By yankeehack (Wed Nov 20, 2019 at 07:49:28 PM EST) (all tags)
it's really real. Really.

I now have a favorite bar in Mountain View. I took nearly $800 in rideshare rides in almost 6 weeks. I visited SF on a Sunday afternoon and got food poisoning. I had a date.

I'm back on the East Coast after nearly 6 weeks in Cali. It went by quickly - for the first few weeks, all I did was work, eat dinner out, and then go back to whatever Airbnb I was staying at.

In fact, I stayed in 5 different Airbnbs while I was out there. I did this purposely so I could get a feel for the commute times to the office from different neighborhoods. 4 Silicon Valley guesthouse setups of varying sizes and amenities and one shitty loud efficiency apartment that should not be an Airbnb at all somewhat near Stanford. The guesthouses ranged in size of one-bedroom nicely appointed apartments to a duplex setup where you could hear the host family to a literal shed in someone's yard. The shed was actually the nicest one out of it all, except you didn't want to chill there.

I didn't start my apartment search until almost the last week. I found a very tiny cottage just on the outskirts of the Stanford campus via craigslist and went to the open house. (I did think to ask the lady showing it if she had a preference for Stanford students, she said she did not.) All I got was glares from the Stanford students waiting in line as I walked up to the cottage. It was cute, in a "you'll be living in a camp cabin" kind of way. I put an application in that night, the landlord said she'd process it, but I never heard from her. I was a little stressed when I realized I wasn't getting the cottage.

That led me to a few days of actual apartment searching before I was actually supposed to leave for the East Coast. (And oh, the variable daily rate for apartment quotes is a thing and that is a helluva racket.) I thought I had a good lead with this one apartment complex because I had driven through it. The pictures on the Internet were really nice. But when I returned to the complex during the day, I learned I apparently drove through a separate townhouse development. That and it looked like the complex could have been in any other state. I also realized that I didn't want to commute from the other side of 85 anyway.

I went to the office defeated and told the CFO that I needed to stay for the weekend. She was like, "Sure! Go find something you like."

The next day I set up a few appointments, and the apartments ranged from a 1st floor special that was on the other side of 85 (again - I wouldn't have gone but the map was wrong), a complex with gates and bars on the windows (but I did like the garage parking)...and then after a 2-glass of wine lunch in Downtown Mountain View, the place that was kinda pricey but I wanted to check it out because of the Yelp reviews.

I really liked the pricier place. It was a bit milennial, as the leasing office personnel were maybe in their mid to late 20s but here's my new life. The grounds were once a farm and they still have some of the plants and trees. There will be a citrus tree right outside my door. From the Yelp reviews, I knew to ask for a place not near Caltrain. And the best part, I got a ground floor bungalow apartment, with no neighbors above me. Plus, I could get a bike or even walk to work.

Ironically, the apartment complex is close to the first guesthouse I stayed at. 

As I was leaving the complex, there was a grandpa wearing a Phillies hat pushing a stroller. If that isn't a sign, I don't know what is.

Anyway, I got the confirmation today from the complex, so all I need to do now is...plan to move in late December. And tell my family.

The plan is for LO and I to move when she is on winter break. We are gonna drive because of the cats.


Errata: While I do get complimented (quite frequently) that I don't look my age, I wasn't expecting the frequency of getting checked out by dudes IRL in SV. Also had the unnerving experience of walking in downtown Mountain View during the day and having groups of tech bros pass me by on the street. Like no women at all in these groups.


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Congratulations! by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Nov 20, 2019 at 07:59:08 PM EST
Sounds like things are really going well!

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Cool! by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Nov 21, 2019 at 06:24:31 AM EST
Moving cross-country in late December can be an adventure. Not too unusual for the passes on I-80 to be closed by snow.

Have fun in the land of overpriced housing and beautiful weather! Well, when it's not fire season. Don't forget to get the earthquake rider on your renter's insurance.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I'm not going to chance 80 by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Nov 21, 2019 at 10:03:29 AM EST
We'll do it on a Southerly route. A few years ago, LO and I did the drive from Philly to NOLA in two days so I think we'll redo that drive (at least to get us down to I-10, and then we can get across.

When I was in Cali, I thought the fire coverage was overblown, at least on the national news which made it sound like everything was on fire. We did have a very smokey evening in Palo Alto on one of the nights, but that was about it. Most of the SV towns were not affected by the power outages either.

I've experienced three earthquakes on the East Coast, so ¯_(ツ)_/¯
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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Fires by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Nov 23, 2019 at 11:08:48 AM EST
When I was in Sonoma, week after last, several of the other folks were from the surrounding area. Many of them talked of seeing the fires from their houses, of wearing masks and staying in because of the smoke, and they weren't that close.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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So by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 3) #4 Thu Nov 21, 2019 at 04:22:28 PM EST
Are we meeting before you leave, or what?  It’s only been 7 years

Mountain View seemed cool by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Nov 23, 2019 at 11:10:45 AM EST
I have friends living there and got to visit them before and after the Sonoma retreat. They can walk to work and to the downtown area. I hope you like it there longer term!

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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