oh no, not again

bean smoke!, [human] behavior 2014/02/18

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.

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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.

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