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Mar. 7th, 2010 | 06:31 pm
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Nearly live dispatches.


17th Ave. It's hard to take a bad photo of this city.


Apologies for the uncharacteristic silence around here; I returned yesterday from 9 days in San Francisco. I could have chipped away a few minutes to blog, but I decided to immerse myself in life there and wait to write until I was back in Ann Arbor. Now, of course, I'm going to procrastinate on getting internship apps and homework done by posting multiple times in the next week.

Yes, I've visited the Bay Area at least twice before (possibly three times; I can't remember, exactly), but this was my first opportunity to give it a test drive as a place to live. The first time I can recall visiting, in July 2004, was very touristy and kind of disastrous, and the second was a trip between conferences too brief to get any idea of the regular rhythm of the place. This time, I was the fortunate recipient of a weeklong internship in San Francisco provided by the career office of my dear skool, so I actually experienced life as if I was a real adult. :]

I spent the week with these folks, filling in research bits on military planning, new construction, and historic preservation projects, as well as making some sense of their amazing library (they just moved to new offices six weeks ago and were still in boxes). They were gracious hosts and do great work, but recent layoffs and a generally shitty economy gave it a somber undertone. Everyone was obviously busy doing the same amount of work that a larger group used to take on, and adjusting to respond to RFPs that they will win rather than a blanket approach. This of course means that finding a job here would be a significant challenge in a year should I decide to come, but where wouldn't it be? New reality is new.

Anyhow, I'm most glad I decided to do this, and the next few posts will detail the food, friends, and other encounters I had, a little more fun than this post, I promise. :]

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Gregory

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from: ghstlght74
date: Mar. 8th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
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After having glanced at their website and their 30 page information packet. . .I'd give anything and everything to be a corporate librarian for a firm such as that. *sighs*

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 8th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I too would love to work for them but they just went through a round of layoffs and are doing furlough days for their current employees so no way they're hiring anytime soon.

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Mark

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from: mahka42
date: Mar. 8th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
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Knowing what I know now of your pictures...that is one mighty fine camera.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 8th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
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They all came out much better than I expected. Go little cell phone camera!

On a related note, can you send me or post your photos from Twin Peaks when you get a chance? I want to see how they came out. :]

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mark

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from: kishenehn
date: Mar. 8th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I've long daydreamed about living in San Francisco ... at least for a little while. I'd probably need to find a trust fund first, though.

And if you ever figure out how to get a job with those guys, hire me as your associate! :-p

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 9th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
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I know; to spend 11 or 12 weeks there this summer, I'd have to get a paid gig, and even then financing would have to be creative. I'd find a way, though, with an offer.

And you'll be the first to know if I ever manage to con them into letting me in the door again. :]

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