Right, I Started a Blog

So much for twice weekly updates huh?

I honestly thought I’d have more to write about, but I guess that was because my expectations were out of line. I thought I’d get a job in two week then I’d be able to start running around and getting myself into all of those awkward Mike Murray situations people seem to enjoy so much.

That didn’t happen though. Let’s break down what’s happened in the last 42 days into the fun and the not so fun.

The Fun

When it’s a clear day around here, it is absolutely beautiful. From the living room at the house in Mukilteo you can see the the mountains of the Olympic National Park. Head towards Everett and you’re treated to views of the Cascades. My personal favorite view, however, has to  be the start of the drive into Seattle. As you drive past the shopping centers on the Mukilteo Speedway you come up a slight rise and there is Mount Rainer on the horizon. I haven’t been able to get a decent picture of it yet, but it is quite the impressive view given the mountain is a two hour away.

I haven’t done a lot of it, but the hiking has been pretty good as well. There is a trailhead to the Big Gulch Trail about a quarter mile from the house. Not a whole lot of stunning vista-like views, but there are some pretty neat creek crossing and views of the woods along the trail. The Japanese Gulch trail is about a five minute ride from where I’m at. It’s a maze of trails that I’d like to explore more, but the day I went it was pretty damp so I didn’t do too much exploring.

I bit off a bit more than I could chew when I hiked to Poo Poo Point Trail last week.  I had heard about it during my brief stint of work (see below) and decided to go for it. I did some research and thought I’d be able to handle it, but neglected to look at the trail conditions before I left for the trailhead that morning. There was some slipping and sliding, I didn’t bring enough water, and the trail was snow covered but the views along the trail and from the top were worth it. Take a look through the mediocre lens on my phone.

That time I decided on a lark to hike a 7 mile trail with little to no prep. But hehe, poo poo.

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Also, shout out to Drew and Jocelyn for all the resume and job hunting advice and putting up with me as I loaf around their house trying (and failing) to not spend my limited funds while I wait to hear back about interviews and start dates.

The Not So Fun

Things started off promising on the job front. I had an interview for a review website and a restaurant out in what people around here call wine country within a week of arriving. After a phone interview and submitting a writing test, the review website decided to take a pass, but I managed to get a working interview at the restaurant. That went well and I was contacted a few days later about setting up a second interview. I gave them my availability and then never heard back from them.

I’ve had interviews since then and even accepted a job in Seattle a block or two up from Pike Place Market. I worked it for two days, taking the bus into downtown. The hours were great and I didn’t really mind the bus ride, but it didn’t take me long to realize that I was over cooking in a professional setting. I had originally thought that maybe the environment I was in when I left my corporate dining gig had soured me on the idea and that four months on I could hop back on a line and be fine. That wasn’t the case. I woke up on my second day dreading it and felt even worse than that when I woke up for my third day. I let the owner know that the fit wasn’t quite right for me and moved on. But, hey, I got to take this cool picture of the Pike Place Market sign in the early morning.

That's nice

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Where I’m at Now

That was two weeks ago now. Since then I’ve accepted a job in an Amazon warehouse that starts this Saturday, but I’m hoping I don’t have to start it. Friday I had an interview with the general manager of a cider taproom. She seemed super interested in having me come on board at their current taproom and then transferring or bouncing between the current taproom and the one they are about to open in Ballard, which, from what I’ve gathered, is kind of the “it” neighborhood in Seattle. I was going to wait until I heard back for sure about the job before writing this post, but decided to go for it anyway. What else was I gonna do while I waited? Play another 6 hours of The Witcher 3? Try to salvage another forgotten NaNoWMo? Enjoy the first sunny we’ve had in about a week?

Psh, I’m on the west coast now, there’s still plenty of time to do those things today.

Utah! Get Me Two!

When I drove through Utah Thursday and Friday I was in awe of the landscape, but this was all I could think of.

Thursday started out with a short drive to Golden, Colorado for the Coors brewery tour. I had never been on a brewery tour so I didn’t know quite what to expect. I enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed that the fresh tasting room was closed. Overall the tour was informative, the packaging line was mesmerizing, and it was free so there’s not much to complain about. However, I did buy an extra large shirt that was long enough to be an XL but was so tight you it could have been a medium. Oh well.

After leaving the tour, I started the drive to Salt Lake City. Can we talk about what an engineering masterpiece the interstate highway system is? Take I-70 in Colorado. Driving through Glenwood Canyon the views are not only mind blowing, but the bridge, viaducts, and tunnels are mind blowing. Words cannot describe what kind of work and ingenuity wnet into this stretch of highway while preserving the natural beauty of the canyon.

Utah is equally as beautiful, but not quite the engineering feat. There really is something special about driving through the desert and seeing these amazing mountains and mesas not quite flying by at 80 miles per hour.

Not bad, Utah

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Southwestern Idaho apparently used to be some sort of prehistoric lake and looking around with that mindset you can trick yourself into seeing the old banks of lake in the mountains and ridge lines. I’d show you a picture of what I’m talking about, but the only picture I took in Idaho was this one:

That's an Idaho plate that says GOTSPUD. I think they win the license plate game.

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Oregon and eastern Washington are a lot of yellow rolling hills and mountains slowly breaking into the brown of freshly tilled fields and the greens of vineyards before hitting you with the onslaught of rain forest green that is the Snoqualmie Pass. It’s hard not to lean forward and look up out your windshield at the mountains cut through the low clouds as you drive through the pass and into the greater Seattle area.

I’m in Mukilteo now. I’ve used the last couple of days to unpack and acclimate to my new environs. Today I stared applying to jobs. The goal is to get a job waiting tables as soon as possible while also looking for work outside of the service industry.

From hear on out, as far as this blog is concerned, expect about two posts a week on my job search, things I notice about living in the area compared to where I’ve come from, and just general musings.