What You Learn Your First Year In San Francisco

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The Bold Italic recently had an article titled 25 Things You Learn Your First Year in San Francisco. It’s one of those things that resonates for locals. I thought I’d break it down into what I loved and what I passed over when I read it …

Made Me Laugh Out Loud In Agreement

  • “Make sure to step around all watery sidewalk puddles.”
  • “The people who like being naked in public aren’t always the ones you’d want to see naked in public. “
  • “There is never a simple explanation for which trash bin to use for what you’re about to throw away.”
  • “There’s a reason that Muni seat is empty while the rest of the bus is packed. “
  • Coffee is never just coffee. (Pour over? Single origin? Fair trade? Cold pressed?!)”
  • “Someone will inevitably tell you that San Francisco was so much better X years before you got here.”
  • “You’re gonna need at least five more costumes. Ideally ones that can get booze spilled on them.”

Made Me Smile Because I Get The Joke

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  • “The back door on Muni usually only opens if you step down.”
  • “Tuesdays at noon: the siren is just a test.”
  • “Hugs, not handshakes.”
  • “Freak flag – it’s a lifestyle, not an accessory.”
  • “Smoke a cigarette in a crowd, however, and you’re suddenly a dick.”

Generally True

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  • “San Francisco should really be called The Windy City. (And Ocean Beach is often a wonderful place to get your face loofahed with flying sand.)” and so … “Always bring another layer, no matter how warm it looks when you leave the house in the morning.”
  • “Keep the Muni transfer or pay the painful fine. “
  • “Even things like fancy toast have a moving backstory.”
  • “Walking everywhere is the best way to get to know the city.”
  • “Neighborhood parks (especially Dolores Park) are our beaches, our runways, our bars.”
  • “This is the best fucking city on earth.” – So true. Love it. Perfectly made for me.

Doesn’t Apply To Me But Makes Sense


  • “That person you just sloppily hooked up with will end up knowing 10 of your friends (and probably slept with two of them).”
  • “Never sleep through street cleaning if you own a car – and especially if you just borrowed your friend’s car.”
  • “Cops have better things to do than bust you for that joint/open container (unless this is Bay to Breakers, in which case, hide that shit.)”
  • “Closets make wonderful bedrooms if the price is right.”

Not So Much In Agreement

  • “People actually remember Third Eye Blind.” – Huh?
  • “When the sunset/sunrise matches the pastel shades of the houses around you, everything in the world is suddenly magical.” – Sorry, the sunsets here bore me. Great sunsets are one of the few things I really miss about living in Tucson.

And a bonus …

The Bold Italic also had a separate post I loved that highlighted this fog slideshow by Newsbound:


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