Have you heard about the magical sidewalks of San Francisco? I only know that they exist from my own experience. After I had first moved into my apartment with Sarah, I needed to get rid of some of the excess things that I had accumulated from my move from Los Angeles. Sarah told me to put my computer keyboard and lampshade on the street.
"Put them on the street in front of our apartment. Isn't that littering?" I asked.
"No it's not littering in San Francisco, but we all like to look at it like donating to the streets." I was very confused. So in Los Angeles and Toronto I would be littering, but in San Francisco it's an unspoken and accepted rule.
I felt very skeptical and a little guilty when I placed my computer keyboard and lampshade on the tree in front of our apartment. By morning my things were gone. I have always believed in the saying 'that one man's trash is another man's treasure', but this was taking it to the extreme. I felt like I was playing a game with the magical street.
I have to tell you that this was only the beginning. Over my years in San Francisco, I have seen perfectly working T.V.'s (with it's remote tapped to the top of it) on the street, mattresses (too many to count) with signs that say 'almost new' and 'have some bugs' and perfectly working office chairs. Sarah found an amazing desk on the street and brought it back to the apartment like it was a lost puppy.
I thought to myself 'Between selling things on craigslist and putting things on the street, I will never have to use the garbage bins again!'
I really put my 'magical' theory to the test when I finally moved out of my old apartment and left a mattress and entertainment center on the street. I returned the next day to find both the mattress and entertainment center gone. These were not small items and they had both *poof* disappeared. 'Darn,' I thought 'I forgot to a leave a note.'Well maybe I'll remember the next time I move.
Dear magical streets of San Francisco,
Please take good care of the below items. I have taken great care of them, but are no longer in need of them due to _______. I know that you will find a better home for them and rather quickly. If you need me you know where to find me.
Thank you so much,
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