Why move? Short answer: Because I could.
Slightly longer answer: Over the last year several things that tied me to Austin, including where I needed to be for work have shifted. Last fall, someone here suggested I was “in a rut” and should move out for a year. At first I thought they were crazy, but I was spending a lot of time here (for work) and slowly as I walked around and thought about it, I decided it was a great opportunity and I should just do it.
Real answer: All of the above, but really I don’t know yet. A lot of external things that helped partially define me have changed lately. By moving I am additionally no longer “someone who lives in Austin.” So I get a chance to see who I am now, not as encumbered by history as in most times. An adventure. A luxury.
That of course doesn’t really summarize me anymore than anyone else’s “self-summary” can capture who they really are for a group of strangers. But it does give an idea of where I am currently in my own internal self-examination.
Finally, I am choosing to live carless, so mostly looking for people in San Francisco proper. But if that doesn’t seem like a barrier to you, it isn’t a hard and fast rule for me.