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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
I was walking up 5th, approaching Mission. A man was sitting on the ground in the drizzle, asking for change. I felt in my pockets and found none. As I passed him, I looked to my right and saw this vehicle:

I doubled back and, after extracting a dollar from my wallet, talked to him about the weather while I propped the camera on the cast-iron fence behind him. Later, on the long march back from Chinatown, I noticed that he had moved to the other side of the street, in front of the west entrance to the San Francisco Center. "I know you," he called out, smiling. "You're on your way home."

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chefxh From: chefxh Date: January 27th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I used to work across the street from that intersection, back in 1983. Before there was a Department of Fucking Homeland Security. Thanks for the view. Thanks for giving that guy a buck.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 27th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's funny. That area has changed so much since then, and yet so little. Despite the Nordstrom's that came in with the San Francisco Center and the new Bloomingdale's, it still feels more tawdry than not.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: January 27th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So.... you gave him nothing when you wanted nothing from him but then gave him a dollar when you needed him as cover for photo taking? That says something core principle -- probably that you are a closet capitalist! ;) -- I'm pretty sure, but I'll get back to you when I figure out what!!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 27th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, I don't usually give out dollar bills. But seeing the truck made me stop and then I figured, "What the hell?" If that makes me a closet capitalist, I guess there are a lot of closet capitalists. . . :-)
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