San Francisco is where my Christmas holidays will be spent going forward. In my the wake of my parents deaths holidays will be spent there due to the family that I have there in the Bay Area. As a native Californian I gladly embrace my roots and heritage and will be home in a new way. I love California dearly and San Francisco will be a special place – a refuge for me from the profound loss of my parents.
“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.”
“San Francisco has only one drawback: ’tis hard to leave.”
Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco
It was a weird feeling. My entire life home was coming back to Fresno for the Christmas holidays. For 44 years that is how life functioned. Wherever I lived in the United States – Montana, Wisconsin or the D.C. area home meant coming back to Fresno, California. Now with my parents deceased that is all up in the air. Being home for Christmas is too painful at this stage. So with family that lives on both side of the San Francisco Bay I flew into the area on December 22, 2019. I walked around and explored the area for the next couple of days. Went to Pier 39 and the aquarium, and also walked through the financial district down Mission Street. I put in my name to go to the observation deck of the Salesforce Tower next December 2020. And with that I learned the BART and local transit in the city. The sight and the sounds of the city are beautiful. There are some amazing restaurants in the San Francisco area. Washington, D.C. is a happening place but it doesn’t have a skyline like San Francisco or Chicago or New York City.
But going forward it looks like San Francisco is going to be my home for Christmas. And this transplanted Californian on the East Coast will embrace his heritage and history and call San Francisco home for the holidays. San Francisco I love you! 🙂