Disclaimer: Jordan severely injured his right hand a few days prior to writing this post. As such, his line drawings have been drawn exclusively with his left hand.
Well, I’ve gotta hand it to you left-coast folk. You have far better weather. Admittedly, there’s no snow here in San Francisco, but it’s certainly a far nicer climate than my native New Jersey’s. (That being said, I was surprised to see people flee for cover when it started drizzling. So it goes.)1
Over the school year, I was given the opportunity (as a Hopkins student — see, there’s yet another reason to come to JHU) to tutor students online via a hip-youngfolk-startup called InstaEDU. That’s a hyperlink instead of just plain text because, a few weeks before finishing class, I interviewed with them for a software development position, and I now work for them. This was, no doubt, largely due to the incredible help I got from the on-campus Hopkins Career Center; without them, I’d still have a sprawling resume, very little direction in terms of interning or job-hunting, and one less cup of free coffee in my history.
I will skip over the whole packing / finding-a-flight / finding-a-house epic quest, as it’s definitely a story better suited for a time when the two of us can sit down over a warm coffee in Brody and make fun of the San Francisco housing market for a few hours together. Suffice to say, San Francisco may very well be in a housing bubble right now, and so I am living in Berkeley and commuting to San Francisco’s financial district daily.
For those of you who are, as I once was, unfamiliar with the geography of the tech industry, I’ll explain:
Anyhow, long story short: I wound up finding out I was moving, moving, and settling down in Berkeley in approximately a 24-hour period. (If you’ve ever been stressed before, no you haven’t. I thought finals week was a test of patience. HA. Try moving across the country without notice.) Now that I’m here though, I’ve really been able to enjoy the crazy-amazing things that this city has to offer.
If San Francisco and Berkeley weren’t known for being, respectively, techy and Berkeley, they’d be known for their food. Though I’ve been at work for about four weeks now, I haven’t eaten lunch at the same place twice, despite the fact that I’ve never gone outside a block and a half for food. San Francisco has definitely become a crossroads of very diverse cultures, and the Venn-diagram cross-section of noms nearby is the perfect representation of this. For instance, today I had two different kinds of burritos: One, a ‘sushiritto,’ which is literally sushi prepared like a burrito, and two, a burroti; Indian food hiding in a naan-ish holder. Both were absolutely spectacular, and, as any programmer knows, burritos are one of the best code-fueling systems in existence.2
Another good code-producer: Coffee, as I’ve mentioned before. My office is less than two blocks away from three Starbucks (not including other coffeehouses). Feel free to feel jealous.
ART AND MUSIC
Well okay I’ll admit I haven’t been to any concerts yet (though I did miss Sigur Ros by only a few days, can’t express how angry I am about that) and I also missed The Girl with the Pearl Earring3 which was on display here until the day I arrived. Also also the MoMA just closed for major renovations. But listen, I swear there’s an awesome art culture here.
Ah, okay, here’s a good way to prove my point: Try googling the Palace of Fine Arts in San Fran. Check out that building. Don’t even go inside just yet; just look at the outside. Mmhm. Yep. That’s what I thought.
My native friend Mana took me (along with Emily, a friend and coworker in Medella) on a crash-course tour of San Francisco, and we hit up a ton of places, the majority of which I completely forgot to photograph for you — the most obvious of which is, naturally, the Golden Gate Bridge. Here’s a drawing I made of the Golden Gate Bridge when my hand was hurt:
However, I did remember to snap a nifty photo of the Bay Bridge.
In lieu of a story behind this picture, I will leave you with some words that hopefully explain why I didn’t type or draw more for you:
Never ever EVER try opening a knife package with another knife, because explaining it to the ER nurses is too embarrassing.
1 My first thought was, ‘psh, these west-coasters sure are wimps,‘ until I remembered, oh yeah, earthquakes.
2 Another really good one: All your friends going out together and you having code to write. You’d be amazed how fast you pump out that python.
3 Kind of like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo except for everything.