Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm inside the kitchen preparing some food as a bunch of friends are gathering outside. They are all lined up and I yell to them to come inside for food or just to visit. As they file in, Jean and Chris are there and I tell them I'm trying to sell their records for them. The LPs are spread on the table and I give some away while I try to sell others. A young man brings me 4 LPs and I price them at $54 all together. He tries to give me a credit card and asks for a discount. I tell him I can go down to $45 but I need cash as I don't do this all the time.

Outside there is loud noises of protests and police firing tear gas. The young man asks me what's going on and I tell him it's the anniversary of Stonewall. I ask him if he knows what it is and he nods. We go outside to see the commotion. There are people milling about in costumes and I see down the street police and demonstrators mixed together. We are in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco and I tell the young man that it's usually very mellow in this neighborhood. I point him to the nearby laundromat to get cash.