Friday, February 17, 2006

The Golden what?

Me to parking attendant, downtown San Francisco: “What’s the best way to get back to the 101 towards the Golden Gate?”

Parking attendant: “The what?”

Me: “The Golden Gate Bridge.”

Parking attendant: “That in San Francisco?”

Me: “You’re kidding.”

Parking attendant to co-worker: “Jose! You know where the Golden Gate Bridge is?”

Me: “You’re kidding.”

Parking attendant: “Sorry, maybe try Embarcardero?”

I want to believe he was kidding. I really do. But he wasn’t. How is it possible that anyone who works or lives in San Francisco doesn’t have the vaguest notion of where the only northbound exit out of the city is located?


  1. Because they don't leave the city, and rarely leave their neighborhood?

    Maybe if you'd asked them how to get to the Pacific Ocean.

  2. Maybe because they're new to town, like me. I live here, but I don't know most of the city. However, even I can tell you how to get to the Golden Gate.