I drove a Beetle. Things on it broke often and were extraordinarily expensive to replace. I don't miss it, not even the convertible bit.
You have really nice friends!
@honey cowl OMG I did not make it clear enough in this piece that I DO NOT THINK THE WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST. The East Coast is the best! I said in a comment above that if I got a job in D.C., I wouldn't leave! But I didn't! So I'm leaving! TWLDF has a D.C. office and I am hoping desperately that I can transfer into it after a few years. I am a snobbish, foul-tempered East Coast exceptionalist, and I would like everyone to know that.
@Thingamabob I was totally applying to things outside of my reach! I think companies will generally take less experience (except for SFMTA, which sent me back an email that was like, "Your verified three years and one months' experience is less than the required four years"), but there's also just tons and tons of people out there with those 10 years or whatever. I am very, very skeptical about the West Coast. I love D.C. and would have preferred to stay here, but didn't get a job here. My boyfriend is a bonus, but I am truly doing this for a job. So we'll see! Thank you and good luck to you, too.
@kellyography Thanks, and good luck. This process took me about three months, but I applied to a lot. So ymmv.
@AitchBee This made me :) :) :) Thanks!
@Blondsak Thank you!
@Carmen Aiken@facebook Thank you! And, yeah, I do LOL about it---and talk to my friends about it often (I have an urbanist-y bunch of acquaintances). I can't lie, it is attractive to me to be in San Francisco while there is such agita about gentrification and displacement. My work in D.C. was specifically about a neighborhood that COULD gentrify, but likely wouldn't (at least in the way that we recognize gentrification) for awhile. So it's kind of a flip.
@Carmen Aiken@facebook Agree w/this. I know maybe two people who have gotten relocation out of about 15 or so who have left D.C. in the past year.
@garli @crane The people I know who get job offers through LinkedIn also work in really specific industries that are distinctly not communications.