Living in San Francisco

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End Feb 23, 2008

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

I've finally settled down--at least for now. In September of last year I found a great apartment and moved in October 1st. I'm in a residential neighborhood with great views out two sides of my bedroom. It's also a great place to write.

Settling in to a new city has been pretty smooth. It helps that I already had a base of friends here. And of course we've been having lots of fun--Halloween, New Year's Eve, playing Wii (for the first time)...

I love San Francisco. It's such a cool city, with lots of varied neighborhoods. Going from one to another feels like you're going to different cities. And there are so many interesting murals and statues all over.

There's always something going on--film festivals, film productions, outdoor concerts, Beat poetry readings.

I live a couple of blocks from Golden Gate Park. Lots of places to explore within the park. It's like an amalgamation of separate mini parks all under the umbrella of a gigantic park.

Initially I've decided to not have a car, to keep expenses down, simplify my life and because it's pretty easy to get around the city on foot or using public transportation. I have to admit, sometimes it sucks taking the bus, but then again it's a good way to observe human nature--after all I am working on the craft of writing. So there is an endless supply of material riding the bus.

Was invited up to a beautiful cabin in a redwood forest for Thanksgiving. Hosts, food, company, walks and games were great.

Mid-January, after returning from Minneapolis for Christmas and meeting my newest great grand niece (Isabel Rain), I went on a three-day meditation retreat three hours outside of SF. There was a group of about 40 of us. We did sitting and walking meditation for a good 9 hours each day. I've never meditated so much. I was in a great state throughout--relaxed, present with what was happening around and within me. Will definitely do more of such retreats. As a result I've been meditating almost every day and thoroughly enjoying it. My belief is that the benefits of meditation not only impact one's sense of peace and calm during and immediately after, but extend into the future. You just never know when you're going to realize the positive impact meditating will have on how you react to situations or events.

When the weather is good I get out on my bike and ride down to Ocean Beach, which is only 15 minutes away--it also helps that the majority of the ride is downhill. Heading back home is where the leg and lung workout comes in.

In addition to writing and working my way into a new career that utilizes my creativity and interest in higher consciousness I've also been working on getting back in shape and being optimally healthy. I've been exercising almost daily, lifting weights, cooking healthily and have cut way back on alcohol intake--to nearly nothing. A few weeks ago I joined the gay soccer team here in SF, the SF Spikes. So far it's been great exercise. I have to admit it's weird being one of the older people playing...

Can't believe it's already been six months here in San Francisco. Will continue to let life unfold as it will, putting my energies in the direction which most interests and motivates me. Enjoy life.

Peace and love.
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starlagurl on

Good times...
But are you tired of walking up and down hills yet?

Louise Brown
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