Tag Archives : San Francisco


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Priorities

I’ve started working on the book again–after too long a break to deal with some distractions that sucked up my time–and it feels great to be writing again. I’m happy with the progress I made last November (during my failed attempt at NaNoWriMo) and I’ve jumped back in with both feet. I’m thinking a lot […]


Wanting

Tonight, I’m sitting at my computer, drinking a cup of hot Trader Joe’s “Well Rested” tea (chamomile with accents of mint and lemongrass), listening as Jesse and some friends play music in the living room. They are practicing for a mutual friend’s wedding this month, and the songs are lovely. I can hear the piano, […]


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Home Away

In San Francisco, I lived in a lovely studio apartment I rented from a couple who looked like movie stars and owned an adorable golden retriever. I loved the apartment. It was roomy enough but small enough to clean quickly. Every wall had a piece of art on it, and the backyard was a patio […]


Maps

Before I came here, I printed out a few MUNI maps so I could always find the nearest bus or train line. I found a map at Barnes and Noble, but it was $7 and looked completely useless, except that it was laminated. Once we got here, we picked up one of those free paper […]

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The Elements: San Francisco

A little quiz. For those of you who know both Jesse and me, who would you say would be more likely to be the bleeding heart at the sight of sad-looking people holding out cups asking for spare change? (You answered me, right?) I mean, when I was a kid I once saw a man […]


Final Days in San Francisco

My last week here, I’ve been making sure to visit some of the neighborhoods I’ve never seen before. It’s amazing how much of the city the tourists never see. Those are always my favorite spots. Chinatown? Thrilling, beautiful, wonderful–but insanely crowded, expensive, and overrun with tourists. Inner Richmond is the city’s second Chinatown, and you […]

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The City by the Bay

Today I went to lunch with my aunt’s former coworkers, Grace and Kim, in the financial district. They took me to a nearby dim sum restaurant, and we proceeded to devour practically a cart full of dumplings. Picture it: me and two small Asian lawyers plowing our way through $60 worth of dim sum. We […]


Walgreens, in Two Scenes

Scene One: Jesse has just gone back to Wilmington, and Erin feels as though she’s missing a limb or one of her vital organs. She also needs a Tupperware and some plastic baggies, so she decides to go to Walgreens. Then, four hours later, she finally works up the nerve to leave the apartment and […]


Why Am I Here?

Whenever people find out I’m in San Francisco for the entire month of July, they ask why. This is a perfectly reasonable question, one I’d ask too were the situations reversed. However, I still haven’t exactly figured out how to answer that question. Why am I here? First and foremost, to write. A large chunk […]