San Francisco is such a beautiful city, so alive in its 'urban-ess' but with 'an edge'. One can feel the history contributing to the present, definitely full of possibilities. The theatre we are in is in a section of the 'mission district' that is a bit 'bowery', but still, such a great mix of people in the street. Definitely worth coming down for. Yes, we have now done San Francisco. I will, however, be glad after tonight's show, to be able to relax a bit after a grueling week. Sunday, my Aunt Linda will be reading poetry at 'Bird and Beckett', which is bookstore honoring 'jazz and literature', Charlie Parker and Samuel Beckett the name recipients. I am proud of Aunt Linda, who is re-emerging as a poetry force in a city that revers poets. She has been so great, showing us around with enthusiasm. Her apartment is down by Ocean Beach, and she has one of those apartments that one could browse through for hours... books, poetry books, paintings, sculptures, photography, etc. A great place for her, it just 'fits'. We are definitely having a 'San Francisco' experience, right down to the amazing thai food we had last night after the show.
We've also had a great time staying with my cousin Carissa, her husband Rich, and their two children Clarke and Jed, (great names that so fit them both), they moved into a new house with a huge down stairs area for us to lay our heads. Today, because they haven't rented their old house, we moved our stuff over there, another great place for us to stay. Kurt, (the director and my good friend) flew out from New York for meetings and to help get the play up. My cousin Scott, (who did all the tech in LA) rode here with me from Las Vegas and once again, worked like an octopus in the tech booth, (having to do lights, sound, and photography at the same time), he has been a great help. Monday, we will drive down to LA for a couple of meetings, stay for three days and come back Thursday, finishing up here next Friday and Saturday. The week after that, I'll be playing music at The Escalante Arts Festival. October will be teaching at 'The Cliff Notes' writers conference, and preparing for Austin, Texas, where I will attempt to get this play off the ground in a bigger way, (twelve weeks). So, the plan is unfolding, lets hope my father's inheritance, (his story) will continue to come alive and finally make me a living... (to be continued...)