Thursday, May 31, 2007
10 for Summer '07: San Francisco
Photo by Flickr user borenan.
Los Angeles has a weird relationship with San Francisco - I believe it's summed up best by a dismissive comment an Angeleno friend got from someone when he was last up there: "Oh, you're from L.A.? People in San Francisco read." Niiiice. If you read so much, why are you so willing to broadcast your ignorance?
San Francisco is compact and cute and scenic - none of which L.A. happens to be. It's also expensive, and crowded, and the traffic is just as bad down here - which, I think, makes it a worse place to live...but a lovely place to visit. One of the first non-family visiting, non-work related vacations I took with my parents was to San Francisco. I had just bought a Polaroid camera and was way, way too excited to use it. I still have the photo album...and my favorite photo is still the one I took of the underside of the Golden Gate Bridge taken from a bay tour boat we were on. Yes, Golden Gate photos are a dime a dozen, but how many people have one of the underside.
Immediately after college, a wave of my friends moved to the Bay Area, so I was up there at least several times a year. In the intervening years, however, the vast majority have moved away - because of the cost, the impossible housing situation, and the traffic. I haven't been in probably three years, and I'd like to go back. Maybe, you know, buy some (more) books.