19 – San Francisco, California

I may be preparing to move to Cleveland but I’m certainly still enjoying the limitless film-making possibilities of the city of San Francisco. For the week and a half that I videoed for #19, I never left the city limits. And so it is–so often it seems that this small city of some 50 square miles can pull you in over and over again with compelling action and energy.

To recap the neighborhoods visited in this installment, I’ll have to mention North Beach, the essential hipster strip with the cable car rolling right down the middle. And of course, Ocean Beach (actually a beach, unlike North Beach), which provides us with those dramatic twilight blue waves and a windmill on shore. Sitting near the ocean on the edge of Golden Gate Park, the podcast also leads us toward the other edge of the park, where drifters and street musicians bang on bongos with students, tourists and quirky counterculture types joining in. Leaving the park into the city, we also see a bit of Haight Street.

Along the way I talk a bit–first about how Barack Obama supporters and liberals in general would have a difficult time ever supporting or voting for Hillary Clinton if she still can’t renounce her mistaken Iraq war vote in 2002; and second, it’s clear that since he doesn’t want to force people to buy insurance, Obama’s health care proposal is more respectful of markets and individual liberty.
[UPDATE: The first year of his presidency was enough to make clear that Obama has been a disappointment.]

The second time I talk it’s about the park in Hayes Valley and how it used to have some sort of Burning Man-style piece of art out at the end of it back in 2005–but a year before that it was a pile of gravel, an obvious relic of the collapsed highway it used to be part of (the “Central Freeway”) before the 1989 earthquake.

The list of places also continues–a quick stop in the Mission, a pigeon party, a Jack-in-the-Box run in the Richmond during late hours, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the hills above Baker Beach for the opening Pacific Ocean sunset scene.

(View on Youtube.)