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43. RAW MATERIAL

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INTO THE UNKNOWN

I had come to a dead-end in Ojai.  I was naive and inexperienced.  In the summer of 1973, I packed up and moved to San Francisco.  As a 28-year-old, I had much catching up to do.
I arrived in the city as a blank slate...with no 'game plan', no place to live, and no job prospects.

I had only one immediate thought in mind...to find someplace to live.  And as I knew nothing of San Francisco neighborhoods and districts, I had no idea of where to begin to look.  But I did have help in the person of one friend...and that was enough...


ALAIN

Alain had moved to 'The City' three years before---after leaving Jon and I at our little ashram in Meiners Oaks.  He was giving lectures on spiritual life, teaching music and piano, as well as beginning a practice in homeopathy.

Being cosmopolitan, Alain was city-savvy in general, and San Francisco-savvy in particular.  His knowledge was an incredible resource: he knew good shops and businesses throughout the city---like great …