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The last few weeks I’ve been reminded that yes, I am working for a Silicon Valley startup. We’ll just say things have been busy, and on weekends I’m usually inclined to be doing something that either doesn’t involve being in front of the computer or at least requires no thought. (Standard plug: one can follow me on Twitter or FriendFeed as “chipotlecoyote.” I’ve seen utilities that let you echo Twitter messages to your LiveJournal, which I hereby solemnly swear to never use.)

There’s many things I like about living in the San Mateo area. I like San Jose, but in terms of “urban cool,” the Peninsula wins. Mountain View, Palo Alto, Burlingame, San Mateo itself—and of course now BART is just about 10 minutes away, which opens up a huge chunk of the rest of the Bay Area. I’ve regularly gone not only into San Francisco but to Berkeley and Walnut Creek via rail.

What’s not so cool, though, is that it’s been somewhat isolating. Most of the people I know are in the South Bay. While 25 miles isn’t that far to travel, I’m no longer quite a “local.” I don’t get together with folks very often. I don’t think to call people (or IM or SMS or whatever) to ask what’s up when movies open or guests are in town, which means I’m often reading about get-togethers after they happen. While this can lead to a certain sense of paranoia, I’m pretty lousy at initiating contact myself. Some of that’s longstanding social paralysis; most of it is, I fear, that out of sight, out of mind works both ways. “Oh yeah, I should get together with $X” flits through my mind occasionally, but all too often keeps right on flitting.

So as a general thought: hey, if you’re a friend in the local area, I should get together with you more often. (If you’re a friend in a long-distance area, I should probably get together with you more often, too, but that’s trickier.)

Date: 2008-07-02 15:54 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jakebe.livejournal.com
You know, we *should* hang out more often. :) If you don't mind the drive/public transport ride, we could get together for dinner and a movie one of these days. Ryan and I go very nearly once a week to the theatre.

-J

Date: 2008-07-02 16:02 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toob.livejournal.com
This is good to know, because I think [livejournal.com profile] jakebe and I kind of tend to assume that you do your own thing and aren't really that into invites out to see movies and stuff.

Now that we know you are, we'll definitely include you more often. It would be good to have your IM nicks and cell number though!

Date: 2008-07-02 17:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipotle.livejournal.com
I do have a tendency to wander off randomly on my own, it's true, but it's good to actually be social. :) Living at Tugrik's, social things just sort of happened around me. (Sometimes with no advance warning.)

My AIM and Yahoo IM screen name is 'chipotlecoyote'; GTalk is 'layotl@gmail.com'. AIM is probably the most common place for me to pop up, though.

Date: 2008-07-03 01:32 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prickvixen.livejournal.com
Where the hell is Foster City?

Date: 2008-07-03 02:09 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipotle.livejournal.com
If you find the intersection of 101 and Highway 92, Foster City is southeast of it, right on SF Bay. It's basically a planned community from the 1950s (I think) built on landfill; as far as I can tell, people back then looked across the bay at Alameda and said, "Hey, we can build one of those." So it's sort of like Alameda, except if Alameda was a 1950s-era suburb. "Foster City: Alameda without the character." But it's a nice enough apartment complex, I'm a couple blocks from the water, and it's within close driving distance to interesting walkable downtowns. (And if I'm feeling unmotivated, there's a lot of chain and fast-food restaurants within about a two-mile radius.) So maybe the slogan can be "Foster City: Hey, it's NEAR places you want to be!"

Date: 2008-07-03 02:52 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prickvixen.livejournal.com
Hmmm, so it's pretty far up there. Oh well...

Date: 2008-07-03 03:22 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shaterri.livejournal.com
I would definitely love to hang out with you more often (and more of it indoors, I swear!), but yes, alas, for various reasons that's likely awkward.

Also, as a random amusement, the 'real' unicode quotes in this post totally bork lynx. (And yes, I still use lynx from time to time. Long story.)

Date: 2008-07-03 03:45 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipotle.livejournal.com
Indeed, you're somewhat more than 25 miles away.

Actually, I'm using HTML entities for the quotes, so Lynx *shouldn't* be borked; I just checked with Lynx on my terminal (yes, I have Lynx on my Mac, just because) and it's just displaying them all as normal quotes. Hmm.

Date: 2008-07-03 07:39 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tugrik.livejournal.com
Talking about things happening with little warning... :)

Astolpho needed a spot to host a BBQ with some of his friends, so we volunteered. We were hoping you and Kim wanted to come down, hang out and get some free BBQ food. Starting midday on the 4th going until 'whenever'.

We keep meaning to invite you down for things, but then we fail to plan anything at all and just end up fabbing things at the shop until someone yanks us out to do something.

Date: 2008-07-03 17:15 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipotle.livejournal.com
Thanks - I'll certainly come on down. Kim will probably be dependent on whether he feels sufficiently recovered from an illness last weekend that was kicking his butt.

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