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Old 09-10-2013, 11:21 PM   #61
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I still want to know what the standard deviation of this trip is (based on "straight line" globe surface arc--constant radius is acceptable).

Also, I still want to know WTF.
WTF as in... ?


So I sat down and plotted all of the long-distance moves which I have made, starting from the time I graduated college:



13,200 miles, give or take. Sounds like a lot, until you consider that an average OTR driver can pretty easily do 100,000 miles in a single year.




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Hell, he drove right through my town with nary a wave (Lincoln, NE) and I mean RIGHT THROUGH IT. I'm hurt.
Heh. Sorry, dude. I was on a fairly tight time schedule here. Unlike all of my previous moves, this one was into a highrise building downtown, with permits and contract movers and the whole nine yards. I didn't have a lot of *******-around time.

Next time I move to CA, I'll drop in for a beer.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:42 AM   #62
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Raleigh for a bit? just a stones throw away from myself currently.
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Why did you leave SD? I visited it and it was pretty cool... Just moved to Hermosa in LA a month ago from Pittsburgh, PA and love it, maybe you should try it out. Then you would have lived in the three major cali cities...
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Why did you leave SD? I visited it and it was pretty cool...
I believe he said it was full of very pretentious hipsters. Joe doesn't tend to like people who are too full of themselves, from what I can see.

The attitude of a particular workplace is everything. People work for people, and not a company, per se. You can work for the best company in the world but have an immediate boss or co-workers that exude unpleasantness and still be miserable. And yet you can work for an awful company but have a boss that you would follow to the ends of the earth. All politics is local. Likewise, people also buy from people. In most businesses, people buy large supplies and services from people they like and trust, and are often loyal to a salesman even if he switches to working for one of his competitors. It is all about interpersonal relationships.
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My wife lived in Hermosa for ~1.5 years before we got married. I was sorta on-again, off-again at the job I was at so I was able to fly out there without a return trip and just chill for weeks at a time.

That place was 9/10 (beach/ocean sucked compared to NJ, environment wise, not people wise). 49.5cc scooter got me anywhere I wanted to go. People so chill & friendly.

Anyway, now Joe is in NYC with no miata.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:32 AM   #66
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WTF as in... ?
what has motivated you to make a move to the bay area and then mere dozens of hours later, NYC?

It seems....

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Whatever I have to.
That sounds about right.


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Heh. Sorry, dude. I was on a fairly tight time schedule here. Unlike all of my previous moves, this one was into a highrise building downtown, with permits and contract movers and the whole nine yards. I didn't have a lot of *******-around time.

Next time I move to CA, I'll drop in for a beer.
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Because job.

I utterly loved SD. I was in Carlsbad, which was the really upper-crust, fancy part of town in north county, and it was just deliriously awesome.

But I got an offer I couldn't refuse out here.



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Anyway, now Joe is in NYC with no miata.
Well, Hoboken, NJ. I consider the Miata-less-ness to be a temporary state of affairs. That specific car just wasn't right for this environment.




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I believe he said it was full of very pretentious hipsters. Joe doesn't tend to like people who are too full of themselves, from what I can see.
Exactly. Which is why I now hang out in Greenwich Village all day.



The attitude of a particular workplace is everything. People work for people, and not a company, per se. You can work for the best company in the world but have an immediate boss or co-workers that exude unpleasantness and still be miserable. And yet you can work for an awful company but have a boss that you would follow to the ends of the earth. All politics is local. Likewise, people also buy from people. In most businesses, people buy large supplies and services from people they like and trust, and are often loyal to a salesman even if he switches to working for one of his competitors. It is all about interpersonal relationships.[/QUOTE]



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what has motivated you to make a move to the bay area and then mere dozens of hours later, NYC?
Life can be funny that way, can't it?

I'd gotten fed up with the situation at Harris (not selling, not hiring, not spending money, just... stagnant) and jumped onto an opportunity in Santa Clara which, while not exactly something I was passionate about, at least got me out of a bad situation. When I got up there, I realized just how much I wasn't passionate about the work, and then a week later, a guy who I hadn't talked to in 8 years, who'd been a client of mine when I was at Harris, called me and offered me a job at WPIX-TV in New York. I flew out two days later, booked an apartment in Hoboken, flew back, packed, and left.

This was a lot more in line with where my passions are. And while I do prefer working in the OEM (supplier) side of this business, doing a few years in TV should open up some doors for me to jump back over to the other side, whereas my experience having all been in radio before was starting to become very limiting from a career standpoint.


To be fair, it was mere dozens of days, not hours. Enough time to become REALLY enamored with a place called the Good Karma Vegan Cafe in San Jose which was much more of a hippie joint than a hipster joint (this is a crucial distinction) and which I miss tremendously. In addition to the vegan food, they had amazingly good beer there and the people were really cool.
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Well, Hoboken, NJ. I consider the Miata-less-ness to be a temporary state of affairs. That specific car just wasn't right for this environment.

Nice, congrats. You'll be able to walk to the F1 race next year, that's a plus.

I'd be excited to take that electrobike of yours across the ferry and scoot to/through central park.

NJMP isn't that far away, neither is Pocono, when the time comes for a track miata. LVMOC has lots of nice runs through twisty sections of PA, only an hour away.

If you need shutters/blinds/motorized shades, Paul is up in that area often.
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If you need shutters/blinds/motorized shades, Paul is up in that area often.
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I am actually going to be looking for blinds for my new house in a few months. I might have to give Paul a call and talk to him a bit. Thanks for this random tidbit.
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Well, Hoboken, NJ.
HOBOKEN! Oooooh! I'm dying!

I was hoping I'd be able to trot out that old Bugs quote for this occasion.

Like any good GNY kid, I grew up watching WPIX and the other local independents. A friends Dad worked there years ago for a long time - rumor has it that he signed Phil Rizzuto for the Yankee broadcasts.

When I worked downtown, I would take PATH from WTC to Hoboken, then back to Ave of the Americas when the subways took a dump. Presuming PIX is in midtown, you have found a really good commute.
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13,200 miles, give or take. Sounds like a lot, until you consider that an average OTR driver can pretty easily do 100,000 miles in a single year.
I've driven more than that in a month OTR. I hated that job.
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I'd be excited to take that electrobike of yours across the ferry and scoot to/through central park.
I'm debating what to do with that bike, since I can't ride through the tunnels, nor can I take it onboard the PATH train with me during peak hours. So it's not likely going to be spending much time in Manhattan.

For the short-term, I've bought a $99 Walmart bike to ride between the apartment and the PATH station, basically something I don't mind if it gets beaten up a bit while chained up on the street. And on the Manhattan side, I'm going to be relying on CitiBike for now.

If that turns out to be problematic, I may consider doing yet another e-bike, this time a folding-style. With this flat terrain, I can easily sacrifice a fair bit of motor and battery power in exchange for lightness.




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HOBOKEN! Oooooh! I'm dying!

I was hoping I'd be able to trot out that old Bugs quote for this occasion.
I give up. What's te old bugs joke?



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Presuming PIX is in midtown, you have found a really good commute.
42nd between 2nd and 3rd. So now quite as good as if it were on the west side, but not horrible.





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I've driven more than that in a month OTR. I hated that job.
Why was this, dare I ask?

Because I've often thought to myself that if I ever get tired of this technological rat race, OTR wouldn't be a bad way to go...
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Guess I'm dating myself - I always assume everybody has seen every Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Cliffs - Bugs goes to great trouble to return a penguin to Antarctica, where the penguin starts to cry, leading to the following
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Hahaha. Ok, you have to admit, that's kind of an obscure reference. Not like turning left at Albuquerque.
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I can't believe someone made a shitty texmex restaurant out of that name.
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There's a tex-mex restaurant called Hoboken Born Penguin?
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no.





good news everyone! looks like they've gone out of business for sucking.
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Oh, cuz that would have been cool. Someone could ask "what do you feel like for lunch?" And you could reply "let's try Hoboken Born Penguin."
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Why was this, dare I ask?

Because I've often thought to myself that if I ever get tired of this technological rat race, OTR wouldn't be a bad way to go...
Rarely home, lonely, boring, confined to a sleeper 24/7, except for a shower every 2 or 3 days in a truck stop, and a quick hot meal at a truckstop restaurant. Then it's a stressful job, trying to keep an often unrealistic schedule that the dispatcher assigned you. Then when you are late, you get your *** chewed out by the consigner and your dispatcher. When you actually do get home, it's usually only a day. Or a part of a day, and by the time you sleep and wash clothes, you have no time to do anything. Good money, but no time to spend it. It would be a good way to make money if you had a family to support though, you just wouldn't get to see them much. Some people can handle it, but I wasn't one of them. I literally had a breakdown on the road after being gone for 3 weeks, being rushed and worked to the ragged edge. When I got a load back to Birmingham, I turned in my keys and quit on the spot. Losing the pay was tough though. I was bringing home $1000-1500 a week, which for around here is a **** ton.
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