• Monthly Gratitude #4: San Francisco

    I haven’t been faithful to my promise of writing about one thing I’m grateful for each month, but it’s been weighing on my mind. Instead of trying to catch up on the six I’ve missed, I’m going to just post when I can because well, it’s good for me and others to hear (thanks Lexi!).

    Today I’m feeling grateful to be a resident of San Francisco. There are a lot of problems here that need to be addressed, but it’s a place that always astonishes me. Take today for example. I went to see Charles Bradley for free at Hardly Strictly because Warren Hellman was kind enough to subsidize a music festival as his gift to the public. I went on a lovely bike ride to get there. The weather was idyllic and Golden Gate Park is a beautiful place for humans to gather. From there, I biked back across town to attend a vinyl record swap hosted by a friend at a rad bar. I met new humans there who happened to share my affinity for records and even traded a few with an 11-year old who surprised me by being into records at all. I also now own Shaquille O’Neal on vinyl.

    That is just a small sampling of the kind of stuff that happens here all the time. There are a lot of great places to live around the world, but right now, I don’t have fomo because San Francisco is magical. It challenges me (sometimes a bit too much) and rewards me (also sometimes a bit too much) for being here. I feel like I’m part of something special and am getting life experiences that don’t happen just anywhere. Thank you San Francisco. I'd probably cry if I was forced to leave you right now and it's damn important to feel like that about somewhere.

  • What makes you itch?

    We need this kick in the ass sometimes. Will you shrug it off or listen?

    "If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living that is to do things you don't like doing. WHICH IS STUPID. Better to live a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way."

    - Alan Watts

  • Twins, Lilac Alley, San Francisco

    I must have walked past this workshop garage dozens of times where a man is usually hard at work crafting furniture. For some reason, his vintage babe poster ushers in vague memories of elementary school and the one occasion I set foot the janitor's office to notice some very similar wall adornments.