It’s been an interesting twenty months, to say the least.
I’ve been working for a bank in San Francisco as a Financial Analyst/Project Coordinator for an IT PMO project. I’ve met a lot of great, talented people, and made some good friends along the way. Picked up some much needed experience, and have become an integral part of the goings on in the company.
San Francisco, is a great place. The weather is fab, the food is the best I’ve ever had in one place, and the people are very laid-back and friendly. It’s a big town, but it feels like a small one. Space is a premium, and it is extremely expensive. Phoenix seems like another planet in comparison, and when you step off the plane, your skin feels the change immediately. Yes, I experienced my first tremor there. I was in the john, when the floor suddenly went down, and I went with it. Then, it kinda shifted a bit to the side, and so did I. So, for that particular time, I was certainly in the right place.
Through it all, the traveling, being apart, and long hours of work, my family has been very supportive. My wife and I, as well as our children, had to make some very difficult adjustments. At times, it felt like we were losing touch with our children, as my wife went with me on the travel part. Without her there, it would have been even more difficult.
As it was, we learned a lot about each other, and got a glimpse of what our life would be like with just the two of us; and, I have to say, there are no worries. We evaluated what our needs might be, and found that downsizing things would not, if it came down to it, be the end of the world. A 460 sq/ft apartment was more than enough, and some of the amenities, we can do without. It changed my views on things, and made me realize I wasn’t so dependent on them.
While it seems a remote possibility, I could see us living in San Fran, if needed. While I think we will most likely stay where we are, or move up north a bit, these past months have opened our eyes, and changed the way we view things.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and, as always, we’ll keep the light on…