Back to Business 1: The Pilot

by Nate St. Pierre on September 18, 2011

This is the view from my new front porch. In fact, I’m sitting in the yard right now as I write this post. It’s beautiful here, as it pretty much always is. I have a good job at a good company, with the opportunity to do some really big things in an emerging market. My life right now looks to be pretty awesome. And it is.

But it’s also a full 180 degrees from where I was just three weeks ago. I was in Wisconsin, gearing up for another Green Bay Packers season and getting ready to enjoy autumn in the Midwest, my absolute favorite time (and place) of year. I didn’t have a “real” job – I was busy working on my Change the World projects, and doing the odd consulting and speaking jobs to (barely) pay the bills. Last Thursday was my first Thursday out here, and also the NFL’s first game of the season: Packers vs. Saints. I asked around to find a sports bar to pop into and catch the Pack, and someone recommended one close by: Dillon’s . . . on Hollywood and Vine. Seriously? I’m not that guy! I’m from the northern Midwest, yo. I wear flannels. I’ve gotten two new pairs of jeans in the last 15 years. No matter how long I live here, I’m probably always gonna look like a tourist.

So why did I flip my life upside down to come out west? How did I get here so fast? And the biggest question of all: what is life going to look like out here as I go? The first two questions I’ll answer in the next post. The last one . . . well, I think that’s gonna be the most interesting part of all this, and it’s the reason I’m starting this series. I want to document what life is really like in the L.A. scene, and I think it’ll be fun to share it with all of you. I live and work in and near Santa Monica, downtown L.A., Hollywood and Beverly Hills. So I figure I’ll get a pretty heavy dose of the “famous” parts of L.A., but I’ll be able to give you a day-to-day look at life here, seen through the eyes of an average person. Additionally, I’ll be writing about life at a startup, with all the big risk, big reward stuff that entails.

Should be pretty interesting, and hopefully we’ll both learn some things and also have some fun along the way. It’s time to get back to business. 🙂

  • Futon surfing, FTW. I look for opportunity it other people’s successes. 

    Also, if you happen to see Ralph Fiennes, I give you permission to take advantage of him in any way possible. With photo documentation.

    Oh, and rock LA like I know you can. 

    • Ha! I’m lounging on my futon as I type this. You’re welcome to crash here anytime you come through, Miss.

  • As a fellow transplant I am excited to read about your journey and experiences in LA. 

    Fun fact: This city is made up of tourists. Some just never left 🙂

    • Weird, right? You’re headed back to Chicago, and I’m coming (pretty much) from there. Gotta keep the Midwesterner quotient at an equilibrium out west, haha…

  • Best of luck, friend. 🙂

    • Thank you, my friend. Yet another grand adventure, right? 😉

  • Good luck Nate! Always exciting to start anew in a new city.

  • Peliroo Corrice

    Will be neat to hear what you think.  I know I had several observations when I moved here.  Really interested to see what you see. 🙂

    • Where were you before here? I don’t recall…

      • Peliroo

        I lived in the DC area for a good chunk of time as well as the Syracuse area, Green Bay, South Mississippi, and Tacoma, WA.  (Military life).  Most of the time was DC area, though.

        Incidentally, caught your commute pic (traffic) on fb.  My Pasadena commute had me on the  210/2/110/105 to El Segundo every day.  My sister used to make fun of me because I always knew what was playing at the Staples center, in chronological order. 😉

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