Shadows looking East on 25th Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez

It is 8:13 a.m. and probably 8:30 a.m. by the time this gets up.  Later and warmer at 63° and headed to 86°. Details for today and the next ten days are here.

Today’s block for the Mission Wakes Up is 24th to 25th between Guerrero and Fair Oaks and Veritas because it is on the entryway of I.C.A., the Immaculate Conception Academy, which dominates the northern end of the block, and Veritas because you will see early on that I got up late and the sun was already casting shadows.

Nevertheless, a good walk and again, an interesting exercise in what you see and notice.

If you want to participate in documenting your block – or any block – for the Mission Wakes Up, send us an email at We would love to see how you experience the neighborhood in the early morning. You can see all the essays here.

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born...

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