Everything* is stupid today, but Chris said he’d buy Menzingers tickets so I am basically holding onto that as a good thing.
*Changing move-out date from Sunday to Saturday (consequentially canceling my last D.C. bike ride), trying to finish WABA’s new website overnight, trying to finish my other work projects overnight, why did USPS not pick up the shit I’m shipping out to eBay sellers, packing, still haven’t watched any Game of Thrones
- Continue to not suck at working out regularly. I have gone to about a dozen core classes and yoga classes (each!) per month since the beginning of the year. There is a Crossfit gym close to my office and I think I can reasonably get myself to go three days a week.
- GIS. I’m halfway through my certificate. I’ve been a fairly mediocre GIS student because I haven’t really dedicated time to the courses; I’ve been doing other stuff (like applying to jobs and moving). I want to finish the certificate, then get really good at the free, open-source mapping tools that are available. I want to be at the nexus of ArcGIS and tools like QGIS and Grass GIS.
- UX. I finished my General Assembly UX course. UX is super-cool. I want to do it full-time sometime in the future. I’ll be working in marketing, which is close to UX, but not quite the same (especially since it’s architecture, engineering, and construction). I want to get better at UX, refine the work I did in the class, and make sure I have demonstrable experience.
- Ride my bike more, for fun. I either commute or ride centuries. There have got to be some interesting midrange rides that will get me to see the Bay Area.
- Read more. I haven’t been reading because I am stressed out and mostly only capable of staring at screens. I am nowhere near on track to read 52 books in a year.
- Blog more. I should be writing about being in a new city. I should also be writing more about gentrification, preservation, and urban development. I am qualified to have opinions on these things! I have been paid to write about these things before! It is absurd that I have not blogged seriously about them since I was in college! My voice needs to add to the pile-on about San Francisco’s aritocratization.
- Get involved in local politics. I explained ANCs to someone at a party last night. It was fantastic. I know a lot about local government in D.C., but I’m not too vocal about it because since I graduated, I’ve determined it takes more work for me to maintain that I’m speaking privately and not in any way in relation to my employer. I am also still registered to vote in Maryland because, until last fall, I was paying in-state tuition at UMD. I didn’t switch my vote for the Democratic primary in D.C. because I knew I was moving to California.
- Volunteer with SFBC. I am going to take a several-month break from bikeworld and remember why I used to truly enjoy helping people get over the issues that keep them from biking for transportation. I have totally, utterly lost the ability or interest to walk someone through planning a route, choosing a bike, whatever. This is what working in bike advocacy will do to you! But when I’m ready, I’m going to volunteer with SFBC, which will be fun because I will no longer be doing bike stuff 100 percent of the time.
- Visit Portland. It’s not New York and I, frankly, think Portland is tremendously boring, but I know people there.
- Get my eyebrow game on point. Still not doing well with this.
This way, if I don’t have any close friends, at least I’ll be busy.