The crowd murmurs with expectation inside of the theatre. Everyone is seated within a few moments as the white noise turns to silence. Darkness cloaks the audience while the curtain opens to reveal
My Favorite Neighborhood in Oakland Writing Contest
The crowd murmurs with expectation inside of the theatre. Everyone is seated within a few moments as the white noise turns to silence. Darkness cloaks the audience while the curtain opens to reveal a person standing front and center. They are not easy to see, but one can glimpse the spark of a lighter when they light a cigar at their mouth.
“Without a doubt, my favorite neighborhood
The voice of a young man rings around the room as the darkness turns to
“There was nothing else in the world like San Francisco pizza’s chicken street tacos. In high school, I often met anxiety about having a small amount of money to spend for lunch, but when I first saw the $2 taco sign on the window I was skeptical. Something told me to give it a try and I’m
Lucas laughs before he pauses to puff on his cigar,
“Authentic Mexican food at a pizza
He sighs and looks out at the audience as if gazing into the distance,
“It’s all good though! Memories will suffice.”, he smiles and the audience exudes a low chuckle.
“Downtown Oakland is a melting pot for the rich and poor, so there needs to be delicious food available at everyone’s convenience. No matter how I feel or what I have going on for the day, I need an unbeatable price & security. If I want to experiment, I can walk into
Lucas puts his cigar out on the ashtray sitting next to him atop a stool. He puts his hands in his pockets and shrugs.
“However,” he smiles, “don’t get me wrong I wasn’t always an expert when it comes to this. I was born in the town, but I’ve lived other places throughout my life and keeping track of where to eat in a city where change is strong wasn’t easy. Some places like Golden Lotus are in the same spot since I was a little kid, but others move locations or shut down due to lack of resources. I decided a long time ago school lunches are garbage and I deserve better. I have an indomitable passion for food, so I began an expedition to find the best bites downtown at a reasonable price. One of my favorite spots was a small hole in the wall where two women were poised at the grill making dreams come true. Walking into ‘Catered to You’ was always a great touch to my day, as I loved seeing the owners smile while inhaling the most delicious scents. A chicken sandwich and fries
He walks to the edge of the stage and sits down, letting his feet hang over and swing back and forth.
“The best part of Downtown Oakland would have to be the overwhelming nostalgia I receive whenever I’m there. Seeing the Fox Theatre next to Rudy’s cafe reminds me of when I was young and shamelessly hopeful. I am in awe of how such a seemingly chaotic city never fails to make me feel at peace.”
The audience stands and cheers as Lucas gives a humble bow before the room goes black.
Written by : ASG
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