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It’s Happening

Today’s our last full day at our Franklin Hills home!  We’ve reduced a whole lot of our possessions, we’ve moved a good percentage of things there on our own, we’ve even added some new furniture to aid in getting rid of other stuff.  And now, it’s time to get ready for tomorrow and all that entails.  Movers, stress, and relief when it’s all over.  I can’t wait!

Here’s some pics of our handiwork from last night – those shelves were a bitch and a half to actually complete.  Ugh.  But they’ll be worth it.

26-Mar-2015 18:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
26-Mar-2015 19:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
26-Mar-2015 20:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
26-Mar-2015 20:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
26-Mar-2015 21:16, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

Who Me, Stressed?

This week was my first one in which I’d spend the entire week at work without any bit of training, even a 1-day jaunt to Atlanta! So the beginning of the week was me first having a bit of a stress-out realizing that I have to start making things happen!  Guess what?  Things started happening and I’ve been fairly busy this week – it’s a great feeling.  I don’t feel totally useless.  I love it.

Also?  I was chatting with one of my fellow managers at work and she told me about taking the Metrolink into DTLA, and she pointed out that there’s a Glendale station I could be using.  You know what?  I knew that – but I totally didn’t associate it as an option for me to go to work.  But guess what?  It totally DOES work.  I started researching that option and I found out that a Metrolink pass is also a Metro Rail pass, so I can ride the LA subways, light rails and buses.  HELLS yeah!  Back to Riding the Rails for me!  Although what my route will be is driving to the Glendale Metrolink station, taking the Metrolink train nonstop into Union Station (Glendale is the next stop from Union Station), then transfer to the Red Line and go to 7th/Metro Center and then walk a block.  It may end up taking slightly longer in the morning BUT in the afternoons it will be completely worth avoiding the nightmarish 110 North traffic.  Also also!  PwC works with LA Rideshare and I’ll get reimbursed almost the entire cost of a monthly pass!  Tomorrow morning will be my first trial run to see how it all works out.  I plan on making it work regardless but I figured even before moving that it would be fun to use the rails and avoid Thursday insanity on the freeways.

In the map below, you can see the gold/green line that goes through Glendale on its way to DTLA.  Yay!

metrolinkoptionOh, and then of course, the other source of stress this week!  We’re moving!  This weekend!  I may need to take some mind-altering substances to remain calm – JUST KIDDING.  I can’t wait to be done.  We ended up deciding to get a storage unit anyway, even with the massive amount of junk disposal we’ve done.  It has to be done.  It’s nice to know we have that in our back pocket.

Larry went by the place this afternoon and they finished painting the two accent walls we wanted done.  This timeline is really working out well!  Here are some pics he took:

25-Mar-2015 11:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
25-Mar-2015 11:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

Completely random pic time – my walk in the mornings has included being able to see the Wilshire Grand building as it gets built.  I took a picture of it three weeks ago and then one on Monday.  It’s already grown 2 stories!  At least its inner superstructure.  This building will be the tallest building on the west coast when it’s done and it will look pretty stunning when complete in a few years:

wilshiregrandThe poor PwC building will look so small next to it!  Anyway, here’s what the Wilshire Grand looks like now, as well as three weeks ago.  You can see they’ve conveniently numbered the floors as they build them:

12-Mar-2015 08:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
24-Mar-2015 08:46, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

We’ve finally been able to start watching Netflix’ newer shows!  House of Cards is obviously good and we’re 2 episodes in, but the show I think both Larry & I are REALLY in love with is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  It’s amazing and sooo funny.  That’s not too surprising since it comes from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the people directly responsible for 30 Rock.  Ellie Kemper is awesome and the return of Jane Krakowski to my television is most welcome.  Carol Kane is also in this and that just makes this show magic.  Plus the theme song is just hilarious and seems directly reminiscent of the following:

Back in Atlanta

So just 3 or so days after getting back home from Atlanta for my 3-day PwC Orientation, I’m BAAAACK.  But I guess I should do some backfill here.

The Orientation last week was great.  I ended up meeting quite a few people and liking nearly all of them.  What got hammered into our heads quite a bit during the sessions was that this job requires you to build a network.  Dammit, I did.  I’m thrilled so far to work in this company as there are a lot of motivated and fun people.  I’m anxious still as I only want to do well in this position and I recognize that I have a lot yet to learn.  But I do think I’ll be given the opportunity to improve and not be expected to be perfect immediately.  Alright, I’m rambling – it’s been a whirlwind this week.

So on Tuesday night, during our final dinner event, I started hearing about Dallas Intl getting shut down due to freezing rain.  Sure enough, it was, and my Wednesday evening American Airlines flight through there to LAX was cancelled.  So I scrambled and ended up getting on US Airways via Charlotte, NC to LAX.  Ah, the life of a traveler!  I did finally get home to LA, where Larry picked me up.  Got to sleep around 1am which was a bit frustrating as on Thursday, it was my first day in the LA office!

So while many of my nerves had gone away during the orientation in Atlanta, they came roaring back for my first day in the office. I need to chill!  Things went good though, from the drive in (only 25 minutes or so, taking the 101S to the 110S) to the fact that the beginning of the day was a local orientation and there were people I knew and liked from Atlanta.  I learned the dress code was business casual (score!  although I better get to use my new suit more than just for my headshot!) and that PwC LA practices the “hoteling” concept for desks/offices.  Basically, if you are planning to be in the office the next day, you make a reservation in the scheduling system for an available desk.  When you then go in that next day, when you sit down and turn your computer on, it’ll “check you in” automatically and the desk phone there updates to your details.  It’s pretty cool.  A paradigm shift for sure, but I’m liking it so far.

Friday was my first hoteling day and also more time spent to complete administrative tasks and training assignments.  I then got to meet people I’ll be likely working with locally, including my buddy and one of the directors there.  A “buddy” in this case means the person PwC assigns you to that you can ask questions and feel at ease with.  They’re typically your same level and in my case, they also work in the same group.  He’s a great guy and helped put me at ease.  I also finally finally joined up to an affinity group – I never did it at NBCU as I guess I got jaded; so here I went to the LGBT group’s kickoff meeting (great timing!) and made some more friends and contacts.  And there was champagne and cupcakes!  Good times.  All in all, a great first week.  Exhausting though.

On Saturday, it was my only day for doing things with Larry around the apartment, and we were very productive. Not only did I get my box of documents destroyed at the UPS Store, we took more stuff to Goodwill.  Then we went to IKEA and got our new desks and a laundry room shelf system for the new place.  I think we’re gonna like it there!  Let’s just say it’s very very gay friendly.  And also the IKEA stuff will make our new place look great.  I’m excited to move!  We’re probably going to shoot for two weeks from now….farewell, Franklin Hills!

And now I’m back in Atlanta.  I’m nowhere near as stressed as I was last Sunday night before my first day at PwC. I’m thankful.  Tomorrow is a one-day training and then I head home to LA in the evening.  I’m sleepy just thinking about it!  Anyway, I’ve got to get some sleep soon.  Here are some pics…UPDATE:  It seems I can’t easily link pics via the iPad site.  I’ll edit this later this week.  (This mobile app really bothers me.) The update has occurred!  Pictures pictures pictures!

Our new office and new desks
Our new office and new desks07-Mar-2015 17:46, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
In the kitchen
In the kitchen07-Mar-2015 17:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
Our newly built laundry room shelves
Our newly built laundry room shelves07-Mar-2015 17:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 
The view from my Atlanta hotel room this one-day trip
The view from my Atlanta hotel room this one-day trip10-Mar-2015 18:57, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
Me and Carey at the Korean BBQ we went to on Saturday night
Me and Carey at the Korean BBQ we went to on Saturday night07-Mar-2015 20:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
Larry, Jamal and Paras
Larry, Jamal and Paras07-Mar-2015 20:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
 
My PwC building at night
My PwC building at night09-Mar-2015 22:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
09-Mar-2015 22:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

Pics of the New Glendale Place

I’m far too anxious/nervous/stressed out to do a drawn out post, so here, have some pics I took today when we finalized the lease and picked up our keys.  It’s going to be a great place – a bit smaller than what we’re used to currently, but I think it’s going to be fun.

28-Feb-2015 13:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
28-Feb-2015 13:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 160
28-Feb-2015 13:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
28-Feb-2015 13:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
The entry
The entry28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
Looking to the kitchen and living areas
Looking to the kitchen and living areas28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
Dining and Living Rooms
Dining and Living Rooms28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
 
Kitchen
Kitchen28-Feb-2015 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
View from the Living Room
View from the Living Room28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
There's the Pool
There's the Pool28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 320
 
Very nice amenities
Very nice amenities28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
Looking southeast
Looking southeast28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Our deck
Our deck28-Feb-2015 14:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
 

Thinning the Clothes Herd

We’ve had kind of an eventful week around here in the Larry-Hobie Household.  On Monday, we went to Glendale and got a couple of tours at apartment complexes there.  The first one we went to was pretty decent but we weren’t actually able to get a tour of an open unit (I don’t understand why I would be allowed to go to the office if that’s the case, but whatever) and instead just a Youtube video and a chance to talk to the leasing office rep.  Found out the units are completely carpeted.  That’s kind of INSANE in this day and age.  Why would you want that?  In the bedrooms, sure, but everywhere else?

So we then went to the next apartment complex, and BAM!  It’s exactly what we were looking for, and cheaper than what we’re paying now.  Disclosure: we’re paying a pretty big amount for where we live, and we both think it’s not exactly money well spent.  Multiple reasons, really:  living space is really spread out but the actual living room is compressed with the dining area, which is clumsy.  ANYWAY – we loved the complex and after getting a tour of the unit and all the amenities, we were given a pretty great offer.  We slept on it and then on Tuesday, after reaching out to our auto insurances to check how badly our premiums would go up and instead found out they’d be going DOWN (guess we’re in a worse neighborhood/zip code for auto insurance than even Glendale), it became a no-brainer.  We’re moving!  We’ll have an overlap during the month of March to conduct a soft move, with us aiming to be out of our Franklin Hills/Los Feliz place by March 31.  Exciting!  Pictures to come when we get our keys on Saturday.

Anyway, what about my headline for this post?  Well, I’ve been continuing work on the effort to Marie Kondo my stuff, and today was finally getting into the clothes situation.  It’s very satisfying to throw all the items of clothing in each category (coats/jackets, t-shirts, shirts, sweaters) on to the ground and then take each one in hand in order to determine if the item actually brings you joy/happiness.  It’s kind of shocking to see how much stuff I kept schlepping along with me all these years.  So here are the pictures from today’s efforts in getting coats/jackets, t-shirts, shirts and sweaters thinned out.  It was exhausting, so pants, shorts and underwear are happening tomorrow.  Then a trip to Goodwill on Friday to get rid of it all, along with to the UPS Store in Silver Lake for their paper destruction facility.  Be gone, excess!  (This is going to make moving soooo much easier!)

The shirts on the upper right and the polos in the lower-left are mine.  Maybe surprisingly, this is an AFTER shot.  I had a lot of junk that needed to go.
The shirts on the upper right and the polos in the lower-left are mine.  Maybe surprisingly, this is an AFTER shot.  I had a lot of junk that needed to go.25-Feb-2015 15:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Polos were cut by half, easily.
Polos were cut by half, easily.25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
Just looking back the other way and at all my hangars that no longer have a use.  I DID Joan Crawford my way to no wire hangers though!
Just looking back the other way and at all my hangars that no longer have a use.  I DID Joan Crawford my way to no wire hangers though!25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
 
The initial stack of clothes (on the left) that are going to Goodwill.  Those on the right aren't salvageable and are headed to the trash.
The initial stack of clothes (on the left) that are going to Goodwill.  Those on the right aren't salvageable and are headed to the trash.25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
Off to Goodwill with you!
Off to Goodwill with you!25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
BEFORE:  my kind of hectic t-shirt and sweater storage area.  UGH.
BEFORE:  my kind of hectic t-shirt and sweater storage area.  UGH.25-Feb-2015 15:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
 
25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
AFTER:  T-shirts in a much more manageable quantity; Sweaters too and also organized by function and weight.
AFTER:  T-shirts in a much more manageable quantity; Sweaters too and also organized by function and weight.25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Me!  (in my Veronica Mars Kickstarter t-shirt)
Me!  (in my Veronica Mars Kickstarter t-shirt)25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
The stack of Goodwill-bound clothes grows bigger
The stack of Goodwill-bound clothes grows bigger25-Feb-2015 16:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
My trash
My trash25-Feb-2015 16:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
These things will have new forever homes soon enough with Goodwill
These things will have new forever homes soon enough with Goodwill25-Feb-2015 16:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320