Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Mission District in San Francisco

Me and Andrew, the proprietor of the Adobe Book Shop
Look! My name is on the wall of the Adobe Book Shop!

While in San Francisco, we made a trip to the Mission district where I used to live.  We ate at super yummy Pakwan which tasted better than I remembered and stopped into the Adobe Book Shop.  Andrew (the owner of the bookstore) and I recognized each other right away and it was fun to catch up.  He showed me that my name was on the wall and I got quite excited about that.  It was an art project that someone did.  He wrote the names of everyone who was connected to the Adobe Book Shop.  I remember Andrew telling me about this years ago, but this was the first time I actually checked it out.

There is also little back room gallery at the rear of the bookstore which is always fun to check out.  The space gives many up-and-coming artists a chance to exhibit their work.  There was an show of hand painted signs when we visited.

The Mission district gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling because those were the days when I was rediscovering myself in my mid 20's.  I was going out way too much and worked at the now closed Abandoned Planet Bookstore.  I loved working at the Abandoned Planet because it gave me a sense of quiet and peace in my life.  It was a very funky and bohemian place (just like Adobe) and I met all sorts of characters there.  There were people who just loved to hang out, read and chat about their lives.  There were a few annoying lurkers/stalkers but for the most part, everyone was mellow.

I was very disappointed when I found out the Abandoned Planet Bookstore was gone.  I wanted to stop in and say hello to the owner, Scott.  I did find this little video of Scott and his bookstore just before he left.

My other job in the Mission district was at Herbivore on Valencia Street.  I made some lifelong friends through there.  Sometimes they'd visit me at the bookstore and we'd go out dancing at Liquid when I closed the shop.  I was always leaving for some adventure in the city when I closed up shop.   Liquid no longer exists either.  It was a very dirty, dingy tiny bar/club.  It had the most disgusting bathrooms.  It was a fun place to go to even if it did close at 2 AM.  ;-)  It would get super packed on some nights and everyone would be getting down on the dance floor.  From what I see now from a little research on the internet, Liquid is now a very different place.  A slick, clean bar named Som.

Things are always changing.

I was totally charmed by the stores Needles and Pens and Rare Device.  Rare Device is not located in the Mission but I had to mention it because I loved it so much.  :-)

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