Seattle vs. San Franphsycho: Round #1!

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Welcome to my first entry in the series, “Seattle vs. San Franphsycho.”  These posts are going to be a completely honest review on discovered nuances between my old city and new via my very fresh and ridiculous perspective. Enjoy.

Kids and the City

San Francisco – People look at kids in SF like they’re aliens and do not belong roaming the same terrain as them. Or maybe in fact that they do not consume the same combination of Noble gases that other humans do. Seeing a child in SF when you’re at a boozy brunch in SF is almost like seeing Godzilla sitting at a Hobbit’s dinner table. “It” just doesn’t belong. Yes, San Franciscans frequently refer to children as “its.” Shock, fear, and an overwhelming feeling of awkwardness fills the room when children are around in SF it seems. I am one of those guilty of having this feeling.

Seattle – Your common Seattleite dwelling downtown, up the Hill (that’s Capital Hill for all you SF’ers reading this), and even trendy places like Ballard don’t really react as strongly or adversely to the presence of children as San Franciscans do. In fact, Seattle’s ‘children of the coffee bean’ are so well-behaved you don’t even realize they’re around. In fact, they have more coordinated style than half the adults in San Francisco. On the other hand, they could all be tiny geniuses plotting against us. To understand that nerdy joke, you’d have to get into the head of some of the geek squad up here.

Conclusion – Maybe in SF all the children are really Peter Pan syndrome-stricken adults who don’t want to share their toys. Or maybe you should just not bring your kid to a naked party on Folsom Street in SF during the summer and expect for people to react appropriately. It could also be that Seattle is just one of those cerebral cities who’s cool and collected Pac NW attitude isn’t jolted by the sighting of a child. It’s all just a very fascinating phenomenon.

Jennergy Is In The House!

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ImageHi World! I’m Jenn AKA Jennergy. If you read my About Me section, then you don’t need to hear any regurgitation of my bio. If you didn’t, you should and go get a giggle…seriously, laughter is good for you. Endorphins people, endorphins!

Welcome to my blog. This is going to be a place where you can find out about the latest and greatest in my life through my inevitable shortcomings and the lessons to be gained because of them. We’re all human after all, right? My intention is for this blog to be knowledge-filled with plenty of information for you to collect and do something good with. Whether it’s about life stuff, professional advice, random spurts that you can relate to–I want my readers to get something positive out of it all.

I moved to Seattle from San Francisco to explore a new part of my life and share my findings with the world…ok, with whoever reads my blog. I am a spunky, no holds bar, 20-something that believes in taking risks to feel inspired. I know nothing about the new city I’m in, but am determined to learn. I do have a few transplanted friends up here from college, San Francisco and other parts of California so there hasn’t been a complete drought of feeling social, but I know I have time to make friends. I also have my boyfriend here. He has been living here for a couple years and the last several months we’ve actually been doing the long distance thing. It was fine, and doable, but I can definitely say that being up here is helping us grow as a couple. He has been uber supportive of my move and it’s a good feeling overall.

What else have I done? I actually shredded up Crystal Mountain a couple weekends ago and it was awesome. It was snowing all day, so many freshies! I have a feeling I’m going to love the outdoors up here.

The rain? Not much honestly. Not yet anyhow. We’ve actually had a few sunny days as well. San Francisco is definitely more sunny, but super unpredictable and grey like Seattle so that hasn’t been a complete shock as much as other people might think.

Currently I have no job but have been vigorously hunting one down–not just any job though. At this point in my career, the job, team, and company of choice needs to all come together blissfully. The stars must be aligned. I’m looking for a smart and supportive team that roots each other on, a fun and innovative dynamic in the company, and to feel I’m doing something meaningful at the end of the day. I’ve actually attended some great networking events and met fabulous people. So far these are the organizations I’ve been looking into and want to help out with (maybe join):

  • NWEN – Northwestern Entreprenuer Network
  • PSAMA – Puget Sound American Marketing Association
  • BEAN – A Young Professionals Networking Group in Seattle (philanthropy)
  • WTIA – Washington Technology Industry Association

I’m sure there are many more avenues to pursue in my new city and state so if you have any suggestions, please comment!

Overall I just want to grow as a person and I cannot wait for what Seattle has in store for me! Cheers!

xoxo,

Jennergy