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The Kids Could Not Believe It

Frank Lara, teacher. The week after Trump got elected we organized a march against hate here at our school. Families came. It was something like 700 people. One of the conversation with the kids was: “Oh well, Donald Trump is so dumb!” I had to pause and be like: “You know he is very smart. He has investors. He influences people. He reads several papers every day and I can’t…

The 11 a.m. Sunday Mass

Juan Pablo Duran, 9 years old Juan was on his way with is mother home from the 11 a.m. mass at St. Peter’s. After mass, his mom bought him cotton candy. “My favorite color is blue.” More Missionites!

America and the New Frontier

I saw Denny Smith, 64, pushing a cart loaded with books down Valencia Street. He was on his way to give them to the Community Thrift Store. How did you decide what to get rid of? Some are books that I’ve either read or, like the Chemistry of Non-Aqueous Solvents, books that I will never, ever read. I love old textbooks. Some of these have covers that are just incredible….

Puffer Fish and Dave Eggers

Eva Shantharam, a deckhand at 826 Valencia. How did you come across this job? I had been volunteering at 826 Valencia and saw the job opening. I recently finished grad school and the part-time job was a great fit for me because I wanted to focus on my writing. I’m working on a young adult sci-fi novel. What are your duties? I am in charge of the puffer fish. I…

Painting Mission Walls

My name is Tetris, and I came up from Los Angeles to do this collaboration wall that I’m painting with my crew, we are known as the WAI crew. The theme of the wall is ‘wild animal instincts’ – we are intending for it to be a memorial piece for one of our graffiti community members who passed away last week. He went by the name “Animal.” We just started,…

Painting with Mission Colors

Jessica Joy Jirsa paints urban landscapes from the Mission and San Francisco. She gets to know people who live in the areas she paints because they see her on their way to and from home. “I started this on Tuesday and came back today. I was daring it to rain!” Despite the cold when she started the painting, the colors in her painting are warm, fitting for the hot day…

Preferably booking life

Alvin Orloff, manager, Dog Eared Books [Today’s been] the same as always: buy books, sell books, shelve books, price books, rearrange books, look at books, recommend books, help people find books. The minute I was shown books, I preferred them to reality instantly. I’m absolutely introverted. People who like books are the easiest people to be around. Most of the people coming here are very civil in a way that…

SF State studying, Farina working

Nina and Evan Mission Local: What are you all up to today? Evan: We’ve been here since 11:30 Nina: [Today] was okay. We’ve had busier days. Evan: It’s hot out, so… Nina: We have outside seating, so when there’s nice weather, people come out. Evan: We can make $200 in check tips. Nina: On a really good lunch. Mission Local: Are you all students or doing other stuff on the…

Freelancing, starting up

Ross, freelance programer, interviewed at Sycamore Bar I’m doing web development. I was commissioned to do a subcontract for a website which is a bit of a instagram/Tumblr/Instatumblrgrambook. I’m a freelancer, so I have to get my clients by word of mouth. He came through craigslist. I’ve been freelancing about 4 years now. I’ve worked at a few startups. I would not like to mention their names because I was…

Keeping busy

Patricia , Cashier/shopkeeper, K&D Market I’m working here five years now, but I live in Daly City. Today, I got in at around 12 and get off at around 8. Right now, I’m separating coins. Normally it’s really quiet. Somedays, there are crazy people. But usually, it’s okay. Around 6 to 7, it’s crazy. We sell a lot of beers and wines. I like it better when it’s crowded. Otherwise…

Wrenching bikes

Julio Magana,Munroe Motors I’m a motorcycle technician. I fix bikes. I got here at nine o’clock, and head out at six. I guess I’ve been wrenching ever since I was a kid. We started riding dirt bikes when I was really young. My parents kind of got me into it. And I started doing it more and more for like, fifteen years. And then I worked on all my race…

Keeping Shop

My name is Samur Imseeh. I work here (Samiramis Imports) every day, almost thirteen hours a day. I get in at 8 o’clock. I get the fresh bread, I get the fresh vegetable#s. I do the olives, I open the fresh cheeses. Anything not clean, I clean it. Mostly, everyday, the same thing. I am Palestinian originally. I’ve been [to the US] before. Two months here. Six months there. For…

Volunteering for my aunt

Kin Lee, at the Western Donut and Chinese Food shop at 2034 Mission St. I had lunch. I sold some BART tickets. Right now I’m writing Chinese letters on a glass window with an expo marker. They represent “fast food”. My aunt asked me to do this. She owns this place (Western Donut and Chinese Food). My uncle started it, and my aunt is mostly behind the counter. I work…

Making bags

Jared Fickel, Retail Operations Manager Today we’re just selling Mission Workshop products and handing out free coffee. I got here at nine so that I could set up the coffee booth. And then we opened at 10 and we’ve been doing this all day long. I’ve been working with Mission Workshop for almost a year now. We opened this store in November of 2014 so that was the big project….

It’s a beautiful thing

Cookie Gonzalez, Muralist We’re working on the Chata Gutierrez mural. Today we’re just cleaning up the lines, making sure everything is fine tuned. Then we’re going to seal the drawing. Next week we’re ready to paint. This one was a long time coming. It’s dedicated to Chata Gutierrez, who was a local DJ on community radio/people’s radio KPOO 89.5 PM. For 40 years she did a show every Saturday called…

Pablo Ruiz, nomadic painter

I’ve been volunteering with Precita Eyes since I got to San Francisco like 2 and a half weeks ago. I’m a traveling painter, so I’m working my way up from Bolivia to here. It took half a year. I went by land. Move a little. Make a little money. I’ve been painting…doing murals, commissions, mostly murals. Coming up the coast, and just living off of that. I’m from Bolivia. I…

Printing at Ape Do Good

Printing at Ape Do Good Alyssa Townsend, Printmaker, Ape Do Good Screen Printing I do a variety of things [here]: sales, graphic design, making ink, ordering all the garments, things like that. I’m from Orange County. I moved here when I was 18 for school. That was 7 years ago. I’m in Oakland now. [The arts] were something I was interested in from a really young age. I always used…

This Week’s Edition

“Is there a big comic book culture in the Mission?” “There’s a big comic book culture everywhere.” More Missionites!

Podcast bonding

“He’s my nephew. He’s visiting from San Jose for the first time. He just turned 16.” “Are you going to do anything to celebrate?” “Well we’re always trading podcasts – we love podcasts – so we’re going to go listen to one in a theatre. It’s streaming from New York!” More Missionites!

At work, barely

“I actually managed to make it to work on time today. I woke up really late for work, but my bus rocked it down the street. That was awesome.” More Missionites!

Squirrel Makes Buttons

Kevin Cheeseman, also known as “Squirrel,” makes buttons in his tiny Treat Avenue shop-meets-factory. “I like helping people be creative,” he says. He’ll make you just one button, or 10,000. “I don’t do minimums, ’cause I don’t think you should have to have a lot of money to get your message out there.” When kids walk by, they’re fascinated by the tubs of button ingredients and strange machines, and he’s happy…

Hauling The Heavy Load

“That pallet was heavy! You know what’s in those boxes? Sand!”Tommi Watson is a forklift driver, as well as “everything else” at Corporate Fulfillment Systems, Inc., which ships just about anything. The sand purveyor who is sending literal tons of sand around the nation stumbled across the firm when she looked in on the garage sale stationed at the Treat Avenue side of the warehouse. More Missionites!

California State of Mind

“I used to live in New York. There’s too much going on in New York.” More Missionites!

Stretching

John says he’s been stretching for more than a year now. He does it – 15 minutes on each leg – before he goes to work at the nearby U-Save Plumbing and Hardware store where he has worked for 25 years. A year ago when he started stretching, he could not get his leg up to the bar, he says. Now, no problem. Okay, timer’s off – time to go…

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