Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ooooh that smell!

One of the more disgusting things about vandwelling San Francisco is how the streets smell towards the end of summer. This is California, so for 6 months there's no rain at all. At that time, the streets build up a truly vile odor. A friend and I were walking around last month, and all of a sudden he spits, "Dog piss!". It does indeed smell like dog piss, and human piss, and spoiled food (Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Starbuck's, restaurant food garbage, etc.). And, in the areas where there are a lot of people living on the street, human feces. By August, on hot days, it is nauseating.

But then we get the first rains in October, as we did recently, and the streets all get cleaned off. The city smells lovely for a season, mixed with the cool fall air. It's a wonderful time to be alive.

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