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Tue Mar 23, 2021, 02:42 PM

The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

I went to Joe's today to replenish some necessities: Vodka and Tequila. For the first time in quite a while I walked through my old neighborhood- The Tenderloin. I'm glad I did. I realized that if I wanted to start writing again, and I do, I had to start walking again.

The Hood wasn't the same, the old carousel of watchfulness and energy, victory and defeat, the fog of war gone. The plague has taken too many of the players I guess. The ghost was still there, I caught glimpses of it in odd corners, pale and thin, but there. I also heard whispers of the days to come.
This is still my town, but to reclaim it I need to start walking. San Francisco has worn many cloaks in it's lifetime, it just shrugs and moves on. It's not going anywhere.

Home, Home Again
I Like To Be Here When I Can
When I Come Home Cold And Tired
It's Good To Warm My Bones Beside The Fire

God Bless you All
God save the Republic!

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Response to winetourdriver01 (Original post)

Tue Mar 23, 2021, 04:00 PM

1. Well, if you ever decide to begin writing again you've made a good start here.

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 23, 2021, 04:27 PM

2. Thanks!

That's very encouraging. I was surprised to realize that writing and walking around town are linked. I wonder why.

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Response to winetourdriver01 (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 23, 2021, 04:34 PM

3. my guess would be observation is part of it...

also, I'm a composer and walking helps me to come up with ideas or solve some musical problems...

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Response to winetourdriver01 (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 23, 2021, 04:38 PM

4. In San Francisco, even the pan handlers

look as if they are worthy of a book being written about them. A truly magical city.

I've never lived there but I've lived within a few hours of it for most of my life. I try to visit as often as I can. There is no other city in the world quite like it. Is it perfect? No, but it never stops trying to be.

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