Ads We Like: Summer in the City, S.F.-Style

San Francisco is a great place, but anyone who's been there between June and September knows that it can be freezing in the summertime. [Deliberately avoiding Mark Twain cliche here.] [Why is it so cold in the summer? Mainly because inland California is so hot. Rising air columns over the baking inland valleys intensify the wind whooshing in across the SF peninsula from the chilly Pacific.]

Lizzy Bennett,* guest blogger earlier this year, produced (and starred in) this new video tribute to the SF summertime lifestyle. It's an ad, for the "Chiller" bag from her Timbuk2 company, and it's charming. For two previous entries in the "they're ads, and they're charming" category, see this from Toyota and this from Heineken.

* For the record, Lizzy's full name is now Lizzy Bennett Fallows, and she is married to one of my sons. She's at left in the video; a Timbuk2 comrade is at right.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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