Hitting the bricks #livejournal
I joined the Y last night, had my first workout in San Francisco. It turns out to be $62/month here, though my income is so low these days that I probably qualify for a reduced rate. I filed that poverty paperwork and crossed my fingers. The place is both small and vast. It is a giant, giant neighborhood community cultural center, there are classes and workshops and pools all over the place. The walls are covered in captioned Chinese characters for like, "social responsibility", which, hell yeah. In terms of weight training equipment, however, compared to the Y in Park Slope (or my old gym on Union) the place is strictly from hunger. There isn't one single power rack, so I just have to carry a bar from the bench press to the floor to do dead lifts, and I haven't really figured out how I'm going to do squats yet. (There is an assisted squat rack, but bleh on that.) On the other hand there were no more than ten people at any point working out, so I guess it's not like they need that much equipment. Tons of cardio equipment, though. Weight training is I guess not a super big thing around these parts. Which also means that I feel like I've gone from being an extremely puny small fish at my old gym to being like middle of the pack or even more than that. I've never considered myself a strong person and I'm used to being the guy with the least weight on the bar, and that was entirely reversed. Maybe I was just there when the serious dudes weren't.
Had my first SF job interview today. For a nice, pretty local bookstore; ultimately we were both like, this isn't for me. I don't mind being a bookseller for a little while - heads up, I'm super good at that - but I don't want to commit the next year or two of my life to it, which is what they wanted, and we parted happily with the agreement that if they needed any pinch hitters ever to give me a call. I do have to say that while the city is as expensive as everyone said, it's still really no more so than where I'm from, and wages seem generally higher to boot. Starting salary for basic book retail here is higher than I paid a lot of my more experienced staff in New York. To give you some perspective, minimum wage here is $10.55/hour vs $7.25/hour in NYC. I've applied for a ton of jobs; the bookstores have been the quickest callbacks so far.
We still have only very crappy internet in the apartment, based on a 4G hotspot that Edbury bought. It's not sufficient, but we've been having a hard time with the telecoms here establishing who should be serving our building. The landlord said - that some of the tenants have born out - that the building can only get internet via telephone landlines? Like just DSL? What? This is San Francisco! How is that even possible. But so far we've utterly failed to get any kind of faster providers to deal with us. Bleh.
OMG, is it Friday? Seriously? I am so adrift in time.
Today: laundry. Housecleaning. Reading. Eating cold chicken.