Lost Too Soon
As you must know by now I drive a taxi. A few years back “Sears” had an account with me. The area of service extended from the Golden Gate to Pacific Grove. For Sears I would taxi parts and dry ice out to businesses and homes. In those days if you bought a refrigerator at Sears and it broke down, 25 pound blocks of dry ice would be delivered until the repair could be made.
The Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods were in my delivery zone. We’re talking in deep, not just on or just off of Third Street. I never felt fear going up to the homes. I would have to wait until numerous locks were turned and pulled back. But then, after the residents got over the surprise of seeing a white woman cabbie standing on their doorstep, it was like any other delivery in any other town.
The difference was noticed during the drive in and out of BVHP. I could feel the rancor exuding from the young men, who’s only job seemed to be leaning against buildings and keeping an eye on ‘the hood’. They would give me the look. You know, the what are you doing here look. Though I never had any real problems, I do recall feeling relieved when I was on 101 and headed back to my own South Bay turf.
For different reasons the violent crime and homicide rate is much lower in San Jose than in all of the other Bay Area cities. But then, violence can happen anywhere.
Not even the upscale shopping and housing complex of Santana Row (San Jose) is immune. Last Friday night at 1am some men causing a problem, near the large outdoor chess board were asked to leave. Officials believe the same men returned around 2am with a gun(s), and opened fire on a group of security guards. One guard was hit in this drive-by shooting. Thankfully he was doing well enough to be released from the hospital.
So many young people feel that the world is against them. That they will never achieve a place in life, never leave their stamp. They lack guidance and the inspiration to do their best, to feel worthwhile. Violence is easy.
I like this quote from one we lost too soon: