@Cafe Murano

Today I write to you from Cafe Murano, which is one of the more pleasant coffee shops I have been to in the city. The thing about San Francisco is that all the good hangouts are either over-crowded tourist hot spots, or god-sent hideaways. Cafe Murano falls easily into the latter category. The music is tasteful (currently Otis Redding), the Coffee takes precedence (The WiFi pw is Ilovecoffee), the décor is bright and the furniture comfortable. There are plenty of outlets. The staff is gracious and welcoming. Jeez, could I boast anymore about it? Honestly, I am having a great day and that could be effecting my review of the Cafe, but nevertheless if you venture here, especially to get some work done or to grab a decently priced bagel in the ever expensive expanse that is San Francisco, you will not be disappointed.

A whole lot has happened to me this week, and after some turbulence I am starting to feel really on top of things. I got a new job, some new shoes, a little bit of a haircut…and all of this to complement my ever evolving aptitude for hard work. The fact that yesterdays post didn’t go out until today stems from a habit of procrastination I am trying valiantly to break. There is not substitute for elbow grease and lack of sleep, I see that now. So as I go into my first day at my new job today, I am maintaining constant vigilance in regards to my financial security; something I have long understood yet ignored. I have dreams of travel, and writing in exotic places. I have been given the blessing that is San Francisco, a city where an American kid can actually save some money, and so I must do just that. The Green Tortoise helped mold me, and as I enter employment at MAC’D I have different goals than when I entered employment at the Green Tortoise. The summer has arrived. Last summer I was in Seattle, and this summer I shall take on San Francisco. Still a journeyman traveler, I feel good about my prospects, and am excited to write more and more as the future greets me with superior organization and patience.

Chris

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One Day Late, but always on time.

I will never again be writing to you from the Ballroom of the Green Tortoise Hostel. Let that be simply stated. Today I write to you from Cafe Mason, and this is my second day in a row here. Like most things in the city, the service is amazing, and I can’t afford it. Places where service is shite? I can usually afford what they are offering. This should tell you something about the customer service to profit ratio.

Currently I am staying at the Amsterdam Hostel, still in San Francisco. I am looking avidly for work, and I am going to pay to stay in the city from here on out, instead of maintaining my residence through tradework, as I have been doing since my arrival upon October 31st. My goal is to save as much money as possible, and then jet to Southeast Asia. Still. My old roomate saved over $6,000 since March 1st, and he works 40 hours a week for that money. His living expenses are taken care of in the 23 hours of trade for the hostel room. So that’s a 63 hour week. Not bad when it equates to 6 grand in 3 months.

I am not sure how long I can remain at this cafe without encroaching upon the universal time limit…however my sever just welcomed me to enjoy my time here on my computer, and I am grateful for that. The food is good, but really I am paying for the time in the cafe. After this I will be returning to the Amsterdam, possibly spending an insane $0.50 on 2 sheets of paper, and then heading across some fairly large distances to give out some resumes. I am desperately wanting to cut my hair, so you can expect that and find the final product on my Instagram page when it happens. For now I bid you adieu.

Chris (null and void)

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the inauguration of my website! Huzzah! I am proud to say adopting a medium to publish and receive feedback on my writing is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The gratification is palpable, and the motivation I receive from the people around me is continuous, and without it I don’t know how far I would have come on this journey.

Thank You, to all the people who have visited HeartOfZeus this year. It is with an almighty reprieve that I move forward into year 2. You all know who you are. My gratitude is enormous.

The post written above is one I wrote earlier today. However when I returned to the Amsterdam Hostel, I could not get the WiFi connected to my computer. OML I don’t think my computer asked for a password, and that’s why I can’t get access. Alas, here we are, much later in the day, and I have more to tell! I still can’t get the internet to work, but I will inevitably find a way to post this (soon). Since the earlier words I have garnered gainful employment, at a restaurant called MAC’D. I start tomorrow at 4:30, and I am quite excited. I think it’s going to be a good experience, and I intend to stay for a while and save some money. Perhaps my relationship with my new employer will be long, and prosperous. Somehow I fuck everything up, but I am really gonna try this time folks! Here’s to another year, with twice as much fun, and four times as much hard work!

Chris

P.S. I am posting this a day late, not even on the 1 year anniversary of my website. Hopefully this doesn’t set the tone for the second year lol.

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I failed to go LIVE, pretty much

I am in the ballroom of the Green Tortoise San Francisco sitting across from a man named Josh Martin. He is a traveling photographer only here for 2 nights. Tomorrow he will return to Los Angeles, and next Tuesday he will fly back to London. His job is to take stock photography, and he has been in California for 2 weeks doing that, the whole time in LA. I learned quite a bit about the stock photography business talking to him tonight, and if I had been live Live on Instagram like I had promised, it would have been quite a thing to watch. Darn! Next time! As going live and writing is going to be my new thing.

So here I sit, with a Corona cracked open and my laptop cracked open even wider. I’ve eaten too much bread tonight, but that is the usual occurrence of my life. The knowledge I just gained about stock photography seems near folly to write about. The sad fact is, that information was meant for the video, and I have failed you by not providing it. I asked this man questions, and he answered them fully. To write about the experience would not provide the same effect. Perhaps I am not the proper individual to relay said information. All I have to say to you from my conversation tonight is: travel more, and send out a lot of emails. That’s how one may find success in this day and age.

This all being said, I am going to head to my house and catch some rest. My shoes and my business cards came in the mail today, but I might have to send the shoes back for being to small. It’s very frustrating because I know 1 size up will be to large, but if I want to continue walking, being a bi-pedaling mother fucker, I need shoes. fml. On a much happier note! Yesterday was Jo’s birthday, and we spent the day at the beach just hanging out, it was very relaxing. Today however I worked a good 8 hours of housekeeping. My job is truly beginning to take a tole on me. My shoulder is in no condition to continue doing the work I do, but I feel very close to my transition into a career as a writer. I guess I never thought I would end up choosing writing as a career, but I always knew I would work for myself, so ending up where I am seems quite fitting.

I wanted to end this by talking about how some of my decisions are made based on the simple fact that: if one is not going to kill themselves, then one must figure out a way to make it in society. However I was worried that might clash a little with how I started the article, and I don’t want to scare away Josh Martin. So I’m just gonna skip that part today.

Chris

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Live Post #1

I am sitting in the ballroom of the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco, and I am live on Instagram as I write this. The video has been rolling for quite some time now…no one is watching at current, but viewers have come and gone. Ugh. I’m a little stoned, but I’m not sconed, which I usually would be right about now. It’s Wednesday, which means Taco night at the hostel, and as usual some free pastries and sandwiches (brought to you by Illy Cafe, which I have never talked about before, but as we enter my final leg of employment with the Tortoise it is time to talk, and talk well of Illy). I have been nothing short of well fed, and have not been grocery shopping in months (eating in hostels is easy, trust me). Illy is much to thank for that.

I just wanted to write a little bit, not to much. I am pretty tired. I am probably going to lay down and nap quite literally where I am sitting, in the ballroom of the Green Tortoise. At Midnight it is Jo’s Birthday!! I am excited. She got the day off and now we are gonna hangout all day. Woo! So I am only going to nap until, at the latest 11pm, when she is done with work.

Godspeed, Chris.

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Modern Day Jerusalem Cruisers

Casey & his signature orange bag

In contrast to my usual smoking weed and thinking about getting stuff done, I actually got some stuff done yesterday! When I woke up I took the bus to Jo’s house, where we made eggs and hungout until I returned on the same bus I rode in upon; this time with Jo. She worked from 5 to midnight. I waited at the hostel where she works, and I live, for my roommate Casey to arrive, then both him and I headed to Westfield Mall. The mission was simple: Try On Shoes, specifically Keen Newport’s, but lets be honest, any Keens would do. The trip turned out to be a disappointment in regards to shoes; The Walking Company let me down, as they no longer carry Keen’s in the store. Casey later made a reference to“The store where those people were assholes to us,” and upon him prompting my memory I agreed that the employees of The Walking Company had been quite off-putting, and didn’t seem interested in my feet the least bit. I am a hard person to please, and I always ask a lot of questions; these folks hardly seemed up to the task. I had chosen The Walking Company because it’s a store I have heard of. Last I was aware there was one at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee WI, and although I never stepped foot in there I always felt as if someday I would. That time came in San Francisco, and look what shambles my expectations have shattered to! The eventual outcome: I purchased Keen’s from the Keen website last night, and I have a strong suspicion I am going to be pleased with the product I receive. My Grandfather helped me purchase these shoes, and without him my heels would be doomed this summer. Oh my! I didn’t realize what a rambling session I was getting myself into when I began to write this morning. So as yall may or may not know, several months ago I bought myself a new pair of shoes manufactured by the brand Born. Well, I walk just about 100 miles every month, according to Google, and the result is that I have punctured a hole in my Born shoes. Quick af!

Three Months Old, Born!

I spent $70 on the Born shoes AT A NORDSTROM RACK. Am I disappointed in the shoe? Honestly, no. I am disappointed in myself for believing this shoe would hold up to my lifestyle. I should have bought Keen shoes AND these Born shoes at the same time, then I’d have a nice rotation to keep my shoes, and my feet, in grand condition. With the conclusion of this paragraph, I have decided I am going to write an email to Born Shoes; a plea for them to return the shoes I bought 3 months ago to good working order. I am not expecting anything, but I must try!

The second of 2 VIT’s (Very Important Thing’s) I accomplished yesterday was: I Finally Printed Business Cards! Hooray! I am quite happy with the end result, and I am maintaining the idea that my cards will get better over time; this being only my first batch. I bought 500, and I went as cheap as I could find. I intend to also purchase business cards of a higher quality for more Personal Exchanges. My excitement at the prospects of business card shopping can hardly be contained. Perhaps I will share with you what I learn through this upcoming research. It has come to my realization that I do pretty detailed researching on many items before I sometimes purchase, and sometimes don’t. I could teach yall a lot and I just don’t, which is foolish.

Saw a guy repainting the Vinton Court Steps on the way home! Why??

For instance: I just took a trip into a store called Standard & Strange the other day and learned a lot about Leather Boots. I spoke to a young women with large glasses who was extraordinarily helpful. I learned about Vibrim Soles, Buff Leather (looks like suede, holds up like steel), what a Good Year Welt is, and just overall How To tell a good Leather Boot from a Mediocre one. A trip to Standard & Strange is a holistic experience, I recommend the store to anyone who has an interest in high quality clothing. Seriously! Standard & Strange is the PREMIER Men’s Clothing Store in the Bay Area, and that is because the people have PASSION! Follow them on Instagram! If you’re reading this from Milwaukee, checkout the Standard & Strange website and change your whole demeanor with a new pair of denim! I don’t know why the West Coast is further ahead then the rest of America, given The Internet, but they have the right idea out here! Spend your money on ITEMS THAT LAST and you will be HAPPY! Standard & Strange, I am sorry I didn’t make any purchases from your store. I decided leather boots would be too hot for travel around South East Asia. I was also reminded what a wake up call it would be if a pair of $400+ boots became a burden to me! I do not believe I will have the luxury of purchasing a third footwear item this year…Thus alas! My dream of being a leather boot owner will have to wait! Maybe when I travel Europe! Someday…

Chris

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You can now support my work directly using Patreon or Venmo!
After writing for over three years, I have confidence my hardwork is showing through,
and so I have no shame is giving my readers an option support my work.
Thanks in advance!