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Pretty much all my stuff is in Philadelphia. My main job at CMU is pretty much over. I'm still pretty angsty about this move, despite having finished it, more-or-less.

A lot of it is that (and I have spoken with people who live here to confirm this), there are almost no teahouses/coffeeshops that are open late and good for hanging out. I initially thought Milkboy would be neat, but they play music every night. Martha and Jess have lived here for awhile, and they say there are few late-night places in PHL's metro area and none in my area that fit the bill. So, WTF. This many universities around, and no teahouse open at least until 11? I am ... honestly thinking about trying to open one. I don't know the first thing about running a business, and my knowledge about coffee is limited, but I'm practical, I have all sorts of ideas about how to run businesses as a collective, and most importantly, I NEED THIS KIND OF PLACE.

The lack of a Té Café or Insomnia or Victoria's Midnight Cafe, cozy and rightly-sized so there'd be regulars and an atmosphere... this hurts. I need a new place to plant my interpersonal roots (yes, I need people too, but a place is a good start). I know exactly where I'd go in Boston, or NYC, or Paris, or Columbus, or Pgh. I feel so diminished here, like a fish out of water, starving in an invisible way; I feel the urge to (cheesy, yes) go to $the_social_place_where_everyone_knows_my_name and just have to shrug my shoulders.

I'm also really really missing proximity to woods, and the feel of Squirrel Hill.

I withdrew my application a few days ago to a reasonable job at Penn. I have so much to figure out now that I'm outside of my usual context.

I'll have to explore downtown (*cough* Center City) a bit more. Right now I'm pretty pessimistic that I'll come to feel at home here, and I'm worried about building a social circle. I am *so* looking forward to my little trip back to Pittsburgh next week to work my last day there; I'll be spending some quality time in the woods and then at Té Café. I'm amused at my division of sources of this kind of interpersonal happiness into:

  • Place-happiness - When I really like a place per se
  • Social-environment-happiness - When I like the crowd of a place
  • People - When I like the specific people
Philadelphia is not forever, but I think I'm growing impatient living for the future. I've known for a long time that I'm pretty picky about where I'm likely to enjoy living. This experience is helping me really understand what kinds of things I look for in a living space (even if the city-types I like come in distinct flavours with the permutations of characteristics between them being much less awesome).

I'm kind of tired of making new social ties. I just wish I could have the old ones back from all the different periods of my life, and make them better.

Interesting developments in international politics:

I also like hearing about self-driving car technology advances. I don't think private car ownership is a good thing, but this is neat stuff.

Those of you who enjoyed volume 1 of the 「Portal 2」 soundtrack will be happy to see that 「Volume 2」 is now up. Hooray!

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(Anonymous)

Didn't I give you a big list of places to see in Paris and Benelux? If not, I can dig it out.