I don’t actually walk down Valencia all that often, but when I do I notice way more often than I would like to how yet another place I liked is gone. Today, I wanted to go to Ali Baba – one of the few Shawarma cafes that serves food that actually tastes somewhat close to the real thing and doesn’t charge an arm and leg, but apparently it has been gone for some time now.
As I approached Borderlands bookstores, I noticed that their cafe is also gone for a few months now. Reading the letter they put on their window was well worth it, and many people approach and read it. Can I call obituary? It’s well worth reading, but if you don’t have time here is a quick, executive summary: this cafe shut down because we are too douchy and too soulless to appreciate it and patronize it.
I know, I know – I shouldn’t be getting an avocado toast in the first place, but all too often there is just no better option. The toast I ordered today appears to be special. It seems to have required the least amount of effort – it’s simply burned bread and a few slices of avocado on top, with sprinkles of salt. Granted, it was “only” $6.25, so what should I be complaining about…
Concrete v sheetrock – which one is better and more solid and which one is cheaper?.. So symbolic of so many other changes.
If I went to school in SF today rather than in the early 2000’s, I would have so much more time to study, especially in the evenings. Pretty much all the local dj bars I loved to go to for music, dancing, vibe, people watching, and where I spend many nights are long gone. Between a few (dying) douchy restaurants, and the remaining uninspiring, to put it mildly, bars – there is little to no temptation now to be out past 9 pm. I can imagine that I would be studying on average at least 3 hours more today than 15 years ago, which could have easily amounted to an extra degree. The only thing that can stand in the way of studying today is Netflix, Instagram and a few other similar distractions. This is very benign compared to the FOMO of not going out we used to have back in the day.