I knew I wanted to come to SF when I was in 6th grade. I’ve known I wanted this love since I first fell in love. And I know now that I want to continue to communicate and exchange with people and other living things.
One has to embrace the world like a lover.
One has to accept pain as a condition of existence.
One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in every conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.” —Morris West
Tomorrow, my things from Kansas arrive in a moving van truck. The truck is 28 feet long, and I am in San Francisco. Thus, I must obtain a permit. Two weeks ago, I contacted the San Francisco Police Department about the permit. Detailed information was sent via email. Last week, I sent two more emails Monday and then on Wednesday. I also called and have left three voices in the past two weeks. Last Thursday, I finally physically stopped into the police department in hopes to speak with Officer Philip Welsh, who is assigned to deal with parking permits at Central Station. He is not there, but I leave the form with the same detailed information with a check of $166 for the permit.
Where is this guy? I am beginning to wonder if he even exists..! Now it is Monday morning, and I just came home from visiting the station in hopes of finalizing the permit. I am told he is out of the station and putting up signs, but because the woman behind the glass and counter keeps looking at three officers and a woman talking on the street, I am suspicious one of the two male officers is Philip Welsh.
All I want is a simple permit so that I may receive my things. Please call me back soon.
- Lewis B. Smedes
(The Ripples Project)
It is difficult.
This week, I am apartment hunting. While embarking on this journey, my sister and I are staying in HI City Center Hostel, one of the best hostels in San Francisco (SF) I have learned. We just moved to a private room, and it is like a decent hotel, only MUCH less expensive. Tip for you: If you are visiting the city, book your stay at least two weeks ahead of time, because this hostel is where it is at - and other people know this too!