Wow, a lot has happened in the last few days. I have an all new whirlwind plans for the next few of months. The TL;DR version in travel itinerary form:
- Now - Nov 9th: In Cleveland at school.
- Nov 9th - 13th: In SF for Yelp Hackathon.
- Nov 13th - 17th: In Cleveland frantically packing up my life.
- Nov 17th: Fly from Cleveland to the Canary Islands.
- Nov 20th - Dec 12th: Sail 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean (?!) (Yes, really) (See Maps link below).
- Dec 12th: Fly from St Lucia to San Francisco.
- Dec 13th - 18th: Apartment hunting in SF.
- Dec 18th - Jan ??: In Boston/Wonalancet for the holidays.
- Jan ?? - March 6(ish): In Cleveland, finishing my damn degree.
- March 6 - ??: Living in San Francisco semi-permanently.
The somewhat longer version, for anyone who cares.
Before this past weekend, my plan for the year was to spend this fall semester hunkered down in the lab building robots in a frantic attempt to finish my Master's Degree here at Case. After this semester, I was (and still am) planning on moving to San Francisco to formally become a "real person" (I almost said "adult". Hah!) and start working full time for Yelp.
I received an email from my cousin Julie on Monday inviting me to join her and her husband as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean in November and December. There had been some discussion earlier this year about the fact that this was happening, but I had never bothered to follow through with figuring out if I could actually do it, so I had written it off as a pipe-dream. So, getting the email about it on Monday rekindled my interest and I realized that I couldn't possibly pass up this opportunity.
Cutting and running for a month in the middle of my last semester of my (already rushed) Master's Degree, however, isn't so easy to do. After talking it over with my advisor and other important parties, I decided that taking the time off was worth it even if it did complicate my graduation schedule, as ultimately I could push my start date back a month in the spring without too high of a cost, still finish my degree, and get to go on this sailing adventure. So that's what I'm doing.
There's a bunch of other things going on (like planning my imminent move to SF), so I've got a lot of airplanes in my immediate future while I shuttle back and forth to get this all figured out and taken care of, and not a lot of time in any one place in the mean time.
If you're a San Francisco person: We should hang out while I'm in town briefly in November and again in December, and I'll be back for good in the spring (even if it will be a month later than I had expected).
If you're a Boston person: I am not coming home in November for Thanksgiving, and it's not clear how much I'll be around and not committed to family activities in December and January. There are a lot of you I want to see before I leave for the Other Coast, though, so please help me make sure we get a chance to visit while we have the chance.
If you're a Cleveland person: I am leaving in three weeks, and I won't be back until January. Even then, I will only be around for a little more than a month, and (presumably) I'll be buried under a mountain of last-minute scrambling work while I finish my Master's Degree. I had expected to have a few more months here before the end of the year, not just a few more (*gulp*) days, so lets make the most of them, shall we? I'm incredibly close to many of you (and you know who you are), so I might be somewhat obnoxious about insisting on visiting over the next few weeks.
Here goes nothing!