Shock of the Day: I’m Moving to New Haven, Connecticut

Check your calendar. It’s not April 1st.

My wife, who is entering the sixth year of her PhD in Psychology, applied to several schools around the country for her final year of training, and was accepted to the only school in New Haven, CT that any of us have heard of: Yale. So we’re packing our stuff and moving East for 1-2 years.

East, where the winters are cold and the trees change color in the fall.

Yes, “that programming blogger from Los Angeles” is going to become “that programming blogger from Los Angeles who’s living in Connecticut for a couple years and then probably moving back to California, but most likely to the Bay Area.” I wonder if I can fit that on my business cards?

I’m in the process of reserving a couple of moving containers so we don’t have to drive a U-Haul across country (how many horror stories can you hear before you just won’t try it yourself?). I’ve contacted a company that can ship our cars. I’m finding renters for our house, and I’ve already scoped out the two 22″ widescreen Dell monitors I’ll be purchasing once we find our new, much larger living space (since New Haven is cheaper than L.A.).

As I mentioned in a previous post, I re-entered the world of consulting about 7 months ago when I once again opened the doors of my .NET consulting firm, The Numa Group. Since the majority of my workload is off-site development I’m in a great position to move across the country; all I need is a phone and a laptop…and two 22″ widescreen monitors.

Based on my initial research the tech community looks a little thin, but I have to imagine with all the brain-power at Yale that there are some really cool technology groups in the area. Also, if I want a big city tech fix it’s tough to beat a 90-minute train ride to New York City and a 2-hour ride to Boston.

I’m off to sell my surfboards and buy some coats. Big coats.

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4 comments ↓

#1 http:// on 04.04.07 at 11:00 pm

Bummer dude … Was hoping you all would be heading N rather than E. BUT ! I am glad that “your wife” got in to a good school ( I would imagine ) and continues her pursuit. Congrats to her ! Looking forward to the “moving back to the Bay Area” part …

#2 http:// on 04.05.07 at 10:54 am

Just to make you feel better, it snowed (ok it was a few flurries) in Delaware this morning (4/5/07). And just to think, it’s colder in Connecticut which is 4-6 hours North of here. I heard parts of New England got 6-8″ of snow this week. Good Luck to you and your wife on the move.

#3 http:// on 04.05.07 at 11:39 am

“Based on my initial research the tech community looks a little thin, but I have to imagine with all the brain-power at Yale that there are some really cool technology groups in the area.” No. Not really. Sorry to dash your hopes. “Also, if I want a big city tech fix it’s tough to beat a 90-minute train ride to New York City and a 2-hour ride to Boston.” New Haven is just a bit beyond the edge of commuting distance. It is just far enough that train service isn’t as frequent. Here is the schedule info – http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm – look for trips back and forth to Grand Central Station. If you go just a little west of New Haven – say Stamford – your wife will have a convenient drive to Yale and you’ll have better access to NYC.

#4 Eddy E on 04.09.07 at 7:29 pm

congratulations! And I admire of your ability to be open to move and bless your wife’s career!