Just a quickie today… what I love about America and makes my heart swell. The two smiling people – and they are ALWAYS smiling – in the above photo are Lydia and Joseph. They have been serving up simple, awesome and incredibly reasonably priced Japanese lunches to patrons in San Francisco from their modest Jackson Square walk-in deli for 25 years. On any given day there’s a line out the door and down Pacific Avenue as customers wait to order Chicken Teriyaki over rice with a side of salad… for $6!
Lydia and Joseph are first generation Americans and for my money are living the American dream. Today, with even huger smiles than usual, they apologized that they would not be open on Friday. Turns out they have to drive their son Justin to Los Angeles as he checks in for his freshman year at UCLA!!! And as if just getting into UCLA isn’t enough, Justin plans on studying biochem. Come on dude, try pushing yourself a little!
While congratulating Joseph, I asked him he had any mixed feelings as he frequently wears a Cal t-shirt. He said to me “My son told me I have to to stop wearing it…. but I’ll still wear it! GO BEARS!”
So to Justin I say congrats on getting accepted to UCLA! To Lydia and Joseph congrats to you on raising a great kid. And thank you. Not just for years of great food, but most importantly, thank you for reminding us the American dream is alive and well.