It feels like just yesterday I was saying happy new year and anticipating the good things to come in 2020. Wishful thinking. This has been a difficult year that most people probably won’t want to remember. Unforgettable in all the wrong ways. I don’t think things will magically get better in 2021, but I’m holding out hope that they’ll improve somewhat. Personally, I can’t wait to start another chapter with my partner. Pop culture-wise, all of the upcoming anniversaries, revivals, reboots, and projects set in the past are exciting. I don’t know exactly how the next 365 days will shake out, but I’m eager to move forward while occasionally looking back.
Ten years ago, this month, I moved to San Francisco from LA. It wasn’t the wisest idea at the time. Nine months earlier I’d been laid off from my job and didn’t have any prospects. Moving to a city that was more expensive wasn’t the financially responsible thing to do. But I wanted to make a change and get away from LA. I had visited San Francisco once before, on vacation, in 2006. I liked all the different neighborhoods, the history, and the overall vibe of the city. Cut to 2010 and I started to feel SF pulling me back. It’s not something I can fully articulate. I just needed to be here. There were some tough times and dead ends, but ultimately moving was one of the best decisions I could have made. I’ve met my amazing partner, formed lasting friendships, and found a job where I feel valued. SF has become home.
Just to bring it back to old pop culture, one of my favorite films set in San Francisco is the 1978 comedy Foul Play. It features the Oscar nominated Barry Manilow song “Ready to Take a Chance Again”. I remember traveling to SF to find an apartment before the big move. I was in a store and this song came on the overhead system. Was it a sign? Maybe. In any event, I was definitely ready to take a chance.