The Bad Parts of Life in the Big City

I had meant to post last night when I got home from work, but unfortunately, something happened that really freaked me out. Lately, there have been a lot of crimes (both minor and high-profile) in my neighborhood. None of them have directly affected me in any way, other than by raising my alarm, slightly.

To be honest, having been a city dweller for my entire life…raised in The Mission, pre-gentrification, I am a little jaded. I hear about seedy things so often that sometimes they just wash over me. The stuff going down recently, however, has definitely caught my attention. I’ve reminded myself that it’s stupid to wear headphones blasting loud music when I’m walking home at night. It’s also stupid to walk down the street reading a book, or fidgeting with my phone.

I know those are “duh” kinds of things, but I won’t lie, I’m guilty of them quite often.

So I’ve been on high alert lately and have attempted vigilance.

Last night, a serious crime took place near my job. Once again, although I was at work during the incident, I was in no way in danger. I didn’t know the people who lost their lives, nor the suspect. Just the same, having two people shot and killed just a block away from where I was….in a shop that I walk past all of the time….it just really freaks me out.

Last night I didn’t even know where the shooting was, other than in that block. There were emergency vehicles EVERYWHERE. Crime scene tape. I had no idea what was going on. I went home and spent the evening scouring the news and internet, trying to find out what exactly had happened, but I didn’t find out until today. While I’m glad that this was an isolated incident, it’s still just so awful. Needless to say, after all of that, I didn’t feel much like writing.

Though I don’t know them, my thoughts are with the victim’s families. Things like that shouldn’t happen.


Today itself hasn’t been too bad of a day. Almost everything I’ve eaten has been green. No. Really.

I had an egg white omelet with kale pesto for breakfast. Didn’t snap a picture, unfortunately.

For lunch, I decided to tackle the kohlrabi from my recent CSA box. I had never had kohlrabi before, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I found a recipe on SparkRecipes for Creamy Mashed Kohlrabi. Being the huge mashed potatoes fan that I am, I figured that I couldn’t go wrong with a recipe like that. It came out really great. I used nonfat milk and Chobani 0% Plain Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream. The only thing I regret is that when I cut back the recipe (I didn’t have as much kohlrabi as the recipe called for), I didn’t cut back on the garlic and green onion. I love those flavors so much that I didn’t think it was possible for me to have them be too strong in a dish.

I was wrong!

Still delicious though…I would recommend it!

For dinner I decided I wanted to use up the last serving of kale pesto. I didn’t really feel like having pasta again though, so I went through my pantry and waited for creativity to hit me. I waited for quite some time. Finally, I spied a can of tuna. Tuna mixed with kale pesto instead of mayo? Why not!

It is in no way attractive, but it actually tasted pretty good.

I had the tuna pesto with some sesame corn tortilla crackers from Trader Joe’s. Pretty darned tasty. The only problem with me and canned tuna is that I often get heart burn after eating it. I seem to be having a little of that right now, but hopefully it will go away. Don’t know what it is about canned tuna that does it to me. Maybe it’s because the ONLY seafood I eat at all is canned tuna, and I only eat that about 3 or 4 times a year? Don’t know…

Been playing with custom white balance on both the DSLR and with my PowerShot. These are with the point and shoot. Same table. Different settings. I’m still learning all of what I’m supposed to be doing, but I feel progress in the fact that I’ve taken both cameras into manual mode and am making honest attempts to actually comprehend all of the terms I’ve been trying to stuff into my brain.

Ok. Time to finish up here at work. Hope you all are having a wonderful, safe night.


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