Early morning, bittersweet. After a little over a year, today is my last day in Santa Barbara. At least this time. I'm sitting here, having my coffee and thinking back, all that has happened since I've been here, the one step forward, two steps back, turning things over in my mind and trying to make what turned into a rather painful ending into an exciting and welcoming beginning. Sometimes that can take a lot of twisting and turning.
So, I'm pretty much packed. Of course there are lots of loose ends to take care of today. Like, go by Peet's Coffee and buy some of my favorite Chai Tea. I know Portland has great tea and tea houses, the Tao of Tea being one of my favorites, but I just need to have one tin of Peet's with me. Sorting and deciding which things will stay in the long term storage unit, which to take with me in the limited space I will have and adding to the Goodwill bag, moving is never fun. You would think by now I wouldn't have much left to sort out, but like all good humans, I continue to accumulate.
It's raining here today in Santa Barbara. That's actually a good sign. I remember when I lived in Hawaii right after I graduated from high school. The day I was leaving Honolulu to come back to California, it poured rain. The locals told me that when it rains on the day you are leaving, the island is crying for you, sad to see you go. I think the same story applies here. I'm gonna miss you too, Santa Barbara. You've given me a lot. More fun in the 80's than I've ever had in my life, the birthplace of my beautiful daughter, breathtaking scenery that always stay with me, and like San Francisco, I will leave you part of my heart.