The North America Report: San Francisco
Hello Traders, Adventures, Privateers, Mercenaries, Rogues, and alike others;
This is my first post under this title of The North American Report. I figure while we are still alive up here I should let you all know what is going on.
For those of you lucky enough to be situated in safe locations far away it could be new info... for those of you still here watching the news it is more of a yeah I see it too.
San Francisco: save your time, save your money---- possibly save your life and do not bother going there.
I had the pleasure of visiting my friend who flew into San Francisco (S.F.) from Japan this past weekend. Wonderful to see her, it has been 15 years that I last saw her.
On the way into S.F. I was shocked by what I saw. I traveled from the West side to the East side via Geary Street. Two years ago... or even 6 months ago I did not see any of what I saw this past Monday night.
Along the sidewalks where large cardboard boxes, full sized tents, and people living in them. What I beheld was not really S.F. or an American city but rather a desperate 3rd world country sprawled out on the cement.
My goodness; California or Venezuela-fornia?
I felt unsafe. I felt that I did not want to get out of my vehicle.
I felt like running. Yet, I had my friend to visit, and I did not want to feel like a coward.
I was greeted by numbers of people camping on the sidewalks, people hanging out, people that were just lost as what to do. I decided to park far away and walk in.
The parking garages are more like high priced rentals for cars rather than place to pull over. Safety of you vehicle is expressly not guaranteed by the garages--- in writing.
I found parking far above Chinatown and proceeded to walk in. Through Chinatown, through the outer business district, through Union Square I walked.
The dark streets... dark streets??, but it is 9pm at night in the summer. It is tourist season why aren't placed open and the lights on?
Seems to save money they turn off the electricity. Not even a light in the store window... well they do have steel doors or gates blocking most of the windows.
What of the city street lights you might ask. Well, those thrifty socialist also known as liberal-democrats and champions of the people decided they could not afford to have them on much. There is a low level glow (ember like) from each that adds a sleazy or even haunted look to what once was a bright light of civilization on the West Coast.
The people running the show are still fully in their delusion. Perhaps the equally deluded petty man in N.Korea will wake them out of it with his little toys. I do believe that they think they and their city are impervious to anything like that because, "they are better than everyone else."
What I saw is not shown on the news. What you do see is the portly little mayor little Eddie Lee making loud statements of what a great job they are doing and how there latest little nothing in reality is such a a wonderful thing. They do not show how people are just roused out of one spot and forced to find another. They do not show the thousands of individuals making their way to the city for the hope of something.
Nothing is mentioned of the hundreds of millions of dollars the cities are given to help the situation and yet... nothing improves and from what I saw on Monday night it is clear it is far worse.
At the end of my visit and my getting ready to depart my friend's hotel the front desk people advised me to take a taxi. I explained I was from the area and that to save money I would just make a mad dash to my vehicle-- possibly like many of the city regulars.
I recall the days that I worked in the city. I recall wanting very much to live there and be a part of that life. I recall being disappointed that none of that happened but now I am grateful that I am not part of that and trapped in that city.
What I experienced was a complete shock. I do not want to go back... well certainly not to the east side. The west side if you go far enough is still manageable, but that is also changing.
Money to spend?
I say take a trip to South(not Central) America and see some different places and some different options.
An investment in that type of vacation could hold huge future rewards for you and your family.
Stan's response: Thank you very much Jim, for your most informative report. I'll have much more to say about this topic in coming weeks. Things are changing at a faster and faster pace in our world. It is good to be well-informed and prepared for just about anything.
I hope you can continue to send us more reports in the future Jim!