May 26, 2006

Photo Friday: Home

Golden Gate Bridge from Mt. Tam, San Francisco, CA, Canon Digital Rebel

So I'm officially on my little sabbatical from posting, but I couldn't resist participating in the new Photo Friday today with the theme of "Home." We will be leaving our beloved home of San Francisco tomorrow (for me after 11 years and for Matt over 30 years) and moving across the bay to Berkeley.

We are, however, going out in style. We made the SF Chronicle yesterday with the Rebar Encanment project. (More photos of that coming soon)

I realize as I am leaving this home, that I have a particular style of saying goodbye. My closest friends know that when I leave a party, I have a motto called "Leave at the climax." Which is funny on a few different levels, but I really do live by it. I don't wait until the party dies down to go home. I leave when the party is in full effect, right at the epicenter of the crazy dance moves, the moment when you can't walk around very easily without spilling someone's drink, or when the hootin and hollerin and blowing things up begins. I don't say goodbye. I don't make a big fuss. I just leave. (This happens even if the party is at my own house)

I am watching myself doing something similar with my move, ready to forge ahead without looking back. Ready to say goodbye without much ado. And although I don't know if we're leaving at the climax of our time here in the city, things are certainly rockin and the energy in the city is very alive.

Bye, bye San Francisco. We will miss you!

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Posted by: beeb at May 31, 2006 11:13 AM

Please don't take a sabbatical!!! Your blog is among the only blogs I ever read now.
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Posted by: Megara at May 31, 2006 09:01 AM

So much happens at the end of a party, I couldn't bear to leave. It's special to be on clean-up crew, to settle down and discuss things with the friends who are left, to feel like you've lived through something!

Posted by: cathy at May 31, 2006 08:36 AM

Andrea, when are you coming back? I really miss your lovely photos and inspiring posts. Anyway, hope to be able to read your blog again soon,

Posted by: Mia at May 31, 2006 01:34 AM

That is the best photo I've seen of "Home" in a while, having been transplanted from California to the east coast like I am...
Enjoy Berkeley!

Posted by: Jo at May 30, 2006 09:27 PM

Wishing you both a smooth * wildly wonderful transition to Berkeley! One of my daughters dearest friends was just accepted to University there as a junior. We are so excited to visit in the fall!

Posted by: MaryBEth at May 30, 2006 06:19 PM

I've actually heard about that 'leave the party' theory....personally, I never feel like I can make it to the end of the party where you've got those few last straglers...

Posted by: Jennifer at May 30, 2006 02:45 PM

Congratulations and good luck on your move. It's always hard to leave a home, but now you will be making a new home. Besides, I bet you'll find some great shots in Berkeley: the people, the shops, the lifestyle. I love Berkeley, it's one of my favorite spots here in the Bay Area.
-your Sonoma County reader

Posted by: Crissi at May 30, 2006 08:44 AM

blessings on your journey!

Posted by: Leonie at May 29, 2006 04:16 PM

I hope that your journey goes smoothly. Enjoy the sabbatical and come back with lots of spilling to share.

Posted by: beastmomma at May 29, 2006 12:06 PM

i love your motto! rock it in berkeley!

Posted by: matirose at May 29, 2006 10:14 AM

Hope the move goes well. At least your home will be somewhere as lovely as Berkeley!

Posted by: Mia at May 28, 2006 05:58 PM

Atleast you won't be TOO far from home :) I hope you move goes smoothly. Congrats on the success of 'Encanment'! I look forward to seeing more pics of the project :)

Posted by: Sarah Pezdek-Smith at May 27, 2006 05:25 PM

I was just thinking about you this morning...hope your move is going smoothly. Hoping Berkeley will be smashingly good to you both. xoxo

Posted by: Marilyn at May 27, 2006 02:12 PM

Thinking of you and sending warm sunny yellow rays, fresh cut grass, cold clear bubbling water, and clean deep breath breezes your way :-)

Posted by: nadine at May 27, 2006 09:10 AM

weirdly, really, in light of this post, I've been thinking a lot latley of your post "The Swarm" from 3 years ago. I've been in NYC for 8 years now, and It's suddenly feeling like it's time to swarm back to Northern California.... of course, these things take time, but I feel like I'm in my goodbye period. And it seems like y'all know it's time to go too.
Best of luck in your new life. I'm sure it will be wonderful....

Posted by: Meg at May 27, 2006 07:19 AM

I didn't realize someone else did that too at parties, and SF's loss is our gain! I'm working on that list!

Posted by: rachel at May 26, 2006 10:51 PM

Come on over to the East Bay baby; the water is warm! Welcome!!!

Posted by: stef at May 26, 2006 05:33 PM

at the climax?? I'm the opposite and stick around until I make the hosts uncomfortable. Just kidding, but I love the climax too much to leave, think I'm going to miss something.

Posted by: erika at May 26, 2006 04:47 PM

your only 15 minutes away by BART! it will be okay and you'll get more sun in Berkeley!

Posted by: flower girl at May 26, 2006 12:41 PM

Aw, but you're missing the denouement, when the last drunken stragglers have straggled their way out and all that's left is a messy apartment strewn with remnants of an unforgettable night and a few best friends and that special bottle of wine you saved for last. The conversations that happen then, the unexpected secrets revealed, the final pairings of the night, platonic and romantic, those are some of the best, most intimate times in the life of the party.

Congratulations on your transition!

Posted by: amanda at May 26, 2006 11:38 AM

Hurrah for new adventures ahead, Andrea!

Posted by: Lynn at May 26, 2006 10:52 AM

I do the same thing at parties. I am thinking of you so much and hope the moves go perfectly!

Posted by: Swirly at May 26, 2006 09:58 AM

Blessings on this new journey!

Posted by: Tiff at May 26, 2006 09:45 AM