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Naomi

Naomi Finkelstein is an educator and an artist of many sorts who has lived in Madrid, New York, Chicago, and now the Bay Area. She's had as many as four roomies and as few as none. A yoga and vegetable enthusiast in a totally non-annoying way, she loves people, places, things and ideas.
Subletting Woes, Part 1
Subletting Woes, Part 1

Subletting Woes, Part 1

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Throughout the entirety of one of my recent sublets in Oakland, my focus repeatedly settled on a book on the bookshelf entitled, “Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life”. I never picked the book up, but every time I read the title, I wondered about Sonja. I should have listened to my…
Moving to a New City Without a Job? Make Your Savings Last!
Moving to a New City Without a Job? Make Your Savings Last!

Moving to a New City Without a Job? Make Your Savings Last!

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Since moving to the Bay Area in October without a job, I’ve basically heard two different reactions from people: “Wow…you’re brave.” And, “Well that was dumb.” I’m convinced that both reactions mean the same thing, but I have no regrets! Although it’s been almost four months and I still don’t have a job, I’ve managed…
Finding a Sublet (and Sealing the Deal)
Finding a Sublet (and Sealing the Deal)

Finding a Sublet (and Sealing the Deal)

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Moving to a new city? Woohoo! Adventure! Change! Terror! Yes, moving to a new city can stir up a lot of feelings. It can feel overwhelming, especially because you may not know much about the place. What are the neighborhoods like? Where is your favorite coffee shop? What’s the public transportation like? These are all things you might want…
Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet
Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

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Space is a hot commodity in apartments these days. Some say that location is everything, but if you’re looking at a space with unusually large or abundant closets, the landlord/broker will inevitably point out and brag about how much storage there is. I have certainly fallen prey to this temptation. Your mind begins to wander when…
Competing for Housing with $$$Techies When You Make $
Competing for Housing with $$$Techies When You Make $

Competing for Housing with $$$Techies When You Make $

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When I moved across the country, jobless, just to shake things up, I hadn’t been reading up on just how expensive and competitive it is to find housing in the Bay Area; the area in the US that is most notorious for its tech startups. I knew San Francisco’s claim to fame as the most expensive city…