So Long L.A. And Thanks For All The Fish

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No, the title of this post isn’t suggesting that L.A. is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspatial express route. It’s pretty much already one big freeway already, isn’t it? ;)

Seriously though, I am going to miss this wonderful city after spending the last fourteen years here. A lot of people look at L.A. as a place they could never live. I thought that myself coming from Alaska, but boy was I wrong.152767725_7ca21f59c9[1]

I think the weather alone is enough to move to L.A. Perhaps the only place with better weather might be San Diego. But along with great weather during the day, L.A. has a great nightlife.

Being an outdoorsy type, I’ve always been fortunate that a good camping trip is just a short drive away.


Not to mention great skiing and snowboarding.


I even took part in my first protest march in Los Angeles, something that pretty much never happened in Alaska.


One of the things I’ll miss the most is the great soccer game I’ve been a part of for 10 years there. This particular regular pick-up game has been going on for around 15 to 20 years in one form or another.


Today the movers came and moved all of our stuff out and we left the keys behind in our now empty house. Tomorrow morning, we will be on a plane for Seattle.

The one thing that has made this move a lot easier for us has been that Microsoft took care of just about everything. Let me tell you, if you’re thinking about joining Microsoft, we might not have free food like some other companies, but we do have a great healthcare plan and the relocation benefits (at least for me) are astounding. They have made this transition a lot less a nightmare than it could’ve been. Though it has still been tough with all three of us catching colds around the same time.

Stay classy L.A., I will miss you. Seattle, watch your back. We’ll be there tomorrow.

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7 responses

  1. Avatar for Keyvan Nayyeri
    Keyvan Nayyeri January 4th, 2008

    I have some compatriot friends in LA and heard that it's a nice city. However, I heard same things about Seattle as well.
    Hope you have an easy movement :-)

  2. Avatar for David
    David January 4th, 2008

    Welcome to Seattle! We've got a lot to offer you and I hope you'll get settled and enjoying Northwest life soon. In 2009 Seattle will be joining Major League Soccer. We also have the largest % adult soccer leagues in the country. Talk Seattle soccer here:

  3. Avatar for Rob Conery
    Rob Conery January 4th, 2008

    Having grown up in LA, I have to tell you I miss it a lot. People give this place a very hard time (smoggy, crowded, shallow people, etc) but outside of New York, I don't think there is a sense of "chic" in any other city in the US.
    I relocated to SF for 15 years and missed the LA weather terribly. I also found that, as "shallow" as LA people can be, they smile a lot more than our Nor Cal friends and aren't so self-righteous :). That's right NoCal - I took a swipe! No water for YOU!
    Seriously - Good luck Phil (and Akumi and Cody). Seattle is a beautiful place (really beautiful 3 months out of the year)! And if you ever feel down, just know that I'll be there every other month to crash on your floor :).

  4. Avatar for alberto
    alberto January 4th, 2008

    Oh, guys, I have just read Rob's post and yours, and I am missing San Diego now (I spent a year there). I also liked LA when I visited it. I really like your second picture with the sky, the traffic lights and the palm trees, I have some similar ones.
    Good luck in Seattle. I hope you don't miss CA too much.

  5. Avatar for Niels Hansen
    Niels Hansen January 4th, 2008

    I guess Microsoft also brought the rain down to LA this weekend to get you used to what your everyday life will be like! :) Good luck in Seattle!

  6. Avatar for Scott
    Scott January 5th, 2008

    Well, Seattle has great camping, great skiing and snowboarding, and protests almost every day. In fact some protests have counter-protests and the counter-protests have counter protests. I think the only city with more protests is San Francisco. ;) AND we've got pro soccer on the way.
    3 out of 4 isn't bad.

  7. Avatar for Catto
    Catto January 7th, 2008

    Hey Now Phil,
    Good Luck, maybe a topic for you to post to post on is your organization of reading your mail when joining a new company?