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24 Pelican Calls is a series of conversations conducted between November 19, 2009 and January 3, 2010 through a public payphone operated by The Pelican Group on 24th street in front of the former Izalco restaurant. It chronicled life in the neighborhood by calling at random times and engaging  whomever answered. Excerpts of these conversations were posted on the widows of the restaurant  in the form of banners.  A project by Jerome Waag with Amanda Eicher, part of Triple Base “Art in Storefront” and “24th street Promenade” programs.

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1:45 pm

Yes … this is my neighborhood … I’ve lived here for about a year ……………………… I actually became homeless in New York … and I moved in with family here…My family bought me a ticket and brought me back here ………………………………… it’s changed a lot … It’s much better … much cleaner than in the 70’s … You saw too much crime then … Now police are riding around, that’s good … Lots of people are walking on the street…it’s a lot cleaner and safer …………………………….. there’s a place under the Bayshore freeway ……….. there used to be so many people there … 50 or more … Now I go through there every Sunday to go to the flea market … and maybe I see one or two people there

10:54 pm

I lived in this house for 7 years … so this has been my neighborhood for a really long time …………………. I remember when I first moved here I was dating a guy who is half mexican ……….. he kind of showed me around this block …………………. he said to me … you might be the whitest girl that I know ………………….. before I really knew what’s going on here …………… and I think he kind of opened up my eyes to the street and I really appreciate that about him ………………………. nothing specific …………… everyday occurrences ………………… oh yeah … absolutely … I think it has changed incredibly … there are a lot more places for white people to go on this street ……………… like I said I lived here for 7 years so it’s good for me … a person that lived here for 20 years … that is not a white person might think it’s not so great ……………………. I am not sure what was going on in those spaces before they were catering to the hipsters … I am not sure ………………. it’s still a good mix ………………….. it’s not completely overrun yet … I don’t know if it will ever be … I don’t think it could be because it’s a very good mix of people living in this neighborhood

12:54 pm

I know … I know … speak english … speak english … I already …………….. no … voy caminando aquí y oyé que el teléfono llamaba … yo pensaba que alguien estaba llamando para ayuda …………………………….. vivo en san francisco pero no vivo aquí ……………………………. lo que haya aquí … se encuentra murales … eso es una area muy cultural …………………………….. aca estoy en frente de un mural de latinos de varias paises … es un mural de latinos que viven en otros paises …………………. no … no … solamente que yo veo esto mural muy frecuentamente …………….. voy a mí trabajo aquí en la calle 24 ……………. en un restaurante ………………………. la torta loca ……………………………..no … alla no pasaba nada … todo tranquilo … todo bien … solamente negocios … y eso es todo por lo bien

[no, I was just walking and I heard that the telephone was ringing … I thought someone was calling for help … I live in san francisco but not here … what you have here … you see lots of murals … it’s a very cultural area … here I’m in front of a mural of Latinos from various countries … it’s a mural of Latinos living in other countries … no … I just see it often … I go to my work here on 24th street … in a restaurant … la torta loca … no … nothing happens there … it’s all quiet … it’s all good … just business … and that’s for the best]

6:00 pm

…[Art in Storefront] I don’t know nothing about that ………………..yeah [this is my neighborhood] ……………. No [favorite place] … I roll everywhere !

11:15 pm

… I’m technically homeless … but I have a place where I stay here in the mission ………………. it’s not my neighborhood but it’s my favorite neighborhood right now……. my favorite neighborhood used to be North Beach but now………………………………….. It’s a long story – it’s an alternative kind of living where I don’t have to pay rent ….. and in the process, you meet lots of interesting people who live on the street …….. it’s kind of a spiritual place they live in … a real interesting perspective …………………… I’m going to try to get inside again soon … maybe I’ll take what I learned and try to get into politics eventually ………………………………………. I don’t know if you know, you called the pay phone here … there’s an AA place right here and I just walked out and the phone was ringing …………………………What’s your name? ………………………………. Mine’s Paul … thanks for the phone call.

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 10:14 am

… no, I don’t have time to answer any questions, I only listened, ringing ringing, so I answered ………………… no, I don’t speak Spanish ……. or OK OK hablamos ………………. estoy aqui, pero puro mojado pues no tenía ganas de hablar en espanol

……………………… yo vivo allí en 22 y Potrero pues no, no es mi vecindario ………… encuentro aca para jugar futbol con mi amigo, vive en 24 y folsom …………………….. no tengo historias, solo … ………………aca muchos han muerto – yo soy……. choque!…………………………………… no, no, en serio, yo soy soltero y busco una novia …….. soy un novio, buscando una novia …………………………… si usted tiene uno, cortelo – podemos hablar mas una vez

[ok we can talk but i am here purely illegally so i didn’t want to speak in spanish … I live over at 22 and potrero so this isn’t my neighborhood … I meet my friend here to play football, he lives at 24 and folsom … no stories, only … that many people have died here … I am … CHOQUE! … Seriously, though, I am single, and I’m looking for a girlfriend … I’m a boyfriend, and I’m looking for a girlfriend … If you have a boyfriend, then drop him – we can talk more then. ]

1:50 pm

… the guy who was here … he is gone …………………………………………. I tell you … the guy is gone … sorry man

10:33 pm

yoooooo ….. wowowowow … yo ! …………………………………. hey man … you called a payphone ………………………. you know that ? ……………………… I have to get somewhere … sorry !

8:47 pm

… [I see] beautiful murals … beautiful victorian houses ………. it’s a lovely night … all colors … faces … black … white … brown ………………… [I hear] airplanes overhead … people walking ………… definitely familiar … feels like home to me … no it’s not my neighborhood but I come here twice a week …….. last thing I ate was a burrito … actually it was a torta which is a mexican hamburger … beef … loaded … fully loaded ……….. walgreens is my favorite store here

8:03 pm

[I bought] a wig … I didn’t really like it

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