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Nora and I found a one bedroom apartment in Sunnyvale California. Yep, a one bedroom for the two of us. We’re still trying to decide who gets the bedroom and who gets the living room. And before you think “why a one bedroom and not a two?” Think $2000 a month vs $2500-$3000 a month. Yes I’m paying $2k a month for a one bedroom apartment in a semi run down complex. Crazy right? And no, before you think why not move a bit of distance away? I can have a 1-2 hour commute each way and only save a few hundred dollars a month. Not worth it.

But, there are some really good sides to this also.

When I start at Apple I will be 1.7 miles from the complex I interviewed at. 4.0 miles from Infinity Loop, where I might work, and 5.1 miles from the Spaceship. Which if you haven’t seen is a pretty amazing building. It’s nearing completion and will house about 12,000 employees.

New Apple Headquarters

So, our apartment complex is filled with a lot of tech workers and families of tech workers. Mostly from India I believe. The smell of curry walking around is driving me nuts. It smells so good and I can’t make a decent curry for the life of me. Not fair.

The walkways and areas are all green and windingWe have two pools and a weight room.

10 minutes walk to CalTrain. An hour on the train, any time of day, and you are in San Francisco.

15 minutes walk to Sunnyvale town center with every type of restaurant you can imagine from 6 or so coffee shops (only one being a Starbucks), Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Bavarian, American (brewpub), Irish, Italian, Mexican, Thai, and I don’t know what else. It’s nuts.

Murphy Street. The heart of Sunnyvale Town Center

Murphy Street at night

And on Saturdays Murphy Street gets shut down and becomes a farmers market. I just returned from there (yes, I’m writing this on a Saturday morning). I’m going to have to write a whole post, or posts, on just the farmers market.

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It looks like the last time I posted was when I was headed up to Buffalo New York while I was working for HPE. Well. Things have changed a bit since then.  Yes, I know. It’s been 6 weeks. Try to keep up. 🙂

 

My work with HPE was slowly going away due to a layoff announced a month after I started, then the Hurricane shut down the manufacturing plant, then the SGI buyout guys were being integrated into the professional services team. It was not a good time to join as a contractor. In fact I was looking at the month of December being without pay. As such, I made a few inquiries into other employment.

I have been offered a position at Apple with a contracting company called Taos. As such Nora and I packed up the truck, threw the Harley in a trailer and headed west to California.

 

Poor Gandalf was not a happy camper that we were leaving him behind. But, he’s with Morgen and Megan. They feel safer with the big lunk around.

Gandalf was pretty sad while we were packing

One last picture of everyone together in New Mexico before Nora and I hit the road.

Megan, Morgen, Collin and Nora

We are still looking for an apartment here in the Santa Clara, Cupertino area. The prices here are insane to say the least. However, we are having fun and enjoying the area. I start at Apple next week. I’ve spent this week coming up to speed on AWS and Google Cloud infrastructures. I’m taking my Google Cloud Solutions Architect certification test on Thursday. Doesn’t hurt to have a few certs.

Silicon Valley is it’s own MicroWorld. It’s such a strange place. We ended up eating at a place called GreenLeaf which, prepare yourself, specialized in locally grown, organic, GMO free, Kale Salads. And yes, we actually ate there.

Over at Psycho Donuts they are used to catering to slightly neurotic hi-tech folks.

 

I truly think Nora is going to fit in here.

 

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