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Rainy San Francisco Day

Ah, the weather today is so rainy and rather depressing! A lot of rain–to be exact, 100% chance of rain. It has been going on since last night I believe. While I enjoy listening to rain while indoors, I do not enjoy walking around in the rain outside. I had to go out earlier this morning for a conference, and my poor pants got a little soaked at the hem.

I wish I didn’t have to venture back outside again today, but I have to go to an interview in a few hours. I am hoping the rain will not affect my travel plans later in the week–according to the forecast, seems like there will be a lot of rain for the whole week. Sigh.

It just feels strange to have rain here in San Francisco–rarely have there been rainy days since I moved here. A lot of sunshine, some cloudy days, some windy days–but that’s about it. Well, others have told me that winter is the rainy season here, so I guess that’s how it goes. There’s no snow, thank goodness–just rain. And not so much that we’re flooded, I hope.

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San Francisco Minimum Wage for 2008

Well, it seems like San Francisco’s minimum wage will go up to $9.36 effective January 1, 2008. I think it’s crazy how high the minimum wage is here–when I was working at the cafe a few months ago, I was paid $9.14, the current minimum wage. I remember telling my friends back home about the minimum wage here and they were all very shocked. Minimum wage in Virginia is $5.85, which is around the range of the federal minimum wage.

The state of California itself has a minimum wage of $7.50 increasing to $8.00 in 2008. I can’t believe how much more the minimum wage is in the city of San Francisco–I guess it shows how much more expensive it is to live here in the city!

A few days ago, my friend and I were talking about this minimum wage increase and then were curious about what other states’ minimum wages were. So we went searching on the Internet, looking for the lowest minimum wage. Kansas definitely takes the cake on this one–$2.65! That’s a huge difference from San Francisco. I think it’s just interesting to see the difference in the cost of living from area to area. I never thought San Francisco was so pricey until I saw these comparisons. I guess it can be a good and a bad thing for me.

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Woman on the bus.

I was on the bus today, on my way downtown to meet with one of my mentors for a holiday luncheon. The bus ride usually only takes about 15 minutes, so I zoned out for a little bit. After awhile, though, I noticed that there were more Chinese passengers than usual on this bus line. I watched a couple older Chinese women board the bus and sit near the front.

There was a Caucasian woman sitting right next to them; I didn’t know how long she had been there, but what I saw next really offended me. I guess the Chinese ladies had a bit of that “Chinese” smell about them (maybe they just came from Chinatown shopping?), because the Caucasian woman started to cover her nose with her turtleneck and act as if she were about to suffocate from the smell.

I was really offended by her blatant behavior and was tempted to yell at her “You can move to the back of the bus if the smell bothers you so much!” She was being so incredibly rude and offensive; if I were in her place, I would have either masked my disdain or just remove myself from the situation. It’s not that hard! It wasn’t like this woman was very elderly and needed to sit in the front of the bus; she was perhaps in her 40s, early 50s. She looked still very fit and youthful.

It just made me feel very disappointed in her behavior–I would have expected for a younger person to do something so immature, but not someone like her. If the smell of Chinese people bother you so much, then why are you here in the City?

Ugh, sometimes I wonder about society really.

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Difference between soliciting and not soliciting.

I don’t really get it, still–what’s the difference between the two?

Apparently, “soliciting” is when an individual is voluntarily seeking money or other valuables from another person through….legal means? If you are trying to sell something to someone, but are not asking for the money up front, that isn’t soliciting. Or is it? Soliciting apparently applies only when you ask for money up front….(when it comes to selling items door-to-door)

I don’t really understand it, but I guess I need to start to understand some of it sooner than later. I haven’t been able to react well so far when people tell me “no soliciting”….because I really don’t understand the meaning in itself. Why are people so consumed with their own lives that they forget that sometimes there are others who have to go around and do the dirty work anyway, i.e., do door-to-door sales? Someone has to do it–someone, not something. Aren’t we all human beings in the end anyway?

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Life Experiences.

I think I have finally come to realize (after living here for the past six months) that hell, life is as it is–nothing will ever stay “the same”/stable, no matter how hard I try to keep it that way. It’s best to think of everything as “Great, for the time being” but prepare myself for even more changes to come.

I realize that a lot of things happen for a reason, that there shouldn’t ever be any regrets. Going from one job to another in the past five months–yes, it has been frustrating, but everything happened for good reason. With each job I have worked at these past few months, I have learned a lot about myself, about others, about life. True, it is cliche to say, but hell, I seriously feel that these experiences have all allowed for me to grow.

Where will I head next? That question always looms in my mind now, but I shall also remember to stay in the mindset of seizing the day, as the saying goes. Charge on!