Tynan, you last entry about turning 30 was a classic, and I am here to help you.
Step 1: You are never going to get any chicks living in San Francisco, San Franciso is the gayest city in America. You need to relocate to Palo Alto, and date all the cute Google and Facebook engineers. I am sure alot of those girls have $10M+ in stock options.
Step 2: Your wedding will be great. You can have Mystery as your best man, and for your groomsmen you can have Style, Papa, Tyler Durden, and Ramit Sethi from "I will teach you to be rich".
Step 3: Honeymoon? Japan?
After that you are set. But seriously location is everything. I have an uncle who lives on California Street in San Francisco, and he just got married for the first time at age 63. Bad city for chicks.
South bayers are cute and they may have money; I have a feeling though most of them are just golddiggers from everywhere else looking to cash in. Software is actually not as glorious as it looks from the outside - for every google there's 100 flops with the same idea. For every rich silicon valley person there's an army of thousands who are about to get laid off when their contracts expire. I thought I liked computers and was a nerd - painful irony: I may have been the jockiest of the bunch, Software is just so much work and you get lowballed from so many foreign countries that only entrepreneurship makes logical sense now. It's a pyramid with a wide base and a narrow top - like sex you want to be on top :D. At one point in my life I just read Paul Graham articles and wikipedia'd all the failed silicon valley companies I could think of to find the critical aspect that separates the winners from the losers.
Come to Boulder, CO. Consistently ranked as one of the happiest, healthiest, and smartest cities in the US. All the girls here are gorgeous, it's almost unfair.
I just read this article about finding the "perfect" girl. It's written from a Christian perspective, but you might still get some good ideas from it. http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0002451.cfm
Interesting article. I would actually rather be single than be with someone who I don't find very attractive and have a high degree of respect for. So I'll never settle... I'll either find someone amazing or just be single. I'm not looking for perfection-- I'm certainly not perfect, either, but I do have a lot of my shit together, and expect the same.
Hahaha, I like my wedding party.
Yeah, SF is probably one of the worst cities for dating-- I agree. I'm not really sure Palo Alto is much better, though.
Having been born in SF and living in the bay area my whole life I've never been able to compare much outside it. What exactly makes it so bad for dating? I don't really want to use the answer to rationalize lack of results but I'm curious nonetheless.
The girls just aren't as attractive as other places. Besides that, it's actually pretty good because lots of the guys here are either gay or too nerdy to approach.
Hmm I guess - I may have to disagree on that one but I haven't been around like you so I'm probably wrong. The city itself seems to host a lot of transplants from all over the place so I get that east coast selection variety I like every so often. Other than that I don't know - it does seem like outside the districts where the young hang out its completely and utterly barren.
I read an article once - can't find it anymore - about how the high rent in SF is putting young adults into a state of permanently delayed development (the eternal adolescence). Self made men like you or those from more self sufficient lifestyles like the north oregon/washington, midwest, etc... usually clean out the women here :D
I love San Francisco so much that it's almost a problem. When I think about taking a trip somewhere, my next thought is, "yeah, but there's so much awesome stuff going on right here, too." Of course, no city is perfect. San Francisco's faults are common to most big cities: parking is a pain traffic gets unwieldy during rush hour.
Enter the moped. I used to think that "moped" was another name for scooter, but it's not. Considering that mopeds, with a few exceptions, haven't been mass produced since the 1980s, it's not all that surprising that no one knows what they are anymore.
A moped is actually a hybrid between a small motorcycle and a bicycle. They were originally designed for the motors to assist in pedaling, not to completely take over. As small engines became more powerful the need for human power diminished and eventually they were replaced with scooters.
[Sorry for the post delay and the switch to photographs for this one. I'm searchng for a better illustration method than the way I was previously drawing on my iPad, and anyway photos are more appropriate for this post anyhow.]
Both times I've been to Tonsai Beach I've gotten food poisoning.
This time I learned it has a name: Tonsai Belly. Food handling practices aren't up to Western standards, I guess. But then, neither are standards for garbage (most of it is burned in piles), water (bottled is the only fresh source), and lodging (most bathrooms are outdoors, hot water is a luxury.) The economy of Tonsai is so small that cash is a problem: the ATM dispenses thousand-baht notes, and most food and drink is tens of baht. There are maybe thirty stores total on the entire beach, so there's not much commerce.
In spite of its challenges and small overall size, Tonsai has two things in abundance: rock, and people who climb it.