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Friends Come to San Francisco

Friends Come to San Francisco

It’s been about 6 months since I’ve moved to San Francisco. This city is crazy, I love it, I hate it, and I can’t imagine what life would have been like had I stayed in Rochester. At the age of 25, I regret nothing about this move, and even if I end up back in Rochester in a few years, the experience that my self and Sarah are having here is something we’ll remember forever.

The weekend of Halloween, we had our first group of friends come visit. Sarah and I have tried hard to make friends out here, whether it’s people at work, or outside of work, and of course, still keep in touch with everyone from Rochester. It was amazing to have friends in town, to be able to show off the city that I’m growing to love.

It was also nice to not have to plan anything, we let the tourists handle that. All the little things that I’ve not been able to do, especially the touristy things, it felt good to be tacky and have fun for a long weekend.

The highlight was the trip to Muir Woods. It was incredible. I’ve seen photos, but standing at the base of the enormous trees is one of the most humbling things I’ve ever experienced. I’ll only casually mention the proposal, Ian (finally) asked Taylor to marry him, so that made it even more memorable. Take a look at the photo gallery page to see some Muir Woods photos, and some other snapshots of their stay.

Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, The California Academy of Science, Haight Street, we did all the things that tourists think of when they think San Francisco. It was a great way to experience a city that over the last half a year, I’ve come to appreciate, but have only seen less than 1/10th of what is available her.

I look forward to many more people coming to visit, and experiencing San Francisco with them as I grow to call this city home.

Thoughts on Trump’s Election. A Few Days Later.

Thoughts on Trump’s Election. A Few Days Later.

These last few days were rough. I’m not quite sure what to make of this. But as I said, we’re not going to take this laying down. We will not get complacent. It started Wednesday morning, friends sharing some articles about how “it’ll be ok, it’ll get better” and you know what? That’s NOT what I want to hear right now. We’re fired up, we’re angry, and by telling us that it’s going to be ok, then we’re get complacent. It hasn’t even been 24 hours. How the fuck do you think that you’ll keep this momentum going when after 20 hours, you’re already settling into an “it’ll be ok” mood?
Protests Against the Election of Donald TrumpWednesday November 11th, I spoke out against the president elect. I am incredibly proud to have taken part in the protest in San Francisco, we marched from Powell Street down to the Castro and on to city hall. Why would you protest in a liberal city? San Francisco, CA of all places? The reason is because this isn’t what we wanted, so many of us in this city, in this state spoke out against this man, throughout this election cycle, and to see him as President-elect. It’s too much.

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San Francisco – 4 Months Later

San Francisco – 4 Months Later

It’s been four months. Early June, I packed up my little car, and drove across the country and landed in the Bay Area. It’s been a roller coaster since then, 2 more cross country trips to bring the girlfriend (now fiancee) out, and we’re all settled in.

Fully loaded lil' hatchback, ready for a trip to California
Fully loaded lil’ hatchback, ready for a trip to California.

I’ll be getting back to updating this “blog” more as now I have a bit more time, possibly removing the WordPress install, and moving this to a page that I wrote the HTML/CSS/JS for, maybe not, seems like a good idea now, but things can change.

It’s still a little surreal, my goals of eventually moving to California from the East coast, it’s finally a reality. 3 years ago I set a goal, by 26 I’ll live in California, well I’m 25 now, I came in early, +1 for hard work and effort.

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What’s This All About?

What’s This All About?

This site used to be a landing page, a placeholder for when I got my web design portfolio up and running. Over the years I’ve fallen in and out of love with the web, moved more towards an app development kick (where I currently reside), and generally immersed myself in computers.

I’m currently the SME for all things Apple at a BPO company, and during my 11 month tenure with the company, I’ve accepted a position as the IT Manager and Business Relationship Manager for a new design thinking oriented research lab in San Francisco. This blog will catalogue my move from Rochester, NY and my transition to the new city, may have some road trip posts, as well as my journey into learning about what design thinking is and my progression into turning this into a lasting career.