We’re So TOTALLY Moving To San Francisco

by RhodesTer on October 22, 2009

710 Ashbury by frigante on FlickrIt’s true.

We’re totally moving there.

Partially because we’re totally burned out on Palm Springs.

But also because we love that city. I’ve lived there before – years ago – and coffeesister has visited enough over the years to know that she wants to spend the next few years of her life there, if not the rest of it.

It’s vibrant, colorful and alive, teeming with an energy that pulsates and dances to a unique rhythm I’ve never felt in any other city.

I’ve lived in San Diego..

Los Angeles.. Hollywood.. Sacramento..

I’ve visited Seattle.. Portland..

Many other places.

There’s nothing quite like the City by the Bay.

San Francisco Sunset

Tony Bennett not only left his heart there, but the San Francisco Chronicle’s Herb Caen used to call it, “Baghdad by the Bay,” back when Baghdad was seen as a jewel of the desert and comparing a city in the United States to it wasn’t insane.

Herb Caen was the guy who came up with the term “Beatniks” to describe the bongo-bonging beat poets who frequented the North Beach coffee houses of the nineteen sixties. He also popularized the term “Hippie” to describe, well.. Hippies.. during the heyday of the counter-culture movement, which was born in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district.

I used to read his stuff almost daily. Before the Internet I’d pick-up a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle at one of those newstands in San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento that carried papers from other cities, and I’d head straight for Uncle Herb’s column.

When the Chronicle went online in the nineties I was there.. one of the first subscribers, gleefully devouring Uncle Herb’s column every day right there on my computer.

I even got mentioned in it once.

Right when email was becoming popular and they’d just given him an email address, which he didn’t use but an assistant did, I sent in a punny quip with the hope that it would get printed out for him and he’d think it funny enough to run.

He did – in the very next column. He gave me name credit for the punny quip too. I think this was about-ish 1995 or so, and I was thrilled. Let’s see if memory serves, and I can get it verbatim..

“We certainly hope so!” quips David Rhodes of Ashland Oregon, after spying his local paper’s headline, “Pipe bombs may be tied to Montana Freemen.”

Coffeesister and I lived in Ashland at the time, and that headline was on the front page of “The Daily Tidings.” The Montana Freemen were big in the news, having blown-up something to raise awareness of whatever brand of insanity they had festering in their twisted souls. They were not very well liked at the time and I think Herb and his readers enjoyed the thought of tying pipe bombs to them.

Uncle Herb died in 1997, but the City by the Bay lives on in all of its passionate, pulsating energy.

We had one of those epiphany moments the other night, as the two of us sat here in our little Palm Springs studio. I’ve been out of work for ages, and we’ve been without a car for even longer. It’s hard to get around in this area and there’s not much to do anyway.

So we looked at each other and said, “Why in the hell are we still here?”

Our arrival in Palm Springs several years ago is a long, boring story that I have no desire to drag out and beat the dust from, but suffice it to say it wasn’t our idea to come here.

But it’s our idea to leave.

We’re not sure how we’re going to do it – I’m already job-hunting there as opposed to here thanks to broadband Internet, and she’s looking for rentals right in the city that mirror our current digs in price and amenities (4 walls, a bathroom and kitchen.)

All I can say is thank God for Craigslist and Google Maps.. they’re truly miraculous!

I’m also working online, but I can do that from anywhere. So, I’d prefer to do it from there, where I’d dearly treasure the memory of Palm Springs and try not to miss it too much as I sit and sip a cappuccino at one of a thousand sidewalk cafes to choose from in Baghdad by the Bay.

cappucino by john althouse cohen on Flickr

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Scott October 22, 2009 at 7:08 am

Good luck! I hope you guys can do it.


2 RhodesTer October 22, 2009 at 7:11 am

We have to do it. Trust me. I’m dying here.


3 Grandad October 22, 2009 at 8:24 am

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

Best of luck with the move. What are you doing about the bishop? I hope you are bringing him?
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4 RhodesTer October 22, 2009 at 8:51 am

Okay on the flowers, Scott Mackenzie.

What Bishop? There hasn’t been a Bishop at my window for several months.


5 Kevin E Blake October 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

I wish you guys the best of luck, you definitely deserve it!


6 RhodesTer October 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

True, that. lol.


7 Rene October 22, 2009 at 10:11 am

Good luck guys, we think it’s an awesome city, especially if you don’t own a car. But remember to stockpile the cash, because you’re going to need it there. We never seemed to have enough during the 10 years we were there.
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8 RhodesTer October 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I’ve stockpiled eight dollars so far. Trying to abstain from going to Coffeebean for a mocha so that we can make the move.


9 Leann October 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I am contemplating moving to San Diego. As you said, thank God for Craigslist and Goggle map. I hear San Francisco is a fabulous city and beautiful to boot. My sister has visited there several times, ususally at Christmas time.

I wish you all the best on the move Dave and hope it works out as it is suppose to.

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10 RhodesTer October 24, 2009 at 7:06 am

If you have any questions on San Diego, I’m your man. I was there for a decade.

SF IS nice.. lot of color and character.


11 HeadacheSlayer October 24, 2009 at 1:09 am

Lots of prayers and good thoughts coming your way! I know this will happen for you!!! ((((Hugs)))))
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12 RhodesTer October 24, 2009 at 7:06 am

Thanks, Angel!


13 cinderkeys October 24, 2009 at 3:32 am

Good luck. If I were into big cities, SF would be one of my first choices.
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14 RhodesTer October 24, 2009 at 7:06 am

You’ll come visit us though, right?


15 Lady O Trout October 25, 2009 at 1:28 am

I know in my situation, making a major change like that is both unnerving and exciting. Unnerving because there is so much to do, exciting because it freshens your perspective and zest for life. It is going to be a great thing, Rhodester – will there be entries of Rhodester on the Road? Best of Luck and stay fresh!
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16 RhodesTer October 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

How about a blog about San Francisco? It’s in the works. You heard it here first, haha!


17 J October 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I’m thinking of you guys!!! I understand the dying where you are thing, we’re dying where we are.. and our situation just complicated even more. :( I don’t have any way to help physically or with ideas or anything, but I’m thinking of you guys and I’m sure E will be when I fill him in too. ((hugs))! Good luck, and I don’t blame you for wanting to move to San Fran, I grew up a couple hours from there myself.
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18 RhodesTer October 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Thanks. Yeah, we don’t care a whole lot for Palm Springs.. you have to be wealthy and/or enjoy golf a WHOLE lot to live here.


19 Recession Taxi October 26, 2009 at 6:43 am

Great Blog!

I lived in San Francisco for seven years, before moving to Chicago for a job. I loved the Bay Area and would go back in a heartbeat, under the right job/personal/family circumstances.

Look forward to reading about your discoveries there.
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20 RhodesTer October 26, 2009 at 7:29 am


You started off like a spammer with this “great blog” stuff, but redeemed yourself by actually addressing the topic of the post rather than saying something like, “are you having fun with it?”

We need to go to San Francisco. I HATE PALM SPRINGS.

Okay, not hate.. but don’t love.


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