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Moving To San Francisco!  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Hi you all!

This evening, I leave Fort Wayne, IN, for San Francisco, to move into my apartment at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. I will be starting my PhD course in craniofacial embryology, as some of you might know.

I will be driving all the way over there with my stuff (with the help of my sister with her pickup truck too). I should be arriving this Friday (July 20), because I am required to move into my UCSF apartment that day. I'm in for quite a long road trip; the longest I have ever driven is Orlando to Fort Lauderdale in 2001.

My route from Fort Wayne will be: US 30 from Fort Wayne to I-65 near Chicago, where I will take I-80 from there.

I-80 will take me through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California before terminating in San Francisco.

Wish me luck!

SmithAir747--beginning a new adventure in my life


I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

Hey, good luck Francis. It's a long road you're undetaking (literally and figuratively), but it is honorable and will no doubt bring you success.

User currently onlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3045 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

Good luck and have a great time, SmithAir747!  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

Best of luck, sounds like one heck of a roadtrip you are about to take. Take plenty of pics!


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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7437 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
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Hey Francis, best of luck with the road ahead and enjoy the drive(Lit. and Fig., as Castle Island put it.)!

Best of luck with your continued studies.



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User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1311 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

SmithAir747,

Welcome to San Francisco! If you do need absolutely anything to make your move to San Francisco smoother, please do let me know. I'll be glad to help, and I mean it. I live here.

Welcome again,

WindowSeat

[Edited 2007-07-19 03:34:25]


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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Wow, Wouldn't it be easier to ship your stuff and fly? IMHO, its worth the money.


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User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Have a safe trip and hope you like your new home! Enjoy the scenery on the way there, too. Heavens knows you deserve it...your study is not easy work.  Smile

User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

Moving to San Francisco eh? Get ready to dispose of any and all disposable income!


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User currently offlineAA787823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
craniofacial embryology

What the hell is that???????


When you come move here I will take you to a very special massage parlour with a happy ending...


Signed,
Superfly


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

^
Well if you knew anything about Latin elements of the English language at all, you'd have been able to determine that his studies have something to do with the skulls and faces of embryos. Emphasis on bone structure and growth, I would guess.



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User currently offlineDSMflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Good old I-80. Stop by in Iowa City and I'll buy you a beer. Even though you're probably past Iowa City by now. Good luck with your trip.

User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Welcome to the greatest area in the US.
I love it.

Nice to have another Bay Area person here.


User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

All the best, buddy, for your studies and the move to the left coast!

I don't know about friendly people with flowers in their air but hey, you'll be much closer to Australia which, in itself, is already a New Age experience...  Wink

More seriously, best of success in your enterprises!

Y.


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Francis, very good luck - hope your drive is going well and that you settle in to your new place and program nicely. I have no doubt that you will be very successful. Hope to see you at one of the West Coast A.net meets sometime!


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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

Enjoy the excellent public transportation network-save yourself money and the stress of driving! San Francisco Municipal Railway has one of the most efficient and diverse networks in the world. They operate everything from the municipal transit buses to vintage trolleys and cable cars.


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User currently offlineSpeedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 915 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Quoting AA787823 (Reply 9):
What the hell is that???????

Why do you have to be so bloody rude?

Good Luck on everything, I cant wait to visit San Fran!
All the best!! Big grin



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3825 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Enjoy your new surroundings. However, if you ever get bored of San Francisco just cross the bay to Hayward.


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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

Craniofacial Embryology is the study of skull/facial features of embryos. This is a very interesting thing to study especially for Francis who had Treacher Collins Syndrome as a young boy. He has come a long way through surgeries and looks really great despite the complications of having TCS.


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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1417 times:

Well, everyone, I have arrived safely in San Francisco! Thanks for your encouragement!

I arrived late last evening at around 7 or 8pm and began moving into my UCSF Mission Bay studio apartment on 3rd St, a short walk south of the AT&T Park.

It was a long drive (an understatement)! My sister (in her pickup truck with my furniture) and I (in my Pontiac Bonneville loaded with my stuff) left Fort Wayne, IN, at around 7 or 8pm on Tuesday, July 17. We took US 30 from Fort Wayne to Chicago, where we got onto I-65, then I-94 and I-80. From Chicago on we stayed on I-80 the whole way.

The first night we stayed in an Econo Lodge in Princeton, IL (we checked in at around 4:00am) after driving most of the night. There was a heavy thunderstorm that night.

The next day (July 18) we drove through Iowa and most of Nebraska, mostly flat land. We slept in a rest area off I-80 just over 100 miles from the Nebraska-Wyoming border, not having been able to find a decent motel.

On July 19, we drove through beautiful Wyoming, Utah, and part of Nevada--all very beautiful. In Utah, just west of Salt Lake City, we drove through the barren, desolate, almost extraterrestrial Bonneville Salt Flats. It was like being on another planet, so lonely and desolate, as I told my mom on the phone. She asked me if I had seen any aliens! At the rest area in the salt flats, I collected a shot glass full of salt as a souvenir. In Nevada, we drove through the mountains and the Great Basin. I was almost sure I saw a UFO in the clouds above the mountains, as the sun was setting! We stayed in an Econo Lodge in Elko, NV that night.

On July 20, we drove through the western half of Nevada and into California. Upon entering California that late afternoon, I-80 was winding, climbing, and falling through the mountains, especially through the Tahoe National Forest. From Sacramento on to San Francisco, I-80 was four or five lanes and full of bumper-to-bumper traffic. We arrived in San Francisco that evening, crossing over the Oakland Bay Bridge. That night we moved my stuff into my apartment.

My UCSF Mission Bay studio apartment is 379 square feet, with a kitchen and bathroom. It's nice and cosy enough for me, and I have a great view of the AT&T Park to the north and the ships and piers of the Bay to the east.

I brought just about everything I own with me in tons of boxes--including lots of books, my medical collection, my childhood artifacts, what not--from home, as my mother is thinking of downsizing from our old ex-funeral home near Fort Wayne, IN, to a smaller home in the near future. So I cleared everything of mine out!

I need to locate a grocery store/supermarket near me, as well as a Wal-Mart/Target/other big-box store close to me. Anything close to Mission Bay?

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 19):

I need to locate a grocery store/supermarket near me, as well as a Wal-Mart/Target/other big-box store close to me. Anything close to Mission Bay?

There's Safeways all over SF, but no box stores in city limits.

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 19):

On July 19, we drove through beautiful Wyoming, Utah, and part of Nevada--all very beautiful. In Utah, just west of Salt Lake City, we drove through the barren, desolate, almost extraterrestrial Bonneville Salt Flats. It was like being on another planet, so lonely and desolate, as I told my mom on the phone. She asked me if I had seen any aliens! At the rest area in the salt flats, I collected a shot glass full of salt as a souvenir. In Nevada, we drove through the mountains and the Great Basin. I was almost sure I saw a UFO in the clouds above the mountains, as the sun was setting! We stayed in an Econo Lodge in Elko, NV that night.

Got to love the Salt Flats. The SIlver Island Mountains there yield some of the greatest hiking I've ever done. Elko is full of mutants. LOL. South of Wendover is Utah's Area 51, all sorts of odd things go on there.


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 20):
South of Wendover is Utah's Area 51, all sorts of odd things go on there.

Like what? I'm really interested to know!

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 21):

Like what? I'm really interested to know!

Basically anything you can think of. Odd light beams, Homeland Security stuff, etc.


User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1311 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

Hey there SmithAir747,

You've moved into a very nice neighbourhood of the city. New and upcoming. You have a Safeway pretty close to where you are, also a big Barnes & Noble. There is the 3rd street T line that will bring you downtown into Embarcadero/Montgomery or tourist places like Powell/Union Square. If you wish to explore the Mission district get off at Church or if you want to check out the Castro then it is the last stop for the T line.

I'm sure you have heard about microclimates and your area pretty much sees sun all the time. Just like the mission where I live  Wink Also, if you intend to get your California licence or get your car registered in CA, be sure to get your car undergo a smog test before you go and also please make sure you get an appointment online on the DMV website. You'll skip the line at the DMV and you'll be done in a half hour.

That's all I can think of for now, but if there is anything I can do, or if you want to know more about the city, let me know. Welcome again, to San Francisco.

cheers
WindowSeat.



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User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 6):
Wow, Wouldn't it be easier to ship your stuff and fly? IMHO, its worth the money.

And miss the sights!?

I drove here in LA from Chicago...I-88, I-80 across Iowa and Nebraska (booooring, thus a fast drive), then juked south on I-76 through Denver onto I-70 through the Rockies. That was the slowest day of the trip...had to stop for pics.  Smile Beautiful scenery. Of course I-70 through Utah is well, desolate. Green River is the last spec of civilization for 100 miles, and it was frankly a depressing town. Still beautiful scenery, but I prefer lush green mountain areas over desert. Continued onto I-15 south, saw canyons in Arizona, went through desert and Las Vegas in Nevada, then across the Mojave desert before finally arriving in El Segundo on the coast. It was well worth it.

The drive back when my internship ends should provide more scenic photo opportunities.  Smile

Welcome to California SmithAir. Ignore the political BS and enjoy San Francisco. Haven't been there yet, but I hear it's beautiful. Keeping work/time constraints in mind, I'm going to be spending my summer in SoCal.

When you get a chance, go spotting at LAX. Trust me, it's well worth it. I'm glad I'm living so close to it right now.

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25 Post contains images Superfly : SmithAir747: WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO! ! ! ! Sounds like you had a wonderful road trip too. Lucky b@$tard! No Wal-Mart trash in this city but there is
26 SlamClick : Welcome to my favorite time zone. If I'd caught this thread earlier I'd have stood on the pedestrian bridge near St. Mary's hospital and waved as you
27 Aaron747 : Herb wasn't even a native San Franciscan. That's what made his snobbery so touche.
28 SmithAir747 : A little more about my view from my UCSF apartment on 3rd Street: To the north, I can see the Oakland Bay Bridge and the AT&T Park. Last night, there
29 Superfly : There is a dry dock to the south of you were they refurbish cruise ships. Not sure which one that is. I did see a large white cruise ship from my bed
30 SlamClick : Well there are a couple of interesting things to be seen from your apartment. First is the world's largest pinhole camera. The western half of the Bay
31 Post contains images Superfly : Two years ago, I saw an old hull of a Gold Rush era ship when an old structure was torn down to build a new building on the corner of Clay & Battery.
32 SmithAir747 : I did some walking today from UCSF Mission Bay up to the AT&T Ballpark (walking up 3rd Street) and took some photos of the area. I found out what that
33 DC10extender : All I can say is lucky you.
34 DL777LAX : I can't believe no one said ANYTHING about In N Out. Seriously, just try it. A double double animal style with fries and a Neapolitan.
35 WindowSeat : True. There is an In-N-Out by the airport. Really good.
36 Superfly : ...and Fisherman's Wharf.
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