omg today is Danielle’s birthday

omg danielle is having her 24th birthday in the nude

and omg today she texted me to let me know, but who the hell doesnt know its her special day???

so i called her back immediately and was all happy birthday happy birthday

and she was all thanks thanks thanks

and then she told me the best news i had heard all day

danielle after many many many failed attempts has found a boyfriend!

youd think someone as fun and beautiful and funny as danielle should have men lining around the block

but little known fact about san dieger, where she lives, unfortch, is that its a sorta horrible place

particularly bad if you are a blonde bombshell with some smarts and a penchant for french films, european tennis, and long walks on the beach ending in hackey sack and white zin

apparently the san diegan fellas either want to date evil vixens or bubbly brain deads

but cupid finally found a great guy for our girl and you could hear her beaming over the phone

which is pretty much the best thing evar.

so happy birthday Danielle! so glad that things are going better down there!

now get him to move you back to LA and all will be well!

the answer to your future is in yr heart

24th street art

one of the nice things about being a gazillion years old is you can see how things change

not just how things have changed over a few years or even ten years

but how things have changed over decades and decades and decades

i first visited san francisco when i was 15 years old and i soaked it all in cuz it was weird and wild and wonderful

last weekend i visited it again with older eyes and i always notice whats new and whats been replaced and what has been improved on and what has been left alone

24th streethardly anything is ever left alone. ever.

life isnt like that.

even the mountains get effed with by the wind and the water and other mountains

and if you are an optimist and if you project sweet things on things you dont know, you can pretend that the things that get effed with get effed for nice reasons and those things are improved upon.

but if you are a pessimist and see sad and ugly things, you’ll probably see change as something that has deteriorated perfect things.

the last time i lived in san francisco i had a lot of great things: a beautiful girlfriend, a perfectly situated and fully-stocked apartment, three jobs, dozens of close friends, even a garage. yet i felt something was missing. so i left.

i call The City “frisco” as a diss. but a funny diss. a sweet diss. in truth i love the bay area as so much happened to me there that shaped who i am today. i know the good people of san francisco dont like it being called frisco or san fran or SF. but i dont care. in fact i think they should be teased for being so particular.

theyre proud of their city and they should be. theres diversity, and flavor, and swag, and color, and great food, and crazy views, and really sweet people.

they do lack some vital things to me: namely a world-changing music scene, and tropical weather.

likewise theres one thing that i prefer in LA that i still think SF lacks – and energy that sings to me.

with that said, i appreciate the changes i saw in the Mission and in Lower Haight. yes a pessimist might call it gentrification, but someone like me, an optimist, sees it and welcomes the improvements. the lack of urine and filth on 16th and mission is an upgrade. trying to find a homeless person to give leftovers to on Fillmore at 10am and not being able to see anyone, to me, is a positive thing.

and the creative street art blanketing the walls and buildings along 24th st. rivals any of the beauty seen in the more wealthy areas of the city by the bay.

and i applaud it.