Tonight I went there with a close friend. We sat and talked and people watched while a band played in the background. Afterwards it took only a few uphill steps and I was home again...and Mexico many miles behind me.
Monday, August 9, 2010
There's a little gem of a place a block from my apartment called El Rayo. Just walking up to the building brings back fond memories of the place. The building is the old gas station, convenience store, pizza place that was called Harborview. At the time I worked at the Holiday Inn By the Bay and was constantly giving out menus to guests for Harborview Pizza. One late night after many beverages a friend and I found ourselves stumbling into a convenience store. As I roamed the little store I suddenly noticed that in the back of the store they were making pizzas and the sign said HarborView. I screamed out "We're in Harborview!" As many menus as I had handed out and phone calls I made to help guests place orders I never gave much thought to where the place was located. In my drunken state I found it hilarious that it resided at the back of a convenience store--I didn't get out much back then I guess. Shortly thereafter I moved to a great studio apartment on State Street. I would often walk from my apartment down to Harborview to pick up soda or whatever. I even remember tucking a tiny black and white kitten named Lou under my arm and bringing him down to Harborview.