Many, many moons have passed since the New York Times write-up and I’m still getting in requests for walks from one or two people, none of them for the same day. Sorry. I don’t do walks each and every day, never have — if I’m leading a tour on a Wednesday it’s because some group or high roller has arranged it. If people want to shell out the big bucks, like Sam Spade my services can be bought.
But as I detail on my groups by appointment page, hauling into town on a weekday for one person for $20 wouldn’t even cover gas and parking. If you plan on coming to San Francisco, then also plan to stay over on a Sunday, give me at least a month notice, and if nothing gets in the way I’ll toss on a walk where anyone can show up at noon for $20 each and take my chances on attendance.
Usually I’d have at least a couple of Sunday walks during October, but the way it fell out this year the Sundays all got penciled in for something else. Of note, I do have a side walk with noir writer Kent Harrington and his translator, rolling in from France — just for them, so Kent can show the guy the Real Stuff and the Mean Streets. (If I were pulling a Watson, I think I’d title that excursion “The Adventure of the Noir Translator.”)
Otherwise, only other groups by appointment are on the near horizon as rainy season looms, but when and if more “just show up” tours make the schedule, I’ll let you know.
Photo below: me in Union Square backed up by the St. Francis Hotel: