Monday, January 22

Tacquerias and yuppies

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pretty much sums up the Mission District. That’s where Nicole and I will be hanging our hats come this weekend. After so many long months of planning, packing, moving, traveling, dancing, wedding, and hunting, we are almost ready to start to settle down again. Whew! It’s been quite a tumultuous time. Since May, we have gone on a road trip from Seattle to California; hosted guests while our house collapsed in on itself; enjoyed pina coladas in Tamarindo, Costa Rica; imagined phantom earthquakes; written a new feature for Facebook (not yet released); ascended a mountain on the island of Ometepe in the middle of lake Nicaragua; learned how to pack liquids in carry-on and not get caught; read the full series of Harry Potter books …. oh yeah, and joined two families with a bond of lifelong commitment in the eyes of God. Almost forgot.

Our whirlwind existence is ready to come to an end, or maybe just the beginning? We already are imagining when we are celebrating our 31st year anniversary instead of 31st day, that we’ll reflect on these times and wonder why we did it all at once. And I’m not gonna lie, it’s been stressful. Quite. But I think doing the wedding in the midst of all of this has had its perks as well as its stresses. How wonderful was it to have so many of our close family and friends surrounding us while we go through this? It’s been exhilarating, and it’s all for the purpose of adventure, and living our lives out, so there’s really nothing to complain about.

So – the new apartment. It’s really quite nice, a bit smaller than the previous place (which feels like a mansion in comparison), but still roomy considering that it’s in San Francisco. Hardwood floors, one-bedroom, nice big kitchen, and a place for the bikes – it’s really everything we need. The Mission District is a formerly almost entirely Latino community that has undergone huge gentrification in the past few years. I’m not sure whether Nicole and I are helping the balance or not (I think we’re probably adding to the yuppification of our block). Our windows look out over a school, which is fitting for Nicole – hopefully she can work there or somewhere near there, although that is still up in the air. There are tons of tacquerias, burrito joints, coffee shops, clothing shops, and other stuff we haven’t discovered yet. Yes, folks, this really is the dense urban lifestyle I’ve craved. We’re really excited to move in!

Oh, and the address is 2458A Bryant St, San Francisco CA 94110. There ya have it!

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