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move from PA to CA @ September's end [12 Sep 2007|08:26pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Hey all,

I'm about to (rent a truck with my car in tow and) drive to the San Diego area from State College, PA and was looking for people (1 person really) who might also be interested in moving west.

My goal is to have someone do at least half of the driving and share the expenses. I am moving alone, so if I have a friend (who is not moving) drive with me, I'll have to pay to fly them back to the east coast. If you live on the east coast/in PA and are someone who can move with fewer than 3 weeks notice, get a hold of me to brainstorm how we might be able to make this work.

I'm leaving at the end of September. (Just FYI, I don't need roommates; I have housing assistance and am required to live alone.)

Take care,

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Moving to Harvey Mudd [22 Jul 2007|02:28pm]

Hey guys,
I had a question for the members of the community. I'm from Cincinnati, OH and might be transferring to Harvey Mudd for an internship at Biostar West in the city of Claremont, California. I've lived in Cincinnati for practically my whole life, and really have no idea of how I'd be getting around over there. I guess I was wondering if anyone knew about any local cheap housing, affordable or otherwise decently priced apartment places or the like? Oh, also, given that I'm probably going to be driving up there, does anyone have any tips for me, or things I should get in order before I get there?
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[10 Dec 2006|11:57pm]

Greetings everyone,

My name is Lesley, I am currently living in the blustery cold of Wisconsin.
My partner and I are looking to move to California in a few years time, we are thinking about Manhattan Beach.
It is going to be a few years though, finishing school and saving money.
But I am glad to have found this community!
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[12 Sep 2005|06:53pm]

So I'm planning on continuing my education here (Purdue University: North Central, in Westville, Indiana) for the remainder of the year, and maybe even an extra semester (two at the most, hopefully). Then, I'm hoping to move out to some place between the Santa Cruz and Monterey area. I guess, if you're in-between those two cities and whatnot, life's a little less expensive. That's not to say, though, that it won't be pricey -- I know.

Oh well, my cousin Cheryl and her husband Jason are looking at moving out in a year, and I told them that if I had the opportunity that I'd love to stay with them and pay rent for my room, which obviously would be cheaper than living in an apartment by myself or living in a dorm. I'm already going to be bogged down with awesome loans. Great.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my grand idea with you all...

I hope everyone's doing well!
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Fashion Advice [11 Sep 2005|12:43pm]

Things are looking up for me so I've got to do some research. I'm a techie working on the front ends of web sites. My interview suit is from 1999 and while it still fits me just fine, the style is a bit outdated. Sooner or later I will have to buy a new one and I'm wondering if I should do it here in the UK or wait until I'm on the ground in California. My quandary boils down to style: will the type of suit that a senior technologist in the UK wears for interviews also land me a job in California?

You guys could really help me if you'd comment with links to US sites that show up-to-date women's suits for professionals.

Cross-posted to my LJ
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[17 Aug 2005|10:08pm]

Maybe I should take this time to justify my previous entry -- the one with the pictures, that is...

I flew out to San Jose, Ca on the 30th of July, and stayed with some family of mine (who we luckily got back into close contact with a few months beforehand). It was fantastic, being that they happen to live in Royal Oaks, which is a community just outside of Watsonville, Prunedale, and such cities of that sort. I ended up being able to stay until August 9th. In that time, I got a taste for their FRESH (and believe me, it's a big deal when you live in the Midwest) produce and seafood, as well as the culture and a general feel of why exactly I've always dreamed of moving out there.

Originally, I'll admit, when the plane was touching down, I was looking out the window at the neighboring mountains and the hills, and I was like, "uhm... Everything's brown!" Needless to say, my friends (I have a few that also happen to live in that area) never happened to mention the fact that the grass is brown when it's not raining in the winter. So, I spent the first two days bitching to myself about that, and then, of course, there was the sea fog. That's right, no one mentioned that either, which was definitely something to get used to as well.

Eventually, I got over it... And how cold the weather was by the ocean, and things got easier. I just wished that I had brought with me more than one hoodie and some better clothes that could be layered. However, I guess I should take the time to state, for those of you who may not know... Inland, it's a hell of a lot warmer. (Royal Oaks is only about four miles from the ocean.)

But anyway... Here's a quick run-down of the shit that I happened to do:

Saturday: Unpacked a little, and later ended up going to Pacific Grove (just past Monterey) and watching the Feast of Lanterns, which is this interesting, annual pageant of sorts that they have.
Sunday: Sat around the house with my Aunt and Uncle and hoped that time would go by quick enough that my cousins would finally come back home.
Monday: I met up with a friend of mine, whom I've talked to for the past six-and-a-half years (online), and we drove down Highway 1 to Big Sur. I highly recommend this long drive!!
Tuesday: Went to Monterey to visit both the Naval Post-Graduate School (NPS), and the Defense Language Institute (DLI). I thought this was interesting, just because I happen to be rather patriotic, and I thought it was awesome to see where my uncle had worked and whatnot. (He retired from the Navy with 28 years under his belt.)
Wednesday: My uncle, aunt and I went to Salinas to the Steinbeck Museum, which was very interesting... Even for those who haven't the slightest idea as to who he was. (I never got the pleasure of having to read anything he had written in high school.)
Thursday: My cousin's husband, Jason took me to Cannery Row in Monterey, as well as the aquarium. Cheryl, my cousin, happens to work there, so we got in for free and it was fantastic. I highly suggest that anyone who goes should check out the jellies and the sea otters! And, also, if you're looking for tourist-like gifts, Cannery Row has a ton of shops.
Friday: My cousin and I got pedicures, went shopping up in Gilroy (where it was a nice 100º, compared to the mid-60's/low-70's in Royal Oaks), and later to Salinas to see Cannery Row, which was performed at Hartnell College.
Saturday: My cousins and I went to Watsonville to the Strawberry Festival. And, in case any of you didn't know, I guess Watsonville's the strawberry capital.
Sunday: Cheryl and I drove to Santa Cruz, and she was kind enough to drive me around UCSC, and then we went downtown, and then to the pier near the boardwalk, which was rather fun.
Monday: Jason and I went to a beach in Marina, because I had yet to actually walk barefoot on the sand and feel the COLD Pacific water with my feet. Then, we met up with Cheryl for lunch and afterward he and I went to another beach and played frisbee and walked around.
Tuesday: I had to get on a plane and come back home to Indiana... Needless to say -- and no, I'm not exaggerating -- I cried.

So that's my trip in a short-but-sweet manner... So if any of you have stories about visiting, or whatever, please know that you're all more than welcome to throw them up, on this community.

Do take care, all of you!

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[17 Aug 2005|10:02pm]

So, I have pictures from my trip to the Monterey Bay Area...


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yayah [08 Jul 2005|05:15pm]

this place sucks.. Don't move here.
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Dreaming of the west coast [08 Jul 2005|01:10pm]

[ mood | wistful ]

The farthest west I've ever been is Aurora, IL. Right now I'm living in Glendale Heights, IL (Chicagoland). I feel as though, over the last few years, I've given up nearly everything I ever wanted for my life. I mean, yes, I wanted to be a wife and a mother, eventually. I LOVE and ADORE my son, I would never trade him for anything. But. And there's the word. I wanted a college education. I wanted to be a psychologist, or maybe a photographer. I wanted NOT to live in the midwest for the rest of my life. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to get out of Michigan. And I've done it, but we're not far, and likely we'll end up near enough that it won't make much difference. I've got California on my mind. I have for the last couple of years. For some unknown reason, it calls to me. I want to go see the ocean and live in the sunshine and temperate weather. I want to surround myself with other people like me (extremely liberal, vegetarian, hippyesque, witch), and just... relax. My husband thinks my view of Cali is romanticized, and maybe that's true. I tell him to take me there for a visit, then, maybe I won't want to live there anymore! But somewhere in the back of my mind I know that seeing would be believing. I know visiting would only increase my desire to live there. But what can I do? My husband all but refuses the idea. He says he wants to live near trees and water and have a yard and a garage. He insists that's impossible in California unless you're rich. Maybe so. We're restricted to wherever his school places him for at least a year, anyway.

But, failing a move west, I figure I can come to a community such as this and dream out loud.

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Applying to Grad School [08 Jul 2005|12:45pm]

[ mood | confused ]

Hi, my name is Lesley Silvia and I am looking at art schools in California to get my masters at. I graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL in May 2001 with a Bachelors in Art. I have lived in Florida all my life. It's time to go! :) My main area of focus within art was photography. Right now, my concern is what field to go into. Lots of the schools offer masters in several areas. The ones I have interest in are as follows:

  • photography
  • graphic design
  • digital media
  • web design

    Some schools I am looking at only offer a few of those areas. Most it's a choice between photography and graphic design. Photography is my love, but I see it as more of an inner learning, something I don't suppose I'll make money from because I'm unlikley to be happy photographing other people's ideas (for instance, I used to work as a photographer at Olin Mills and it was horrible for me.) I do however, really enjoy the other three. I have had a blast making web sites, logos, flyers, etc. for other people. So perhaps the smarter choice is to not choose photography to specialize in. Can you have minors when you get your masters? If so, maybe I should minor in photography.

    We don't have a set area of California, though we are hoping for Oakland/San Fran area with Plan B being L.A. I have been to L.A. but not San Francsico. Anyway, here are the schools I am looking at and asked them to send me more info:

  • Brooks Institute of Photography
  • San Fran Arts Institute
  • California College of the Arts
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Cal Arts
  • The Arts Institute

    If anyone has any insights into them or can think of one that I may have overlooked, please let me know. The main things effecting my choices for which school to choose are:

  • cost of living
  • scholarships/loan availability
  • job market for both my husband and I

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    [30 Jun 2005|12:31pm]

    so much has gone on with me, since i last posted anything about the likes of california here. i'm an extremely indecisive person, especially when people are constantly telling me that itd be impossible for me to move anywhere out of the state of indiana.

    i made a deal with my father, once i was accepted to a local university. he said that he'd like to see me stay here for a year and get used to school and working //full time, mind you//. so i guess my goal, now, is to get the highest gpa that i can, which wont be too hard because im taking some pretty easy classes, and then ill apply to transfer to UCSC, or perhaps some other, local university.

    and on a similar note, i should be in the santa cruz/monterey/royal oaks/scotts valley area between august 5th - 15th. if any of you have any ideas of what's fun to do, it'd be much appreciated. i'm visiting a friend/crush //i've known for 6.5 years//, and some family.

    do take care,
    bethany; el mod.
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    seriously... lets move to SoCal [10 Jun 2005|11:35pm]

    someone can move into my house if they come out here.. it sucks in LA
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    [24 May 2005|08:50pm]

    I am a 21 male looking to get out of this hell ohio. i need a place to go. i have an education in communication broadcasting. I dont smoke, drink occasionaly, but will respect house rules to do that else where. I am straite but that dose not mean i will not live with someone who is not. I am clean and organized and just need help getting out of here. Thank you.
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    ambitions [31 Mar 2005|10:15pm]

    I've been having this brilliant plan in my head. Sell most of our (my husband and I) stuff and strike out for CA.

    Problem is; no idea where to live. I could sling burgers or tear tickets at the tilt-a-whirl (that's what I basically do right now). Whatever. I have almost no qualms of living in a tent in some camping ground near where I'd work.

    I've been to California approximately twice. My husband's been once, on a band trip to Disneyland. We're both born an bred native Texans, and that's extremely unfortunate. We're freaks in our state. I've heard from tons of people that we'd fit right in in CA.

    I like to think that I have California in my blood...my father was born in Pomona (though to see/know him, you'd think "No way is that guy cool enough to have been born in Cali.) The place holds a certain magic for me. I've only been to Southern CA (Los Angeles area, mostly.), but it's enough and I want to see more. And now that I've discovered Francesca Lia Block books...well, there's no turning back.

    I would kill to live in my late grandfather's old house in Pomona, but my uncle freaking SOLD the place. Beautiful! Guest house, a two-way compartment in the kitchen where the milkman would make a delivery back in the day, a lemon tree in the backyard, a beautiful sunporch, a peacock that roamed the neighborhood. (Damn you Rick!)

    ANYway, anyone think I'm too crazy?

    x-posted to missingcalif
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    phone calls. [20 Mar 2005|09:43pm]

    [ mood | confused ]

    okay. so i said i wanted to go to grad school in ca. but now i'm thinking that maybe i should live there for a year, gain residency, and then start. but then i'm like well what if i don't get in where i want to go.

    i'm so indecisive.

    i told you that i work at a camp near santa cruz, right? well i resultingly i have made a ton of friends that live in cali. and every time i talk to them i want to just pack a box and get my patooska down there.

    i don't know how i will afford it. california that is. like it's going to be MAD expensive. but my friends are desperately trying to pressure me into being their roomies and whatnot.

    i'm just torn. i want to do it now. but i can't afford it.

    GAH! i'm going to buy some lottery tickets...

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    [20 Mar 2005|07:17pm]

    so, as of friday night, my mom and my second-oldest sister have come up with a plan for me after i graduate. the plan goes something like this:

    fly out of chicago to portland, oregon, where my sister and her husband will pick me up, and from there we'll eventually drive down to the monterey bay area and hang out for a while (both with some family -- the ones that i'm hoping to be able to move in with, and also with other people... at least for me, because i know that i'll be seeing lucas while i'm there. it's manditory). i'll probably be around the west coast anywhere from a week to two weeks. i'm shooting for two, now, so i can be better aquainted with this area that i want to live in, and so i can also spend some awesome bonding time with my sister and her husband, whom i haven't seen for a good five years, and when i did see her it was for a day, when our grandmother passed away.

    it's kind of nice, though, because my mom's starting to be more open, and perhaps even accepting of the idea of me moving away. i asked her if she would make me a cookbook of simple things, seeing as how i don't think that i'm going to have a lot of money, and she replied, "why do you have to go and guess these things that are supposed to be surprises?!" i chuckled, in response.

    anywho, i've got some crazy psychology homework to do, as well as econ.

    i hope all is well!
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    [18 Mar 2005|06:40pm]

    if my family doesn't let me stay with them... i think i'll have to go and find myself a room somewhere. i guess they can be anywhere from $300-600, at least. some people were telling me that it'll be a good thing, though, if i leave in the summer because that's when all of the college kids leave the area (more or less).

    all that worries me is finding a job to afford everything. and, right... getting lost. i admit, that probably scares me the most.
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    [17 Mar 2005|05:28pm]

    well, it seems that i might just have a place to stay. of course, now that i've said that i think i've jinxed myself. there are some family figures that live in monterey, which is precisely the area that i've wanted to move to. well, alright, let's be honest here -- i just want to be in the santa cruz area. i hope that things go well and they agree to let me stay with them. i'd work full time somewhere and gain residency, and then i'll attempt to go to CSUMB, California State University: Monterey Bay. they'll accept people for elementary education, which is something i didnt see when i looked up UCSC, University of California: Santa Cruz, last time.

    my mom told me to call CSUMB and ask them for the requirements. hell, i better be able to do this online, because i absolutely hate calling people for information because i feel like they just look down upon me, even though they know nothing about me and my situation. bleh.

    we shall see, and i'll be sure to list the details!

    OH! and ps: becca's not moving out with me. this is a completely solo mission and i'm starting to worry about becoming an adult.
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    [17 Mar 2005|02:45pm]

    Oh Hey! This is super exciting!

    I'm Rachel. A teacher in WA state. I'm in the process of getting my credential in CA and then I'll be off, poking around the school district offices of Nor Cal and hoping that someone will believe in what I have to offer so I can pay the rent. =) I'm having lots of fun with this. I just got fingerprinted this morning!

    So, I've already started looking at stuff. I signed up on rent.com and have been checking stuff out. Also, there's a lot about apartment listings on the craigs list site to help you figure out what sort of a budget you'll have, what you can expect to pay for rent and what you get for it.

    I heart searching for apartments. I'm addicted. I really want to live in Santa Cruz. I've been working at a resident summer camp near there for four years now I have fallen in love with the area.

    What made you decide to move to CA?
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