On our visit to Park Life last week, Grace and I came across this little jewel of a book called "Mundane Journeys: A Field Guide to Color" by Kate Pocrass. It's a cool little guidebook of San Francisco that takes you on a tour of the "easily overlooked, everyday details" in the city--from sending you to a corner on Geary and 18th to admire posters to going into building to stare at the floor numbers. It gives you an alternative, color-infused look at the city and an appreciation for the endless discoveries around you if you just paid more attention. Best of all, supported by a grant from the SF Arts Commission, the book is only $5. We found the book late in the day, so Grace and I didn't have a chance to embark on any mundane journeys. Darn.
To learn more about Kate's project: go to her website. She also gives bus tours and if that wasn't enough, she has a hotline you can call if you're just itching for a new mundane mission. Seriously, every city should have a guidebook like this. Hopefully Kate will expand into other cities!
On random side note: I keep imagining that the cover of this book should have a photograph of a flower-filled grassy meadow or a couple wheat stalks against a clear blue sky. Why? Because the title "Mundane Journeys" makes me think of "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handy. Maybe there will be a sequels to Kate's books like Mundaner Journeys and Mundanest Journeys...(I know mundaner and mundanest aren't proper words. Just play along.)