“I can already smell how fantastic the coffee smells up on Market Street, only one more day, just a few short hours, until Friday. Welcome to San Francisco ladies and gentlemen, Embarcadero Station.” — BART train operator this morning.
Every day the Embarcadero BART station is verbally announced when I step off of it in San Francisco. Most of the time it’s announced in a very fast curt muffled, “Embarcadero Station.” But every so often you get something more personalized when you hit the station, like the greeting that I heard above this morning. It makes me happy that someone would in their own little way try to send off 1,000 or so commuters with a positive message to their morning. That someone sees the world so optimistically and has to share that with someone else. I don’t know much about the man who said those words. I could tell that he was black from his accent. That was about it. I wish I knew who he was so that I could take his portrait and say thanks for his generous spirit.