The Golden Age

I’m counting down the days of classes left. The end is so near; suddenly it’s hard to grasp the idea that there are only a few more classes—three exams—left of the college project. I’m turning a critical eye toward my shelves of books, skis, bicycles, and computers. I’ll be moving again. I’m putting stuff on Craigslist, throwing out junk, taking clothes to Goodwill. It looks like it might be a long distance move…

I got final word that my Phoenix position has been transferred—I suspected this for awhile but now it’s official. I have mixed feelings; this wasn’t my first choice of cities but all my friends and recruiter contacts are there. Phoenix has good airport access and the firm has sweet digs. There are lots of openings in southern California..and I would like to live by the beach for few years, but I don’t see myself staying there long-term. So I gave a list to HR: Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, for starters. I’ve been scanning rental listings in DC, LA, and places in between, debating IKEA vs homey, locating running paths and subway stations, airports and shopping places. I like what I see in DC, except that the airports are sequestered behind toll roads and hideous traffic sinks. (I was told to plan for 2-3 days/week air travel) There are good running/biking urban trails and the river isn’t far from anything. The office has fairly good housing nearby, and IKEA, REI, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes are close at hand. I already know where I’d live in New York—down to a block or two. Working on Wall St. would be way cool. I have two acquaintances in LA that offered me room if needed.. so now it’s just a waiting game.

And a homework game. I have several cases to finish up, two presentations to make, and more tax problems than I can handle right now. This weekend was/will/should be spent doing these things. Right now it’s snowing. I brought enough firewood in to burn through the weekend and it’s cozy just sitting by the fire watching it snow outside. We have almost a foot already but I’m sure it won’t last long. I just need to make it through a few more weeks…

I can’t imagine how I started school almost four years ago and had enough courage to finish. It’s probably good I didn’t know how hard it would be or I might have given up. Now I can’t even imagine coming back for another semester..just couldn’t do it. Not that I’m sick of it..but I’m ready to get out and work. I had a good taste of it last summer with the internship and couldn’t get enough of it. We’ll see how long that lasts, haha.

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