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What Ever Happened to Predictability?

Ladies.The wanting to throw up continues.

I just opened the New York Craigslist apartment listings, and my immediate reaction was the urge to vomit.

Still, I'm 100% sure I have made the right decision.

Yesterday I went to Alamo Square for the first time. The small park is not far from my house, and I wanted to find a place to hoop in the sun, so that spot fit the bill. Alamo Square provides amazing views of the city, and it is a heavily visited tourist destination thanks to the Painted Ladies (aka "The Full House" houses).

It's tiny. There was a barbeque going on, some bocce ball, one kite flying high but mostly there were tourists jumping in front of the Painted Ladies while being photographed. Why they were doing this I do not know, but nearly everyone was in on it.

I didn't find Alamo Square to be a comfortable place to hula hoop because it's kind of steep, not very big, and packed with people. I felt very self conscious hooping while most everyone else was snapping photos. I noticed a lot of staring. I let it bother me, so I left before too long.

I took the 5 Fulton back to my neighborhood, which is bumping due to Outside Lands which is being held in Golden Gate Park. On my walk back a young man asked me where Turk was, and I couldn't tell him exactly. I realized I don't know The City very deeply at all.


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We have lived in the city (NYC) for years and have always tried to find a no-fee apartment on Craigslist, but it has never worked out. If you have the option to use an agent and pay the extra month's rent, it makes things a lot simpler. At the very least, consider seeing a few agents in the neighborhood you would like to live in, to see what kinds of things are available.

"On my walk back a young man asked me where Turk was, and I couldn't tell him exactly. I realized I don't know The City very deeply at all."

I've lived in 7 locales in 6 states, starting out in San Diego and ending up here 34 years on. My last stint was in the Pittsburgh area. Nine years. After which I was fond of the area like nothing else in life.

But I still felt like a complete moron. Going west, I did not know which municipality bordered mine. I suppose "knowing the city" is relative, and we're all going to know it just as much as it suits our life. Love for a city doesn't mean one knows everything about it.

Moving is always a huge thing for me, but here's hoping it's right enough to follow through on, as you've decided to do. Personally, I'm pretty fond of both areas, but give a slight edge to NYC.


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