Re: What board should I be using? (Beginner - Intermediate)
Good on ya', Barish:
#1. for not being materialistic
#2. It ain't easy to learn to go down the line, but now that you know it can be done with your board, you will do it
#1. Just before seeing your post about Dubai yesterday, one of my co-workers and I were asked to go to Dubai for 3 months (he's thinking about obliging, while I am not)
#2. It is a rare student that wants to leave Isla Vista. I know a half dozen that have found employment in SB so they could remain. Know another one that started a business downtown so he could remain in SB, too
#3. I was a computer science major once (we used a lot of Assembly [Machine] and Fortran language, punch cards, and terminals connected by telephone wire to main frames. My father was a product development engineer in IBM during Big Blue days and obtained an EE degree from Rutgers Uni in NJ. He was brilliant, taught my older sister and me to use slide rules, and tutored me through Uni calculus.)
No coincidence, simply fact:
#1. There is not sweeter life in the US than student life (so, enjoy it while you can. It'll flip you out when you're well into career, are married, have home with kids, cars, dog, etc.)
#2. I relate very well to desiring to live in quiet setting; suits me, too, and the converse makes me crazy
A's to your Q's:
1. Grew up in multiple states on Atlantic seaboard with household moves every 1.5 to 3 yrs; lived multiple times in NY, NJ, and NC. Lived and worked since then in NM, CO, CA, HI, Germany, & Poland. Also have worked in Canada, WA, GA, FL, and ?. Have maintained at least one home in CA for >15 yr. Presently, have one in NorCal and Central Coast (off upper State St, SB). Currently, based in Orange County due to employment requirement. Rent small apartment in upscale complex south of UC Irvine
2. Graduated w/ 1st Uni degree in 1979. Got another in 1985 and final one in 1987. Tried for another advanced degree in 2005, but couldn't put up with it.
#3. Am only surfing every 2 or 3 weeks at present due to work. Had a severe neck injury in 2010 and have only been able to surf again beginning Fall 2011. Was averaging about 1x per week. Really liked it better when I was able to go 2 to 3 times per week. Not sure I can get back to that due to job, required neck care, and some chronic illnesses (I'm and old guy!)
OK, nearly 8pm. I must get out of the office and go home.
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