Last post two years ago?! Where'd y'all go? Let's revive this thread - what's going on in your life now?
Five years ago I moved from Oregon to San Francisco and holy heck, my quality of life has improved in ways I couldn't imagine. They don't have horses this tiny in Oregon!
Palo Alto, CA
Unfortunately, when I left Oregon, I also dropped out of contact of j2. It wasn't intentional, but the move from a low cost of living area to suddenly having to pay 5x more for the roof over my head was a bit startling, so I dropped everything to focus on engineering.
Accidentally adopted a dog. Wasn't looking for one, but she fell into my lap a year ago and she's been hangin' around since then. She's smart as heck and her hilarious personality has me laughing every day. Good roommate, too! She cuddles and
licks up stuff I spill on the floor. Never before have I had a roommate that accommodating!
San Francisco, CA
I spent my days working and playing out of a hackerspace (a place you can go and use any tool to make anything
you think up!), which harbors one of the more powerful laser cutters (100W) in San Francisco. For reference, a home laser cutter maxes out around 40W which can cut paper, thin wood, and acrylic. Did I use this laser-beast for anything productive? Lol no, I used it to create a map of trash/MOOP (matter out of place) with Arduino-controlled LEDs for my first Burning Man
San Francisco, CA
Burning Man - Black Rock City, NV
After enduring too much of the desert sun's shit I retreated to the caves of North Eastern California. There's a huge network of lava beds you can spelunk through. Bring a headlamp, and don't wear a dress as I did. My knees have so many pokey regrets.
What originally brought me up to the land of lava beds was a star party with friends from the hackerspace. Y'all, mercury is freaking iridescent - it's like a party, dancing in pinks, greens, yellows. The ring nebula has a tiny dead star in the center, all cold and lonely.
Twenty hackers/makers/creators and I traveled to China to check out the wild tech we keep hearing about. Guys... they're WELL ahead of the United States. We're over here failing to maintain our 100+ year old railroad and China's got Wi-Fi IN THE LETTUCE.
This is the tiniest laser I've seen - 3W! I've also never seen a laser without a protective shield to prevent eye damage. Immediate blindness is an unacceptable risk - except to this guy, apparently. He says (via translator) since it's not very powerful it's safe. I took this enthusiastic picture then stayed the heck away lol
Hiked the Alright Wall of China. If you've never feared stairs in your life, you will after a trip to the one-slip-and-yer-dead Great Wall. At the top of one staircase, it curved down so steep you couldn't see the bottom stair. Who built this thing!?
Nearly a decade ago, around the time I joined j2 to play Minecraft, I planted this sapling on the Willamette Riverfront. Look how big it's gotten! It's so happy!
My company had a contract opening in Austin which is hailed as a mecca of art, music, and culture - and it's true in so many ways. My priority was to get immersed in the hackerspace scene, eat BBQ, and enjoy the infamous glory of Shitfaced Shakespeare:
standard Shakespeare play, except one randomly selected actor spends an hour before the show getting absolutely genuinely smashed so all the other performers have to do their jobs AND deal with the lovely mess.
Truly a living, breathing work of art.
When the Ego with Hair got elected, I wasn't thrilled about being a progressive woman in Texas, so I finished the contract and headed back to SF.
So that's a small update. I now live south of San Francisco in a sweet town where no one has peed on my doorstep yet. If you find that to be an alarming standard of what constitutes a good neighborhood, let the SF Poop Map enlighten you.
I miss this community, and I'm so grateful it's still here full of friendly folks and fond memories. If you're in California, let's visit!
Happy new year!