Melissa Eisenberg

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The dating feedback loop — Part 2

After my first post about the dating feedback loop, I wanted to…

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Dating in San Francisco can be hard. Men don’t seem to want to commit and women are looking too hard for a potential life partner. (TangentPursuit.com)

The dating feedback loop

There are no available men here. According to every single girlfriend I…

Dating in San Francisco can be hard. Men don’t seem to want to commit and women are looking too hard for a potential life partner. (TangentPursuit.com)
“South of Market: The Musical” touches on the stereotypes of San Francisco’s tech-driven culture. (Melissa Eisenberg/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘South of Market: The Musical’ hits close to home

Tucked away in the deep Mission/Potrero — whatever you call it —…

“South of Market: The Musical” touches on the stereotypes of San Francisco’s tech-driven culture. (Melissa Eisenberg/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Abstaining from technology can help put one’s priorities ­— and life — in perspective. (Courtesy photo)

Fasting from technology

So, I finally did it. After weeks of writing about it, I…

Abstaining from technology can help put one’s priorities ­— and life — in perspective. (Courtesy photo)
There is a lot more to people than what they do and where they live. Better questions to ask when you meet someone for the first time might be something like, “What do you love to do in your free time?” Or, “What is the best meal you’ve had in a while?” (Courtesy photo)

‘What do you do?’ … Questioning the questions

A million thoughts start racing through my brain. I am completely and…

There is a lot more to people than what they do and where they live. Better questions to ask when you meet someone for the first time might be something like, “What do you love to do in your free time?” Or, “What is the best meal you’ve had in a while?” (Courtesy photo)
Even though it might seem kind of scary, giving social media a break every now and then can show you who your real friends are. (Courtesy photo)

Anti-social media code

As I write this, I can’t help but switch back and forth…

Even though it might seem kind of scary, giving social media a break every now and then can show you who your real friends are. (Courtesy photo)
Addiction can sneak up on us in many different ways, either through pleasure-seeking or by coping with stress. (Huffington Post, 2016)

Being addicted in The City

Almost one year ago, I lost one of my best friends to…

Addiction can sneak up on us in many different ways, either through pleasure-seeking or by coping with stress. (Huffington Post, 2016)
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What you can learn while waiting outside for the iPhone 7

Just to be clear: I have no desire to get an iPhone…

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Navigating the startup scene in San Francisco is a lot like playing high stakes poker. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose it all. (Courtesy photo)

In S.F., we’re either hitting the jackpot or losing it all

As the cards got dealt, I sat on the sidelines watching my…

Navigating the startup scene in San Francisco is a lot like playing high stakes poker. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose it all. (Courtesy photo)
A very familiar sight at concerts these days. What would it feel like to actually unplug? (Odyssey Online 2016)

Pulling the plug on tech

In the places we think people unplug from tech, whether wifi-free coffee…

A very familiar sight at concerts these days. What would it feel like to actually unplug? (Odyssey Online 2016)
There may be a lot of things in San Francisco to be afraid of, but one thing you shouldn’t fear is being yourself. (wizardofozcollectables.net)

Dispelling fear in an age of uncertainty

I was once told that the opposite of fear is love. Truthfully,…

There may be a lot of things in San Francisco to be afraid of, but one thing you shouldn’t fear is being yourself. (wizardofozcollectables.net)
The high cost of living in The City makes it difficult for creative people to stay. (Courtesy Deb Leal)

Gentrification heartbreak in San Francisco

Every time I walk up to the Lower Haight, my heart hurts…

The high cost of living in The City makes it difficult for creative people to stay. (Courtesy Deb Leal)
One thing that any San Francisco resident is familiar with is how it continuously changes, as caught masterfully here in Janet Delaney’s “10th at Folsom” taken in 1982. (Courtesy Janet Delaney)

Not the same old San Francisco

We all know about the massive exodus of S.F. natives fleeing the…

One thing that any San Francisco resident is familiar with is how it continuously changes, as caught masterfully here in Janet Delaney’s “10th at Folsom” taken in 1982. (Courtesy Janet Delaney)
Attaining a clear work-life balance can be challenging, but it should be a priority in order to avoid burning out. (Courtesy photo)

Feeling the burn(out)

There have been times in my career where I could barely function.…

Attaining a clear work-life balance can be challenging, but it should be a priority in order to avoid burning out. (Courtesy photo)
Some San Francisco residents do not want “to be big” as in an adult, like young Josh Baskin in the movie “Big.” (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)

Growing up in Neverland

I didn’t grow up here. I hail all the way from Ohio,…

Some San Francisco residents do not want “to be big” as in an adult, like young Josh Baskin in the movie “Big.” (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)
Dolores Park.  (Peter Lawrence Kane/Special to S.F. Examiner)

With great privilege comes no accountability

Remember what it felt like to be put in time out? The…

Dolores Park.  (Peter Lawrence Kane/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A lot of tech workers don’t even realize the amount of privilege and perks they have. (Courtesy graphic)

Let’s be honest about our tech industry privilege

Thank god I haven’t had to worry about where I am getting…

A lot of tech workers don’t even realize the amount of privilege and perks they have. (Courtesy graphic)
HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may be a funny show, but for some, it hits too close to home. (Courtesy HBO)

Silicon Valley realness, for reals

Sipping my zin’ on cheat day, I sit down to watch the…

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may be a funny show, but for some, it hits too close to home. (Courtesy HBO)
Zinfandel Experience is just one of the many alcohol-related festivities in the Bay Area. (Courtesy photo)

Hi, my name is San Francisco, and I am an alcoholic

We like to drink copiously. I have never lived in a city…

Zinfandel Experience is just one of the many alcohol-related festivities in the Bay Area. (Courtesy photo)
With online services such as Postmates that deliver food from restaurants like McDonald’s it can be too easy to never leave the house and socialize with our fellow citizens. (Chandice Choi/AP)

Escape the room: Building offline community

Here’s a harsh reality of our current culture: I never have to…

With online services such as Postmates that deliver food from restaurants like McDonald’s it can be too easy to never leave the house and socialize with our fellow citizens. (Chandice Choi/AP)