Parentheses, exponents, multiply, divide, add, subtract

August 16th, 2003 § Three comments

Please excuse my dear aunt Sally the lack of posting. I have had one of those summer flus that drags on for a week, causing new and frustrating symptoms each day even as you feel generally better. On Thursday, for example, I woke up to discover that some miscreant had filled the left side of my head with cement. Not fun. I am almost over it now, I think.

Last Saturday, just as I was starting to get sick, I spent the afternoon tromping around in the Inner Richmond district in San Francisco, for no particular reason other than a desire to go someplace I had never been. The western part of the city is not densely developed at all, especially compared to the neighborhoods, like North Beach or the Financial District, that most people associate with San Francisco. Even though I knew what to expect in advance, the trip there on the 2 Clement (pronounced “Cluh-MENT,” according to the disembodied voice of Muni) was disorienting; when one is a stone’s throw away from downtown San Francisco, one does not expect to see boxy single-family houses with front yards and narrow sidewalks.

I never made it very far beyond Clement Street, which is sort of what Chinatown would be if you smooshed it out. Clement is known for its restaurants, so for lunch, I tried my first ever Vietnamese sandwich at Little Paris (444 Clement). It wasn’t that great–much too dry for my taste. Most of the other customers were eating steaming bowls of pho, and the smell made me wish I had ordered that instead. My next stop was Green Apple Books (506 Clement), which has an unusually wide range of both used and new books. It’s easily the best used bookstore I have seen in San Francisco (not that I have seen many). Before taking the bus back downtown, I went to one of the many grocery stores on Clement and bought some weird Asian candy, including a bag of those tamarind candies that come with the check at Thai restaurants. Am I the only person on the planet who likes those? Most people seem to think they are at best okay, and I have seen one or two people become nauseated after eating them.

Since my trip to the Richmond, I have been coughing up green goo and finishing my summer classes. Graduate orientation starts this coming Wednesday. Soon I will be planning cities like nobody’s business.

Three comments

  • Lil'Shay Shay says:

    I NEED HELP ON PLEASE EXCUSE MY DEAR AUNT SALLY. SEE, I AM IN THE 9TH GRADE, BUT I SUPPOSE TO BE IN THE 10TH GRADE,I AM 15 YRS OLD. BUT N E WAYZ, CAN U SHOW ME THE STEP TO PLEASE EXCUSE MY DEAR AUNT SALLY. BECAUSE THIS GIRL NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DO THIS. SO PLEASE CAN U HELP A SISTA OUT

  • Jeff says:

    I’m just going to assume that’s a joke.

  • john says:

    do u have to add the exponents in the parenthesis?
    ex. : (6+8x+9x+13x)

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