Monday, October 14, 2013

So this is what it feels like to get exactly what you want

J Simler recently asked what makes me mad. Best answer I could think of was apathy
A human life has too much potential to be wasted on things we have to/don’t want to/hate doing so we can have "enough" stuff and experience the occasional distraction. Don't be like that. 
I hope anyone who feels lost or scared or confused can look for and find:
-the open-mindedness try many new things until you find a few that make you very happy. 
-the courage and boldness to take any risks and go after what you want (even if no around you is doing the same.)
-the patience to realize it doesn't happen immediately.
-the resolve to keep trying until your life is full of everything that you love and very little else. 

Oh, hey there soon to be new hometown. Fancy seeing you here.
For those who didn’t receive any anxiety filled “please keep my mind occupied” phone calls: the past few weeks I’ve been interviewing for a Marketing Coordinator position at Heavenly in Tahoe. In my months of wandering, this is the only job I’ve wanted. I was offered it and accepted this AM. 
I’m flying back to Boston tonight to hang with family and friends and get my snowboarding gear. I want to see everyone so if you’re around, holler! 
Come to Yarden's party at Back Bay Social on Friday. I'll be brunching (typical Jesse move) on Saturday, place TBD.
If you're not around during the weekend, let me know and we'll figure something else out. 

Excited/embarrassed/tired looks like this
The job is right in my wheelhouse: social media/website stats/ad coordination and event (cough, x games qualifiers and winter olympic parties, cough) logistics.
The pro’s of working in Tahoe are silly good: I’ll get to snowboard the best mountains in the West Coast (and golf all summer) there’s a poker room near the office, yoga studios, the best running trails in the country, a creatively stimulating environment to work on my book. 
Anyone who wants to come visit is encouraged. Not sure my housing situation yet, but there will be room for an airbed/futon.

South Lake Tahoe is much smaller than New York or Boston or San Francisco but winter+summer tourism drive the local economy so the town is full of big city perks: various ethnic restaurants, art galleries, theaters and casinos. Also- it's stunningly beautiful

I look back and am humbled by the circumstances that led to this: interning at NBC, working at Mediastruction, volunteering at Operation Snowsports, leaving Boston to travel, having my uncle’s crash pad in San Francisco, having some unwavering support and the financial flexibility to take a pay cut. 

Enough bragging. Three more goals/unrelated thoughts:

I want to ask for advice from more elderly people. They've been around and seen/done/thought more than I have. 
The things we care about are going to change constantly so I need to quit chastising people for caring about different things than I do.
Yesterday was a damn good day for Boston sports. I'm excited to get to catch a sox/pats game with papa Jon and FC Greenstorm. 

Cue the "congrats Jesse" that this post is fishing for. I hope I get to congratulate you on getting exactly what you want sometime soon. 

Much love,


  1. Hey Jesse,
    Katie Metzler's mom here...Congratulations!!! What a fun opportunity for you. I must say, though, that I am not sure how well I like Lake Tahoe. We were there for a ski vacation in March and I fell at Alpine Meadows - broke my tibial plateau and fibula and have been living through a 6 month to a year recovery...but, hey, at least I am living through it :~) getting better every day. Best of luck to you on your new adventure!!!!

  2. Welp. Now we have somewhere to vacation, amirite? But on the reals, I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see you and please please let's go for a run while you're here.

  3. I remember the day of the offer - I go to buy champagne but end up running and hiding behind a shelf because you were there buying whiskey. Call us drunks, but that was a happy day!