Yeah, I own a house in the San Francisco Bay area.  I just missed the anniversary of the date I purchased it, Nov. 1, 1981, and I hope it isn't too upset with me.  Perhaps having a section of my website dedicated to this fine bit of paradise will make it feel better. Probably not as much as if I cleaned it up real nice, but it's a start.  


This section has grown to include the house, the yard, the garage, the car and environs.

Shin the Homeowner

anticipated, after I got to the specified intersection. The place was actually on the other side of 24th street, closer to 23rd than 25th! It was set back from Telegraph, and was not labeled as Pusan Market, but rather as KP Market. But it looked like a fairly large grocery store and I figured that KP likely stood for Korea Pusan. I entered.

I asked one of the workers if this was the Pusan Market. I got a smile (I'm guessing - she was wearing a mask, but she seemed quite friendly) and a yes. More important, I asked about the 8-ounce butane canisters. She pointed and, sure enough, there was a surprisingly large stash of the butane canisters that I sought. To my surprise, I found the price was not $4.99 per canister, but $4.99 for a 4-pack. Life was good!

While there, I decided to look for a Thai-style curry. I've only been able to find Indian, which, while good, doesn't quite hit the spot for me. I found something that looks promising, so I added it to my purchase.

The burner works fine. The instructions weren't as good as they might have been, but once figuring them out, it was simple to set up. I boiled a pan of water just to be sure. Now all I need is some emergency food that heats in pans or pots that doesn't involve pork or beef or other such things that I don't eat!

Shin the Homeowner

In Case Of Emergency...

Things are never easy.

In the event of an earthquake or even a relatively short power outage, I may decide that I don't want to fire up my generator just to heat up something quick, be it food or just water. Far quicker and easier would be to simply have a gas-fueled burner like many campers would use.

Campers? Of course! REI should have a good selection. The REI in Berkeley is one of my favorite stores, and they didn't disappoint this time. The Eureka! SPRK (punctuation and capitalization part of the brand - this isn't the company that makes vacuum cleaners.) was exactly what I wanted. Compact, light-weight, simple and inexpensive, I bought it on the spot.


Almost as an afterthought, i asked the seller about fuel. 8-ounce butane containers, but they were currently out, came his reply. But the Pusan Market (a Korean place if you don't recognize Pusan as a large South Korean city) on Telegraph in Oakland carried them.

It seemed a long way to go for something that I figured Target, or any hardware store for that matter, would carry. Except they didn't. OHS advised me to call back in a week, but when I did, I could get no verification that they even carried the specified fuel, let alone that they had them on order. Neither Target nor Ace carried them, and when I tried REI again, by now nearly two weeks after my purchase, the same guy who sold me the stove had the pleasure of telling me they still hadn't received any, but again told me of the Korean Market usually had them.

I'd forgotten the particulars, since I thought I'd never need to go there, but this time I took note. Pusan Grocery Store at Telegraph and 25th. I called ahead to verify that they had the 8-ounce Butane canisters in stock for $4.99. They were sold in packs of four. Not heroically expensive, I thought.

It took about forty minutes to get down there, and parking wasn't easy. Finding the place was a bit harder than I'd 

Last Update: April 30, 2021

The John Shinnick Web Site

Yet another toy for my emergency supplies.