Adonis Diaries

Introspection: San Francisco (#44)

Posted on: February 13, 2009

San Francisco


The trip to San Fran lasted almost 3 days and I spent my money on junk food. This is a period I’m still not ready to face much less to write about. Suffice to admit that I roomed with my adviser in the hotel and that he woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me that my snoring was loud.

After the convention was over, I was on the verge of joining the file of the homeless. I stayed at a referral that I got in Norman for one night in Ashbury Heights. The next morning I was feeling sick because of too much nervous tension. I called Nassif in Vancouver and all I got was a reprimand “Adonis, you are always in trouble”. I called Ali who was working in Canada but he had no referrals for me to stay over. I used an old number of Ali’s in Houston and it seems that this number connect him everywhere he relocates.  I know that I slept one night at an Algerian student who was the manager of the restaurant “Marrakech” that served Moroccan dishes; it was one of the longest night and most nerve wracking wait for this Algerian student; it was a cold night and I waited for over three hours sitting on my suitcase wondering if he is ever going to show up. I had nowhere to go and no money whatsoever.  I slept at a hostel for foreign student visitors for two nights around Downtown San Francisco. The Algerian student referred me to two Spanish students living a foggy neighborhood; the fog enveloped this quarter 20 hours a day. I had shelter for a week at the foreign students from Spain and they were very nice.

I managed to be hired in a full-service retirement hotel, for room and board in exchange of 4 hours work a day. The Spanish students could not believe that I landed a job that quickly. I accepted all the overtime I could get in all the departments, until I was offered the job of assistant to the manager three weeks later.  I was fooled by the offer of $1,200 a month which turned out to be less than $900 after all kinds of deductions but I fulfilled my “word” to stay a whole year in that position. My cousin Patrick visited me once when he was attending a conference in San Francisco for the anesthesiologists.

I enjoyed my stay in this lovely city of San Francisco and visited frequently all its parks and waterfronts and beaches, carrying a book with me.  I had also located a nearby covered swimming pool that I patronized three times a week.  I had the opportunity to tour the neighboring towns around San Francisco with co-workers and a French older woman called Michelle that I helped secure a part-time position at the Hotel.  The red headed Michelle carried all her belonging in the trunk of her small beat up car and she invited me on her many excursions out of town.  I saw every famous location because I was responsible for arranging tours to the elder residents and I was to be part of the trip for supervision purposes; the City offered a van with a driver and we toured San Francisco once a week.  I was also responsible for the monthly brochure designed to promote the business and I published photos of the trip and wrote about the monthly events in the Hotel. I think that I read most of the famous authors who lived in and around San Francisco. I had a Mexican girlfriend. (I wrote about my stay in San Francisco in “Chica Lupita”)

I have toured Marin County, the forest of the highest Red trees, ventured to Monterrey, Big Sur, Little Sur, Carmel, and all the environs.  I recall that I had an interview for a job in statistical analysis and had to board several ferries to reach destination; luckily, I didn’t get the job but it was a good exposure for various transport facilities. All in all, my stay in San Francisco was the loveliest and most enriching experience in the US.

1 Response to "Introspection: San Francisco (#44)"

good post will try and check back


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