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This a good idea. I guess Iíll go.

Summer vacation. Isnít that enough? Oh, and Iíve been working on my Spanish too, and July 4th is coming up. But I havenít been working much on DR1VE, unfortunately...

Anyway, great topic idea, hopefully this will introduce some much-needed positivity into the site and help people appreciate the good in their lives.
I like this idea, even though I never read the other thread (would rather read this one instead Wink).

I've been living in a great house and great neighborhood for just over a year and we're still here, and I'm getting to take it easy and enjoy summer and Independence Day in the US, along with several fun activities.
Awesome,

The summer is great. Depending on where you are no more winter coats.

Of course I am excited for the fourth of July and I will be watching fireworks.
Getting laid off at the end of the month.

The office I manage has shrunk over the last 12-18 months so my services as a full time office manager are no longer required. There was a high level decision to hire in locations that was closer to the talent (e.g. San Francisco) and also to open and hire internationally and over the last 18 months my office has shrunk from 80 to 20 employees while the other USA offices are moving into larger spaces and our international office is moving for the second time in 3 months.

Normally this a "Darn, this sucks" type of scenario but I realized that it's really a blessing in disguise. It's been my dream for the last 10 years to move out of the San Francisco Bay Area; it started when I worked retail when I realized I could transfer to another store. Not that I was heavily considering a move then but I eventually moved onto another job where I once again could transfer to other locations and I started to get more serious; mostly because it paid more and I could finally afford this dream.

Life continued and I eventually got a proper career and figured I'd build experience in this career and use that to apply elsewhere. My goal was around 2-3 years as I figured that was a decent stint to get experience. But alas, I didn't get all the experience I wanted as my office shrunk instead of grew. I still managed quite a few vendor contracts and roles but there's still some direct experiences I missed out on.

Now that I no longer have excuse to stay in the Bay Area, I'm going to leave. I may not be super young anymore but I've got a great foundation to set out on.

I told my friends when I visited Minnesota about a month ago and they encouraged me to head out their way. I looked at neighborhoods and I even applied for a job out here -- am hoping to hear back on the second round of interviews. It won't be easy,for a Sunny California boy to move to the mid-west, the Winters are especially rough. Even so, my game plan is to get a quaint job out there and enjoy life.

I always ensure I have a great work-life balance but in my current environment, I still feel like a slave to my work. Even though I shifted my hours to a 6:30a to 3p (rather than an 9-5) I drive 90 minute round trip every day to go to a job 17 miles away; 25 minutes in the morning and about 60 minutes on the way home. I can't really go anywhere from 4-7pm because it'll take me 2 hours for a round trip. Figure 45 minutes there, 30 minutes to shop, and another 45 mins to get home. And it's not even a far trip to the shopping center. It's just what happens when you have 5M+ people all on the road going home at the end of the work day. Granted these folks are all over the bay and not just in my surrounding neighborhoods, with ~1M in my city, ~1M in each of the neighboring cities and equally more a little further out, it's pretty easy to imagine all these folks need to clog the roads to get home from the very few big working cities such as Mountain View and San Francisco. Also, the Bay Area doesn't have a great public transit system like NYC, Seattle, and other locations. Mostly has to do with the 10+ cities that need to work together to make it happen whereas NYC & Seattle are just one city. That said, San Francisco has a great transit system it's just not always easy for a resident who lives in another city to get there for work.

During my time in the small mid-west town, I encountered no traffic. I went out at 8am no problem, and went places at 5pm no problem. There was no "we gotta beat the rush" attitude and everything was so carefree. But that also means there's a lack of jobs so that's no fun. I'm hoping to secure a job and to start leaning on my hobbies a bit more, such as photo & video, and turn that into a proper side business.

My goal is to move out there, rent for about 6 months then find a house to buy. Get a 15 year mortgage and with my downpayment it'll be about the same as my rent. Get married and by the time I'm 45-50yo, the house will be paid off and I can retire early then I can vacation and have little to worry about.

I already feel really happy about this. I do have some reservations, such as moving before I have a job and whether or not I'll truly enjoy it. I've never done anything this drastic in my life and that alone is intimidating, but I'm ready for it. There's no telling what the future holds but I know I don't want a future in the Bay Area, and I have control of that. I've been planning the road trip ever since, I want to drive there in 5 days but the closer we get to Winter I may just fly out there and ship everything else plus my car.

My family is here. A big chunk of my friends are here. But in the end I can always visit. My parents really want me to head up to Oregon or Washington because that's likely where they'll move once my mom retires but maybe I can convince them to move where I am Wink
Ahh yes the big city to the quieter life - sounds like a good plan.

Like my father in law always says - "there are no problems, only solutions" - I'm glad you are looking at this as an opportunity rather than a roadblock Smile.
Fellow Minnesotan here! I hope you end up getting the job here and end up moving. It's always great to hear what people think of the state (Pretty underrated in my opinion). Yeah the winters can be rough, but I've lived here my entire life and wouldn't want to live anywhere else (traveling is still great though). Nobody ever gets used to the winters even though we pretend to) but it's always fun to see how people from warmer areas react when it's 40įF out in the spring and everyone has shorts and a t-shirt on.

Wish you the best of luck!
tr1p1ea wrote:
I'm glad you are looking at this as an opportunity rather than a roadblock Smile


Yeah! I'm a firm believer of "Life is what make of it." I know it's viewed as a crock of poop to some, almost sounds like a /r/WowThanksImCured mentality/post, but it's really helped me.

matkeller19 wrote:
Fellow Minnesotan here! I hope you end up getting the job here and end up moving.


Even if they come back and tell me they've moved on to other candidates I'm still very, very tempted to move anyways; I've been in contact with an employment agency. The problem is that I'm not planning to move to Minneapolis so the jobs will be a bit harder to come by. But I can perhaps move out there, get an AirBnB for 2-3 months and live off my savings while I attempt to find a job. Once I do, move into an apartment.

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It's always great to hear what people think of the state (Pretty underrated in my opinion). Yeah the winters can be rough, but I've lived here my entire life and wouldn't want to live anywhere else (traveling is still great though).


I really loved the 5 or so days I spent there. Let me tell you, the rain was something else. Here in the Bay Area rain is just a sprinkle. Like, you're not going to get soaked going from your front door to your driveway but in Minnesota that's entirely a possibility and it happened. The thunder was phenomenal, I recorded about 5 minutes of audio of the rain & thunder.

Winter will be something else entirely, I'm sure.

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Nobody ever gets used to the winters even though we pretend to) but it's always fun to see how people from warmer areas react when it's 40įF out in the spring and everyone has shorts and a t-shirt on.


The friend whom I visited, lived in the Bay for a good chunk of her life before following her dad out there about 4 years ago. I visited two years ago and again this past September and loved it both times. So if she can handle it, I should settle in just fine. I already do well in cold weather, I tend to run a little warm anyways, but we rarely get below 45ļF. It was 44 the other morning and I was cold but I still had a light sweater on.
Alex wrote:
My parents really want me to head up to Oregon or Washington because that's likely where they'll move once my mom retires but maybe I can convince them to move where I am Wink


You should move to Washington, then we can be IRL friends like i have always wanted

/me hides far away
Pieman7373 wrote:
Alex wrote:
My parents really want me to head up to Oregon or Washington because that's likely where they'll move once my mom retires but maybe I can convince them to move where I am Wink


You should move to Washington, then we can be IRL friends like i have always wanted

/me hides far away


Sorry bro Sad Sometimes you have to let life lead you.

Apologies for not following up: (1) I wasn't sure where to post this and (2) I wanted to post when I was "settled in" and ready to write a dedicated topic but the goal posts kept moving on what "settled in" meant to me. So, I'll keep things brief. Got the job and two weeks later I started the road trip to Minnesota. I managed the drive in four days with roughly 31 hours of driving total. The size of the dash cam footage is 220GB. I've got the footage condensed into 7 minutes and working on lengthening that a tad as I slow down the footage for cool stops and also add in photos. I also exported the footage in real time for the giggles but YouTube doesn't accept videos longer than 12 hours so I think I'll speed it up by 3x.

The apartment is coming together nicely and work is super rewarding already. Holidays are looking a little lonely as I won't be heading home but I've made quite a few friends already. On the plus side, I finally get to have steak for thanksgiving dinner instead of turkey or ham. Razz
  
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