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Posted by Donna Dale Elliott on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 20:03:41 :

All of my memories of San Francisco are also my childhood memories as I was born and raised in San Francisco; now I live just a short fifteen minutes away from my childhood home on Eleventh Avenue.
All of the attractions, landmarks and events of the city were apart of my daily life, although our visitor were amazed how big our Victoria house was, that there was no space between the buildings, the streets, the street cars, the buses, how big our swimming pools were, how step the hills were, the traffic and of course all those strange people. My Grandmother tells the story when her Grandfather came to the visit from Oklahoma for two weeks, he left in two days saying “Anyone would have to be nuts to live here.” He never returned.
Our visiting family were always so amazed at our wonderful city, “It’s a great place to visit but I would not want to live here” That was until I starting traveling to other places and saw and experience what I took for granted as being normal, was not normal in other state. We were truly different from so many other cities. I was amazed that anyone would want to live anywhere else. I love the City and all it has to offer.
If I were to move to anywhere to grow old, and if I was sitting on a porch somewhere, thinking of my life. There is one thing that would stand out from all of the rest about San Francisco. One thing I would reminisce about and miss the most would be the diversity. The diversity of its people and their lifestyles. The acceptance of each other, the live and let live attitude mixed in with the attitude that children, our earth and people need to be protected. The right to speak our minds, share our thoughts and to be encouraged to be ourselves. We expect to be the best and we are. San Francisco and the San Francisco Peninsula have the most creative and intelligent people.

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