North Beach in San Francisco
As a boy - Joe DiMaggio used to hit baseballs in that playground at left. I'm guessing it was earth and grass back then - not asphalt.
This is a great neighborhood. A place of writers, musicians, poets, and dreamers. A place of true community. Political activism blocked all fast food franchises from the area. Historic. Well fed. Occasionally drunk. Most of all - content. That's North Beach.
Many, many years ago - I lived at the opposite corner of the block on the right. I worked at the now closed Tower Records at Columbus and Bay Streets. I was an assistant manager. My commute was a three block walk. Photographs taken at the time suggest that I was thin and a pretty good looking fellow. I had a girlfriend and a flat in North Beach with a view of Coit Tower. My rent was $135 a month - on Telegraph Hill!
Sometimes - we don't know how good life is and how lucky we are...
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