Days of Whine and Neurosis

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Still Waiting

UCLA sent me an email the other day asking me to re-confirm my interest in staying on the wait-list. The tone of the email made it sound like they’d much prefer it if I were to bail out now and make their lives easier, but they don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into. In fact, I’ll be there until the bitter end, if only to feel like I gave it my best shot.

I’m attending USC’s admit weekend, which should be cool. I’m excited to meet some of my potential classmates. I just got back from a USC happy hour with some admitted students. It’s fun to see who’s going where and why. Plus, I’m always down for an excuse to drink a few beers.

Since my last post I met with a real estate investment bank about a potential internship next summer and came away with some good information and a promising lead. We’ll see what happens over the course of the next year, but if nothing else it could be a great opportunity to follow up on in nine months.

That said, my friend heard a great phrase the other day regarding the real estate market – “dot condo.” As a dot com refuge, I definitely don’t want to go down that road again. Yuck. I saw the rise and fall of San Francisco in the dot com heyday and crash. It went from a beautiful bohemian city with soul to a bastion of yuppie hell to a burnt-out husk that was neither nor. The best T-shirt I ever saw hung in the window of a SF clothing shop back in 2000. It read, “GetTheF!*kOutOfMyCity.com.”

But, RE is quite a bit different, given that it’s “real.” While companies like Enron flat-out disappear, buildings don’t. But, it does merit a pause for consideration. I think the coolest thing about going to Bschool is that I’m going to meet so many people who’ve done unique, interesting things. Who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind about my ultimate career once I start school.

That's about it. I'm going to New York for a quick trip next weekend for a friend's wedding and to hang out in the city. I'm stoked. NYC is the center of the known universe and always a great time. Maybe I'll take some pictures and post them when I return.

PS – I shook up the “Music I’m Listening To” section.