200 words on 2 years in Oakland

This is a true story of life in the Town

Lindsay McComb
Nov 22, 2015 · 1 min read
Foot on the gas / I’m just trying to pass / All the red lights /And the stop signs

This is a true story of things that really happened. How we left Korea almost three years ago after two years living abroad. It was San Francisco or New York, and I just had a feeling about Oakland.

So we came to Oakland. And things were really difficult at first. At first we couldn’t find jobs that paid enough of the bills and we couldn’t the right people at the right time. Just the wrong ones. But we pushed though the year and persevered.

And things got better and also a little worse. And my brothers came to live with us for awhile. They came West for better lives, but I worry that things also got a little worse for them, too.

We found better people and better opportunities, and we kept writing. I drank lots of coffee in hip little cafes on this side of the Bay and the other. I went back to school.

We went to the beach sometimes, but it was always freezing, and I still haven’t been back to Oregon.

We went to the hospital too many times in two years, but that’s life, I guess. It’s life in Oakland, and it’d be life anywhere.

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