Friday night in Switzerland as I scrolled through Facebook, suddenly my timeline was flooded with images of friends in the Bay posting about #SFBatKid. It was such a touching story to help make a little boy’s ‘Batman’ dream come true by the Make a Wish Foundation in San Francisco. To save ‘Gotham,’ the city-wide event was complete with a rescue, the Penguin, Riddler, the Bat-mobile and thousands of cheering fans.
I’ve always loved Batman! I even packed up my vintage Batman lunchbox full of nail polish when I flew back after the wedding. Of course I was instantly drawn to #SFBatKid, just like millions of others from around the world. Now that I’m living in Switzerland, after almost a decade in SF, I started thinking. Could any other city pull off such a huge spontaneous afternoon event and create such a feel-good buzz that President Obama was making a Vine cheering on SFBatkid? Here’s 5 Reason SF is truly a Superhero City that #SFBatkid helped show the world…
1. San Francisco ‘Likes’ to Have Fun (and play dress-up) ~ I don’t think there is any other city that loves ‘costumes + celebrating’ in the thousands on such a regular basis. Case in point: Bay to Breakers, San Francisco Pride, SF Love Evolution, Outside Lands, Folsom St. Fair, Halloween itself and coming up next, SantaCon.
2. Stuff Goes Viral Faster in SF ~ After living in Europe I realized I was very naive about social media. I assumed everyone (especially businesses) are on twitter, FB, and now instagram which are all companies based near SF. But the Bay Area is way ahead of the game meaning if there’s something share-worthy going on in SF, get ready for a viral wildfire.
3. The Bay Can Really Really Rally ~ Especially if the Giants, Niners, Raiders, Sharks, A’s or Warriors make the playoffs. But beyond sports; SF loves a feel-good story, encouraging entrepreneurs, and helping each other. Just ask anyone who has a start-up or volunteer at Glide to see that SF is all about support, for everyone.
4. Gotham might be Fake, but SF is Real ~ I meet people all the time in Europe who have never been to California. They always say, ‘I really want to go to LA and San Francisco soon.’ I always reply, ‘make sure you go to both because they’re very different places.’ I love LA & SF for different reasons. I’m not saying LABatKid couldn’t happen, but he’d probably get caught up in the 405 traffic and unless Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian was tweeting about him, would the story have a chance to go viral?
5. A City that Doesn’t Judge ~ Would you run up to your boss on a whim and ask to leave work early so you could make a ‘We Love BatKid’ sign and run to the Civic Center? #SFBatKid might not seem like a reason to leave work early for many employers. However, in my experience, Bay Area CEO’s and managers love the city and want to be there for those special SF moments too. Clearly, last Friday they understood that cheering on #SFBatKid was part of the whole work-life balance thing, plus a great way to start the weekend.
Final thoughts ~ Yes, living in SF means you’ll pay a LOT for rent, your car will get broken into a minimum of three times, you’ll have anywhere from strange to horrifying experiences with the homeless community, but it’s all worth it. San Francisco is truly one of the most amazing cities in the world and I’m looking forward to visiting in just a few weeks. I’m seriously craving Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant and walks on the Embarcadero with family and friends. A big thanks to #SFBatKid, the Make a Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco!
Were you following #SFBatKid? To read the full story about Miles and his day as SFBatKid, click here.