May 7th, 2008

The votes are in .. I’m moving to Chicago !! Yeah, I know. Big move. I love the bay area. I’ve been in San Francisco for 10 years – It’ll be just over 10 years when we move in August. That’s right, August – gotta get Shayna to school in time.

Why Chicago? Of course for the lovely Miss Shayna Cohen. Shayna is pursuing a MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College of Art, a 3 year program, starting Tuesday, September 2. I’ve been considering going with her ever since she got in a year ago, and I just recently made the decision definite. I’m committing to a year in Chicago, and if it goes well it’ll be more than that.

Shayna is definitely the main reason I’m going, but not the only reason. Last year I was gone from California for 6 months traveling. When I came back, I realized that I missed my friends and certain aspects of the bay area, but I was down for trying somewhere else to live. The same itch to travel is pushing me to live in another city. I’ve grown some roots in the social scene here in SF, but career wise I still feel like I don’t know what I want, perhaps chicago might give me some fresh perspective.

When I get to Chicago I plan on working full-time again, another big step. Exactly where or what, I’m not sure – I haven’t worked a regular job since April 2006. As of now my general plan has not changed, find something on the tech and business tip. More on that in my april job post.

Leaving San Francisco will be hard. I haven’t thought too much about that, I mostly look forward, but will spend some time looking back over the next couple months. I do know that my friends here (including my brasstax crew) have influenced me more than anything else out there, and I will miss them dearly. But we’re still got a long life ahead of us, relationships will come and go, and the strong ones will remain. And a weekend in SF is only a plane ride away.

We’ll have a going away party in July most likely – ping me for details.

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  1. Bbbbbrian!
    May 7th, 2008 at 10:06 | #1

    That’s great! Chicago is an awesome town. House Music! Beer & Brots! More beer!
    Good Luck!


  2. babs
    May 7th, 2008 at 10:09 | #2

    yay!! happy for you guys…you know sf will always be here with open arms 🙂

  3. Lori
    May 7th, 2008 at 10:23 | #3

    Eff all this! This does not work for me AT ALL! It is ok that Shayna is going away for her 6 month program, but I expect both of you back by May ’09. XOXO

  4. chip
    May 7th, 2008 at 12:12 | #4

    Someone is in a serious state of denial……….

  5. Beto
    May 7th, 2008 at 14:46 | #5

    Chicago ROCKS

  6. May 7th, 2008 at 15:48 | #6

    any city that spawned me must be great, right? get yourself some hip cold-weather gear now while it’s off-season though, you’ll be glad to have it come december. i will definitely come to visit. GO BEARS!

  7. rosemary
    May 7th, 2008 at 16:49 | #7

    I moved to Seattle for Paul and look where it got me: engaged and living an hour away from my parents again.




    You’ll both be missed, but I think it’s great to get a change of scenery for a while!!!

  8. Rick
    May 8th, 2008 at 10:08 | #8

    Thank god I will finally have a place to crash in the windy city – my second favorite US city. Good choice – you better come back though.

  9. Rick
    May 8th, 2008 at 13:27 | #9

    3 words…FOGO DE CHAO

  10. suzi
    May 9th, 2008 at 07:04 | #10

    congratulations!! that’s HUGE! i am in chitown for work all too often, so maybe i’ll actually get to see you guys more. yay!

  11. T.J.
    May 10th, 2008 at 14:58 | #11

    Congrats on your decision! Hit me up, I have some friends in Chi-town and would love to put you in touch..

  12. Mahnaz Saberi
    May 14th, 2008 at 12:02 | #12

    Dude! Good for you! I’ll Miss you much! One question…Who’s going to pick me up and spin me around now?

    p.s. I agree with Lori. Back in `09? Word!!!

  13. May 15th, 2008 at 11:24 | #13

    Good luck to both of you! I’m from Chicago and I LOVE that town. It’s not better or worse than SF, just different. I think you’ll really like it there. 😀

    We’ll miss you tons!

  14. Freddy
    May 16th, 2008 at 07:18 | #14

    Farewell, world’s awesomest dude. Good move. Chicago rules and so does Shayna.

  15. Sue
    May 24th, 2008 at 10:02 | #15

    Three cheers for the MidWest, although I’ll really miss you! Life has a funny way of working out for the best though and who knows, maybe we’ll actually get to see you *more*! (I hope so) Miss you already….

  16. June 8th, 2008 at 07:37 | #16

    holy shit! east coast, west coast, now the midwest – very cool! if you’re moving in August – what’s to come of BM?

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