Bidding farewell to the Bay Area

As the last boxes are being packed and the movers will be showing up in about 24 hours I am bidding farewell to Oakland, the East Bay and the Bay Area.

Curt and I came out here in 2005. He in February and me in March.

We first lived in Berkeley and for the past eight years have been in Oakland.

It’s been a great 10 years.

We have made so many good friends who we will miss terribly. Thanks to everyone who has made our time here great.

I have developed an amazing yoga community. I have some pretty awesome yoga teachers.

I know I can find all of that in Portland. It will take time.

This move is bittersweet for me. But isn’t that the best way to go … before you jump the shark?

For years Curt and I have been talking about moving back to Portland and settling there.

Curt has already lived in Portland twice. We met while working at a newspaper in Salem, which is about an hour from Portland.

I have never actually lived in Portland. But I spent enough time there to know I want to settle there.

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Movin’ on up … to Oregon

If you didn’t take the chance to visit us while we’ve lived in the Bay Area unfortunately for you, it’s too late.

After being in the Bay Area for almost 10 years Curt and I are taking the plunge and moving to Portland in mid-January.

It’s exciting and scary. I have lots of good friends here and have established a great yoga community. That will be hard to leave.

Talk about a lot of big decisions and changes in my life lately. Totally taking myself out of my comfort zone.

It has been our goal for years to get back to Portland. It’s where we want to settle. We will actually be able to buy a house one day, which just isn’t possible for us in the Bay Area.

I love the Bay Area and all that it represents (except for earthquakes). I have made a lot of amazing friends and that’s what I am having a hard time saying goodbye to.

The yoga community I have developed is also something pretty special. I feel lucky to have made so many friends through yoga. And many of my regular yoga teachers also taught me how to be a yoga teacher.

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Let’s go, Oakland!

Regardless of the reputation of my home state of Arizona and hometown of Tucson I am proud of where I came from. I am proud of the family I came from. I am proud that my red home state went blue in 1996 for Clinton. I am proud that I went to a diverse high school.

Living in Oakland gives you a sense of pride as well.

When Curt and I first moved to the Bay Area more than eight years ago we lived in Berkeley. We had a friend visit and as he left he said he was proud to say he had friends who lived in Berkeley.

I hella <3 Oakland!

I don’t know how to quite explain it. I guess the word is … pride. There is pride about living in Oakland. It’s an awesome feeling being here.

And there is pride about having a scrappy baseball team going to the playoffs two years in a row. Tonight is Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers.

Last year when the A’s went to the playoffs they went up against the same team. I was able to go to the first and last home game. (Curt went … Continue reading