some friends have decided to move away, they’re off to Hawaii for the indefinite future. i know this means i’ll have a place to stay if i ever want to visit (hooray Hawaii!), but i’m sad that i’m losing some people i’ve grown to love as family. like quite a few others i’ve known here, my friends are in search of a quieter, more reasonable (affordable) lifestyle. apparently Hawaii will offer them just that.
now i live pretty far away from my immediate family, and i grew up just as far from grand parents, aunties, and cousins, so i should be used to this kind of thing. we’ll keep in touch. we’ll call on birthdays. we’ll visit and laugh like we used to. but i know these visits will won’t quite be what we’ve had. i can’t just walk over for a Tuesday night happy hour, or spontaneously arrange a Saturday afternoon barbecue. i’ll have to plan ahead, pack some bags, and get on a plane – all this time/budget permitting, of course. le sigh…
so how do we give a proper sendoff? one last night of San Francisco, as she is, in her finest? i’m sure they’ll miss at least a few things they’ve come to expect on their doorstep. so we took them out. we started with dinner at PLÄJ, a cozy Scandinavian spot, where we had a beautiful dinner in true local fashion. and then caught a punk show at Bottom of the Hill, a San Francisco establishment touted as one of the best places to catch any act.
i’m sure Hawaii will be nice. its Hawaii, how could it not?? but we will miss our friends, San Francisco won’t be the same without them.