My dad has taken to me to the various Original Joe’s around the Bay Area since I was a kid. I was a bit concerned about going to the new Joe’s in North Beach. However, there was no need to be concerned. It was just as good as always.

Radio Show

When I was at San Mateo High School and the College of San Mateo, I spent many Saturdays listening to Sedge Thompson on West Coast Weekend and West Coast Live. I even went a few times with my dad to see the radio show produced in person at Fort Mason. To be honest, I haven’t listened much since leaving the Bay Area. Even so, I decided to check to see if it would be live this week and it was.

Sedge Thompson, however, was in London. He still called in, so that wasn’t too different than how I usually have heard him over the years. His son conducted an interview with Daniel Handler. I vaguely know he is an immensely popular author but that is pretty much all I know about him. His interview was hilarious, however, and the book is about San Francisco and Pirates and his interview referenced Muni Passes, Errol Flynn, and Rafael Sabatini, so I was in.

When I saw him signing books, I felt a tinge of excitement. But, when I got up to him, I realized I had nothing to say to him. So I passed him my book and he asked my name and then he signed it. And that was that.

You can listen to this show, which also included the musical stylings of Nell Robinson and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Dr. Irvin Yalom discussing his experiences in and lessons from psychiatry. until April 3d or 4th at the West Coast Live website here


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I always love going to The Castro. Cool films in a real movie theater palace. This time I saw Inherent Vice. Movie had its good and bad points but I was happy to have seen it on film here.



I’ve taken to having my Amazon orders delivered to my convenience store in Tsukui. It is just more, um, convenient to pick it up when I want rather than wait for the driver to come and drop it off. Convenience stores in the United States are not nearly as convenient as those in Japan. And shoe stores in the United States do not regularly stock my shoe size. I ordered the shoes I wanted and went to the local Amazon locker to pick them up.


Heidi's Pies

I often passed by Heidi’s Pies while growing up but I went there for the second or third time ever today. Happy my friend suggested we meet there. I had already ate at Santa Ramen across the street so I just had pie. My friend ordered pancakes. Next time, I’ll order breakfast, too.