Well, aside from lamenting about how much colder it is than I expected and waiting around for inconsistent buses (pic above is the 7, a pretty reliable line I take everyday to work), I've been pretty busy in my first week. One of my good friends and roommate from college, Susannah, has been a gracious and irreverent tourguide. She also introduced me to the wonders of Burmese food and larb gai (a delightful Thai melange of chewy, crunchy, sour, spicy, warm, cold, and overall goodness). I also visited some family friends in South San Francisco, which I learned the hard way - in other words paying a penalty for trying to use my MUNI monthly pass b/c I thought that South SF counted for BART travel w/in the city - is not actually a part of San Francisco! There in "South City" I bought me some sanity in the form of a wooden fold-up chair (I am building on my paltry furniture collection of an aerobed and a desk my roommates were going to trash) and an awesome 8-for-the-price-of-6 pack of Fruit of the Loom underwear at Target. God bless Target. Anyway, It's such a blessing to have friends and family here to provide me with a sense of home.
University of San Francisco, not to be confused with the University of California-San Francisco or San Francisco State University, because almost every person I tell seems to mix these up. USF is a private, Jesuit school (though surprisingly progressive and liberal) located near Golden Gate park. Since it's a small school with a small number of faculty and staff, it has a really nice community feel to it. Since I'm currently having an obsession w/ the color green, I'm also digging its school colors (green and gold). The picture to above is no exaggeration of the campus. That is one part of campus called "Lone Mountain" where the President's office, some admin offices, and some classes are located. It is in fact on a mountainlike piece of earth, which means it has a fantastic view of the fog - I mean, the city! I've been spending a lot of time setting up my office (I have an office! a phone extension! perhaps I am easy to please) and going through boxes we packed up months ago from Teachers College (Dr. Yeh moved from TC to USF, if you didn't know). The job's somewhat esoteric, so forgive me if it makes no sense. I basically "coordinate" (still vague, I know) stuff related to Dr. Yeh's research and her grant from NIMH. It's really interesting how complicated research and academic work is. I'm also helping out as a TA to Dr. Yeh's Counseling Theory and Practice class, which is awesome experience. I really think I would want to become a professor and teach. I'm inspired by how much students bring and how much they can take away from the learning experience. Hopefully, I will gain more confidence so that I can be an effective teacher!
Last, but not least, I have been doing apartment hunting while subletting for the month in the Lower Haight neighborhood. I love the location I'm currently in b/c it's kinda funky but not too subversive for a Gap-whore like me. It's also somewhat in the middle of the city - close to work and provides easy access to so many other neighborhoods. Right now, I'm looking for a more permanent location either in the (Inner) Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods, as well as the Panhandle region near USF, and Laurel/Presidio Heights. None of that probably makes sense to you. Given that this is my VERY FIRST non-college housing hunt, it has been quite a learning experience. Well, I'm slowly figuring it out - what I've learned is that I can get lots of cheap Asian food and goods in the Inner Richmond and Inner Sunset, I don't feel safe in the Mission, and I am less likely to share a bathroom with 5-6 people in places more central to the city. I will keep you posted on where I end up - should have it figured out in the next couple of weeks.
Yikes, I wrote a lot. Hopefully you found it worth reading til the end. I certainly found it worthwhile to write. I forgot how much I enjoy my self-indulgent blogging. Anyway, peace out til next time.