October 28, 2009

spooking around Chinatown


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photo by Donald Kinney

It was rather early on Sunday when I was spooking around Portsmouth Square, but later in the day the place always becomes packed with people playing lively games of cards and a board-game that faintly resembles the game of checkers I used to play as a kid.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Portsmouth Square is one of San Francisco's most historical places.   On July 9, 1846 Captain John Berrien Montgomery of the USS Portsmouth successfully seized undefended Yerba Buena (San Francisco's original name) from Mexico.



Yerba Buena as it looked in 1846.   (photo credit:  Wikipedia)



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I can't speak a word of Chinese and have absolutely no experience making noodles or working in a bakery, but I'd rather not apply for the job as a porter working 54 hours a week for a dismal $7.40 an hour.



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Most Chinese-Americans are fiercely loyal to our country and aren't afraid to show it.



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Take it from me, you know you're getting old when you're two years older than the People's Republic of China.


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5 comments:

photowannabe said...

Love your "spooky" pictures Don.
Yes thats too many hours for minimum wage.
I really love tomorrows picture large like it is. Good stuff.

sfmike said...

The "People's Republic" is a tiny blip in the very long history of China so don't feel so old. And photowannabe is right. That picture of Alcatraz in the fog above this post is literally the best picture of Alcatraz in the fog in the history of photography. Fucking awesome.

Brad said...

>>> I really love tomorrows picture large like it is.


YES!!!!!!

Louise said...

The sushi maker doesn't look like a bad thing. Unless fish kind of make you sick, but otherwise...

And this post was full of information--and cool photos.

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