Months sooner than I initially expected, I find myself living in San
Francisco. Things on here have been mostly silent since my last
extremely busy in meatspace. As I mentioned in my last post, I ended up
with an apartment in Duboce Triangle, near enough to Duboce
Park that I can easily walk
The past week has been exhausting, but really exciting. On the 31st of
May I closed on the sale of my house as expected. That was a huge
relief. On the 1st my best friend Jeremy helped me load the 16’ moving
truck I rented, and the morning of the 2nd my Dad and I, along with
Maddie, set of for the west coast. The drive was long, but a great trip.
We did it in 3 days, stopping in Grand Island, Nebraska and Salt Lake
City, Utah. The 3rd night (Monday) we drove to San Francisco and stayed
at a hotel for the final night. Tuesday morning we drove into the city
where I met the building manager to get the keys.
As we started to unpack it became clear that the truck I rented was
about 4’ too long; after emptying it into the apartment there was barely
any room left to walk.
Wednesday evening my Mom flew in from Indiana, and we spent the rest of
the week working on the apartment. A trip to IKEA, two trips to the
Container Store and several trips across the street to the thrift store
(carrying things I didn’t have room for), and the apartment is finally
feeling like a home.
It is a little surreal; for the past three years I frequently thought
about moving to the city, but mostly as an escapist fantasy. Now here I
am, actually here. After a week off (and two previous weeks really
preoccupied with the move) I go back to work tomorrow. I’m really
excited about being in the office on a daily basis and what the next
year will hold.
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I’ve avoided writing anything detailed about the changes happening in my
life for a while now, mostly out of fear of “jinxing” something (and
because I needed to get to a place where I was OK just talking about
some of them). My bio on
the Creative Commons staff
listing has been updated for
a while now, but I haven’t mentioned it here: starting a couple weeks
ago, I’m the new CTO at Creative Commons. I’ve told some friends that
this is the first job in years I don’t really know how to
do_, and that’s a
pretty exciting place to be for me.
This change in position at work has led to the second big change in my
life, one that was given away by a commenter back in
April. Next month,
I’m moving to San Francisco. I’ve actually been working from the office
in SF this week, getting up to speed on things. I was intending to look
at neighborhoods so I’d know where to look when it finally came time to
move out here. I assumed that the sale of the house would be a
lingering, drawn-out process, and that in July or August I’d finally
convince someone to take the house — “please!” — and be able to move.
It’s been a bit faster than that.
The house went into MLS on Monday, April 30. On Tuesday we had two
showings, and by Tuesday night I had an offer. Wednesday I countered,
and by the end of the day my counter offer had been accepted. So yeah,
the house sold in under a week_. The buyers have already sold their
home, and are closing May 24, so our agreement calls for us to close
by May 31, with possession 7 days later.
So this week I’ve been actually looking for an apartment for
myself. Finding an apartment in my price range that will take a dog has
been a bit of a challenge, but this afternoon I’m signing a lease for a
one bedroom near Duboce and
I like the location a lot, as it seems pretty close to lots of things
(including a park for Maddie) which is important since I’m selling my
car before I leave. So yeah, barring something unforeseen, I’ll be
living in San Francisco in less than a month. Wow.
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