The last time I wrote about a single year’s events was in 2016, a time of tremendous turmoil, even before election results. I juggled two jobs post layoff in and around the Tenderloin and I also ended up having two friends living in the same TL apartment building. We began to call ourselves the “Ladies […]
As I sit here at Peet’s on Fillmore and Sacramento I can see the former location of Rainbow Record and Tapes (now occupied by a high-end women’s clothing chain store). Of the three part-time jobs I juggled the summer before I left for college, my job at Rainbow was definitely the coolest. I worked in […]
Watching “All Things Must Pass” a great documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records got me thinking of how much Tower Records was part of my life. I certainly I spent more time browsing the aisles of Amoeba and Rasputin in my 20s and 30s, stores that had a wider selection of The […]
After a couple of weeks of abnormally warm weather in June, San Francisco has returned to its regularly scheduled summer weather programming. I have many childhood memories of bundling up in warm clothes to “watch the fireworks” from various local vantage points and mostly seeing colored flashes in the fog. I can’t remember feeling oppressed […]
My first high school job brought me to City Hall on a weekly basis, but that had been to secure signatures from judges, not impersonate them.
A few weeks ago my friends C. and M. asked me and our friend F. to participate in what was billed as “a once in a lifetime opportunity.” All we knew was that we’d be involved in some way for C.’s great aunt’s 95th birthday party.
It was the first night in a week where it hadn’t rained or drizzled and city’s mood was buoyant. The temperate, windless evening was lit by the glowing orb of the full moon. Z. and I were pumped because we were on our way to watch smoker fights at my old dojo, K-One Fitness. But […]