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Fri May 8, 2020, 12:21 PM

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin
I've had to view the world through a haze of pain for the last few weeks, but I think I've turned the corner. People I've talked to about kidney stones have said they've used Demerol and/or morphine to deal with it, but I've avoided going there. I don't like downers. Anyway, with the help of my care provider, and the delivery services, I'm adapting and surviving.
I started this beautiful morning off with a tour or the community garden, and the roof garden. Mornings are the best time. I've put myself down for a planter box as soon as one becomes available, and I'm studying what others are doing to prepare. I miss taking long walks through the hood, but I worry a lot about catching the mutant strain of the plague, so I am staying close to home.
Sunday is mothers day. Mine is far away, but I think of her often. I have a letter prepared, but un-mailed as yet. This is hard for her, she doesn't really understand why people aren't coming over to eat and visit. She has been through something like this when she was young, smallpox, so on some level she knows, and she saw me, her second child, come down with polio.
So much is changing, both on a micro and a macro level, it's a bit disorienting. It's a time of contemplation and adjustment. It's doubly difficult because we are dealing with a medical plague and a political plague. Fascism has reared it's ugly head, again. This political mind set is toxic, pervasive, and persistent. We, as a nation, have fought it many times, and it has cost many lives, and here we are again. It's all hands on deck, it's going to take the type of effort to win this as it always has- during the civil war, WWI, and WWII. Another iteration of the same long, long war.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic

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Response to winetourdriver01 (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 12:26 PM

1. I'm glad your feeling a little better.

I missed your musings...

Be well.

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #1)

Fri May 8, 2020, 12:53 PM

4. Thank you very much

I appreciate your good wishes, and the Rec. I am feeling marginally better. I don't sit down to write one of these unless I "feel it", which usually occurs after a walk, for some reason. I miss the long walks, but I haven't felt up to it, and I am scared shitles s of catching the plague again.

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Response to winetourdriver01 (Original post)

Fri May 8, 2020, 12:45 PM

2. What Is The Tenderloin?....nt

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Response to global1 (Reply #2)

Fri May 8, 2020, 12:49 PM

3. The T/L

It's a neighborhood in San Francisco. The real estate developers refer to it, rather optimistically, as Lower Nob Hill. I lived there for many years, but moved south of Market several weeks ago. The T/L is considered a ghetto, it has many SRO's, (single room occupancy) buildings housing the poor and welfare recipients, a minority majority neighborhood. It's life in the big city.

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Response to winetourdriver01 (Reply #3)

Fri May 8, 2020, 12:58 PM

5. Thank You For The Information - Appreciate It....nt

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