So long, and thanks for all the friends

In less than twenty four hours, I’ll be on the road headed back to the East Coast.  I’ve spent the last week or so wrapping up things here in San Francisco: Crossing things off my bucket list, Saying goodbye to friends, and preparing for my cross-country drive back to the East Coast. This is going to be my fourth long distance move and it’s by far the hardest (and for good reason).

To me, San Francisco has become synonymous with transformation. When I moved up to San Francisco from the South Bay area, my life was in complete disarray. I was going through a separation, I was on short-term disability with Pancreatitis, and I knew only a handful of people. For the first two months after moving to the city, I sick and confined to my apartment — leaving only to make quick trips to Walgreens or Target to pick up more “Boost” — my beverage of choice for the feeding tube.

When I was finally cleared to return to work,  I felt as though I had a new lease on life and was ready to take San Francisco head-on.

One of my closest friends, Sceeter, has been here in the city with me during this time. He’s gone through just as much transformation as I have — and it’s been great to watch eachother grow and change over the past few years. When I returned to society in November 0f 2009, I remember him telling me: “We meet so many people all the time! At the rate we’re going, we’re going to know the whole city in no time at all.” And it’s true. I’ve met so many great people through Sceeter and am so blessed to have gotten to spend so much quality time with him and his friends over the past few years in San Francisco. Sceeter introduced me to the NY Ex-Pat group, also known as White Leather Boots, and I’ve enjoyed hanging out and getting to know all of you. You guys are fantastic! I think I am going to have to create a NY-Ex-Ex-Pat group when I get there.

In April of 2010, I joined a kickball team known as the High Rollers (IMHO, San Francisco’s longest-running kickball franchise) through some great friends that I met on JamCruise earlier that year. The Rollers are a great group of people and I will miss them dearly. I play my last game this evening and am hoping to start an east coast chapter upon my arrival in Brooklyn.

Ah, Thanksgiving. Nick, Carmen, Joe, Camille, Chris, Tanya, and everyone else that participated in the annual harvest festival — you’ve been my family the past few years. It’s been a blast and I highly doubt that I’ll find YouTube Karaoke at a Thanksgiving event any time soon. Thanks for making the holiday feel like home.

How could I forget my adventure that I embarked on last Feburary, that I will candidly call the most amazing journey of my life — the Yoga Tree Teacher Training program. Through that program I learned so much about myself as well as met so many people that are part of the Yoga community in San Francisco. It’s been amazing practicing, teaching and assisting with all of you.

For the past few years, I’ve been camping with the greatest group of party animals in Big Meadow at the High Sierra Music festival. Sadly I have to miss High Sierra this year, but I’ll miss camp Cock Awe even more.  I know where to find you guys at every show and it just won’t be the same in New York. I’ll be back next year for sure, so please keep those wickets crispy for me.

I’ll miss the entire music community here in San Francisco. There’s so many people that I’ve come to expect to see at every show, be at at the Boom Boom Room, Fillmore or Independent — the music scene here is amazing. I know that New York will be fun, too, but it’s the California culture that makes music here so much more fun. The shows in NY won’t be nearly as much fun without you guys — and I’m sure I’ll be hard-pressed to find a music venue in New York that gives out Red Delicious apples at every show.

My work friends — you guys rock. From the people I met back in my Mountain View days to the SBO Folk — you guys are awesome and I’ll definitely see you around in New York, MTV, SBO or somewhere in between.

There’s so many amazing people that I’ve come to know and love over the past 3 years, it really blows my mind. I didn’t know anyone when I moved here and now I have such an amazing group of friends, it’s really hard to say goodbye. I can’t believe how much has changed since I moved here in 2009. My life is completely different.

So here I am, sitting on an air mattress in my vacant apartment in Noe Valley. On the precipice of my cross-country road trip out to New York — ready to start a new chapter of my life. I know that Brooklyn is going to be awesome. I have such great friends there already —  I can’t wait to hang out with all of them again. I’ve also got so many new people to meet — New York is a big place. But, most importantly, I can’t wait to be closer to the woman I love.

So, here’s to San Francisco and to everyone that has made this place so great. Thank you.

One thought on “So long, and thanks for all the friends”

  1. Brandon!

    Glad California took good care. NYC welcomes you with new friends and adventures to come. Looking forward to getting to know you better! Reach out on the facebook once you get here. It’s going to be a fun summer.

    Jaymes + Gretchen

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