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Photo-Americana: North Beach to Broadway, San Francisco on a Friday Evening

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* by Mac McKinney
I just parked my car in the same old San Francisco parking garage I used to park in 40 years ago, adjacent to the precinct police station. One steps out of the garage into a bustling neighborhood of multiple nationalities and fascinating sounds and sights. Welcome to North Beach.

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It is late Friday night as I write, Friday being the day dedicated to Frige or Frigg, the Norse/Germanic love Goddess, Venus in Latin countries, a day to chill out, an evening to go out, go out and enjoy, socialize, eat, drink and make romance. It is also a day to get away from all the angst of politics, at least to put it on the back-burner some. So with that in mind, let me offer a little light-heartedness to OpEdNews to take our minds off all the world's problems that we bear on our shoulders.

Back in this Spring of 2010 I was in the San Francisco Bay Area for some ten days, and I managed to wind up in North Beach in the City, with camera in hand on a late Friday afternoon dropping into evening, so I just started walking and taking shots, for several hours.

So come on with me on a tour of North Beach, as I wander about Little Italy, Columbus Avenue, Washington Square and on up to Broadway Street.

This is not all of them - space doesn't permit - however the other day I figured out how to offer even more of this evening's output to the public: through video. So I took 92 of my shots and set them to music on a video, which you will find at the end of the following photographs.

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And here's the music video. Click on the screen to go right to YouTube for a larger screen:



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Next time: Remembering Jack Kerouac and the Beats

 

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I enjoyed my times in The City and your photos car... by martinweiss on Saturday, Aug 14, 2010 at 12:02:53 AM
Dear Google Map Dudes,get a Mac-McKinney, not a Ma... by Native American on Saturday, Aug 14, 2010 at 8:09:40 AM