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.
Here are my observations from driving up Route 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway) from San Diego to San Francisco, California.
San Diego (Pacific Beach) - Downtown San Diego was up-dated, hip and cool - the airport is smack-dab in the middle of the city. Airplanes were constantly flying overheard when I was downtown. But I really liked Pacific Beach - there were 30-odd bars in a one-mile radius and great breaks to surf during the day. Pacific Beach is the more upscale, professional cousin of Ocean Beach which is a lot more raw and real. I could definitely see myself spending a month or two here, surfing every morning and hanging out by the beach or at coffee in the afternoon.
Los Angeles Area - I skipped some of Huntington Beach and Long Beach (I have already been here) and stayed in Santa Monica with my buddy, Dustin. I rode down to the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach (pictured above) and Muscle Beach (great for people watching). It was great to see where Arnold used to train on the beach! Dustin said that people tend to be more laidback and not as stuck up as you would find in Los Angeles. We went out to eat at a vegetarian restaurant and partied that night and I definitely agree with him on his assessment. I had a great time and would definitely like to spend some more time here.
Route 1 Drive North to the Bay Area - I can totally see why celebrities like Santa Barbara and Malibu. Beautiful scenery and secluded homes were the first things that I encountered driving north. I started to encounter fewer cars as I passed San Luis Obispo and Route 1 started to get closer to the Pacific Ocean. I soon lost cell service which was great because a ringing cell phone couldn't disturb me from the awesome vistas and views all along the coast. It was a spectacular drive that I did in 3 days but can easily be spaced out even more to see all of the sights along the way.