It has been about five months since I moved from San Diego to here in San Francisco. During the first month, I was a kind of the tourist. I drive around this city every weekend to see many places and actually had fun. From the second month, my class of Java programming at UC Berkely Extension started and it required me to study in weekends to some extent. When I finished the class, I began to see movies in order to have fun in addition to learn English.
Recently, actually it was a week ago, I noticed I have very few friends in San Francisco and felt a little bit sick. I do not say this is homesickness, but “friend” sick. Of course, there are a lot of Japanese in SF and Bay area. And I can meet them if I hope. It is not so difficult thing for me. But I want to try communicating with non-Japanese more because I need to get better English capability.
Today I joined “pickup softball” at Balboa Park, which is played every weekend and everybody can join it without any RSVP. I knew this earlier, but hadn’t been there so far. You know, it needs a bit of courage when you participate in new community. That was me this morning. However, I was happy to to there and just play softball. There were around 30 people (!) which was much more than I imagined. I practiced in next place at first and then joined two games. I really enjoyed it. I will probably be there again and hope to make some friends.