After dreamy days of mostly meandering and writing, the end of my stay suddenly starts to bustle with spoken word. Bazaar Cafe on the north side of San Francisco has an Open Mic Night and Mo and I were lucky to both get spots and an appreciative audience. Then I have Skype interview with the very lovely James Nash for podcast out next Friday, then a spot at Cafe Lucca and then on Sunday an interview for KZSC Santa Cruz radio with Kevin Spitzer on his early morning Conciliation Sunday programme. The trip to Santa Cruz, with its sealions, superb surfing beach and buzzy Boardwalk, turns out to be the icing on the sumptuous cake of my California trip - especially the ride up the coast on the back of Kevin's big deep-throaty black BMW.
As well as being a radio presenter with an easy laid-back charm, Kevin is a poet and philosophical entrepreneur, using his experience of native American culture within the bigger picture of his experience of world travels and life generally to create a theory of 'Transformative Re-frames'. We finish our conversations over breakfast at Aldos down by Santa Cruz harbour, and then take Kevin's dog Wing for a walk down to the lighthouse, watching pelicans preening and cormorants diving in the bay.