created a dining experience that I'll never forget. His 13-course tasting menu, which changes daily based on the highest-quality components available, embodies what "California Cuisine" should mean: fresh, locally-sourced ingredients prepared in such a meticulous, deliberate way that they become the very best versions of themselves. Asparagus blanched in asparagus-water. Strawberries coated in a strawberry glaze. The sweetest, earthiest beets I'd ever tasted, dusted with edible wildflowers. The author of BBC's recent "mini guide to eating in San Francisco" <a href="http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20130529-mini-guide-to-eating-in-san-francisco" target="_blank">described a meal at Coi</a> as "licking the California coastline," which honestly just sounds sort of gross. But I understand the sentiment, since each course brought to life for me the best and most delicious natural morsels the area has to offer. More info <a href="http://coirestaurant.com/menu/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Tour Alcatraz At Night
Survey ten random locals, and nine of them have never been to San Francisco's most infamous ruins. They're missing out. The audio tour is curated pitch-perfectly, narrated by former prison guards, and the headphones render surrounding tourists nonexistent. Go at night because it's spookier (and don't forget to bring layers). More info <a href="http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/website/pprog-evening-programs.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.
Composer Stan Shaff's "sound-sculpted space" is a legacy that's endured for more than half a century, but it still remains one of the San Francisco's best-kept secrets. Viewers -- or more accurately, listeners -- sit in total darkness while Shaff, as he puts it, "bathes them in sounds that move past, over, and under them." The experience is equal-parts trippy and transcendental. More info <a href="http://www.audium.org" target="_blank">here</a>.
See A New View
Since San Francisco hilltops are pretty much my favorite thing ever, it was hard to find a summit I had yet to climb. But Golden Gate Heights, tucked halfway into the Sunset District, is a hidden paradise I'm so happy I managed to uncover. Urban hikers ascend a mosaic staircase -- a beloved neighborhood project and work of art in itself -- and are rewarded with a romantic little park and expansive northwest view. More info <a href="http://www.tiledsteps.org/Default.asp" target="_blank">here</a>.
Explore The Armory
It's hard to believe that San Francisco's hulking and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Armory" target="_blank">historic</a> Armory Building now houses the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/22/kinkcom_n_1904626.html" target="_blank">world's largest fetish porn studio</a> -- until you see the inside. Turns out, the former arsenal for the U.S. National Guard provides a great venue for Kink.com, with its sound-proof walls, dungeon-esque ambiance, ample storage room and endless fodder for new story lines. Visitors can tour the studios, attend a workshop, watch a live show and stop by the sister bar, the Armory Club, for a cocktail afterwards. More info <a href="http://www.armorystudios.com/" target="_blank">here</a> (warning: NSFW).
Sleep On A Boat
When you're surrounded by water on three sides, it pays to know someone with a sailboat. The bay is dotted with secret coves perfect for setting up camp for the night. The group I was lucky enough to tag along with chose an inlet alongside Angel Island. The city seen at 7 a.m. from the water is a breathtaking, foreign place. I may or may not have cried a little. More info <a href="http://www.boatingsf.com/listings/a/boat-rentals" target="_blank">here</a>.
This particular trip involved camping in a magic schoolbus on the grounds of the Boonville beer festival, which takes place in a tiny town that has <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boontling" target="_blank">its own secret language</a>. More info on the schoolbus <a href="http://www.gillibus.com/" target="_blank">here</a>, and more info on the beer festival <a href="https://avbc.com/happenings/the-legendary-boonville-beer-festival/" target="_blank">here</a>.
Yosemite can be a hassle to coordinate, but splendor like this doesn't exist anywhere else on earth. Visiting the national park in any capacity will make you -- at the risk of sounding like an annoying Bay Area hippie -- grateful to be alive. We decided to rent a home in nearby North Fork and hike the popular Vernal Falls mist trail. More info <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm" target="_blank">here</a>.
While Big Sur and Monterey are perfect for weekend-long adventures, Pacifica and Half Moon Bay make for amazing afternoon escapes. I chose Montara on this particular Saturday, and it was equal parts trees and sky and ocean and views and anything else one hopes to get from a three-hour hike along the water. More info <a href="http://www.weekendsherpa.com/stories/hike-to-the-summit-of-montara-mountain/" target="_blank">here</a>.
The options are limited (the Pacific Ocean) and yet seemingly limitless (drinks at the Cliff House? A jog down the Great Highway? Exploring the Sutro Baths?). Since I'd already experienced all of the above, I decided to run from my house in the Haight through the length of Golden Gate Park, which delivered me right to the coast. The changing landscape inside the park, from the waterfalls to the meadows to the bison paddock, made the longest run I've ever done seem bearable. (And though I'd been there before, the mimosa I rewarded myself with at Beach Chalet afterwards felt much-deserved.) More info <a href="http://www.beachchalet.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.