A Tourist in My Own City, Writing My Own Guide

Despite my recent grumblings about the paper quality of Moleskines, I’m pleased enough with the design to have a few in my current rotation. I’m embarrassed by how many notebooks I have started right now, each with its own dedicated purpose, at least vaguely. The one that I’m most intrigued by as a project is the Moleskine City Notebook for San Francisco. The idea is simple: they provide the basic ingredients of a city guide, the rest is essentially blank.

Street MapThere are sections for restaurants and events and itineraries, but this suggested layout is fairly vague, and the sections with tabs for easy reference come with labels for covering over the prefab choices with one’s own. The only parts that are specific to the cities the City Notebooks cover are the maps in the front. The San Francisco City Notebook has a Bay Area freeway map, a BART map, a City streetmap, MUNI Metro system diagram and a 16-page street index referencing the streetmaps. The City, as you can imagine, is too big to fit on one 3″ × 5″ page, or even a two-page spread. The City is therefore separated into fifteen submaps, each given a two-page spread.

Well, having a map is always handy, right? I like the idea that I can have all my location-specific information and musings and facts and things handy. I collect San Francisco trivia, so what better place to keep it? I’ve taken a few notes on restaurants and created a tabbed section for motorcycle shops so that I can keep the names of the people at those shops straight, even the ones I only meet in passing. When I was collecting the information for my recent 120 Years Ago/Sierra Street post I drew a rough map to try to get it all straight.

I don’t know how I’ll use it all, and I’m in no hurry to fill it up. I do admit that I really like this little book and I hope to have some really interesting SF-related stuff in it in the not too distant future.

Steven Scotten
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