On February 5, 2008, after 15 fantastic years in New York City, I got married, changed careers, and moved out to San Francisco, California. I thought it would be a smaller, cuter New York.
How wrong I was.
I set out to create the definitive guide to help transplanted New Yorkers (and others thinking of visiting or relocating to San Francisco), understand and appreciate the quirks of this odd little “city” by the bay.
Know before you go…and good luck!
(adamahata[at]g mail[dot] com)
I’m dying to hear what you thought of our storm today.
I am relocating with my boyfriend to sf from brooklyn and never thought I’d be living here. While apartment searching online last week, i took a break and googled “san francisco is weird” and long and behold…your glorious blog popped up! Please keep em coming!
Hi Jo and welcome to this quirky little town! How much do I love it that you actually googled “san francisco is weird”??? So true! I know the confusion you’re facing so if I can be of any help, please feel free to drop me an email at adamhata (at) gmail (dot) com. Good luck!!! Now go out and buy some comfortable shoes!
Adam- this blog is incredible I am so glad I refound you pal. I am going to catch up on all of it.
WOW, what a great blog! I’ve never been to NY but lived in the Bay my whole life….now sweatin it out in PHX! At any rate..the “City” is one of the best places on earth because of its “weird” antics and most people from there would rather die than live anywhere else! So, enjoy the weather, the food and the aggresive panhandlers but remember how small this place actually is in mileage….NY could swallow it! But what it offers can run the race with your city neck and neck!!!!!!!!!!! ENJOY! (Sweatshirts with shorts…need I say more!)
Oh my God. My boyfriend just sent me the link to your blog with the title “Honey, are you secretly keeping this blog?” From the confusion about the ubiquitous and incomprehensible Chinese and donut combination to the nostalgia created by the lego icons of New York (for a long time I had the three taxis as the wallpaper on my computer), you have echoed countless conversations that I’ve had with people since moving from Brooklyn to SF. Mainly, what on earth is going on here?
Thanks for the comment Katie! I’m just providing a voice for the weirdness that is San Francisco…glad that it resonates!
I just want to say that I love your blog! I lived in NY before and so many of the things you’ve written about are just so true and exactly what I’ve been thinking.
Thanks My. I’m a big fan of yours too! Welcome to San Francisco.
oh you cute little new yorkers.
Hi. My name is Peggy Lu Who. I’m a Bay Area native. (A rare and dying breed, to be sure.) I have lived in Alameda, West Pittwburg/Bay Point (they changed the name of the town), Concord, San Francisco (Treasure Island even), and Oakland. I apparently have answers to many of your questions.