July 22, 2008
entrance in Chinatown, S.F.
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photo by Donald Kinney
I guess most cosmopolitan cities have their own Chinatowns, but I am especially fond of our own right here in San Francisco... It's sort of like being-there, I guess, without having to pay the costly air-fare and endure all the hassles of international travel...
Sometimes I get lots of photos in Chinatown, and other times I get few. Sometimes I get stared at, and other times I get ignored. But it's a fair bet that I'll get yelled at and run-off if I try shooting into someone's business, but on Saturday the butcher at the little meat market on the corner of Stockton [or is it Powell?] and Broadway noticed me trying to snap him through the window unpacking some chicken feet. He started waving at me -- I thought I was in big doo-doo... I gave him my best I'm sorry expression, but he kept waving at me -- this time with one hand giving me the thumbs-up sign, and the other hand motioning furiously for me to come in. Reluctantly, I entered his shop and started giving him my best apology -- knowing full-well that he probably understood about as much English as I do Mandarin Chinese. I exited the shop as quickly as I had entered -- but down the street a bit I realized that he may have been giving me permission to photograph inside his shop. Or heck -- maybe he was just as much of a camera-bug as I am. I should have turned around and gone back -- and I certainly would have tipped him and/or slipped him a bribe. Maybe I will stop in again next time I'm over there and see if he is still in the mood to have his picture taken...
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