Every time I visit, it seems that I purposefully leave out items that I have on my agenda, just so I have a reason to come back. (ride a cable car, make the trek up to wine country, visit the secret slides, bike/walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Ferry Building...) All must-do's in my book - but never quite enough time to do them all in one visit.
I visited a few years ago (after college) with a strong thought of moving here. The reality of not having any money, or a job in such an expensive city deterred me. Actually now that I do have a steady job, a savings account and a lot of stability - moving here isn't really realistic either. It really comes down to the money. Which breaks my heart. But at the same time I'm not exactly willing to trade in my two-story house with a backyard, two-car garage, plenty of street parking, & my front loading washer & dryer for a tiny 1-maybe-2-if-I'm-lucky-bedroom-apartment with no garage, no parking, & highly overpriced rent. The older I get, the more I realize it just isn't worth it. Even if I did make it happen, I don't think I'd be able to live the lifestyle that I would want. The dreamer in me can not stop plotting & scheming up ways to make a move to San Francisco a reality - then my logical side (heh hem, Luke) kicks in & brings me back down to earth.
As much as I love this city, I think I'll keep it for long weekend trips every few years or so. It will become the city that I visit & continually fall in love with time & time again. Each time I return its incredible views, amazing restaurants & steep hills will make me fall head over heels again.
I've reserved a special place in my heart, just for you, San Francisco.