San Francisco and The Zen of South Park

Writing while moving is a particularly difficult feat and one that I have neither mastered nor even really attempted. There is a nagging sensation in my brain all the time telling me to get back to work – to sit down and do anything productive – to please please please write this book and at least try not to let the blog fall apart. But alas, I have just moved in to my new apartment and the chaos of finding and putting an apartment together, getting internet from Comcast and waiting for the arrival of my shipped belongings and the acquisition of furniture, I have hardly found the time or proper motivation to sit down at the computer and begin working in even a disjointed fashion. Thus, my work suffers. Oh, me miserable, can I have some cheese with my whine.

But fear not! The apartment we found is great (high ceilings, hardwood floors, sunny big windows, new kitchen, roomy, huge closets, etc.), and our setup is going well. We’ve been excellent shoppers and gotten most of what we need for less than the price of our new television (32″ LCD Samsung HDTV 720 – also Circuit City sucks ass).

Some tips on bargain shopping:

– always bring someone from former a former communist country

– always look at all of the items on sale and see if they can work for your needs (this on top of a holiday weekend sale shopping extravaganza like July 4th or Memorial Day makes a huge difference)

– always ask about what’s negotiable – you’ll be surprised what is

– for furniture, go to nice local hotels and ask if they are getting rid of anything or remodeling soon; generally they won’t even charge you for hauling away what they consider trash (don’t forget to bring the manager a small gift [wine, perhaps] to thank him for remembering you the day of the remodeling and calling you about furniture pickup)

So by combining these elements we’ve gotten ourselves quite near setting up and are just awaiting Fedex and some furniture before our place is complete and I can continue working on The Zen of South Park.

Trip Planning in California

Well, we think that we’ve found a place to live, but the difficult part is that we can’t move in until about July 3rd. Rather than waste money on a hotel in a city we’ll be in for the next year, we thought we may as well take this opportunity (the opportunity being that we’re not paying rent to live somewhere) to go visit some other destination or friend. Lucky for us, we have a wonderful friend, Thuy, in a wonderful city, San Diego, who has opened her home to us. We are thinking of driving down the coast from San Fancisco on highway 1, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful and scenic drives there are. Last minute tickets also seem to be pretty cheap – anywhere from 140 to 75 dollars depending on the direction. Cyrus (our cat) adds a hassle to the whole program but if we drive he can chill in the car with us and if we fly then he’ll just have to deal. I would have boarded him but you need proof of vaccinations to do that and I just didn’t bring those with me in the first suitcase load of stuff to San Fran. Silly me.

So, everything seems to be working itself out okay and San Francisco is a great city. I can’t wait until we get settled in a bit more and I can return to steadily working on The Zen of South Park, my project which misses me a great deal. And I miss it. I’m also looking forward to providing you all with regular and quality posts once I get settled properly. Don’t worry – we’ll return soon.