Hard Times and Selective Palate’s in Downtown Oakland

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Hard times can happen in a second to anyone. In 2008, millions of Americans who believed they where on a solid ground financially found themselves out of work. Millions lost their homes and cars.

As a result, I’m one of those people who do not take life for granted. I’m always worried about money and security. I have been blessed, complete strangers have helped me during my darkest hours and I’m committed to play it forward. However, you can’t help everyone.

Kwik Way Hamburgers was a local chain in Oakland. Known for their fresh fries and Apple Pies made with fresh apples on site.It was one of those places where you got a lot for a little.

One day, I visited their downtown location for their special. Two cheeseburgers small fries and a coke. At Kwik Way, small fries was like a half a bag of freshly cut fries.

The location was always crowded. At the restaurant a man was asking everyone who drove up for food, he said he was hungry. The crowd ignored him, pretending he didn’t exist, others were annoyed by his very presence

I offered to buy him food. I told him I was going to order another special. He looked at me and said “his mouth was set on the prawn dinner”(The most expensive item on the menu). Heads spun around in disbelief as he declined my offer. He returned to asking new arrivals for food as they drove up.

I wasn’t insulted, he just has a selective palate.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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