On a move, parts 1 and 2


I’m very excited to be about to complete a relocation from Ithaca, NY to Los Angeles, CA — it’s been almost 2 years in the making including various factors from stars aligning properly to learning how to be a landlord (have kept my place in NY, in the hands of great tenants) to dealing with all The Stuff in corners and closets I stashed when I had moved in 5 years earlier with best intentions to Deal With Someday… in short, it was a process. On Friday I moved in to my awesome and totally discovered by chance apartment in the Palms area of LA. Early this week my ABF U-Pack trailer arrives to reacquaint me with all the stuff that made the cut — with any luck, it will all be intact!

Along with that big move news, and actually completely unrelated, is another change: I’ve accepted an offer to take on the role of Senior Editor at Mashable.com. I’m excited to be returning to a focus on social media and social tech and working with a top-notch team at a destination that’s been in my daily feed reading since 2005.

It’s been a great year working with the fine folks at Crowd Fusion and I wish the team there all the best. I can’t really talk yet about some of the cool things coming up there and how it might mean some continued involvement with the platform, but rest assured we are parting on good terms and I have high hopes for the continued success of the company.

In between NY and CA I managed to squeeze in a bit of on the road Kerouac-style vacation, driving coast to coast in my trusty ’98 Toyota Corolla whose awesome gas mileage had me going 8 hours at a stretch before a refill with those pesky non-renewable fossil fuels. I was 13 days on the trip and only had 1 night of hotel (richly enjoyed in Deadwood, SD), staying with friends and family along the way and having many memorable adventures. The last time I made a cross-country trek was back in the Triassic Period of 1997, and this trip shared with it 2 very important pit-stops: Chicago, and Wall Drug, SD. If you’ve ever been to Wall Drug, or if you’ve even just driven on 90W through South Dakota, you know what I’m talking about.

In the “I get by with a little help from my friends” Acknowledgements section I must extend heaping amounts of gratitude to all the folks who helped make this move possible: Julia, Jackie & Joe, Mrs. Perrone (who performed the very vital role of cleaning supervisor), Chris Willett and Bobby the plumber, the affable Sears repair dude, the last-minute roofer who also regaled me with stories about his recent cross-country trips, Dounan (ice cream and heavy lifting), Meryl (fire-starter), Shane and Scott at Certified Properties, Jason and Danielle my awesome tenants, Leah and Amelia (refreshments and PA system adoption), Laura Darlington (LA intelligence ground team, Bowflex consultation), Eliot (interim home office), Dan, Diane, Erin and Ryan O’Halloran (adopted family in (too) sunny Burbank), Judith (encouragement and shared brain matter), CK (covering for my vacationing ass, etc.), Daddy Bowen (spiritual road-trip presence), Mom and Jo-Jo, Ruby (Cleveland party planner), Sam Axon (provider of Chicago food, pad, improv and Kerouac library), Tam and Lauren (Presidents of the Minneapolis Secret Spoon Society), Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, Sarge (Denver hail and smoke), Dad and Joy (Albuquerque welcoming committee), Dawn (Vegas MC and encouragement), ABF U-Pack, WestSideRentals, Peter’s Movers, Rory the super super at Carseka Apts., Clotho and the Norns, and everyone else whose inclusion would turn this section into a paperback novel.

If you’re in the LA social tech scene, I look forward to meeting you! One such opportunity happens to be coming up this Friday at the Mashable Hyatt4Good Tweetup Tour — I’ll be there with bells on, etc. If you’re not in LA but have occasion to visit, give me a shout and let’s meet up! I’ll be here whenever I’m not travelling to events, trying vainly to Do Everything Cool — a Sisyphean task if ever there was one. If you know of anything in town I Absolutely Must See, let me know that too!

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  1. #1 by Darren - August 2nd, 2009 at 21:23

    Barb! So cool to hear about the new gig!

    I’m gonna have to totally drop by should I end up in LA! I miss you! Please give me a shout if you end up at CES, and all the best on the left coast!

  2. #2 by barb dybwad - August 2nd, 2009 at 21:33

    Thanks Darren!! You definitely better let me know if/when you’re out here! Elsewise there’s some drinkin’ in our future at CES…

  3. #3 by Brinstar - August 2nd, 2009 at 21:34

    Whoa, congrats on the Mashable gig! That’s one of my daily reads, too!

  4. #4 by barb dybwad - August 2nd, 2009 at 21:40

    Thanks Regina!! Looking forward to diving in!

  5. #5 by Willy - August 3rd, 2009 at 02:47

    Barb, congratulations on your move and your new job. I’m sure you’ll knock their socks off. I can’t wait to hear more of your tremendous accomplishments.

  6. #6 by Alberto Escarlate - August 3rd, 2009 at 05:03

    Barb,

    Congrats on your new gig, Will make sure to move its feed up to the list. Good luck with the move and in Lalaland.

  7. #7 by Erik - August 3rd, 2009 at 05:20

    Wow! That’s some awesome news right there. Congrats!

    Hopefully, with your new role, you’ll be able to convince them to write more about mashed potatoes. Clearly, there’s enough news about that to go around and fit with the brand.

  8. #8 by chrisgrant - August 3rd, 2009 at 06:39

    barb! LA! Mashable! Whut?!

    On the top of my to-do list for the last several months has been “call Barb” – unfortunately, it keeps getting pushed further and further down the list. So: how about this: a phone call. You and I. Today. Todayish. Soon.

    Congrats on both! I’m vicariously excited!

  9. #9 by C.K. Sample III - August 3rd, 2009 at 08:17

    Hope LA loves you better than it loved me and wish you the best of luck at the Mashable gig! Gonna miss you around “here” but I’m sure we can still have our daily chat sessions in AIM ;-)

  10. #10 by Victor Agreda Jr - August 3rd, 2009 at 10:21

    Those people at squashable are SO screwed.

    Congrats on the gig and the move and life!

  11. #11 by barb dybwad - August 7th, 2009 at 10:16

    Whoa, whirlwind already…

    Thanks everybody!!! :D

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