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It’s Not Good-Bye. It’s See You in the Next Life.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I found employment. In New York City.

To say that I have mixed feelings about leaving LA is an understatement. After I decided to take the offer, I cried at least 3 times a day and didn’t sleep for a week. And then I had to pick myself up the ground and downsize my walk-in closet wardrobe (perhaps the most tear-inducing part).

Believe me — I know that I am leaving one terrible dating scene for an arguably worse one. But I didn’t take this job to find Prince Charming in the dungeon kingdom that is New York City. I took this job because it was a great career opportunity and it seemed like the right time to take a chance and go on a new adventure.

This new adventure will end the chapter known as LAMatchbook. But hey – you never know – maybe I’ll find inspiration and create NYMatchbook. Lord knows there are plenty of douchebags in NYC; they are just dressed better.

Thank you all for your support. It has been such a fun journey to share my LA dating fiascos with all of you.

This is not Good-Bye. I’ll see you in the Next Life.

xoxo,

A.

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LA Bucket List – Update #2

You guys, I’ve hit 5 out of 11!

  1. Hike Runyon Canyon
  2. Visit Getty Villa Getty
  3. Bike down the coast from Santa Monica to Hermosa
  4. Drive on Mulholland Drive
  5. Visit Turtle Races at Brennan’s
  6. Go to a Lakers or Clippers game
  7. See the stars at Bar Marmont
  8. Dim sum in Chinatown
  9. Re-visit LACMA Getty
  10. Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza

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11.Have a drink at Roosevelt Tropicana pool in Hollywood Roosevelt

12. Visit the Greystone Mansion (it’s a free and fun thing to do in LA!)

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In Waze, I Believe.

I am a bit concerned that I have developed a Her-like relationship with Waze. Waze takes me on new adventures all over Los Angeles. I can always count on Waze to show me a new, fascinating route through the westside. I know that I can rely on Waze to be there for me in these hard job-finding times and Waze has yet to let me down, unlike said job hunt and all men.

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LA Bucket List.

When you have infinite time during funemployment but limited funds, you have to come up with good ways to take advantage of traffic-free LA (well between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM) during the weekday on a budget. So I’m working on my LA bucket list to tackle when I’m in between phone interviews.

  1. Hike Runyon Canyon
  2. Visit Getty Villa
  3. Bike down the coast from Santa Monica to Hermosa
  4. Drive on Mulholland Drive
  5. Visit Turtle Races at Brennan’s
  6. Go to a Lakers or Clippers game
  7. See the stars at Bar Marmont
  8. Dim sum in Chinatown
  9. Re-visit LACMA
  10. Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza
  11. Have a drink at Roosevelt Tropicana pool in Hollywood

If anyone has any “must-dos” in LA, please let me know!

 

It Got Worse.

Well 2014, you did not live up to what you were supposed to be. Unfortunately, I lost my job in a round of layoffs last week. Yes, apparently layoffs still happen in this economy. We’re still in a recession, people.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that I wasn’t very happy at what I was doing (Excel — I’m talking about you), but it’s always a true shock when your livelihood is ripped out from under you. And when you’re a Type A personality, you don’t really know what to do with all of your newfound free time (and limited budget).

In an attempt to not fall down the angry, dark hole that I so badly want to crawl into, I’ve been training myself to look at the silver linings. In no particular order —

  1. I didn’t have to go to work Monday morning, so I got to really enjoy myself at a Super Bowl party. Which was helpful because it was such a boring game to watch without the aid of mimosas.
  2. I had been on 3 dates with a man that I had determined I did not like by Date #3. Turns out, telling a guy that you won’t date him anymore because you are unemployed and may move cities is the perfect, “I’m not an asshole, I just have bad circumstances” way to get out of dating him.
  3. I can pursue any and all work crushes who were previously off-limits.
  4. I still get to go on vacation and now I don’t have to return to 2,000+ work emails. Thailand, see you in 6 days.
  5. The sky is the limit.