I’m at Ritual Roasters on Valencia Street. I used to totally love the place, great baristas (creme, crema), great baked goods, sunny side of street Mission district location, rockin’ wi-fi (no password required, why don’t more places do this I mean, c’mon…). Then it got redesigned, I didn’t like as well, but this morning it seems in another incarnation. Four elegant (all tall) counter people, every one of them with something going. Creamy creme-y latte, flaky almond croissant, AND this great music, sounded like a real hot singer doing an Elvis cover, say like Lyle Lovett doing “Stand By Your Man.” No, I was told, this was early Elvis. It’s really pure. I just ordered a CD of “Elvis at Sun”, and what looks to be a great compilation of DVD footage and CDs: https://www.amazon.com/Presley-Elvis-At-Sun-Records/dp/B003D4D2QO/ref=sr_1_1_vod_1_pur?ie=UTF8&qid=1321209228&sr=8-1
And took a chance and bought a vinyl lp (AmazonUK) titled “The Sun Years LP – Elvis Presley” for about $22 delivered. No description of it. I’m about to look for a good turntable. I’m glad I didn’t throw out my LPs. Hey, there’s a quality in vinyl beyond what digital can do…duh! One of these days I’m going to write an article about all the ways that people are discovering the good in the old. Finding the right balance…
I love this city!
Is it me, or does Elvis look like Paul Mcartney in that photo? Keep in mind that I am drinking as I type this.
I always read about your various adventures at cafes in the city, but I don't think I've ever seen you at the one I work at. Come into FourBarrel on a Saturday morning, and I'll play that Elvis LP for you and make you a killer capp!! We can talk shop about turntables and cameras and many other things I am sure. No wireless, unfortunately, but hopefully there will be other more rewarding ventures.