I have been a dope lurker for about four years. I guess I haven’t really had anything important to say or ask before. I feel like I personally know many dopers but it is kind of weird actually talking to them.
Okay, so Mr. California and I have decided to pack up our bags and move to Los Angeles. This is a really big move for both of us, but me especially. He has lived in LA before. I have lived within ten miles of the Atlantic Ocean my entire life.
The move is mostly career oriented for him, but in his business he can’t line up anything until he is actually living there (unions and such). I am flying out for a short visit next week to see what I can do about getting a job. It would make the move much less stressful if one of us actually had a job before we got there.
I want to live in LA, but the idea of actually moving scares the bejesus out of me. How do you move a house full of stuff, two cars and a cat 3,000 miles?
I have a ton of questions about LA and Southern California in general. Is the traffic really that bad? How hard is it to find your way around once you get use to the area? I am easily lost - I still get lost in the small city I have lived in for eight years. I am not that great at reading a map either.
Why is housing so expensive? We currently live in a 2,200 square foot home with large shop out back. We can’t find anything on the Internet that even comes close with out paying four times the rent we do now. I can’t even figure out how it is possible to line up housing when you are so far away.
Does it really never rain? I live in the land of daily afternoon thunderstorms and can’t imagine living without rain. How do the plants live? Doesn’t everything outside get really dirty?
Most importantly, what do people on the west coast think about people from the east coast? I live in the south, but I don’t have any accent so it isn’t obvious. Do people have negative feelings about Southerners?
I will probably be getting a job in the financial district. Most of the places I am looking at are on Wilshire Blvd near Beverly Hills. Of course we are not going to able to afford to live anywhere near there. Any ideas on where a good area to live would be? (Keep in mind that I get lost!)
Any suggestions, tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated.