Wednesday, October 29th
The lovely woman allowing me to sublet her studio deserves some discussion. I met her for two hours on my first day in San Francisco. She is the friend of a friend and was understandably nervous about renting her furnished pad to someone she’d just met. She’d heard a few things about me from our mutual friend and was mildly comforted that I wasn’t a total random. As we toured her apartment and the building, I did my best to dispell any concern but she was busy managing excitement for the trip, exhaustion from preparation, and dread for a horribly long flight.
In a very short period of interaction, I was quickly able to “size her up.” To put it simply, she’s the woman you want your daughter to be when she grows up – beautiful and kind, self confident and funny, socially aware and ambitious. She also put a rubber sheet over her mattress “just in case I get lucky.” She is on her way to Africa to help children with HIV/AIDS. She walked away from a perfectly good job to make this happen. I have a feeling this makes her a better person than I… actually, I know it does.