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The story is a work of fictional, based on real locations weaved into selected major events happened in the year 2019.  The history of San Francisco is researched to the best of the author's ability.  Characters however are fictitious.  Attached photos are used to enhance the story but the author reserves the right to remove them or substitute them.  Please do not use/link photos without author's permission.

The Sojourner of San Francisco - 2. LTR/02: Pick Up Where We Left Off, or AKA, a New Beginning?

FROM: Sojourner

TO: Perfect Stranger

DATE: MAR-12-2019

Dear Stranger,

I wonder what’s your reaction upon the receipt of this letter, is it a smile or a cringe? I hope it’s the prior. I am going to share something about myself again in this letter. Oh, before I forget, you really shouldn’t write me back. I will be changing lodging options from time to time (my newly adopted hometown is VERY expensive). I do appreciate it if you try to reply. Hopefully it’s not a hate letter, not saying you would do that, but…. On the other hand, you can recycle my letters if you don’t appreciate them….

Please keep the photos, because I really enjoy taking them. I hope they’re at least decorative to you. By the way, did you notice my photos are a bit grainy? Well, they were shot on 35mm film! You are probably thinking, “Who’s shooting with film nowadays?” Well, I do! When you dip the exposed photo paper into a tray with running water, and the image slowly emerges under the black light. Not like I’ve been printing photos wet since like forever, but the idea of a piece of your memory just resurfaced out of nowhere. The IDEA of it, isn’t that incredible? Do you remember something like that, for example, from a Photography class in high school? If you don’t, that’s fine…. I am still holding onto this camera, seeing through its lens. To me, it’s like the Golden Gate Bridge is still red* when shot in B&W. It is the memory of it that makes it real. I hope that makes sense.

I said each letter would be short. I lied. Haha. Seriously, there are so much history and culture here, the more I dig, the more I find when I was preparing topics to write to you about. I hope you don’t mind me ramble a little.

I’m going to leave you with a couple of photos I took this time around, but I’ll get around to tell you the stories about them next time, because I ran out of the space. Heh.

Lovingly yours,

 

Sojourner

*Technically, the color of Golden Gate Bridge is International Orange. RGB code (240, 74, 0).

 

Rows of Apartments Near Ocean Beach

Rows of apartments near Ocean Beach, on the site what was once Playland amusement park until it was closed in 1972. You can faintly see Dutch Windmill nested in Golden Gate Park from here, too. Ocean Beach is a popular spot for activities: beach volleyball, fishing, campfire, or simply kicking the sands. Water activities is not advised, as Pacific Ocean brings rip tides. The beach is wide and expansive (about 3.5 miles) with white sands like that of a resort town. The Great Highway runs parallel to it along with O’Shaughnessy Seawall. Ice plants with yellow and purple blooms thrive in dune. It’s a great place to sit and listen to the roar of the Pacific and let the waves take away whatever is on your mind.

Sutro Baths Stairs

Sutro Baths was the largest indoor swimming pool when it was completed in 1896. It could accommodate 10,000 visitors at once, and the 1.7 million gallons of water could be filled by Pacific Ocean in one hour. There used to be Sky Tram that ran from nearby Cliff House, took you above Seal Rocks and landed on Point Lobos just above. Just like the Baths itself, was a commercial failure. After the fire consumed it in 1966, it was left as a ruin and never got rebuilt. The stairs connect Sutro Baths to Lands End Lookout, which offers a spectacular view of this romantic ruin. There is even a tunnel near the end of the Baths to explore! The sunset anywhere near is the best.

Still fairly normal at this stage. Almost like a chat type of format. Sojourner is opening up a bit, but is also giving some important clues to later chapters.

Copyright © 2020 Ashi; All Rights Reserved.

I have tried my best to research depression and suicide issues.  My time writing the story runs short due to recall back to my real life work, so some parts may not be the best.  It is not meant to cause distress if the issues presented in the story are not well-represented, especially about the issue of depression and suicidal thought.  Please feel free to contact me via PM or comments, so I can improve the story whenever possible.

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i too still have a 35 mm camera... somewhere... in the closet

the imagery of the memory appearing, the idea of the memory, is profound, that's why we keep boxes and albums, and now thumb drives full of photos

i'm glad you had a chance to write this, it's really pulled me in
 

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9 hours ago, mollyhousemouse said:

i too still have a 35 mm camera... somewhere... in the closet

the imagery of the memory appearing, the idea of the memory, is profound, that's why we keep boxes and albums, and now thumb drives full of photos

i'm glad you had a chance to write this, it's really pulled me in
 

Thanks.  🙂  I hope you guys have no trouble seeing the photos.

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