Every Cobbled Alley
I have felt very, very lucky that I work for myself and I have been able to spend 95 percent of my days this past week taking care of my physical self. I am also grateful for the clients I have, who have been completely patient and understanding of my predicament. While I’ve felt almost TOO lucky that my pain went from a 7 or and 8 to about a 3 in the space of a week, I don’t think it would have been possible if I’d had an office job, and not been able to see the doctor each day, spend a few hours walking, and then (carefully) collapse and spend most of the remainder of each day horizontal and mostly-napping.
But still, gotta pay the rent, so I detoured only slightly through North Beach just to see the sights, and then back down Market Street and on to the Mission.
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Jack Kerouac Alley is a short passage between Chinatown and North Beach—it’s like an alley of horoscopes or advice in the form of poems; each time I walk through here one of the verses set into the stones gives helpful commentary on my current state of mind…
“The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.”—On the Road
View down Columbus Avenue; overlapping shapes, city geometry, perspective…
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Report from the future (July 26th): I was hired to photograph a show this night, and was a little concerned about carrying camera gear for a few hours, and all of the bending and twisting and quickly navigating through people and small spaces that comes along with such a gig. I took the job because it was at a smaller venue: I knew I’d have more than three songs to get the shots, and space to move a bit more freely. I learned that just because one is low on the pain scale does not mean one is healed! I ended up really sore from being so focused on shooting that I wasn’t being mindful of my posture or movements—it’s frustrating; I feel way too young to have a “bad back” or a bad anything, but after I spend about three seconds frustrated, the feeling transforms into gratitude that my injury/limitations are so minor. It could be so much worse! It’s frustrating, yes, but it’s meant I’ve cut out a bunch of crap habits and replaced them with kale and exercise. I’M GONNA BE SO HEALTHY! 😀
Where should I go tomorrow?
- MILES WALKED: 5.95
- NEIGHBORHOODS: Russian Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Market/Downtown, Mission District