On One Hand

February 21, 2008

My Short List

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 7:41 pm

After I graduate in May my job takes a break for 3 months; it won’t start again until August.

I do want to come back to Boulder for another year after that, but I need to do something crazy while I’m young and have an ounce of recklessness left in me. I’m thinking of moving somewhere random from June through August and trying to get some freelance writing in. Not being home and therefore not being able to fall into habitual laziness ensures that I will be productive. Since it’s summer and I plan on staying in the Northern Hemisphere, I will not have to sleep in snow if a worst-case scenario leaves me without a place to stay. It will be an adventure.

I am still working on a feasability study. Here is my short list of cities:

1. Seattle

2. New York City (too expensive)

3. London (too expensive)

4. Chicago

5. San Francisco (too expensive)

6. Portland



  1. Hey Matt it’s Kelly. Having lived in both Portland and Seattle (or close enough) I can say that they’re both completely excellent cities. Seattle’s a bit more hip, trendy etc. The queer scene is a bit more yuppie in my opinion. Portland is more down-to-earth but there’s less to do. Although I think there’s still plenty to do. If you move to Portland you can visit my parents. They’d love that, you can go to their Catholic church with them. Anyway we should chat. Seattle’s almost as expensive as new york city though.

    Comment by agent_k_says — February 22, 2008 @ 4:01 am | Reply

    • I’ve been to both Seattle and Portland and spent some time there.

      The main thing is how easy it would be to get jobs freelancing there.

      Comment by ononehand — February 22, 2008 @ 4:12 am | Reply

  2. Go south young man!

    Think Argentina….

    Comment by bon_homme_dane — February 22, 2008 @ 5:00 am | Reply

    • Re: Go south young man!

      I feel like that would be the kind of thing you’d have to plan ahead for, not a place you can hitchhike to on a spontaneous trip.

      Comment by ononehand — February 22, 2008 @ 6:39 am | Reply

  3. i’m looking into seattle as well…

    Comment by keithsuperk — February 22, 2008 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  4. Let me know if you want to visit DC (or use it as a base for an east coast jaunt) — you can gang up with my liberal roommate and argue with me all night long 🙂

    Comment by jdhenchman — February 22, 2008 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  5. Let me work on some Chicago details to email to you. There’s a lot of stuff going on here.

    Comment by randomcha — February 22, 2008 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  6. You can’t go wrong with either of these cities, especially in the summer time. I grew up in Seattle, and lived in Portland for a couple years. Seattle is a better job market for sure. The UW is a short hop from downtown. Anywhere in King County is going to be an expensive place to live. I suggest looking on the pennisnsula, like Silverton/Bremerton/Port Orchard. You can commute via the ferry. Try driving and go insane.

    Portland has a much better public transportation system, therefore you can live as far west as Hillsboro or as far east as Gresham and get to downtown using the light rail.

    Any other questions regarding these cities, feel free to hit me up.

    And don’t forget Charlotte, North Carolina!

    Comment by tempur_tempur — March 8, 2008 @ 2:59 am | Reply

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