When I first got here in Austin, I was so excited about living in a place that could quite possibly be weirder than SF. I found several similarities between the two. In fact, I’ve found constant truths between the two:
|In SF, we had wind. Lots of wind. I didn’t think that would happen in ATX, but GUESS WHAT, it’s windy. Know what else?|
|In SF, we smoke American Spirits. For the most part. I guess it could be around the same ratio. Except seriously, I’ve seen way too many people smoking Crushes. Ugh gross.|
Even with all the fascinating similarities above, so far I have found no evidence of a quirkiness to beat my dear Frisco. These are two very different places, and from now on, I intend to keep the two separate in my mind. I’ve grown to love both, almost equally, for very different reasons.
|People bring their babies to rock concerts and stand close to the giant speakers. Obviously this particular kid loved it...|
|I guess people are ignorant everywhere, but I had never heard something as absurd as this. Bill Gates didn’t graduate from college, so I guess he shouldn’t have the right to vote, right?|
Of course there are things that I absolutely miss about San Francisco. I miss a ton of things. A ton.
|I miss being able to hop on a train in SF to a train in Richmond and see my little sisters 3 hours later. It’s about a 3 hour trip by air, but something like 10x the price.|
|I miss how accustomed we are in SF to how prevalent marijuana is in society. People freak out (angrily) if they so much as smell something resembling marijuana here.|
|I miss the Valentines Day pillow fight.|
|Haven’t seen a riot in ATX yet, especially not like the ones in Oakland.|
|I miss my dog’s abuse toward me.|
|Oh, but I do!|
So there you have it. I’m homesick, but I do love it here. It took me a while to get used to SF, and it’ll take me a while longer to get used to ATX (what, with the lack of a big sister security blanket. Or friends, for that matter). I’ve been feeling extremely lonely, and I feel a depression coming on, but I’m getting through it. I’m keeping my head up. I’m working. I’m doing well in school. It’ll all be OK.