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Guest Posting and a Bay Area Exodus

Toot! Toot!

What’s that? That’s the sound of my guest post going live and me tooting my own horn as my first web dev guest post is now up on the Station Seven site!! I finally did the thing and am so happy.

You probably already noticed the newest version of this site by now. I spent a lot of time thinking about expressing what I wanted to convey to potential clients.


Been there, done that.

I’ve got some big news to share that I’ve kept to myself for the most part.

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I’m leaving the Bay Area and am moving back to the Pacific Northwest!

Coincidentally this is almost exactly 6 years to the day that I came here FROM Portland, OR. I lived there from 2009-2011. Ah, life. I’ve changed a lot since then, and am so curious as to how much it’s changed since I’ve lived there.

I’ve still got many dear friends in Portland and Seattle, which is one of the main reasons I’m leaving the Bay Area.

The cost and standard of living are out of line here. WAY out of line.

I had a lot of other commentaries typed here that I deleted because it sounded whiny and negative. The struggle is real for so many people. I’m also giving Oakland two nicknames. WOKE-land. Or should it be spelled WOakland? I’ve learned a lot of life-changing lessons here that have made me a better person.

However, the other nickname is NOakland? I’m sad to say that at this point. I spent nearly a year commuting daily to Oakland via BART and then by car. 1.5 hours to travel thirteen miles one way in the car, which is absurd. I’d take the L.A. traffic any day over this noise, and that’s saying a lot.

There have also been random acts of violence that include an almost drive-by, a near assault at a taqueria, and other incidents. Desperate acts that result from ignorance, addiction, frustration, and anger are never excusable.

My heart is with everyone that continues on in spite of the growing economic divide here and elsewhere.

The gap between the haves and have-nots here is ever increasing. It’s unfathomable to me that people drive to S.F. from places like Tracy and Fairfield on a daily basis, so who am I to complain?

I’ve decided to reinvigorate, reinvent, rebuild, renew, regenerate, and recharge (hopefully all the good re’s) elsewhere.

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This is one of my favorite quotes and it’s the best thing that I can say about the SF and Silicon Valley tech scene.

I’m so grateful for what I have seen during the six years I’ve spent here. You know the feeling you get when you meet wonderful, random people in spite of everything? Those are the feels that I have right now. My friends know that they are welcomed to visit me anytime.

Not everyone is blessed to have been able to sustain themselves (while hanging on by a thread) in places like Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, Foster City, and later in the East Bay.

A word of advice: if you’ve never been to Foster City, do check it out before you move there sight unseen! Take it from me. 🙂

However, if you ever get a chance to get to Boronda Lake in Palo Alto, do it! It’s at the top of Sand Hill Rd., and IS PRIVATE ONLY TO RESIDENTS OF PALO ALTO. You didn’t hear this from me, but I’ve seen the gate unattended. If I still lived there, I would definitely take you. Behold its tranquility.

Most of my days are now spent doing freelance WordPress development and support. I’m fortunate to be able to do what I do anywhere on the planet with an internet connection.

The rest of the time is now spent organizing the move, which I now call “sort, sell, donate, toss.”

I’m purging myself of most extraneous items that I have accumulated here. There have been some fabulous items, especially from the Goodwill in Palo Alto. There’s not enough gratitude that I can express for the amazing used and sometimes new merchandise that I was able to purchase for almost nothing and then flip for some handsome profits.

Of course, I’ve always got that side hustle going and I can’t wait to share the goodies that I find once I’m up there.

I’ve learned so much here, but it’s time to end this chapter in the Bay Area. Who knows what will happen in the future? I’m still learning as much as I can about web and software development (lack of Github updates be damned).


Here are some amazing links that I want to share with you.

Time Well Spent

California Now Recognizes a Third Gender

Watch First Video of Sand Cats in the Wild

Working to Disarm Women’s Anti-Aging Demon

The Existential Horror Created by the First X-Ray Images

CSS Grid Experiment in Three Planes (Blade Runner alert!)

The Ultimate Guide to Product + Design in the Tech Ecosystem

Vintage Photos of Rockers, Punks, and Pop Stars Playing Pinball

This Man Woke Up To A Strange Noise, Then He Saw This On His Porch

Thanks for reading,
Lisa

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