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Where Bootleggers Once Dallied, an Island of Awesome Castoffs in the Mission

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Photos via Patricia Chang (except where noted).
The list of things that Mission resident Danny has appropriated for one of his homemade lights includes a stovetop espresso pot ringed by five espresso cups and saucers, a military tripod, and a length of rope, which he used to suspend a regular table lamp from the ceiling in his living room. Incidentally, the lamp is not the only thing in the room hanging in midair. There's also a Knoll chair mounted upside-down on the ceiling, which Danny bolted down while his middle-school-age son held it in place with a two-by-four. "The children who come into the room love that," says Danny's partner, Steve (the couple prefer to use their first names only). "It's puzzling. We get a lot of puzzled-little-kid looks."

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