Young man, gone west
It's been over a month since my last update here, and a week and one day since I started here at my new job in sunny California. So, I figure it's about time I make some sort of peep.
Along the way - in fact in the midst of our move - I upgraded this blog to WP 2.0 and broke a number of things. Hopefully, things are stabilized enough now to offer you this exercise to compare recent experiences in Michigan and California:
|Partly cloudy, warm summer sun||Not a cloud in the sky, daystar bakery|
|Moist air, scents of green dew and cut suburban grass||Warm, dry air carrying scents of magnolia? (I guess that's what it is, anyway - correct me if I'm wrong!)|
|Two-story 1100 sqft townhouse in Royal Oak, MI, with a spacious basement, full of our stuff||Second-floor 950 sqft apartment in Santa Clara, CA, with a small balcony, devoid of our stuff|
|Two spotted ocicats and two dwarf bunnies||Two spotted ocicats and two dwarf bunnies - thank goodness!|
|15 minute commute, driving down Woodward in a Ford Focus ZX3, listening to podcasts||30 minute commute, with a walk of 3 blocks and a surprisingly non-scary bus ride, listening to podcasts|
|Free Starbucks coffee at work||Free Bean Trees barista-crafted latte at work|
|Zipping around a familiar town in a nimble Ford Focus ZX3||Lumbering around an unfamiliar town in a clumsy Pontiac Montana rental|
|Sleeping in a canopy bed, with cushy pillow top mattress||Sleeping on leaky air mattresses - the girl's in particular has failed spectacularly|
|Friends and family close by, though we hermits rarely venture out to visit||Friends and family far away, we hermits wishing we'd gotten out more|
|Familiar default choices for lazy take-out dinner||Every night's dinner is an adventure into the unknown|
|White Castle is a purveyor of evil gut bombs||Weinerschnitzel is a purveyor of evil gut bombs|
|Dairy Deluxe in Birmingham, MI is good frozen yogurt||Yumi Yogurt in Santa Clara, CA is good frozen yogurt|
|Steady internet access||Frustratingly intermittent cable modem connection|
As you can see, this is a study in sudden unfamiliarities. Our Focus actually arrived this past Monday night, and we returned the Montana to the airport last night - so that chapter of the move has closed. I hear that our stuff will arrive tomorrow, so hopefully we'll be on our way to finally settling in by this weekend.
After that... I don't know. I'm hoping we can finally establish a home base of some stability, then consider venturing out to the wonderful nearby city and maybe start to meet some people in the area. And I hope we find a good lazy default dinner choice - we miss our local Zumba for addictive and cheap Mexican-esque food.
(My new bride and I are so enamoured of Zumbas in Royal Oak, MI, that you'll find mention of them included in my new book, in Chapter 6, p140.)