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Friday, July 29, 2005



LOST & WITHOUT DIRECTION

Sometimes I feel like I am in this state on both the literal and metaphorical levels all the time. However, I know that isn't really true. Tho, I do get lost quite often. I decided to go for a nice walk and I got very lost today.

When you get lost in Boston it's really no big deal. Boston is such a small city that you will find your way fairly quickly. In Manhattan, you're blessed with the grid system --- so you can usually find your way provided you get a sense of which direction to go. Here in San Francisco I have to admit that I find it a bit more challenging to find your way. After roaming about in some fairly "unblanced" areas I found Polk Street (A LANDMARK!!!) --- and came across this Onion news box which had been recently decorated with a sticker. It caught my eye so I snapped a picture.

When you do feel lost --- you need to keep pushing forward until you find the path to bring you home. Stay cool and press on, young man! ...Or, Stay cool and press on, you 30-something, you!

9 Comments:

Blogger snarl71 said...

Um, Matt. Boston and San Francisco are almost identical in size (mileage wise).

And San Francisco has the benefits of a grid pattern (in most spots) and high hills where you can spot the direction of key landmarks.

How do you manage to get lost? Particularly in the Polk Street section since we lived mere blocks from there in lovely TenderNob?

5:26 PM  
Blogger matty said...

Karl --- You, of all people, know that I can get lost in a closet! LOL! Hmmmm... San Francisco sure seems bigger and I guess I haven't noticed the grid pattern here. ...it is so clear in NYC. Actually, tho, I was not too far from where we lived. ...but I just couldn't find Bush Street for some reason. ???? Are you sure that Boston is same size as SF? Are you counting Brookline, Brighton, Allston --- I was only ref. to Boston "proper"

5:45 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Yeah, San Fran isn't that large, but I think it's easier to get lost there than in Boston. The hills are what kill me....

6:46 PM  
Blogger joe said...

hmm, i've never been to Boston, but I'll be happy to get lost in San Francisco if there are any cute guys around to ask directions.

10:58 PM  
Blogger g8s said...

In your thirties & still feeling a bit lost? It's A-Okay!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Karyn said...

Be quiet Karl, we do not all come equipped with our own little private, biological OnStar navigational system. Maybe it's one of the perks of being born and bred in Snootyville? *snicker* And is there really a part of S.F. called Tender Nob? Hello? How can you say it without snickering?

Matt, I'm navigationally impaired - I got lost in FAO Schwarz once if it makes you feel better.

Further, are you implying that "young" and 30-something are mutually exclusive? Don't make me come over there.

And G8S, thank you for that little bolstering comment even tho it was for Matt! I'm taking solace in it too. :)

2:41 PM  
Blogger snarl71 said...

The city of San Francisco: 46.7 square miles

The city of Boston: 48.4 square miles

So Boston is actually slightly larger (by less than one square mile).

This excludes surrounding cities and is just the city itself (so, it doesn't count Brookline or Cambridge, etc...).

3:04 PM  
Blogger Miss Marisol said...

Okay, in Matt's defense...Boston may be the same size, but there is really only a small portion of any interest.

Sorry...I have some bad associations with Bean Town, so I am admittedly prejudiced.

Lovely post, darling...I completely understand.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I'm liking your positive messages at the moment Matt. You're an inspiration to us all! Maybe you should take up motivational speaking? Tag on some new-age hippy shit and you'll go down a storm in SF!!!

5:33 PM  

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