(Parts of this have been sent out in emails to people, so apologies if it looks familiar.)
Greetings, from a Starbucks in Echo Park, Los Angeles, where they have copious amounts of coffee and delicious free WiFi.
It's been a roller coaster ride for me since graduation in May. I've been blogging, biking, and looking for jobs, but after several near misses, I'm still out of luck. The most recent was an interview I had with a Long Beach firm, who contacted me after seeing my name in an LA Times op-ed by Marjorie Miller. They seemed keen on the "idea" of hiring me but not so much on the reality. :o( As with the others, and for the sake of my sanity, I consider it their loss.
This is the last in a series of attempts to make plans for my life that have fallen through. I have tried to stop making plans, but I am a natural planner, so it is hard. So...I am now on what I am calling "Plan Q", because there have been so many variables that I've lost track of what actual plan I am on (plus, Q is a neglected letter). Anyway, I moved out of my Downtown apartment, put my stuff in storage, and I'm taking this show on the road! I just bought A CAR! It's a 1995 Ford Escort Wagon with only 27,000 miles on it that I got for a VERY reasonable price. Hilarious, right? I live in Los Angeles for two years without a car and I finally get one when I leave :o) I'm getting furry seats for it. Check it out here. My game plan, for the time being, is to go up the coast, visit friends, and look for work in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. I mean, why not.
My sad, empty apartment in twilight.
Last pass of cleaning through the apartment. It looked smaller without stuff in it.
After getting rid of about 90% of my furniture and about 50% of extra "stuff" that I had, this is what my remaining belongings look like stuffed into a 5 x 10 storage unit.
I am quite excited to be going up the coast, actually. I get to spend time in Portland and Seattle, which seem like great places to be if you are environmentally-conscious such as I am. Plus I have never seen Portland in the summer and I hear it is gorgeous.
In my downtime, I have stayed busy; I think I mentioned this here already but I am working on a project in conjunction with my Web site called the "Portfolio Project" where I am offering free Web hosting for the portfolios of my under- and unemployed friends via sub-domains on my own site. Market conditions are simply TERRIBLE for architects and designers of all stripes right now, and I have many friends, besides myself, who are out of work or at reduced hours. I've gotten a lot of response to this so far, which will surely help us promote it more, but it's unfortunate when you realize how many folks are, indeed, out of work :o(
Anyway, I have lots of errands to run and the music in the Starbucks is starting to annoy me. If at any point in the future you wonder "Where in the world is Emily?", you can always find me here, follow my blog here, find me on Facebook, or find me on Twitter (yes I caved and joined Twitter).
Stay tuned! You never know when I'll move on to Plan R....