On the brink

sun and shade

I've accepted an offer here in California.

It's at a company called Rocket Fuel, my title is "Rocket Scientist." In reality it's a software engineer or developer role, and I'm not very fond of the official title. I'm pretty excited since the team I'm going to be on uses rails / node / backbone js, and they're cool with me being relatively new.

Career wise, it's a great next step. Largely, if I'm going to continue doing programming, I see myself doing front end and UI for products. I'm pretty confident that rails and these javascript frameworks will be relevant for at least the next 3~ years.

The office is located in Redwood City, CA. I'm trying to find a place in SF, which is a pretty short commute away via car or public transport.

So... how am I feeling. What are the emotions?

I'm genuinely very excited.

I've spent the majority of the past year living very nomadically. Pretty much living out of my car, relying on the kindness of friends.

I had a lot of ideas, some pretty unique and magical ones, but found myself very unable to materialize them for some reason or another.

Was it financials? resources? mindset? ability? I think it was a mix of all of those.

I've been very fortunate to have the chance to come out here and try to get away from Texas. While I love Austin, and some parts of Houston, I largely feel like it's time to try something entirely different. And yeah I know this isn't really special, tons of you have left home a long time ago.

mimosa club

For the most part, I think most of the readers of this blog are in their 20's, recent grads from college. It's a very confusing time for all of us. What are our dreams? What do we want to do? How do we navigate this life?

I'm really glad that I started this blog. I haven't really gone back to reread most of my previous posts, for fear that I might want to punch myself, but more or less the current take away is... I've spent the last year dabbling. Switching from being a programmer, to doing a startup, to doing photography, and back again. And while you could argue that it was all just a big jumble and mess, I think I grew tremendously, and would not be where I'm at today without the chance to go through all of that.

glass key photo

I think it's important to dabble. To test the waters. Especially in a time where there are just so many options, where every move we make is overshadowed by all the "what ifs?" of the other paths.

On the other side of the coin, having my own place, and being able to actually provide for myself and potentially for others is going to be totally new for me. I see the goodness and value that this will entail. If you've identified with any messages from this blog over the past year... chances are, you feel some form of unrest, and might want to try to get out here too, for whatever length of time.

So yeah, feel free to hit me up.

I'm going back to Texas to grab my stuff for real. I'm actively searching for someone who would want to make the drive from Houston/Austin to SF between the first or second week of October, I'd make it a 3-4 day sight seeing trip, and I'd pay for hotels since they've provided me a relocation package.


I'm excited for all of the new food, adventures, and people I'll meet.