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Old 08-19-2012, 01:20 PM   #11
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Good luck! You only have yourself to support, and a few bucks in savings. Get the cheapest rental you can stand and enjoy your adventure!

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by s2cmpugh

Its just me to support, no kids, wife, etc. So I'm willing to really work anywhere to start off.
Oh, ****ing eh go for it then, I had assumed there was more than you for some reason. Good luck!

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:44 PM   #13
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Never prepay for rent. You don't know the financial shape of the homeowner and he may in the process of foreclosure, owners may change during that time, or he may find some other way to screw you out. But regardless, good luck on the journey.

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:57 PM   #14
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You're not crazy - you're smart.

You only get one life - you're wise not to waste it. Do what makes you happy and the rest will sort itself out.

Go on you son!
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:38 PM   #15
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Go for it. If you have a good skill set look into contract work. A lot of agencies can get you placed somewhere short-term. Its an easy way to get a paycheck while you're looking for something permanent.
Never underestimate the potential of someone who refuses to act their age.

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:31 PM   #16
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I moved to the S.F. Bay area about 20 years ago without having a job lined up. In November! Took until January to find a job, another 12 months to sell my house in Las Vegas. Lived in Oakland for 18 months. Three murders within four blocks of the house.

But I discovered craft beer, so it was worth it.

Moved to Oregon 8 years ago, but I sold the Ca house first.

Six years after that move, I got married, at 58, for the first time.

Dying with one year's experience repeated 60 times isn't my idea of a good life.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Homercidal View Post
Go for it! I hear Cali is one of the best states to be homeless in!

(I'm joking.)

hey, at least the weather's not too bad! I always wondered why all the homeless didn't migrate to socal (or at least out of the midwest - the winter AND summer SUCK here).

In serious response, as long as you are financially able to take the risk, why not? Your happiness (as has been said before) is more important than stability (since you have no dependents). I would set myself a deadline for gainful employment, and another for cash flow reversal (ie: the time in which you can support yourself without using additional savings; this may not be the same as getting the first job...). Set these timeframes such that you have a safety margin of savings, allowing you to relocate back or find somewhere else BEFORE the homeless thing kicks in.

Good beer selection out there too!

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(unless fighting bears)

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:20 PM   #18
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I would also encourage you to do it. I grew up in California and moved to Seattle when I was 22. One of the best decisions i've ever made. In fact, i'd encourage everyone to do move that far away from home while you're young if that's all they've ever known. Its an experience unlike anything else. Not sure how long you've stayed in CA before, but remember, the nostalgia will wear off eventually (regardless of where you move); just something to keep in mind. That being said, I still love California, flaws and all!

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Old 08-21-2012, 11:14 PM   #19
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Do everything you said, just don't prepay for rent. No sense dispensing cash earlier than you need to. Especially when there is no income.

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Old 08-21-2012, 11:16 PM   #20
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I also say go for it. But remember Cali has gold, and lots of gold diggers. Budget accordingly.

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