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This year has been a time of a lot of change and growth for me. I want to thank all my family and friends who have supported through it. I’m thankful to be living in a city with such a strong music community. I’m thankful for all the folks who’ve booked me or given me gigs. I’m thankful that people still play my music and read my blog. I’m thankful that I fell in love this summer. I’m thankful that my mom isn’t depressed any more. I’m thankful that I have a place to sleep, food to eat, and clothes to wear. I’m thankful to be alive, breathing, and healthy. And most importantly, I’m thankful to be traveling on this rock with all of you guys. We’re all so blessed. <3
Working on a story about my grandmother teaching me to swim. She was in her 60s then. When she told me how she used to be on swim team as a girl, I remember laughing and telling her, “Granny, that’s silly. You were never a girl!”
When we are young we think we’ll never age. And a lot of adults forget that they were once young.
I challenge you to connect with your inner elder. What did he become? How did she get there?
And don’t forget to connect with your inner child. What did she want to be? What was he passionate about?
Do all of these images reflect with who you are now?
Wrote this on my Facebook wall. Thought I’d share it here:
Holy smokes. Sept 11th crept up on me this year. Waves of sorrow overwhelmed me in the shower, sobbing uncontrollably as I remembered waking up in Brooklyn 11 years ago today. So thankful later that morning when I finally found out that my family and friends were alive.
2012, for me, has been about letting go of the narrative of the past and not clinging to the projection of the future. Yes, I will remember the family friends who didn’t make it out of the towers. But I need to let go of all the chaos, horror, anger, and pain from that day and remember I am alive. This moment is *so* beautiful. Every day is a blessing. Love every person in your life. We never know when our last moment will be.
Never forget, but let go of all the anger, sadness, and pain. Embrace the love planted within each of us. Water the positive seeds. Let the sun shine through your soul.
Remembering the monks chanting at the Remembrance Walls at Union Square, “Across The Universe” will forever be imprinted as the song that best describes my relationship with September 11th.
“My fashion is about the urban woman in the year 3000, when there is a ton of pollution and we all need to protect our bodies and cover up, because the air outside will acidize our skin,” the singer (shopping in London in April) has said of her eccentric ensembles. “I think about obscure, weird …
The Reverend Julie Gallagher, aka the Squirrel Lady of Town Lake, was one of the most interesting people we’ve encountered on South Congress. Her art, fun photos of squirrels, promotes peace. We couldn’t include all of our interview in August’s First Thursday video, so I’ve posted the full, unedited version here.
In the video, she explains the peace banner, talks a little about Mayan cosmology, and tells us about her favorite squirrel (a refugee from Hurricane Katrina).
Check it out!
My brother, his wife and I went to First Thursday on South Congress last night.
Walking distance from my house, First Thursday is when the shops and galleries in SoCo stay open late, serve beer and have live music. It reminds me of Europe; the cafes spilling out onto the sidewalk. Everyone having a good time as the sun sets, sky painted with crazy pinks and oranges.
In one of the stores, I stumbled across a pair of combat boots that looked like they could be from the turn of last century. I’d been looking for a pair of boots like this, but thought I’d have to settle for some used Doc Martins. Luckily I found these AND they were 40% off!
Here’s a professional photo:
Hold on to your skinny jeans. It looks like there’s a battle brewing amongst the ranks of the hipster elites in the Mission. No, they aren’t fighting over who’s more emo. Instead, they’re protesting the potential opening of an American Apparel on Valencia St. Yup, you read that correctly: The hipster enclave is rejecting the very beacon of hipster fashion. Surely there must be a misunderstanding.
Well, not exactly. After reading several blog posts and comments, I’ve discovered a vocal group that thinks big box franchises will destroy the charm of the Valencia corridor; once one opens, a domino effect will occur leading to “Union Street”-ification followed very closely by the apocalypse and the the end of civilization.
I frequently have people come to Valencia St to check out Ritual and have a coffee. Out-of-towners then ask what else they should do while they are in the neighborhood. I take pride in directing them to the many unique offerings this neighborhood has: check out the bizarro furniture at X-21, stroll down to Paxton Gate and visit the taxidermied mice, stop into 826 for an eye-patch, cross the street for hand-made books, meander over to Dolores Park etc. Having an internationally recognizable store in the midst of it would definitely take away from our distinctive neighborhood.
This isn’t an attack on American Apparel. But as far as City Planning is concerned, once a neighborhood has allowed one formula retail to open, it must allow others. After the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 22nd St closed its doors, another fast food chain tried to take over the space. My neighbors here fought a long, hard battle to make sure that didn’t happen.
Eileen, first off: Thanks for directing tourists to my three favorite stores in the city: X-21, Paxton Gate and 826. Each one of those are indeed precious pearls, and I often take tourists and friends there to experience the feel of the Mission. But here’s the deal: We are in a tough economic climate. Those stores and the other independent retailers and restaurants on Valencia need as much foot traffic as possible to increase business. If having an American Apparel gives these shops 10 more visitors, then that’s more money that comes into the neighborhood. And what about the jobs it will bring?
Look, I can’t stand American Apparel. I don’t like big chains. I buy my clothes at thrift stores like Mission Thrift, from local artists like Upper Playground or Free Gold Watch, or from retailers like Villains. I vote with my wallet. If the neighborhood doesn’t want it, don’t shop there. It took the Haight a couple of decades, but they finally chased the Gap out.
Also, I’m all for neighborhood pride. But what about the latent racism that separates Mission Street from Valencia Street? What about the fact that Ritual’s popularity has ushered in a new era of gentrification, causing rent increases that force out the very population that keeps the Mission unique? I would love to see the business owners come together to try to improve the standard of living for all citizens of the Mission, not just white elites that can afford fancy handbags and overpriced furniture.
That said, I feel that the voice of the people should be heard. Should American Apparel be allowed to open a store in the Mission? Let us know in the comments.
Also, feel free to flex your democratic muscle through any of the following outlets:
Write a letter to the Planner in charge of this case:
Subject: 988 Valencia – Case No. 2008.0720C
M. Pilar LaValley
Preservation Technical Specialist/Planner
City & County of San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Go to the hearing, Thursday February 5th
Case No. 2008.0720C
Call 558-6422 after Monday the 2nd for a more specific hearing time
BTW: Great discussion in the comments on this post, but it features a very NSFW American Apparel ad.