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The windows bulge out over the street, as if they were little stern windows in a ship and a door opens out of the sitting room onto a little open gallery with plants in it where one leans over a queer old rail and looks all down hill and slantwise at the crookedest old black and yellow houses.
Way back in 1970 when the world was still dazzled by those grainy shots of Armstrong and Aldrin bouncing about on the moon, Spiro T Agnew, the crookedest vice-president in US history, pledged that America would put a man on Mars by the year 2000.
While in Frisco, we had hired a car for a week and drove around the city of Frisco and visited the usual well-known sites, including Pier 39, Fishermen's Warf, the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town and Lombard Street, also known as the Crookedest Street in the world.
And we, or rather I, couldn't resist stopping off at the famed shopping district which is home to many world-famous boutiques, before we jumped back on the bus for a peak at Lombard Street, the crookedest street anywhere.
Once we'd jumped off, we toured the city - the backstreets of Chinatown, where laundry hangs from windows of Victorian houses, the chic hilltop houses of Russian Hill, with glorious views across the Bay and "the world's crookedest street", Lombard Street.
Rather than call Irvin on his apparent ambition to be the crookedest pastor in Pennsylvania they mortgage their houses for him and hand over life insurance benefits.
Do you think you'd ever nose wheelie down the curvy part of Lombard, the crookedest street in the world?
Before the updating, three champs, Seve Ballesteros, Ben Crenshaw and Olazabal, were the crookedest drivers, and Ollie, Langer, Nick Faldo, Crenshaw and Mark O'Meara the shortest.
When he ran for a second term in 1913 it was said to be "the crookedest election in Alberta history.
And when you tire of walking, hop on a cable car to ride down some of the steepest and crookedest roads in the world, jumping off for a free visit to the cable car museum in Mason Street.
San Francisco's Lombard Street is the world's crookedest.
Proud of living in the back country, proud of living in the same place his whole life, proud of his ability to shoot squirrels and wild pigs, proud of whatever local quirks made his county be poorest or the crookedest (a term that could apply to both the slope of the roads and the quality of the politicians) or the most notorious place in the hills.