Have You Fallen Out of Love With San Francisco?

One of my favorite questions to ask is  “If you could wave a magic wand and live anywhere in the world, where would it be?” It’s a great conversation opener and it often reveals some of our deepest desires.  

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For as long as I can remember, my answer has always been San Francisco, but I have to confess that my love for the City was tested during the pandemic. The homeless situation is out of control and so many of the attractions that make our city unique were closed or out of reach. The pandemic has strained and drained our local restaurants of energy, staff and money. Union Square has a ton of vacant storefronts and tents for the unhoused seem to be springing up in new neighborhoods all over town. Live venues have been struggling to fill seats and attendance is 50% below pre-pandemic levels.

Just as Work From Home (WFH) has become a common occurrence in Corporate America, so have dining and entertaining at home. Sometimes, it’s easier just to order in, stay home and watch TV rather than go out for an evening of entertainment. One can argue that it is also more efficient to shop for everything online rather than to patronize our local retailers.

During the pandemic, many of us experienced the closure of so many of our favorite shops, restaurants and lovable parts of San Francisco and we began to wonder whether it was okay to live in the suburbs.  The same questions ran through my mind, but when I visited those other communities, I found them lacking in the unique combination of delightful discovery, stimulation and pure energy that define the San Francisco experience. 

All those thoughts came to mind on New Year’s Eve, when we joined dear friends in North Beach, that charming neighborhood with an old world Italian flavor.  It was refreshing to see the bars and restaurants overflowing with people. After dinner, we strolled over to Club Fugazi, the gorgeous theater and nightclub that housed Beach Blanket Babylon for 45 years. It is now home to a heart-pounding production called Dear San Francisco

Offering a delightful combination of high flying acrobatics, showmanship, poetry and sexual tension, the show is resuming on February 10, 2023 and continuing through June 2023.  The show would be a great night out in the City. Don’t miss it! 

It may be easier to stay home and watch TV, but it’s much more stimulating to get out and rub elbows with strangers. You never know who you will meet or what will happen.  That makes life more interesting and enjoyable.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and don’t forget to answer the question: If you could wave a magic wand and live anywhere in the world, where would it be?”  

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