I am not going to repeat the same mistake I made in California.
I repeat: I am not going to make the same mistake I made in California.
What mistake was that?
Thinking I had the luxury of time.
See, when I got to California with Nick, I was totally content to hang out on the farm. Did some writing work, blogged a bit, did rather a lot of artwork compared to the year before that. I wasn’t in a hurry to see much of Sacramento or San Francisco, because I figured there’d be time for it. Then I got sick. Then I was on enormous doses of Diamox (well… I still am on enormous doses of Diamox, but I’m also kind of used to it now).
In the end, it took a few day trips stuffed into a single week for me to see basically anything. A few months later, I was preparing to move again. I don’t want to just kind of assume I have time to let things happen. My situation’s different, but I still feel like it’d be foolish of me to figure that I can just sort of “get around” to finding my place in an unfamiliar area.
So, I have a plan.
- I work from home and I’m not in school, so I don’t have a way to easily meet people outside of the house. So, I’m going to look for a meetup group or two. Worse comes to worst, I’ll find a group about books or bird watching if I can’t find any groups based around my very favorite things.
- Geocaching is a pretty good way to familiarize oneself with the areas outside of a city, but there’re a couple of urban cache sites too.
- I am going to look up every haunted area and ghost tour in the city and subject all of them to me.
I’ve also started looking up day-trippy things like botanical gardens, bird sanctuaries, and the like. It’s not much, but… I figure it’s an ambitious enough starting list for someone whose brain doesn’t work quite right at the best of times. At least this’ll give me a couple of things to look forward to, some more things to write about, and maybe a few acquaintances if nothing else.