California DiaryJanuary 2000
Moved to Silicon Valley for a job. My salary is 30% higher! I have stock
options! The temperature outside is 65F! California is the best place on
Still looking for an apartment. Freeways everywhere to take you places. Still
Found a 1 bedroom apartment for $1900/mo. California is more expensive than I
Gas hit $2.29/gallon. Somebody sucked gas from my car. This sucks....
A small earthquake. And this is what my mother was so worried about? Almost
didn't feel it.
A forest fire and a mud slide near L.A. Who cares, this is far away from me.
A big earthquake...Spent 4 hours in my bathtub. Boy, that was scary. We had no
stinking earthquakes where I came from.
Drought! They turn on the water once a day. This sucks big time! Somebody stole
the water from my car's radiator. Why did I come to California again?
Decided to buy a house. Found a 2 br fixer-upper for $800K. Borrowed against my
stock options for down payment. Kids back in school. Freeway traffic noticeably
worse. Found alternative routes on city streets to save time.
My startup fired 90% of the work force, including me. The stock lost 98% of its
value. "Under water" options my ass.
Had to sell my house. Couldn't make the payments. Found a studio apartment for
$2300/mo. Traffic unbearable.
Problems with electricity starting. They turn electricity off several times a
day. "Rolling Blackouts". Who the hell stole my car battery, and what do I do
I'm typing this stuck in an elevator, in complete darkness. The battery of my
laptop is dying. Silicon Valley is no more. Angry hordes of former dot-commers
are looting in the dark. It was fun while it lasted. God bless all. Curse
California. I'm going back home.