It has been very easy to meet people. My personality helps but I really do believe it is the culture. I met some lovely people in my building simply hanging out in the community spaces. I also jumped back into online dating after a Covid hiatus. I am finding there are so many "transplants" in this area most people are looking for a friend (or Covid made them desperate).
For the past couple years one of my favorite parts of my day has been eating on the patio. When picking an apartment Annelies told me it was ridiculous to pay an extra $400/month (gulp!) for a patio and I should "walk my ass down to the Sky Deck", so that is what I do (48 steps to be exact). In addition to experiencing the beautiful mountain view, and the weather San Jose has to offer, it has given me an opportunity to meet people.
|Sky Deck View|
My apartment is perfect (I spent over 30 hours searching so it should be!) and the location is fabulous! I am one block from downtown so everything is a quick walk (or bus ride). There is live music nightly - so much so I'm overwhelmed! In two weeks I have taken the train into San Francisco, attended an Oktoberfest event, spent the day driving the coastal shores, and this weekend I'm going to Hamilton (for the FOURTH time!!).
|Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco|
|Roadside Fruit Stands|
Because life isn't perfect I have a couple struggles. I knew it would be a challenge, but living in the pacific time zone has been rough. I'm a night person and most of my work days now begin at 7am. Ouch! The second issue is my damn "old lady hip". I've had hip pain for five (5) years and conservatively treated it until this summer when I committed to physical therapy and a steroid injection (a miracle!). But when I schlepped all my shit for the move something happened and I am back to hobbling. I love 75% of the benefits from getting old (e.g., smarter, richer, wiser) but not when my body doesn't work as I wish. I need to get established with a clinic. Task on this week's agenda.
- Big Purchases. I purchased a mattress, bedframe, sofa, desk, nightstand and end table. All great purchases. However, I would purchase a simple platform for my mattress next time and not a full headboard.
- Look for Smart Packaging. I purchased basic items that came in "smart packaging", meaning they break apart in pieces so I can pack for my next move and not buy new. Buying through Amazon helps. Some examples were a broom that unscrews in pieces and instead of a tall mirror small squares that make up a long mirror.
- Shipping Lessons. First, shipping stuff was a good idea. I would tape the boxes better next time (I didn't lose anything but one box showed up split down the side). I would try shipping via FedEx next time, as I heard that is cheaper. It still was cheaper than having a moving company.
- Order Earlier. Thankfully my mattress arrived prior to my first night, but nothing else did. I would order earlier and let the apartment hold it. I was worried about having it sit in the package room but I saw so many others doing the same. It took from Friday to the following Sunday to receive packages via USPS.