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Sitting in the Windam in San Francisco

Posted on 08/13/2012 4:17:58 AM PDT by Dusty Road

I'm attending an AASHTO meeting and it's a 4 day deal. On the drive in I saw several people laying on the side walks and many more just sitting with their bags or baskets. Before the driver could get the vehicle ubloaded I aready had two people come up and beg for money. While eating lunch over the square watch a young man go head first into a trash can and pull out a leftover drink and a container of half eaten food, which he started eating with his fingers then just threw it on the ground. Lunch for 4 at the Windam ran 130 bucks, a Crown and water is 12 bucks and the bottle of water in the room is 4.50. The Wifi runs me 14.95 a day and it's slower than Jim's snail. I don't speak until Tuesday if I dont go broke first, their sucking money out of me faster than Vegas does. I now suspect most of the homeless here were once customers of the Windam and just couldn't afford to leave. I do not like San Francisco!


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1 posted on 08/13/2012 4:18:02 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

So sad. In the 1940s and 1950s it was a really cool place. The zoo, Japanese gardens, China Town, the ferry, Lombard street, the wharf. All of these places hold memories for me from when I used to go there with my folks.


2 posted on 08/13/2012 4:24:53 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Dusty Road

I was in San Francisco 5 years ago. The only thing I liked about it was Alcatraz, and in the morning, there was fog rolling through the bay. The fog only reached the bottom of the Golden Gate bridge. Other than that, they can keep San Fran. I did like the sports bar they had though. I think it was called Julian’s.


3 posted on 08/13/2012 4:25:12 AM PDT by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: Dusty Road

Nice place to visit for a very short time.


4 posted on 08/13/2012 4:33:34 AM PDT by freemama
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To: Dusty Road

Honeymooned in San Fran back in 1998. I probably managed to see the city just in time, while it was still vaguely livable.


5 posted on 08/13/2012 4:34:40 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Dusty Road

I was just in SF a few weeks ago - in the Haight Ashbury area - and saw SO many pandhandlers....and not only relics of the 60’s - but young people - really sad. It’s such a beautiful city, that I was actually thinking I’d like to live there, and just try to find the few conservatives there and huddle together for warmth - but it’s EXTREMELY expensive, and such a PC bastion I don’t know if I’d be able to take it.


6 posted on 08/13/2012 4:38:09 AM PDT by madmominct
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To: Conservative_Jedi

Last time I was here was about 50 years ago and I thought it was one of the most beautiful towns in the US. The years and the politic’s have done their damage to this part of our history.


7 posted on 08/13/2012 4:38:23 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

We honeymooned in SF in 1989 and loved it. Only thing was our 1st night at the Fisherman Wharf Marriot. The woofers from the cars were so loud we couldn’t sleep. We moved the next day. 1st place we went to was Alcatraz. I’d go back just to see that again.


8 posted on 08/13/2012 4:39:52 AM PDT by albie
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To: madmominct

—by the time I lived there in the late ‘70’s—early ‘80’s, about every other door in the Hashbury was a rehab center—no doubt gone downhill since-—


9 posted on 08/13/2012 5:00:26 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Portcall24

Beautiful city. Just remember that the panhandlers are AN INSTRUMENT of the current government there. They can be shut down virtually overnight, if they want them shut down - but they serve to build (local) political support for their welfare state.

I think few people there, and very few people that visit, understand just who these people are. Basically, the vast majority of them could get real jobs without a problem, but choose to panhandle, since it’s easier and higher paying work - many are released criminals that could still get work (not well paying though), and the rest are people that used to be locked up, either pyschos or druggies.

The number of people that are simply “down on their luck” is miniscule. No one should be doing that, and they don’t do it in New York city, as it is not tolerated there.


10 posted on 08/13/2012 5:05:46 AM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: kevkrom

Did you guys know the city will pay one of its workers if they want to get a sex change? I left there a long time ago and happy I did.


11 posted on 08/13/2012 5:09:23 AM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (“Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.")
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To: Dusty Road
Go stay in the Motel Capri in the Marina District. A very nice area with no bums accosting you. Great area to walk around. Not a fancy place, but a good value.
12 posted on 08/13/2012 5:14:41 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Dusty Road

I thought San Fran had taken the homeless off the streets many years ago?


13 posted on 08/13/2012 5:16:55 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Dusty Road

” it’s slower than Jim’s snail”

Jim’s snail’s feelings are hurt.


14 posted on 08/13/2012 5:30:35 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Dusty Road

Every Democrat-run city turns into a cesspool betimes.


15 posted on 08/13/2012 5:37:25 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: rellimpank

Yes - I think so...Then again, since I’m going into the field of substance abuse counseling, I would definitely have a lot of clients...in fact, I met a few of them. One toothless, obviously drunk guy approached me and said,”Hey, weed is good for your liver!” A future client right there...


16 posted on 08/13/2012 6:03:02 AM PDT by madmominct
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To: Dusty Road

Longtime SF Chron columnist Herb Caen didn’t call it “Baghdad by the Bay” for nothing.


17 posted on 08/13/2012 6:54:44 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Don't vote for anyone who takes contributions from Goldman Sachs)
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To: Dusty Road

Windam = Windham?


18 posted on 08/13/2012 7:32:18 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Dusty Road

I lived there from ‘78 until 2002. About 12-15 years ago they rousted the “homeless” from the Civic Center area for a special event. When they ID’d them they discovered that over 90% were wanted on fugitive felony arrest warrants from around the country.

The D.A. refused to extradite any of them. Of course the D.A. of SF was himself an ex-con.


19 posted on 08/13/2012 9:48:07 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Dusty Road

I thought my fellow FReepers had a lick of sense! That you would set foot in that god foresaken hell hole is proof that I was mistaken! Run while you still can!

(No offense meant to the SF FReepers that are stuck there.)


20 posted on 08/13/2012 10:53:08 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Dusty Road
Some family in SF live there and there are homosexual men who stand naked on street corners and just say hello to everyone. Many tourists think it's cute and get pictures taken with them.

To hell with that place.

21 posted on 08/13/2012 10:57:19 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Portcall24

Me too, portcall24, San Francisco in the 1940’2 1950’s. City of Paris (department store) with beautiful 5 story tall Christmas tree with basement like a Parisian street. Edy’s Ice Cream parlor nest to Macy’s and all the flower shops and flower stalls. Sutro Baths, on the beach with salt water swimming pools at various temperatures, hot, medium, cold. Cliff House restaurant overlooking the surf near there. Of course, no one swims at the beach, ugly sand and rough surf. You even saw a few straddlers in wet suits then. And a wonderful fish house restaurant downtown with the prow of a beautiful clipper ship as the entrance. We came over on beautiful trains from Oakland(eventually sold to Argentina) across the bay bridge and then took street cars and sometimes cable cars to get around downtown.
Such a wonderful city then. And we called it “The City” and you never wore white shoes in the summer, only tourists did, since it was always cold and foggy except for a few hours in the afternoon during the summer.


22 posted on 08/13/2012 11:15:55 AM PDT by Cordio
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Stay out of those hotel eateries!


23 posted on 08/13/2012 11:21:39 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than professors, politicians and preachers.)
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To: sportutegrl
Windam = Windham?

=Wyndham

24 posted on 08/13/2012 11:22:31 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Dusty Road
"Windam", "ubloaded", "dont"

The illiterate blog.

25 posted on 08/13/2012 11:26:21 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: CSM

I can assure you had it been my choice we would have had this meeting in Texas.


26 posted on 08/13/2012 1:26:56 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

Take a cab to Taiwan Restaurant, 445 Clement St. Great food, cheap prices (try the steamed dumplings and the Spicy Prawns - yum).

When you’re done, there’s a number of bars right there for drinks, or you could just cross the street and go to Green Apple Books, and lose yourself for a few hours in a truly great bookstore.


27 posted on 08/13/2012 3:07:30 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Dusty Road

Thanks for the update on “progress.”


28 posted on 08/13/2012 5:44:57 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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