San Francisco, 2016

I was here for one night in 2006 but somehow I didn’t post those pics on here. Well, the place is different from what I remember: way more homeless people. In the last ten years the economy was definitely not doing phenomenally well and it shows. I’we talked around the city and, to be honest, I was scared—not “uneasy” but scared—on more than one occurrence. Primarily during my walk on the Mission Street from the water towards all the restaurants: some areas were food of … you know, I think it’s enough of social commentary. I’ve warned you to be careful and you should, anyway, always be careful in a big city. Having said that, the rest of this place is quite amazing and I can see why so much talent is attracted to here. The weather is great, the views are gorgeous, and the people are super-friendly! Matter of fact, all the -1’s this city got from me for every homeless person was definitely +1’ed by all the absolutely amazingly friendly folks here. And I’m not just talking about the support staff whose job it is to be nice to you—but they’re way smoother and friendlier here than, say, Philly—perfect strangers take their time to politely smile at you as you are walking by.

Well, let’s take a look at what I managed to see here. Note, I’ve arrived on a Sunday right after New Year’s eve; meaning the city was supposed to be dead—recovering from a week+ of partying.

The church is a natural place for me to start my city tour, right?

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San Francisco is positively gorgeous!  Granted, this is a very expensive part of town, I absolutely love it here, adoring every building.

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Anywhere you look is amazing.

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Even the graves are nice.

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See the incline?

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No, I mean, see the incline?

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No, no, no, I mean, SEE THE INCLINE?!

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And the view!

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The doors here, too, are something else.  I think when I return the next time I will just do a separate shoot of just the doors.  This is incredible material here.

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January, remember?  I see why people say the weather in California is nice…

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Some folks a little bit overdo it with plants, right?  No bother, I like it.

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Oh, shit!  I thought there’s a dude watching me :-)

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This dude.

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That one.  What a great idea!

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Just imagine the views these folks have!

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Sigh.  I want to be rich and living in Cali.

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The fire hydrants are all different here, or so it seems.  This is one.

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Freaking gorgeous!  Right?

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Some interesting architecture all over the place.  Philadelphia is pretty intense, too, architecture-wise; but I am not used to San Fran and am flabbergasted by every corner.

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Even the graffiti is, um, awesome!

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Here’s a skinny one.

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Ah, the porn section of the city.

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Who goes to Adult Video anymore?

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WOW!  There’s a cool idea!

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And I really like how they etch street names into concrete here.

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I’m back by the water.

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This water.

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Peaceful here.  Serene.

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Pot smell is everywhere.  I mean EVERYWHERE! Even though I hear it’s not really YET legal here, it seems like everyone is already on the wagon.

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Awesome sculpture!  The sign said sunset-2am.  I suppose the lights work.

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Pretty cool chairs, too.  Simple.  Inexpensive. Solid. Good-looking.

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Trolleys are alive here.

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What have we here?!

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Awesome!

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I mean really awesome!!  The pixel people.

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And the…. things.

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Tequila and champagne.  That’s the New Year’s celebration I’m talking about!

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Next to a church of some sort.

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Cool.  I’m *in* the fountain.

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Medium-skinny.

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Mission Street is, supposedly, where it’s at.  Um… Kinda.

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Tons of homeless people here.  Camping out right on the street.

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Even people are afraid to park their bikes properly.

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Yep.

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Cool.

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Aha.

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Here we go!

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Mission District.

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Whoops.  No skating :(.  Why not?!

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Want a suit jacket?  No problem!

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Next morning I went by the bay.

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It’s freaking unbelievably awesome here!!!

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Catch it.  Gut it.  Done!

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Pregnant one.

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Yeah, I’m gonna head to that cliff there.

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USA is everywhere.

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Edible / not edible.  Nice, thanks!

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Gorgeous nature here!

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Also, the planes are landing every, like, 10 minutes.

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Scaring the birds, while landing.

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To the right is an office building.  Jealous yet?!

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Back to San Fran.

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Typical tourists.

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Typical trolleys.

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Typical art. FOR TEN-FUCKING-THOUSAND-DOLLARS!!!

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This copper thing is pretty dope though.  Me likey!

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Ha ha ha!

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Yeah. One more of was there one like this already?

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Intersection of Chestnut and Columbus.  I think we have that in Philly, too.  I think every major city has this intersection.  I need to investigate.  Mental note—made!

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More homeless-looking people.

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$2.00?!

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WOW!  Works, too.

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So does that radio.

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I had to.

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Pretty massive structure.  Very impressive.

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Don’t jump, please.

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Showing to you how the bridge works.  High school physics at work here.

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January, remember?!

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This turned out to be a very nice and romantic place.

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I mean, what place with such reflections could possible be not considered romantic?!

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$1.00 books.

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And gorgeous graffiti.

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So, my overall observation and impression of San Francisco is quite positive. Primarily this is due to the amazing niceness of

the people here. These are definitely great folk and ready to help you out with anything: every questions I’ve asked, every conversation I’ve started, every human-GPS request—all were met with a smile and great attitude. The staff everywhere are far nicer than, say, Chicago, or Philly, of St. Martin, for example. I would say, overall, the increase in the positive attitude of all the staff here is roughly proportional to the increase in the niceness of the people in general.

All the positives have to balanced somehow, right? Well, for me here this be the homeless folk, all over the place. They are a bit angrier than your typical New York City beggar, and they are most definitely very plentiful. If it is not raining they occupy the city, and if it is they occupy the city’s corners; and I am not sure which one is scarier.

Bottom line, this is definitely a city I would absolutely love to live in: the hills would make for an awesome workout; the same hills would make for majestic views while working out; the people are incredibly friendly and nice; and the weather is superb. Perhaps I will look for job offers at UCSF then, shall I?

I’ll be back here in a month so I am 110% open to suggestions of places to visit, things to see, etc etc.

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