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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 08:56 pm
Yes, I'm still alive.

But life has been pretty, well, banal.

I haven't been doing much with the month of April, other than slip into apathy. Work is work -- it's been pretty consistent. I get home at night, having put in a full day, and I just don't want to do anything other than vegetate as my brain slowly turns to mush.

The weekend before last -- the 12th and 13th -- sezjasaneh came up with a friend, and I met them in the Castro for lunch, and a BDSM flea market afterward. That was a fun, new, enjoyable experience. It got me out of my usual zone and into someplace cool and novel, for a while. I wish we'd been able to stay longer.

For the past week or so I have been trying to write up my experience in the Castro -- the bad Mexican food, the shirtless hustler with a bright green hanky, his trick, the naked man in a thong, the flea market with all its varied contraptions -- but that post, unfortunately, has fallen victim to apathy. Rest assured, however, that it was a lengthy post with rich, evocative narrative, scintillating dialog and riveting action scenes.

Well, OK, maybe not that last one.

Anyway, I had fun, and I was glad of the break. I hope we can do it again soon.

This past weekend, I played video games (damn you kithkanan for recommending Star Control 2, and damn them for open-sourcing it :P), and gave Shiro a bath. So he'll at least be clean until the birds poop on him tomorrow at work in Sunnyvale. :p

I'm really pleased about my progress with him -- I'm shifting almost as smoothly as an automatic, and reasonably quickly too. =^.^=

That's the nice thing about a manual -- it's forced me to develop my analog--as opposed to digital--skills.

On the housing front, I haven't made much progress. I went down to the south bay a few times to check out neighborhoods, drive around and get a feel for various places, that sort of thing. But I really need to take it to the next level -- start talking to realtors, figure out what kind of place (if any) I can afford, and start looking at a few.

I'm looking mainly at Sunnyvale, but every so often I wonder about places like Fremont, San Jose or Morgan Hill. (I'm really not sure about the latter.) Berkeley has crossed my mind, as well -- it has the advantage of being interesting (and closer to SF), but I don't know anybody there, and I would have to work in SF.

Otherwise, life continues.

-- Des

Current Mood: bored bored

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acthelion
Alex Cross
Tue, Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)

There's lots and lots of crime in Berkeley. I highly suggest that you DO NOT look there.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)

I know several people who either live there now, or have lived there in the past. None of them have complained about it or otherwise indicated it was a problem.

Perhaps you're thinking of Oakland?


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acthelion
Alex Cross
Wed, Apr. 23rd, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)

No, Berkeley and Oakland are both equally problematic.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)

I dug around for some numbers, as your assessment just doesn't jive with everything I've heard (remember, I grew up here).

Turns out that Oakland is BY FAR worse (like, 4-10x per capita) for violent crime than Berkeley. The two cities are roughly the same when it comes to theft, however. (Berkeley seems to have more petty theft, but less robbery, burglary and auto theft.)

So yes, Berkeley is above average in theft, but not any more dangerous than San Jose or Sunnyvale, for example.

Poke at http://www.city-data.com if you want to see for yourself.


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silentoutrage
silentoutrage
Phalanxfox
Tue, Apr. 22nd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)

Been to San Francisco a few times in my life so far, ive yet to be able to visit the Castro, though I want to, just browse around for an afternoon. Berkeley is a very liberal community, I diddnt know about the crime issue though, thats a suprise to me.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)

Ahhh, the Castro seems like a fun place -- I'd enjoy hanging out there on weekends, I suspect.

I think Alex is overstating the crime level in Berkeley -- see my response to him above.


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sezjasaneh
sezjasaneh
Sezjasaneh
Wed, Apr. 23rd, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)

Hey, you and silentoutrage should go sometime! :) *nudge you out the door*


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sezjasaneh
sezjasaneh
Sezjasaneh
Wed, Apr. 23rd, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)

Aww, I would have loved to hear about the action scenes. O vel!

You, go out more! And come down and hang out here sometime too :) *Hugs* Glad you had fun


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