California dreaming

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by Scobeyville, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Scobeyville

    Scobeyville Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
    I have 100 days left in my lease, the job (not career) i am working at seems like its going nowhere. My boss drives me crazy - i was passed over for 2 promotions. I have no girlfriend, kids, student loans, pretty much anything keeping me here other than my family.
    I will have around $15k saved up by the time my lease is up... Should i say screw it and just go?
     
  2. staystoked

    staystoked Well-Known Member

    628
    Dec 27, 2009
    How about you take it a step further and move to Hawaii , live off of fish you catch and the pineapples you pick , surf all day and learn to be happy with your life ,,and not the materiel possession you own.
     

  3. wallysurfr

    wallysurfr Well-Known Member

    918
    Oct 23, 2007
    I was going to say, for a little more you can land yourself in HI.

    Looking back at my time right out of college I wish I had at least gone out to Cali or HI and stayed for a year before starting to settle.
     
  4. SJerzSrfr

    SJerzSrfr Well-Known Member

    327
    Mar 2, 2010
    Ummmmm, its been freezing for two months, another snowstorm is heading our way, Its been flat as hell and no surf on the weekends for the guys who work 9-5, GET OUT AND GO!!! You have no committments here and this is the only time in your life you will be able to do it. Once you get the wife, the house, the kids, etc you are pretty much staying put. Do it now while you can.
     
  5. Scobeyville

    Scobeyville Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
    I'd love to go to Hawaii, but I’m not going just for surf -- partial lie. I would like to find work in the field I received all my education in, advertising/marketing. (Dream job is an account executive at an advertising agency working on campaigns for big corporations) L.A. is close enough where I can do a day trip here and there to hand out resumes..

    I already have 2 buddies out there who said i can crash on their couch for $400 a month.
     
  6. RobG

    RobG Well-Known Member

    868
    Jun 17, 2010
    If I were in your shoes my bags would already be packed...if you go through with it come back and update this thread with what you like/dislike about the move. Good luck man
     
  7. rDJ

    rDJ Well-Known Member

    355
    Jul 23, 2007
    If you are going to CA, go to central CA. Santa Barbara area. LA sucks for surf and OC and SD are overcrowded. If I were in your shoes I'd be looking north of LA.
     
  8. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

    985
    Jun 27, 2010
    I would be going to CA or HI now if I were you. I think $15k would be enough to last for a few months if you have a cheap place to crash. Right when you get there, get any kind of a part time job first so you have pocket money and some income coming in, while you take your time surfing and applying for white collar/career type of jobs.

    Are you driving there? If so, even the road trip by itself already sounds fun for me.
     
  9. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    lets see, in california or hawaii you will burn right through that 15k in no time. Then its back to work and dreams of the next greener pasture. Take $ that down to nicaragua / panama and your money will go soooo much farther. GOOOOOO and surf and travel and enjoy, the working word will always be around waiting for you.
     
  10. rDJ

    rDJ Well-Known Member

    355
    Jul 23, 2007

    What he said... seriously. If you have the freedom, take advantage of it NOW. Before you have ties keeping you somewhere. Go somewhere you can't or wouldn't go with a family.
     
  11. GnarActually

    GnarActually Well-Known Member

    931
    Sep 30, 2007
    Go to cali, save your $, don't receive/take anything form california gov't. California is in dire position right now and you'll screw ourself. But you should go. NOW. hurry up!
     
  12. Scobeyville

    Scobeyville Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
    A little confused by that.. are you being sarcastic?
    What would I recieve/take from the ca government?
     
  13. mongoloid

    mongoloid Well-Known Member

    319
    Nov 5, 2010
    Taxes/Job/pension/municipal bonds

    I'd go to school there though...




    I know a bunch of people that have gone out there looking for work with no prior connects really, and they've made out fairly well. One for film production, ones in public relations, and some others.

    I'd go for it if I had 15k
     
  14. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Come to ca then. I've been to hi and ca and I'm glad I stayed in ca. Hawaii is tropical and nice but regardless of what part of an island u r on, u will be driving a long way most of the year to other parts of an island. Job in ca are better. They pay more. A bedroom in a house in ob in san diego is like 600 bucks. The bus runs u to downtown in 10 minutes. In ca, swell of every directions come right to out doorstep. I never have to travel. It never gets flat. There is always a logable wave even in august

    The weather is dope all year. The water never gets 80 but it never drops below 55.

    And to all the crowd talk. I can surf alone almost anytime I want. There r tons of spots. Notice how in most of the pics of me that I post, its just me. No other people. All the spots r in the city of sd. So yeah, blacks is crowded, but I get the j reefs alone quite often. When 5 spots on the cliffs r going off, they r crowded. So I go to one of the other 12 reef breaks and surf alone with my friends.

    If u always surf crowds in socal, u don't know where to look. Even our crappy spots r better than most so avoid lower trestles and u will love life.

    I'm biased. But I moved out here with my wife, then girlfriend 9 years ago with less than 5 grand. Been living at the beach here ever sincep. It was actually pretty easy.

    Good luck
     
  15. fulltilt720

    fulltilt720 Well-Known Member

    106
    Oct 14, 2008
    For everyone commenting to move to Nica or further off the map, I think you're missing the point. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like the guy wants a regular life but with surfing as a major staple. He's not looking to be The Drifter. I'm only saying this because I feel like I'm very much in the same boat, first year out of school with a PR degree, but burdened with loans and less of cash flow, so I couldn't flat make the jump and pray (excuses excuses).

    And Zach619, all of your commentary about making the SD jump is so damn inspiring, makes the whole thing seem tangible and not a pipe dream.
     
  16. tibu35

    tibu35 Well-Known Member

    183
    Dec 28, 2009
    Go for it man....you dont want to look back and say what if....I'm tossing around the idea myself....but I'm looking into schools out there by santa cruz......it's expensive, but not much more than jersey....plus that place has swell a lot
     
  17. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    haha sorry, just a suggestion. But ill tell you this:

    (THE STUD) - (job) - (student loans) + (extra 15k US) = off the grid for about a year
     
  18. steelwave42

    steelwave42 Well-Known Member

    438
    Nov 7, 2006
    DO IT.

    Go man. You won't be sorry.
     
  19. RobG

    RobG Well-Known Member

    868
    Jun 17, 2010
    I agree completely. My plan throughout my college career was to move to CA as soon as I graduated. Then I met my current girlfriend and things changed...its still in the back of my mind sometimes, but I know shed never go and I wouldnt want to go without her. I cant help but wondering what it would be like though, I could have been out there for a year already.
     
  20. VBGrom

    VBGrom Member

    14
    Aug 12, 2010
    I think this thread just convinced me to get the f*** outa here. Cali or So Am for me. How bout some good spots (on or off the grid) for still a beginner?