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PictureFanny Renoir outside Caffe Triest - North Beach, SF 2016
Fanny Renoir's childhood was spent wandering among Humboldt County's giant redwoods, reading Marcel Proust and chasing rainbows in search of elusive pots of gold.

Fanny attempted to live a conventional life, but the temptation of the hippie movement finally caught up with her in 1971 when she stood on the side of the road with her thumb out to hitchhike around America. Fanny's road and acid trips took her to an ashram in Tuscon, a Pensacola police station, Nashville night clubs and even a short stay at Ken Kesey's Oregon farm.

Setting out looking for signs along the "Hippie Trail" Fanny took the road less traveled in search of enlightenment only to encounter beautiful souls and a few sadistic psychos - she discovered that being on the road could be both happy and harrowing.

Following her dream of being a writer, poet and artist, Fanny eventually made her way to San Francisco's North Beach and soon found a home, literally and figuratively, at the famed Caffe Triest. Thirty-Two years later, she's a neighborhood fixture and can often be found hosting art and music shows, or holding court at the Caffe with a cadre of artistic souls and neighborhood eccentrics.

Despite being in the neighborhood for seven years, our paths would often cross, but only recently did we meet for the very first time. Now, in this episode of the Passport Podcast, Fanny shares her remarkable story with us, and it's truly an enlightening adventure.

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To Hell and Back is not your typical travel adventure, but it will take you on a wild ride through the life journey of a man who is lucky to be alive today.

If you ever thought that you had a rough childhood, or the world somehow dealt you a bad hand, then this episode may make you reevaluate your own situation.

To Hell and Back, Part-1 features the compelling life story of actor/author Manny Fernandez.

Beginning in the late 1980's To Hell and Back is a wild tale of dysfunction and despair for a young boy as he navigates the poor relationship choices of his mother who divorces from Manny's father and takes up with a string of drug dealers and abusive addicts. These poor decisions expose young Manny to a life of violent crime beyond what most people can even imagine, much less survive to tell about it.

Manny is taught to fight violently his way through life. Incredibly, he is forced to smoke crack cocaine at just 11 years old and it's all downhill from there with a young Manny dropping out of school at 14. Manny then begins working at fast food jobs to help support the family before he eventually becomes homeless, hitting the streets and becoming an East Bay gang member and living a life that spirals out of control.

Hear this incredible tale of survival and what it means to be exposed to sociopaths, drug addicts and violent criminals starting at just eight years old. Manny takes us on a wild journey of near-death experiences, gun fights, solitary confinement and bruising battles just to stay alive on the mean streets of the East Bay and in California's juvenile detention centers.

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(Coming Soon) Checkout Part-2 where Manny hits rock bottom and turns his life around through an inspiring transformation.

Manny is now pursuing an acting career and is currently turning his life story into a compelling one man play. Manny is also an author and you can purchase his books and short stories onLulu.com  and Amazon.com

 
 
PictureActor/Author Manny Fernandez
What does it mean to hit rock bottom? If you are down and out how low does one have to go before there is nowhere else to go, but up?

For our guest, Manny Fernandez, his life on the mean streets of the East Bay in-between trips to California's Juvenile Detention Centers led to existing one day to the next without much hope for the future or value for life.

After a violent fight over a girl and getting kicked out of his mom's house for the last time, Manny lands back with his drug dealing step-dad, Mike until one afternoon when the Sheriff's Department busts down the door and hauls Mike away to jail. At just 17 years old, Manny finds himself left to squat alone and living in fear that a rival gang would hunt him down and take his life and that of his family. The life of violence, drugs and crime finally catch up with him after a decade of dysfunction and desperation.

Until one night when Manny takes a walk around the block that changes his life forever. Listen to Part 2 to hear how he turns his life around and puts him on the path to redemption.

Manny's compelling personal narrative touches everyone who hears it and part 2 provides an inconceivable yet inspiring message of hope and perseverance that may lead you to reevaluate your trials, tribulations and triumphs along the path of life.

Thanks for Listening and please Like and Share Manny's remarkable story.