Ordinary Day in the City by the Bay
From time to time I get email from young people in France, asking me general information about "what it's like to live in the States."
Some of the emails range from the very vague and impossible to respond to "Tell me all about your life in the States" to the highly specific "I will be in San Francisco shortly and need driving directions from my hotel on X street to the Coit Tower" (not making it up).
As far as I can tell from these emails, the expectations for a better life here are always very high, and somewhat unrealistic.
I hate to disappoint you, people, but most of us around here lead hurried, pretty stressed, ordinary lives, just like most working class people in cities all over the world.
You get up in the morning, go to work, and come back tired at the end of the day, too tired, usually, to do anything else, and the next day you do it all over again.
Don't let the romanticsm associated with San Francisco, or the extraordinary landscape, or all the fun pictures you see posted on expat blogs fool you. In reality, most of us lead pretty ordinary, uneventful lives.