Move Update

I was hoping to write a real post this week — ideally a follow-up to part one of the why I switched to Windows Phone saga — but my duties related to last week’s news have left me little time for writing.

Instead, here is a short list of things I have learned since deciding to move from Ottawa to California:

  1. The Bay Area is arguably the most expensive housing market in North America.
  2. About 1 in every 8 unprovoked and fatal shark attacks occurs off the coast of California*.
  3. You can convert Celsius to Fahrenheit using the following formula: F = C / 5 * 9 + 32.
  4. California is home to 33 species of snakes, 6 of which are lethally poisonous**.
  5. With a bit of practice, you can draw a maple leaf rather easily using a series of straight lines and Vs.

Jokes and life endangerment aside, I’m still really excited to go. I’ve submitted my visa application information to Netflix’s team of lawyers, who will submit it on my behalf. I’ve also been in touch with Netflix’s relocation team, who will help me move a bunch of my stuff to California, and set me up with a car and a place to live for a few weeks while I make more permanent arrangements.

This whole process is completely new and exciting to me; I can’t wait to see how the next few weeks play out!

* Several people have tried (and utterly failed) to convince me that “there’s nothing to worry about”, as sharks only inhabit the southern regions of the California coast. (If you want a source for my 1-in-8 math, I counted 14 references to California out of 113 entries in (this list.)

** Fun fact: Snakes are my third biggest irrational fear. As you may have guessed, sharks take the top spot. (Heights are second.) Interestingly, I’m not afraid of spiders, despite the long list of infamously frightening varieties that are found in California.

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