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Old 08-18-05, 09:31 AM
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Just gave notice

I've been at my job for about 6 or 7 years. It's a tiny company (3 employees) and it's a delicate balance. I like my job but my girlfriend and I are sick of living in Brooklyn and want to lower our cost of living. So we're selling our house and moving to Baltimore, a city that we both know and love. The hardest part of all this so far has been psyching myself up to tell my boss that we're doing that, since I like him and I've never worked anywhere for so long before. Well, I just did it. He took it well but he was obviously surprised. Anyway, I feel all silly now from getting all prepped to do it. I'm still going to be here through September, however (wanted to give him plenty of notice) but it's going to change the dynamic here a lot.

Anyway, just thought I'd share. Here's a polar bear eating a gingerbread man:

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Old 08-18-05, 09:41 AM
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So, do those gingerbread men represent the 3 employees... and you're the bear?
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I'm still working out the symbolism. But you may be onto something. But then again, I'm also one of the employees as well! Maybe the bear represents capitalism? And he's licking me because I'm such a good boy and I deserve a tongue bath?
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Old 08-18-05, 09:54 AM
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I like Baltimore. Have fun there! I'm not a big fan of change so I can understand how you were a bit leary about talking to your boss.

Here's a polar bear hoping the next few months aren't awkward....

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Geez. Baltimore? Don't get shot.
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Old 08-18-05, 09:56 AM
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Good luck! I'm moving from California to Florida next month. I am fed up with gas prices, housing costs, traffic, border crossing, state taxes, etc. Will miss it though...
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Originally Posted by The Bus
Geez. Baltimore? Don't get shot.
I've lived there before. If you don't want to get shot it helps tremendously to not be a drug dealer.
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Old 08-18-05, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by The Bus
Geez. Baltimore? Don't get shot.
There are some nice suburbs of Baltimore, assuming he's not talking about the city itself.
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We'll likely be living in Homeland. It's in the city limits, but it's a nice area just north of Loyola. Granted, in Baltimore you're never more than a few blocks away from blight no matter how fancy your area, but it's just the way it is.
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There are some decent areas of the city, too. Like most cities, there are good places and bad places.
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Old 08-18-05, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Gil Jawetz
Granted, in Baltimore you're never more than a few blocks away from blight no matter how fancy your area, but it's just the way it is.
It's sort of weird that you'd choose to move to someplace like that, though.
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Originally Posted by Breakfast with Girls
It's sort of weird that you'd choose to move to someplace like that, though.
Hey, no place is perfect. Baltimore has a lot of great stuff going on in it and I dig the culture. I'm sick of NYC (and I grew up in Manhattan, so I can say that ). Neither of us are interested in living in the 'burbs or in a rural area, but we also know that any urban area is gonna have its downside.
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When will we see Mrs. Jawetz?
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
When will we see Mrs. Jawetz?
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Geez. Baltimore? Don't snitch.
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Wow. Good for you. I don't know a lot about Baltimore, but I would bet that it will be a nice change of pace.
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Old 08-18-05, 10:30 AM
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These polar bear/gingerbread men threads piss me off.





Good luck with the move, Gil.
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Old 08-18-05, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by mapasu
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I dunno if that's gonna happen. I like that simply mentioning that I have a girlfriend gets this sort of post. How have I escaped it for the last 5 years?

Since you insist, here she is:




No, I'm not gonna post a photo of her. But there's a painting of her on my website: here
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Hey congrats man. I am debating a similar move next year, and already and kindof sad/nervous about it, while being excited at the same time.

Baltimore is awesome. Someone told me they have more bars than any other city in the US.
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I didn't mean to ask for pictures ... I mean when are you going to marry her??
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Sweet. You hooked up with Kirstie Alley back when she was hot!!!!




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I think the Polar Bear represents the White Devil devouring people of color.
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Old 08-18-05, 10:39 AM
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Congrats on the move. Good luck!

Actually, I'm from Northern CA (Bay Area) and am most likely gonna move to NYC in a few months. What was wrong with Brooklyn? Was it the area? Cost of housing? etc.? Just tired of the scene?

I'd love some advice on where to live. My wife will more than likely be working in the hotel industry in NYC somewhere. I'll try to find a movie/tv production day job somewhere while I pursue independent filmmaking.

We spend around $1200 for a 2-bedroom condo now. What's it look like in Brooklyn? Can we find something around that price?

thanks for any info!!
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I haven't been in the market for a while but how much you want to pay depends on how much BS you want to put up with. We live in a pretty out of the way part of Brooklyn where you kind of need a car (which defeats the whole purpose of living in NYC) and yet we don't have one. So a night in Manhattan either ends with a 2 hour filthy subway ride the way things are working these days or a $30 cab ride. It's just a pain. It took me years to be this sick of things and the final nail was having this huge mortgage to live in a neighborhood I don't like.

Also, having known NYC my whole life I don't like the direction it's been going the last 10 years or so. I'll probably write a "Goodbye New York" post closer to when I move. It's a great city, but "great" in the literary sense, meaning full of both wonderful and terrible things at the same time.
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