Thursday, April 24, 2008

An Entry 14 years in the Making

For those Wrinkle in Time Fans, I'm going to pull a Mrs. Who for this entry – using the words of others to capture my feelings.

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same

The thing is, I'm the one who stayed. I came here in 1994 and saw friend after friend move away for a job, grad school, family or just because they didn't like the weather. But I stayed. There's something about DC that feels like home. Maybe it's the scale of the city. Maybe it's the fact that we talk about elections in the same way we talk about sports. Whatever it was, DC wasn't just a place to live.

DC has been really good to me. I sort of stumbled into a career where I get to make change. I found things to do – singing, quilting, playing tennis. I came out. I got my heart broken. Multiple times. I broke hearts. Far fewer times. I found the love of my life and got married. We turned 30. Turned 35.

We built a life together that involved friends, family, and food. We lived in a group house and then we moved to an apartment by ourselves. Another apartment by ourselves on Capitol Hill. And finally a house in Cheverly with a real dining room table. We threw dinner parties. We found the best group of friends anyone could possibly ask for.

Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap

It started as just an idea. Nothing firm. No plan. Just kicking around the thought of moving to the Bay Area. As ideas went, it looked like something far in the distance if it were to happen at all. It was more of a joke than anything else. Wouldn't it be fund to work in San Francisco? We could pay $3000 in rent for a studio! Hahaha.

But then we both had job opportunities with places that we wanted to work. We looked at Craigslist and saw some two bedrooms in our price range. And we visited and spent time with June and Muffin and Rebecca 1.0 and Bellisima. At some point, it felt less like walking away from this awesome life we built in DC and more like walking towards a new adventure.

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity

Then we both started applying. By February, I got a job offer from an organization in Oakland that allowed me to work from home until June and J was interviewing for four different positions in San Francisco. The weird thing was we kept seeing all of these signs for us to move. One night we turned on the TV and PBS was doing a travelogue on the Bay Area. Another day we turned on the Food Network and THEY did a travel show on San Francisco. And then we turned on Lifetime and saw the series finale of the Golden Girls where Dorothy marries the guy from Airplane! in the ugliest wedding dress ever made.

I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you can't pull me down...

We did fall in love with San Francisco. Really all it took was an afternoon at the Ferry Plaza farmer's market. Then Bellisima, who works as a beverage manager at a high end wine bar took us to dinner and showered us with free wine. Then we went to dinner with my brother at his friend's restaurant, Maritime East and J got to taste Dungeness crab. And then J had a burrito in the Mission District.

Beyond the food, was a city with views. We thought about weekend mornings driving ten minutes to the beach or driving across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood forest.

I'm Limited
Together we're unlimited
Together we'll be the greatest team
There's ever been, Glinda,
Dreams the way we planned 'em
If we work in tandem

So here we go. We'll definitely be in the Bay Area by June. My piece of reassurance about this whole things is that I came to DC with a little bit of family in the area and that was it. J and I head to Oakland will each other, great jobs, June and Muffin, and Rebecca 1.0 and Bellisima. We've both been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of two community organizations we love and respect. There are a zillion farmer's markets and hopefully a good CSA we can join. Hopefully, we can find a place that can accommodate our dining room table. Hopefully we can build a circle of friends to eat around the dining room table.

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately -
Ev'ryone deserves the chance to fly

Mixed in with the sadness is a huge amount of gratitude. J and I would have never met if it weren't for DC. We wouldn't have started this blog and met awesome people like Scotte, Jason, and Stef.

There will always be a piece of me in DC. This city has sustained me in a zillion ways. I get a clench in my stomach about leaving this city and our friends but as I've told many a person who's left this city before me, the sadness means that you actually did something. Leaving is already hurting like hell because I know there will always be a piece of me in DC.

Tell them how I
Am defying gravity!
I'm flying high
Defying gravity!


ScottE. said...

And thank you for being friends as well!

A very touching post and a truly exciting adventure lays ahead of you. This fall is my 10th anniversary in DC and all of the greatest things in my life have happened here.

Best wishes to you both. But consider yourselves charged...we want photos and stories of the foodie paradise the Bay Area will provide you.

Godspeed DC Food Blog Boiz!

ScottE. said...

And thank you for the's replaced the crappy songs in my head!!!

Barbara said...

You will be sorely missed in the DC Blogs community, especially at our next pot luck. We get out to SF periodically to visit our daughter, so maybe we can meet up at one of the great Bay area restaurants. Good luck in your move West!

Stef said...

DC's loss will definitely be SF's gain. I hope they take good care of you guys out there! And expect to see some of us East Coasters every once in a while, cuz you're giving us an excuse to come check out the Bay Area foodie culture!

And, seriously, I kid you not - my word verification RIGHT NOW is sfwax. What more can I say?

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I just discovered you guys after recently starting my own food blog! I am unbelievably happy for you but sad that I never got to meet you (fellow food bloggers say you're very wonderful people...and you mentioned my favorite show of all time - Golden Girls - and movie - Airplane - in the same sentence). Good luck in San Fran!

Addie said...

Congrats on the new journey! I enjoy reading you guys and would loooove an incarnation of the blog SF style when you get there and settled. :)

bettyjoan said...

Congrats on the jobs and the move and everything! Even though you'll miss DC (and I'm sure it will miss you), I know you'll love San Fran. Barzelay and my sister (who you met at the potluck) are moving out there in 3 weeks, so definitely look them up. Best wishes!!!

Barbara said...

Ok, I am REALLY behind in reading your're moving!? Good luck with everything. And keep blogging once you're settled in to your new home.