For a Good Time, Call 415 364 1465

mundane journeysOne of the things I love about San Francisco is how you can find specialness in even the most ordinary corners. Just the other day, as some friends and I were walking by City Hall, we noticed that, intertwined with the usual symbols on the facade, were a pair of cow skulls. San Francisco is full of hidden gems like that, if you just slow down and look.

And if you need a hand, there’s Mundane Journeys. Once a week since 2001, a suggested journey is posted to an answering machine. Just call 415 364 1465 and hear the calm, collected voice of Kate Pocrass suggest a mundane journey. This week’s journey was right outside my door, where Kate instructed us to note the drunken brickwork of 1140 Cole Street.

Last year the journeys jumped into book form. The slight, beautiful edition makes a great companion in your travels in the city. And remember, the mundane, like the beautiful, is all in the eye of the beholder.

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