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What It's Like to Leave the City of Your Dreams | 7x7

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In a few weeks, I will put what relatively few possessions I have into storage, get behind the wheel of my aging Volkswagen convertible, and drive down I-5 to Los Angeles.There, I’ll attempt to write a book about what happened to me in San Francisco. I came to SF nine years ago in a 23-foot Winnebago. I had first seen the city when I was 20, knowing immediately and without a doubt that I belonged in it. It took a long time to get here, but upon arrival, I could feel the marine air and crystalline light envelop me like a vaporous shield, encasing my happiness and warding off the anxieties and melancholy of my youth.

Nothing bad can happen to me here, I thought wondrously. I remember declaring, “This is it. I’m going to be buried in Colma.”

 

Within two years, I’d snatched the job of my dreams, made several fascinating friends, began having more fun than I’d had since I was a kid, and bought my first house—a lovely little Georgian in the Castro, where dinner parties regularly morphed into late-night dance-offs. I began to open up not just socially but sexually, no doubt due to age but also due to the city’s open-minded sense of experimentation. Tantra workshops, orgasmic meditation, erotic dance classes, and feminine-empowerment circles beckoned. My iPhone blinked continually with invites to galas and boat outings and dive bars, its address book filling with the names of acquaintances who, like me, sought to expand their boundaries. Like everyone we knew, my husband and I lived from one travel outing to the next, always on our way to or back from Tahoe, Napa, Mendocino, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, Europe. In the midst of all this, I reached for the one thing I didn’t yet have—a child, partly out of a natural biological urge, partly out of a desperate, if semiconscious, sense that I needed something irrevocable to anchor me amid all the colorful, entrancing motion at the surface.

 

San Francisco’s sheen has worn off, or more precisely, mine has. Its shimmering beauty and limitless potential didn’t protect me from anything, least of all myself. Quite the opposite. It ripped the lid off my life and said, “Look. You can have anything you want.”

 

When I signed a lease and realized I was actually leaving San Francisco, I stopped sleeping. For several nights over several weeks, I’d lie awake until dawn, angst-ridden, praying, damning, wondering what on Earth my future held. At a Giants game, while standing in line for garlic fries, panic crept up my spine, sending me to the restroom in sobs. For the truth is, I’m horrible at change. I’m no adventurer. This whole time, it was San Francisco that was the adventurer. It opened its wide, wild cloak, and I stepped in and let it sweep me up.

 

When I emerged from the restroom, it was the seventh-inning stretch. The crowd was standing and swaying along to Journey’s “When the Lights Go Down in the City.” I looked out over the bay and up at the circling seagulls. Every sight I laid eyes on—the kayakers waiting for a homer, the giant Coke slide, the sliver of Bay Bridge off to my left—tore at me. Helpless, I whispered to myself, “Don’t worry. It’s not going anywhere.”

 

That’s the kind of city it is. The kind that breaks your heart. The kind that’s hard to leave.

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Suzy Lee Weiss: To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me

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In The Wall Street Journal, high-school senior Suzy Lee Weiss imagines how her fate might have differed if she had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.
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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Moves to NCAA Championship

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Suspected meth lab turns out to be sweet maple syrup

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Football factory: The U's astounding presence in Super Bowl XLVII

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Clairvoyant Camel Predicts Baltimore Ravens Will Win Super Bowl

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A clairvoyant camel from New Jersey is predicting that the Baltimore Ravens will win the Super Bowl. Princess, a 26-year-old Bactrian camel at the Popcorn Park Zoo, New Jersey, has a pretty good record of predicting Super Bowl winners.
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Do Healdsburgians Have an Accent?

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Parents' horror as new $35 device lets you INHALE alcohol goes on sale in U.S.

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Miami Jazz Fest Canceled "Due to Poor Ticket Sales"

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Despite once being "an essential mid-20th century] stopover on the Southern tour circuit for legends like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole," Miami was never a straight-up jazz town.

 

Our city's always been more about the crooners, salsa, disco, booty bass, freestyle, street rap, and electronic dance music.

Want further proof? With just four days till showtime, the inaugural edition of the Miami Jazz Fest, starring Jamaican jazzman Monty Alexander, just got canceled.

 

In August, event founder and producer Carmen J. Cartiglia was hyping the Miami Jazz Fest as "the start of an annual jazz festival that will grow with each year and establish Miami as the home for 'True Jazz.'"

 

But today, organizers issued a brief statement, nixing the festival:

 

Due to poor ticket sales, the Miami Jazz Fest scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday Nov. 17th & 18th at the Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park has been cancelled. Refunds are available through point of purchase.

 

Too bad, daddy-o.

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Exorcisms happening in the Tampa Bay, Florida area (VIDEO)

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TAMPA BAY, Florida -- There have been hundreds of documented exorcisms all around the word. Men, women, and children possessed by evil spirits not of this world.

 

Even more disturbing, according to published reports, exorcisms are thriving in the U.S.

 

Archbishop Sherwin Smith of the United Kingdom of Christ fellowship has performed hundreds of exorcisms, many done right here in the Bay area.

 

In one case, an exorcism took place during a church service.

 

The man was speaking in voices and had to be restrained by several men. During the exorcism, his eyes remained fixated on the archbishop.

 

But then, the evil spirit appeared to concede to prayer...

 

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Photoshopped book title from Paula Broadwell's Gen. David Petraeus' biography goes viral on web

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However, when the 7NEWS reporter went on the Internet to get an image of the book cover, the reporter mistakenly grabbed a Photoshopped image that said, "All Up In My Snatch."

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A black bear in Juneau, Alaska, didn't let a few floorboards keep him from getting at some honey. The male bear walked up the stairs of a porch at the home of Janet and Donald Kussart and tore through the floorboards and some insulation to get his treat, the Juneau Empire reported ( ...
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Crazy living rock is one of the weirdest creatures we've ever seen

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@CanesHoops Continues Meteoric Rise in Polls

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What college has the most players in NFL's championship weekend?

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'No Pants Subway Ride' in the bay and around the world

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Gallo's new horizon - Wine - The Detroit News

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The world's largest family-owned winery has eyes on China, Washington State and beyond. Continue reading →
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The forecast for E. & J. Gallo is bubbly and bright as wine still proves to be one of the world’s most recession-proof businesses.

 

Gallo’s latest milestones include the sale of 1 million cases of red wine to China, top honors for CEO Joe Gallo in January and expansion into Washington state, California’s Central Coast and numerous world markets.

 

Gallo offers 60 brands of wine, spirits and beverage products, owns nine wineries on the West Coast and has distribution rights for a host of wineries around the world. Do you know that Alamos, Miguel Gascon, Las Rocas, La Marca, Louis M. Martini, William Hill and MacMurray Ranch are part of the Gallo portfolio? Even Barefoot and Apothic Red.

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Always a Florida connection: Petraeus mistress sent threatening emails to Florida woman

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WASHINGTON -- David Petraeus never shied away from the public eye before in times of crises. Now, he might not have a choice.

As details emerged about his extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, including a second woman who allegedly received threatening emails from the author, members of Congress said Sunday they want to know exactly when the now ex-CIA director and retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner.

A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman Jill Kelley, 37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as the State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command, where among other duties, secret drone missions are worked on.

The military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, said Kelley had received harassing emails from Broadwell, which led the FBI to examine her email account and eventually discover her relationship with Petraeus...

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We never get tired of watching Bill Hader crack up as city correspondent Stefon on Weekend Update.
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