This week I found myself back in San Francisco. A place I’m pretty familiar with because I lived here for years previously. It’s where I had my first full-time job. It’s where I first felt like an adult. While a lot has changed since the first time I was here, a lot is the same.
I can’t think of any other city where tech is so prevalent. Just riding in our Lyft from the airport, every billboard you see is from a tech company. The view from my friend’s apartment in SOMA looks out onto a billboard for the red iPhone XR.
I appreciate being able to look around in a coffee shop and see people not writing code in their text editors. People editing videos, reading papers, drawing. Even just having a conversation that isn’t about venture capital. The $16 avocado toast is real and it’s not going anywhere. I don’t think I realized how drastic this was until I left San Francisco.
Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing friends who still live in the city. They are some of the smartest people I know. All, of course, who work in tech. I just don’t see myself living here again.