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Souls of San Francisco


“I like to make music, all kinds…but mostly alternative indie folk.”
“Where do you get your creative inspiration from?”
“The best and worst parts of people.”

"Are you native to the city?"
“No, I’m from Portland. You should check it out. It’s small. I feel like it’s a place you go to and you leave, but it’s a breath of fresh air while you’re there. It’s really grounded, and it’s beautiful, and everybody is so green…to the point where you can make fun of people about it. But it’s also really nice, the people feel really real.”

“What’s your dream?”
“My dream is that the city would continue to be a safe place for artists amidst all the change.”

Him - “We’ve been married 2 years and a month.”
Her - “Our first date was on a boat in the bay. We made out the whole time.”

Her - “We love to ride our motorcycle.”
Him - “Cruise.”
Her - “We like to go out to dinner a lot.”
Him - “Most of time is spent eating and drinking.”
Her - “Yep. Coffee, wine, cocktails, motorcycle.”

“I moved here for Americorps. I used to help teach non-profits technological solutions, now I help them with events management.”

“I’ve been living in San Francisco for 35 years.”
“Do you have any advice about living here?”
“Let me tell you this, I don’t care if it’s hot. I don’t care if it’s cold. We have to take anything that comes from God no matter what.”

“I used to work downtown at Geary and Stockton. I got from home to work. Work to home, but I hurt my knee so I retire now.”
“Do you have any favorite memories from your time here?”
“Oh yeah! Almost everyday.”

“My name is RRRRRRRRRRRRRR-Ricardo. I’m a Leo.”

“I’m here with the San Francisco Aids Foundation. I’m the program manager of a program called DREAAM, which stands for Determined to Respect and Encourage African American Men. I work with 18-30 year old African American gay, bi, and trans men and women. We’re putting on a ball tonight.”

“I’ve lived in the bay for 15 years. I came for the Navy in 1984.”
“What do you like to do outside of work?”
“I’m also a singer and performance artist. I haven’t done that for awhile because I was in grad school and now I’m trying to rediscover my artistic side.”

“I’m moving in a couple weeks.”
“Out of the city?”
“Yep…I’m done here.”
“How long you lived here?”
“5 years.”
“Why you moving?”
“I feel like I peaked around year 3 and it’s been just coasting since then, not downhill, I’m just ready for something new. It also sucks because I can’t move within the city I live in.”
“Because you can’t afford it?”
“Yeah, rent is fucked up.”
“So what’s the next chapter?”

“What are you gonna be doing there?”
“Going to school, I’m forever going to school.”
“To study what?”
“Cool, how do you want to use geography to make the world a better place?”
“I’m majoring in geographic information systems so I make maps. Whatever statistical map is necessary, I might be making that.”
“Word, good luck with the move.”

“I’m about to have my 2nd child. I’m nervous, but we’ll make it. It’s good to have siblings.”
“I’ve heard 2 isn’t twice as hard because they play with each other.”
“Oh really, I heard the opposite. That 2 isn’t like 2, it’s like 10.”
“What’s your favorite part of being a mother now?”
“Just the smiles and the love, ya know. Watching someone grow up and develop into a person. There’s just nothing as satisfying.”

“How long have you lived in the city?”
“10 years.”
“What’s your high/low of your time here?”
“Definitely the low is the weather. Trying to raise a 2 year old in this is impossible. It’s just too cold, they need to be outside running around but a lot of times it’s freezing at the park. The high is definitely going out here. There’s so much going on. I met my husband out and about and that happens here in San Francisco because people are so friendly.”

“What are you passionate about?”
“I’m passionate about education. I recruit teachers to work in low income communities across the country.”

“I moved here a month ago from Arkansas.”
“How do you want to contribute to the culture of the city?”
“I want to bring my southern charm to the West Coast.”

“I’m visiting from Ireland for the summer. This is such a stunning city. It’s like a prizm. There are so many different colors and styles. Everyone is so friendly. It’s not like anything I’ve ever been in before.”

“What are you passionate about?”
“I write a lot. I’m really into women’s rights. There’s a lot of problems back home in terms of abortion access. The church still has a bit of a chokehold on our society in that way. There’s still women dying everyday because they can’t get abortions.”

“I also passionate about the way people treat teenagers. There’s going to be a referendum in Ireland to lower the voting age and a lot of people were like, ‘There’s no way I want a 16 year old to vote’ and I’m like ‘Why not? They could participate if you gave them the opportunity to become involved. They’re part of society too’. It gives these kids this weird inferiority complex that keeps them from getting involved.”

“I’m gonna go back in do a masters in creative writing so I can get my ideas out to the world.”

“My life’s purpose is to impact as many people in the world for the good and make as much positive change as possible. If I can do that every single day, I can die knowing I did my job.”

“I’m also a Psychology major so I’m all about helping people. I totally believe in energy. Karma always happens.”

“I’ve been working with Amnesty International protecting, promoting, and defending basic human rights. Right now we’ve been working to stop the enslavement of children for sex trade trafficking in Oakland. Have you heard about this?”
“All along the south eastern Asia areas, and these girls are as young as 4, they tell their parents they’re being brought to America to get an education. When they get here, they cut off communication with their families, they take their passports away, they drug them to sedate them, and then they’re trapped in a room where they are raped by pedophiles on a daily basis. It’s heartbreaking. When we find these clubs, we free the girls, reunite them with their families, provide them with the care they need not just physically but also what they need mentally to recuperate.”

“That being said World of Warcraft has 7 million members, our humans rights wing only has 30,000. We have to mobilize ourselves. All civil rights movements happen as a result of people uniting for a cause. That’s why I live for. I believe in the butterfly effect, that if I reach out and touch your life in a positive way, you have to pay it forward.”

“I gotta get him home because I got a show at the Great American Music Hall.”
“What’s your band?”
“I play in a band called the Pine Box Boys, but tonight is a solo thing. It’s Lonesome Lester T Raw.”
“The high point has been playing music here. The low point was probably the dot com boom. Everything got a little expensive. The personality of the city changed a little bit. I like our bohemians around here. I don’t begrudge folks who are here to make money, but they don’t have the same love for the place. You’ve got neighbors you don’t know, they won’t talk to you. They haven’t bought in on the whole city thing. But for the most part, it’s been awesome.”

“What are you passionate about?”
“I grew up as a dancer and I have a friend who makes music. We’ve been collaborating and I really love it. It’s new territory for me but I get the same energy from singing that I do from dancing.”
“What kind of music is it?”
“It’s electronic hip-hop. He’s sampling some of my vocals and putting them in there. I have no dreams of being Beyonce or anything like that, but it’s fun.”
“What’s your dream?”
“My dream? That’s a heavy question…right now I’m in school so my dream is to fucking graduate.”
“What are you studying?”
“Comparative literature and I’ll end my degree in France. So my dream is to go to France and become a teacher.”
“That doesn’t sound heavy, it sounds awesome.”
“I’ve been here about 3 years.”
“Do you have a high/low of being here?”
“I love it here. I moved here from San Diego with my husband and I love the city. I don’t like paying the rent here. But there’s so much to do here. The weather’s nice in San Diego, but it’s boring. If I could afford to stay here, I’d love to stay here.”

“Having her totally grounded me. I don’t go out and party like I used to…that’s how this happened.”
“What’s one of your favorite things about being a mom?”
“I don’t think anyone’s asked me that yet…I’d say when you walk into a room and they recognize you and they’re just so happy.”
“What do you do in your free time?”
“I’m a photographer.”
“How’d you get started making art?”
“I got a full ride scholarship to the Academy of Art. I got my business degree first, and just took a photography class for fun. The teacher was like, ‘You should be doing this’. It was all black and white, I sent the slides to the Academy of Art, and I got a full ride.”
“And what kind of photography do you do?”
“I do colorful ambiguous portraiture. It’s humorous. It’s not about the person, it’s about the place. What’s most important to me is that feeling of humor.”

"I play in a group called 8th Grader. It’s a mix of Frank Ocean, Prince, and Cyndi Lauper. We’re playing at 2pm at the block party today on 20th st in the mission."

“I’ve been here 3 years from Southern California. I came up for architecture school.”
“What interests you about architecture?”
“I’m originally a fine artist but I decided I wasn’t going to make enough money doing that so I started to study architecture and I loved it.”
“What about it do you love?”
“I really enjoy the restoration of older buildings, there’s so much history. The juxtaposition of new and old is really fun.”
“In your time here do you have high and lows of your experience?”
“When I moved here it was rough because I came from a small town. It was hard to connect, but you learn to dive into things here. It took about 6 months to find my rhythm.”
“What about highs?”
“Probably everyday here. There’s so much to see, do, and explore.”