After reading a comment at Boston Gal’s Open Wallet, I was reminded of the free comics at the Federal Reserve Bank covering a variety of financial topics. I happen to have a friend who works at the Fed Bank, so I have to see if he can grab a few of these.
It occurred to me today that how efficient I’ve become at living in Boston. Between grocery stores like Shaw’s, Stop and Shop, and Roche Brother’s, I can usually get good cuts of chicken, pork, and steak at prices at or below $1.99 a pound. I know when all the sales are going to be so that I can get similar deals on ice cream or Thomas’ English muffins.
I know there are still Trader Joes’ which is going to be a relief. In fact, I’m looking forward to purchasing actual Two Buck Chuck instead of the 2.99 version we have here in Boston. Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s tends not to have too many bargains. I know there will likely have deals and I’ll be able to adjust. Where I lived previously, there was only one grocery store option nearby.
It seems like there are no major stumbling blocks with the potential move. I still have yet to get a job, but they seem very plentiful. I’m not as sad I might be to leave my current job. I’ve put in nearly two and half years building the company from scratch as one of the first employees. In the software world, that’s nearly a lifetime. On Friday, the company really showed me where I belonged. I was grouped with a few developers that were less experienced and lacked the communication skills necessary to deal with our clients (as I do on a daily basis). Meanwhile people that were employed after me had fresh new job titles that suggested they were more senior.
I apologize that this blog is getting a little focused on the move to San Francisco. However, it’s a decision that dominates your life when the furthest you’ve been from home is 10 miles. I will get into some of the real estate choices we’ll have to make soon.
My fiancee has gotten the position in San Francisco. It’s a huge promotion for her and will mean more money for us (provided that I can find a software engineering job in the software engineering capital of the world). I’m sure that sounds like I’m justifying it, but it could mean a great promotion for me as well. If I had to choose, I wouldn’t be moving, so I have to get that out in the open. Given that the plan is to be out there for 2 years and then get back to Boston, I think I can deal with it.
Back when I bought my Treo 700P, I had a feeling that somehow I’d be forced to give up my grandfathered $10 all-you-can-use data plan. Word was, that with the increased high-speed data network, a new phone would make you get a new plan. I didn’t believe that to be the case. My rationale was that if I buy a new TV (even an HDTV), I don’t have to pay the cable company more per month.
It appears that Sprint’s computers might disagree even though the customer service representative told me that I’d be able to keep the plan I’ve had for 6 years. The computers have conveniently gotten rid of that plan and left me with nothing. So I have about $70+ dollars in data plan charges.
I might be fighting this one for some time.
P.S. By the way, Sprint rebates suck.