Elvis on a Sunny Sunday Morning San Francisco

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!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Elvis on a Sunny Sunday Morning San Francisco

  1. Hey Lloyd!!

    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.

    ~~Bearded Barista

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