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Predicament: The World of the Bay Area
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An IPA (Indian Pale Ale) costs $7.00. Cody was a little irritated by it, especially when he questioned how much tip goes into it. Of course, he knew that a tip will cost him 15-20% but that was not the issue; rather it was very expensive to get entertained in the Bay Area. Everything is expensive in the Bay Area that one can just have a Burrito for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cost is $6.00 or so. It was one of the most affordable food one can get. People could make a lot of money here. He went into a shop and purchased a zip tie for $1.75 and he bets that the proprietor made $1.50 out of that purchase. When it came to paying for it, he asked the proprietor if he could pay with his credit card and he could; only he has to pay $0.75 more for that privilege. But when they discussed the Bay Area, it brings back the memories when I was living there. That was 28 years now and it seemed that it was just yesterday.

Cody just flew into Portland from San Francisco and immediately, he found himself at Greater Trumps rather than checking himself into his home first. He, San Francisco Mike and I discussed how the Bay Area was. Cody spent a lot of time in the Mission District. Rents had gone up, but not by much. Mission changed a lot. But Mission was still Mission unlike Valencia and Guerrero. Valencia’s rent is also going up, higher than the Mission. Valencia and Guerrero’s complexion is changing, too. Also, Valencia and Guerrero has become more expensive by a whole lot.
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Mission is like Mexico with Yucatan faire. One can be found on the corner of 16th Street and Mission. Although Mission serves Mexican and South American food, it also serves other faire such as Chinese. There was a whole diversity of shops that abounds in San Francisco. It’s not just bars like Portland has. There were laundry shops and produce markets or stands that sells mangoes, oranges and vegetables. It was not just one stop shopping but rather you go from one business to the next to buy items; and they were all in different shops. There was Yank Sin (a good Chinese restaurant) and Sushi bars. But for Japanese food, one must go to Japantown. When I was going to college, I swam in a pool by Japantown; and ate in Japantown. The food was fantastic. I had soup or broth with thick noodles and beef; spice it with some kind of hot pepper. But when Cody visited a 4-star Japanese restaurant, they served an authentic Japanese faire; no cream cheese and the lot. But Mike hangs out by North Beach because he is half Italian. He was enamored by the district’s ambience. He found the district too cool especially with the Coit tower looming in the background. But to Cody, he loved the views from Twin Peaks. It looked like a movie set. He would just sit by its ramparts and gaze at the sight. The views were stunning. There was indeed energy in this town.

Oakland, where I lived harbored a different ambience just several years ago. It was frightful, they say, especially when one visits International Boulevard and McArthur. Crime was rampant. You gotta watch your back. But that was in the days. Oakland, now, is changing. There were developments after developments that completely changed the city. A lot of condominiums sprouted out. Bars and restaurants, and even shops multiplied with good if not excellent faires and services. And there were lots of places to go to that were not frightful. Even neighborhoods that were conducive to crime which the police patrolled were cleaned up.

One place Cody had not been to is the Marin Headland. It also has a stunning view. The Headland is the northern part of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sausalito was that enclave just by the Marin Headlands; and from there, one can go to Mount Tamalpais up to Stinson Beach. But Cody did not go to Sausalito by way of driving into it. Rather, he took the ferry and found the place fantastic.

Parking in San Francisco was a problem and it is still growing. When I was there, the population of the Bay Area was about 5 million people. Now, it is going on to 10 million. So you could imagine how parking in San Francisco is. The population of San Francisco was 700,000 when I was there. In the daytime, it grows to about 1 million. Another reason why parking was a bummer was that families who had homes rent out their garages to 2-3 families. Imagine that, 2-3 families! So you cannot blame Cody for saying that parking in the city was a “bitch”. Traffic was another problem. When flying back to Portland, he decided to go to Sacramento and fly from there. They did not eat in the city only so they could avoid traffic. Since there was no good to excellent restaurant enroute, his manager said that they should eat at a Chevy’s. After all, the Chevy his manager want to go to says that it is a good Chevy’s. Right. A Good Chevy. Aren’t all Chevy’s the same. When they arrive there, they found a chain link fence around the establishment.

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More Blogs by Paul Cuenco
• Predicament: Dave and Annette's Housewarming 2012 - Sunday, September 16, 2012
• Predicament: Portland Sands and its vicinity - Sunday, September 02, 2012
• Predicament: Mississippi Street Fair, Portland, Oregon - Saturday, August 25, 2012
• Predicament: Astoria, Oregon - Friday, August 17, 2012
• New Book for Father's Day! - Saturday, June 23, 2012
• Predicament: Saving Money - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
• Predicament: Old Haunts - Sunday, May 13, 2012
• Predicament: Courteous Portland Traffic - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Sorry - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
• Predicament: A Day at the Beach - Thursday, April 05, 2012
• Predicament: Dinner at a Deserted Restaurant - Tuesday, April 03, 2012
• Predicament: My Stroke and Writing - Monday, April 02, 2012
•  Predicament: The World of the Bay Area - Sunday, April 01, 2012  
• Predicament: A Competitor Indeed - Saturday, March 31, 2012
• Predicament: Democracy! - Friday, March 30, 2012
• Predicament: The Garden Party - Thursday, March 29, 2012
• Predicament: Gift-Giving - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
• Predicament: Suicide - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
• Predicament: Water, Water Everywhere - Monday, March 26, 2012
• Predicament: The Floods Of Manila - Sunday, March 25, 2012
• Predicament: Tita Dimple's recollection of Papa Trining - Saturday, March 24, 2012
• Predicament: The Future Should Be Brighter - Friday, March 23, 2012
• Predicament: Death of a Writer - Thursday, March 22, 2012
• Predicament: The Season Re-liveth - Wednesday, March 21, 2012
• Predicament: Time Had Forgotten About - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
• Predicament: Closing Time - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Predicament: Hasan Baharin - Sunday, March 18, 2012
• Predicament: A Pimple of my Nose - Saturday, March 17, 2012
• Predicament: What is Mike Cooking? - Friday, March 16, 2012
• Predicament: Papa Eriong - Thursday, March 15, 2012
• Predicament: Kind Words - Wednesday, March 14, 2012
• Predicament: Music and Whit 2 - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
• Predicament: Music and Whit 1 - Monday, March 12, 2012
• Predicament: What You Want to Be - Sunday, March 11, 2012
• Predicament: Father and Son - Saturday, March 10, 2012
• Liza's Life Plan - Friday, March 09, 2012
• The Colleague - Thursday, March 08, 2012
• Oh Taylor! - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• Dena - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
• Losing My Job, Again - Monday, March 05, 2012
• A Plane to Nowhere - Sunday, March 04, 2012
• A Slave No More - Saturday, March 03, 2012
• Cirque du Soleil - Friday, March 02, 2012
• Mendocino - Thursday, March 01, 2012
• Th Coming Storm - Wednesday, February 29, 2012
• Becoming Old - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
• Ordinary Lives - Monday, February 27, 2012
• Books I Read - Sunday, February 26, 2012
• Discrimination - Saturday, February 25, 2012
• Quintessential Jokes - Friday, February 24, 2012
• The Catholic Experience - Thursday, February 23, 2012
• Promises, promises - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
• Sleepy - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
• Art for Art's Sake - Monday, February 20, 2012
• Mike's Ash Wednesday - Sunday, February 19, 2012
• Holy - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Summer Home - Friday, February 17, 2012
• Pickpocketed - Thursday, February 16, 2012
• A Penny for a Drink - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
• My Roman Holiday - Tuesday, February 14, 2012
• Luck and Popularity - Monday, February 13, 2012
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• Bosses - Saturday, February 11, 2012
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• Windy Portland - Thursday, February 09, 2012
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• Compassion - Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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• The Loneliness of a Country Road - Friday, February 03, 2012
• Jordan - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Taxes Galore - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
•  It's almost Valentines - Monday, January 30, 2012
• Habits We Indulge Ourselves In - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• To Cruise or not to Cruise - Saturday, January 28, 2012
• Blah, Blah, Blah - Friday, January 27, 2012
• Rain - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Charlie* and Dad - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• Writing and Being A Writer - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
• True Snow - Monday, January 23, 2012
• Reinvention - Sunday, January 22, 2012
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• Venerable Mr. Wu - Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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• Mike's Bird dog Stories - Friday, January 13, 2012
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• Poetry in America - Sunday, January 08, 2012
• Old Friendships - Saturday, January 07, 2012
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• Europe - Sunday, December 18, 2011
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• Lauren's Happy Uncle's Day - Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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