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One For Paul, One For………..

February 9th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

So yesterday Vanessa and Izze and I forayed into North Beach. I actually found a parking place on Grant St. which augured well. We went into St. Francis Of Assisi where Paul used to pray regularly.

The girls on the steps of St. Francis

The girls on the steps of St. Francis

This is a beautiful little cathedral and it had been many years since I had been inside.

Calm and serene

Calm and serene

I headed for the candles…

One for Paul, and one for Signe too!

One for Paul, and one for Signe too!

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

We stayed for a while in the cool quiet and then headed across the street to the Cafe Trieste.

Another kind of sacrament... coffee, and an almond croissant

Another kind of sacrament... coffee, and an almond croissant

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

Yeah Paul… I missed your presence.

I stopped at the coffee counter and bought some beans to take home.

Good times

Good times

Too bad I never got to show Paul my Aeropress Coffee maker. He would have dug it.

Time marches on… and so do we.


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  1. Ham n Eggs
    February 10th, 2016 at 08:31 | #1

    Lord make me a channel of your peace…
    PeaceLove All Ways
    And coffee too

  2. johno
    February 10th, 2016 at 10:03 | #2

    I’m sure Paul had the parking spot waiting for you.

  3. John Lankes
    February 10th, 2016 at 11:20 | #3

    Here is the link to Caffe Trieste’s Paul Kantner tribute: http://coffee.caffetrieste.com/in-memoriam-paul-kantner-1941-2016

  4. Joey Hudoklin
    February 10th, 2016 at 14:13 | #4

    Well done Jorma, Vanessa, & Izze.

  5. Steve Duddy
    February 10th, 2016 at 14:39 | #5

    Thanks, Jorma, for your sweet remembrance of Paul.

  6. Hogan
    February 11th, 2016 at 07:03 | #6

    Very nice Jorma…May they rest in peace.

  7. Mitch Spector
    February 11th, 2016 at 10:21 | #7

    Beautiful Jorma !!
    May Paul rest in peace ..
    Have a great time while out on the road .
    Best of everything to you and your amazing family.
    Your family to me for sure ..
    Peace .

  8. February 11th, 2016 at 12:51 | #8

    All I can say is –
    You guys&girls are class acts.
    There’s a Catholic church(St.Pauls?) across from a park and SF rock poster shop where Joe DiMaggio went that we always stop in to visit when we are in the Bay Area.
    Peace &Serenity be yours

  9. Nick L. Eakins
    February 11th, 2016 at 18:42 | #9

    I first met Paul at the Trieste about 11 years ago. I can understand why he loved the place. Their particular brand of “roofing tar” makes it worthwhile to visit North Beach as well as City Lights and the USA(Sicilian)Cafe, both just around the corner from the Trieste. I do the USA for lunch and Tratttoria Contadina for dinner. The MUNI bus takes me through Chinatown and goes to Union Square, not far from my usual hotel. My last time out, I rode the cable car to Lombard Street and walked down it to North Beach. Very pleasant.

  10. Matt
    February 12th, 2016 at 14:34 | #10

    Nice post.

  11. Raymond Arritt
    February 13th, 2016 at 00:01 | #11

    Greg Martelli, from your description that would be St. Peter and Paul Church. It’s right across from Washington Square Park (which is where the cover photo to “Trout Fishing in America” was taken, if you’re up on your 60’s culture).

  12. Kevin
    February 16th, 2016 at 13:56 | #12

    I honestly can’t imagine what it would be like to lose three wonderful friends and colleagues within such a short period.

    Somehow, “My condolences” and “You have my sympathy” just don’t seem to rise to the occasion.

    There’s no doubt, though, that this is a beautiful and fitting blog entry.

  13. marcus
    February 17th, 2016 at 14:35 | #13

    Such a sad day,you are missed paul and signe,but never will be forgotten,so many years you carried me through good times and bad,im at a loss for words.the airplane and starship have and always will be a staple in my life till the end,someday i look forward to a jam session with spence,signe,paul,and jerry from on high.sorry for the loss we all feeling Jorma sincerly…BTW thank you Jorma for everything you have done and do keeping our spirits up and as always look forward to seeing you next chance i get : ) best regards brother!

  14. Tom Fabry
    January 15th, 2018 at 14:17 | #14

    God bless Brother Paul