Many, 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.
Now that we’re deep into the start of rainy season, not to mention the Xmas Holidays, I don’t expect requests for any “just show up” tours, but if something gets penciled in I’ll let you know right here.
I have been doing a few groups by appointment — one for a Fritz Leiber Tour got rained out the first date that was selected, then they lucked into nice weather for the make-up date. A Hammett Tour concentrating on just The Maltese Falcon sites hit the mean streets on a day threatened with rain — but we all sported hats and trench coats, so what the hell, we were ready. Got through that one rain free, but the winter drizzle set in as soon as I said Adios to the group.
Photo below: me in Union Square backed up by the St. Francis Hotel: