Philz China Basin

Philz is on the corner of 4th St. and Berry in what was once China Basin, a small muddy fishing hole and occasional small fishing boat dock, out by the SF Giants ballpark.

It’s now quite developed into multi-story office, and research facilities. The area is bustling with attractive young tech and biotech workers, and as usual there is a line out the door at Philz.

Fortunately, because of tech, I can order my coffee through the Philz app on my phone, it’ll be ready and waiting with my name on it! Cut in front of the line, grab and go, don’t even have to deal with a human being at the cash register.

I’m all the way out here because I have an appointment at one of these biotech research facilities. I’m going to be a guinea pig. They’re going to stick a big long needle in my arm and inject dye into my veins. Then I’ll be strapped by the head so that I can’t move into an MRI machine for 30 minutes. They’re testing some new kind of dye. And I’m getting paid! It’s a research study and my prize is a $40 Amazon gift certificate. Wish me luck!

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