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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Favorite Place In San Francisco

It's getting to the point where I'm losing track of how many times I've been to San Francisco! This is such a great, great thing. I've crossed the Bay Bridge at least seven times up to this point. I've drove across the Golden Gate Bridge four times. Hears a fun fact: The Golden Gate is merely a showpiece, its not used to commute into San Francisco nearly as much as the Bay Bridge. It's for tourists.

San Francisco has so many tourist attractions: Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, the Ferry Building with it's indoor market and resturants overlooking the bay, the classic cable cars that climb the hills, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and nearby Golden Gate Park, the elite shopping at Union Square off Market Street, China Town (The largest asian community outside of China), Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, the colorful and bawdy Castro District, and finally my personal favorite: Alamo Square Park.

Many of you will recognize the picture above. The opening credits of Full House were shot here. As a child,  I would cross the Golden Gate Bridge everday with the Tanner Family. My first exposure to San Francisco was through the opening credits of Full House. I became possessed. I blame it on the catchy theme song. I can't explain it, I just know that I felt drawn to this city and those houses. I remember determining in front of the television screen that I would go there one day.

Now I'm here. The flamboyant ginger-bread laced homes of San Francisco are called Painted Ladies. The famous row of houses in Alamo Square Park, which was featured in Full House, is called Postcard Row by the locals. It's the most photographed spot in the city next to the massive Golden Gate Bridge, respectivily.

When I was in college, I took Creative Writing and set one of my stories here. That short work became the most serious piece of writing I've produced. I put my heart and soul into it. It's called "A Desire In Alamo Square".

Steiner Street runs in front of Postcard Row, and from their painted facades faces Alamo Square Park. Its a bustling romantic recreation area. You'll see people having picnics with red and black plaid blankets spread on the green lush grass, people laying out on the hill reading and listening to their Ipods catching rays, or taking in the view of the houses in as the Financhial District in the background crowns them. Other people will be jogging or walking their dogs, even riding bycicles. And if your really lucky, you'll hear people singing the theme from Full House in laughter. It's magic and I love it.

I enjoy walking through the park silently as the wind blows through my hair. Huge ceders and pines are planted throughout the oasis that provide the most comfortable shade. This is the one place in San Francisco that I can go to and clear my mind. I feel so safe there. Anytime family or friends fly in to visit I always take them here.

"When your lost out there and you're all alone. Life is waiting to carry you home."

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