It was a great weekend and I went over to pinhole and Temescal. First, let me say a few things about a planner that I picked up for a few dollars at Muji in San Francisco. My sister really wanted to go to Muji and I followed along. In the end, I wound up buying a nice shirt and also the monthly planner. It was affordable and I think is a great way to have a hard copy of my month. Temescal was fun, like usual. We visited the usual suspects: Curbside Creamery and the cro cafe. Earlier this week I hit up pinhole (which I had been keeping an eye on for a few weeks now). Suffice to say, I’ll be back sooner rather than later. Who can resist the delicious coffee and beautiful decor?!
I’ve done a couple of EDC posts detailing the things I carry. I’m a big fan of being prepared, although I don’t take it quite as far as “preppers” or survivalists. I do, however, take some ideas from them and adapt it to the urban life, or in my case, the weekend warrior lifestyle. I’ve done EDC posts on my range bag (which I keep in the car), Carry Bag, and personal items. As the Coast Guard says, Semper Paratus. Here’s a list detailing the times my gear has come in useful:
- Someone came into my workplace asking if we had duct tape. We didn’t. I ended up taking some from the mini-roll I had attached to my keychain.
- I got a flat tire driving home from San Jose to San Francisco one night. I put on my blinkers and pulled over, but could barely see because it was so dark. Thankfully, my range bag was in the truck and I used the crap out of my flashlight.
- The titanium spork always comes in handy for when take-out places don’t give me utensils and I’m on the move.
- My Gerber solves everything. The scissors, screwdriver, and pliers are my most used.
- I use the camping spork on my keychain for all sorts of minor adjustments when I need a flathead screwdriver or for opening bottles. I’ve only used the spork for eating about 3 times and as a fair warning, if you try to take it into a nightclub, they classify it as a weapon.
Now onto my Camera Bag EDC:
There goes another weekend, but this one was entirely eventful. I had a list from last weekend to work off of, but even though I didn’t manage to get to all of the places I had in mind, I was satisfied that I knocked one place off the list. I took a stroll down Union Street in San Francisco on my way to Wrecking Ball Coffee Roaster’s new cafe. and passed by a flower shop with ridiculously beautiful flowers. If you’ve never experienced Wrecking Ball, you’re missing out, so I urge you to go and go soon. Who knows, maybe you’ll find Nick Cho making your drink – savor that moment.
I’m not much of an artist, but I really wanted to make use of several items I received or had laying around. As a huge fan of upcycling, I decided to make it a point to utilize as many items as I could. Old specimen bottles. A $2 wooden picture from from the thrift store. Specimen tins. Small nightstand. $8 Sears typewriter.
Contrary to what I posted on Medium, this was written with someone in mind. It was a little white lie that I’m sure no one will believe. However, everything else in that intro was true and on point. I love to write because it is therapeutic, but I also have a nasty habit of keeping some things in at the expense of my sanity, emotional wellbeing, and physical health. Sometimes life gives you a lot of things to deal with all at once and writing helps me ease the pain and find clarity in a way that I can’t find anywhere else. It’s not that having a heart to heart with friends doesn’t help, but friends are only there a part of the time. Best friends will stick around a little longer than your acquaintances, but when push comes to shove, how many people will truly be there? WHO will always have your back? Who knows your every thought better than…yourself?
And so I sat down one day with a nothing more than a cup of tea, my trusty pen, and my notebook. I let it all out. Rather than generalize and then get specific, I decided to start specific and apply it generally. People who know me well, and by well I mean we talk on a weekly basis, will undoubtedly know who I had in mind. Those who don’t will be lost, but don’t you fret, because this piece is for you as well. There are common strains in humanity and if ever you’ve felt that you’ve loved someone for a slew of reasons, then you know these feelings and thoughts.
It’s about love, it’s about seeing someone for who you believe them to be, whether that is a correct assumption or not – whether they prove that to you or not, and it’s about loving unrequitedly so that you may be forced to love unconditionally. It is not naiveté, but rather, faith, trust, and a belief in yourself that fuels the fire of love and keeps it burning bright even when you want to put it out and go to sleep.
So without further ado, I present to you:
10 Things I Love About You (and you should too)
by Vincent Tang.
I didn’t have solid plans last weekend, but I did have soft plans to wander. It’s not that I don’t like making grand plans, but I would rather flow like water and blow like the breeze. I don’t like to be put in a rigid and constrictive flow. So when my tentative plans fell through, I decided I wanted to drink some tea and head over to the Treasure Island Flea. After drinking my chai and rosie palmer over at Samovar Tea Lounge, I still had time to waste before the market opened. I wandered up the avenues and to my surprise discovered a few sights that spoke to me. A locked spigot, because srsly guys there’s a drought in CA. A vibrant payphone that had a dial tone. Tape art with quips and quotes on the ground. My reflection in a wall multiplied by 3. I have found myself and my spirit and I’m not letting go.
I spent all yesterday afternoon and yesterday evening fiddling with adding a search bar to my website. I was pretty tired, but I still wanted to try and change it up. I’ve gone through many phases. In the beginning, all I wanted was to have a relatively static site that I could control all aspects of. That’s why I went with Joomla. Then I discovered WordPress and decided that I would go with that as a CMS because it was so aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.
I hopped on the Tumblr bandwagon, but never fully embraced it because it was not feature-rich enough for me. If my website was to be my face on the web, I wanted it to be something I was proud of and could control. WordPress hit all those spots for me. I had a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, but not PHP. Still, I went for it and jumped. I’ve been self-taught all my life and that’s how I like discover the world around me. I find that as a hands-on learner, doing things and jumping right in helps me understand the fundamentals and gets me hooked. After a few tries I usually show massive improvement.