Ah, 2008. What the hell did I do in 2008? Well, I moved out of D.C. and into the Commonwealth of Virginia, traveled to Denver, Texas (San Antonio and Houston a few times), New York City (three freakin’ trips), and the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I also toured an oil refinery, campaigned in both real and fake Virginia, and saw Obama give his last speech of the campaign in Manassas, VA on the evening of November 3rd.
But really, two things stand out in 2008. First, after two years of working for the natural gas pipeline industry, I landed a new job working for the petroleum industry. I had originally planned to move to Houston and look for a job there, but when this opportunity came up I decided against it. For one, I really didn’t want to risk just quitting my job and moving to a new city. In retrospect, this appears to be a good decision, considering the current economic climate. Anyways, at my new job I get to work on interesting issues and do cool stuff like make maps with ArcGIS, so I am pretty content.
Second, I finally moved into my own apartment. Yeah, no more roommates, as I could finally afford to have my own place (albeit, it’s a small 490 square foot studio, but still, it’s all mine). I live in Arlington (Pentagon City, to be exact) in a hulking 1960s era apartment building that wouldn’t be out of place in the outer suburbs of Moscow, and I’m loving it. I’m so glad to finally be out of Columbia Heights (and I am constantly reminded of this whenever I hear news of drive-by shootings a block from my former house) and living in NoVA. Pentagon City is a perfect location. Almost everything I need is within walking distance and I’m a 15 minute, straight shot metro ride to work.
Since moving to Arlington, I can’t say I really despise the D.C. area any longer. In fact, I hardly ever complain about it (ok, I still bitch about the cold weather, but I’m a Californian, so it’s to be expected) and am expecting that I’ll be here for quite a while longer. And you know, I’m perfectly fine with that. A ton of my GW friends are here, and I’ve made some amazing new friends over the past three years as well. And while I love California, I am consistently amazed by the unspoiled beaches in Maryland (Assateague) and North Carolina. I imagine I’ll be spending plenty of summer weekends there.
So yeah, I’ve got nothin’ to complain about here.