730 days in San Francisco (video)


Just about two years ago I packed up everything I hadn’t been able to sell into a trailer behind my station wagon and drove from Dallas out to San Francisco. I didn’t have a ‘real’ job, but was hoping I’d be able to quickly raise money for a startup I had been working on in Dallas. Beyond that, I wasn’t exactly sure where this move would take me.

Well, the startup folded soon thereafter. My freelance work mostly dried up due to my change in focus. And at one point shortly after moving to SF, my bank account went into the red. My rent check bounced. It was pretty stressful. But thanks to the fact that this is the tech capital of the world, and tech-focused designers are in high demand, I was able to find work pretty quickly and rebound.

Since then you may have noticed I’ve written very little here. The last couple of years have flown by incredibly fast, and I’ve not been sitting still. But I’m taking some time over a slow holiday weekend to look back, and as part of that reflection I’ve assembled this video chronicling my days in San Francisco.

I’ve taken over 4800 photos since moving here, and most of them (over 4000) are in the video above. I’ve been taking advantage of everything Northern California has to offer on weekends, making trips all over the state. Point Reyes, The Lost Coast, Yosemite, Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Monterrey, Big Sur, Mendocino, not to mention exploring all the nooks and crannies of San Francisco itself. I’ve also included some trips outside of California, to Seattle and Texas. The final photos of the video were taken just yesterday.

I have to say these have been the best two years of my life. I count myself very lucky to have made some amazing friends here with some talented and caring people. San Francisco is one of those places that have inspired many people, and I now understand why. It’s hard to complain about the high cost of rent and everything else when you’re surrounded by such amazing relationships.

One of those amazing relationships is with a girl I met last October. She shows up about half way into the video, and you may notice she’s pretty prominent the rest of the way through. If there’s one thing I’ve come to love more than this city, it’s her, and so in a couple of weeks I’ll be moving again – this time just across the bay to her house in Oakland. I wrote a couple of years ago that my plan was never to settle, but to build a life for myself that was so awesome only a really amazing woman would be able to pull me away. Well, she found me.

So since my time in San Francisco is coming to an end, I wanted to offer a big giant thanks to everyone who has made it so amazing, and I hope you guys won’t mind driving over a bridge every now and then to visit.