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Daniel "Out of Order" Alvarez
City: Tallahassee
State: FL
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 25, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Apr 23rd, 2009
Start: San Francisco
End: San Francisco
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 4,047
Journal Visits: 43,026
Guestbook Views: 4,067
Guestbook Entrys: 146

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Goodbye Civilization

The abrupt yank of my blackberry shoved my daydream aside on the top of Russian Hill. I'd just began the descent through Chinatown on my way to work. In a few minutes I'd reach Columbus Avenue, turn right, skirt down Columbus for a few blocks and step into the small redwood park hidden next to the Transamerica Pyramid, the building you see in every picture of the San Francisco skyline. I loved that park. It was a pale replica of the mighty forests along the Pacific Crest Trail, but its contrast with the world around it made it grand. It felt like a hundred yards of peace in the middle of a monster.

The blackberry buzzed again.

That blackberry was my constant companion for the past year and a half. I slipped it into my pocket fifteen days after walking into Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail and it hadn't left me since, pulling me back and forth at all times, a beacon where the world could always reach me. I grew so sensitive to its vibrations, that I began imagining them even when we were separated, as if I could feel a phantom limb that wasn't even there. More than once I've reached into my pocket only to realize it was sitting on a nearby table.

I pulled it out, squinting in the morning sunlight to stare at the small screen. Layoffs. Damn, damn, damn.

I kept walking, sticking to my usual routine, through Chinatown, down Columbus to that little park by the Transamerica Building. I stepped inside and starred upward, the length of the trees making me dizzy. The world seemed to stop and I asked myself, "if I lose my job today, can I be ready?"

I smiled.

You can never be ready.

I leave tomorrow.

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