A Few Stories From San Francisco.

March 29, 2014 | As told by David from .

Sweet Inspiration, a Pastry Shop.

It was packed but the owner made us try it all. She told us how the cheesecakes were made downstairs and which ones were the favorites and how she got the frosting smooth – not a wrinkle. She put an extra slice of cake and scoop of homemade whipped cream on our plates, and refused to take a penny more for either. She smiled and looked us each in the eyes. The cake was so rich I was sick for hours. It was all perfect.







Strangers spark up conversations. They share how great a day it is, or how good the food is, or how refreshing the sun is. They don’t seem satisfied until you look right at them and answer. I was suspicious at first. In New York eye contact is rude, and penetrating. But I’m pretty sure people really are that nice here. Maybe next time I’ll say something back.




The Orange Tree.

Lou peeked through a hole in a graffitied fence. Inside stood an overgrown garden with an orange tree in the middle. Bright weeds and vines covered the ground and climbed up the walls and oranges shone in the sun.





Men sit with men and women sit with women in circles, on top of cardboard boxes or whatever makes a good seat, playing cards. I don’t know the game, but every minute or so one of them will smack a card down as hard as she can, and the rest follow suit. It’s like bursts of machine gun followed by old women’s laughter.



About the Author | David

We'll just keep walking like this, until some place claims us, and we're home.

  • Adrienne tendrich

    April 18, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Loved it. Want to hear about your flight over and France.

    • David

      April 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks, Mom :-) Lou just put up a post with some experiences from France.

  • Marina

    April 18, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Thank you so much for sharing, guys! The pictures are so amazing too. Each picture is a story for itself! Keep writing, it’s so wonderful to read about your adventures!

    • David

      April 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks, Marina :-) Lou’s pictures are definitely something else. We will surely keep on writing.

      • Sherry

        June 25, 2016 at 1:33 am

        Felt so hopeless looking for answers to my qutssione…until now.

  • Monique

    April 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Been there many times. You’ve captured it well. xx

    • David

      April 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Hey Monique! Thanks, that means a lot to hear :-)

  • Marlene Lewis

    April 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Wonderful moments shared. Thanks, David! It feels like you’re right here…Love you.

    • David

      April 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks, Aunt Marlene :-) I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Love you too :-)

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