This experience is a reminder for me to love the shit out of shit that I love; to pay a visit and champion the things I hold dear — whether it’s a local blog, favorite corner store or cafe, or even a type of person who lives in San Francisco. There are shinier and bigger things, often with more money, that could soon replace it.
There’s room for the old and the new, the shiny and the gritty — for it takes both to make a city. But for mom-and-pops, the underdogs and the homies to continue to exist, you have to keep giving them love. You won’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone.