Not from here

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I’m not from here, but several of the people in my gym class are. It was very sweet when one somewhat elderly man was talking about the now-gone fruit orchards near San Jose. His wife’s father grew apricots, and apparently when they were just getting to know each other, they spent some time walking around in the orchards. Ahem. (His wife is one of my favorite people in the class, actually.) Another man, kind of a loud and talkative guy, gave a discourse on which beaches in SF it’s possible to swim at. There are serious riptides at several. When he grew up, it was a well-known fact that China Beach was okay for swimming, but Ocean Beach was not.

So many people are not from here that you tend to forget that anyone ever grew up here. Although, actually, I suppose my own children did. Hmm. Odd.

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