Monday, February 14, 2011

Flint and the Streets of San Francisco

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Where does a Flint Expatriate hang out in San Francisco? Flint Street, of course. It happens to be a dead end, but I'm trying not to take that personally.


  1. Flint Street in Cincinnati is also a dead end, I also tried not to take it personally.

  2. No, no, not a "dead end".

    Most roads are thoroughfares...they come from somewhere else, pass through wherever you are, and go on to somewhere else. They're links in an endless mesh, just like most places are undistinguished nodes in that mesh. Places you pass through on your way to wherever you think you're going. Places and roads you don't pay a lot of attention to, because you're going somewhere else.

    On the other hand, Flint, and Flint Street as well, are either a beginning or an ending. They're interesting. They're a place to begin a journey, or to come to at the end of one.

  3. "happens to be a dead end" that's why you are an "Expatriate" and not in Flint


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