Thursday, January 15, 2009

On the Offensive

Damn. It's been a busy couple of weeks and I think things are just going to get more hectic till summer arrives. It has been a while since I've said much about what's going on in life. I figured now would be a good time, since I'm going "On the Offensive."

Most of you know I moved to CA to go to school, and I've been doing just that. It's been slow because I had to wait a year to get residency, then caught caught up living the good life. Nevertheless, it's been going well and I'm in my last year of community college.

Thankfully California has many great programs to help students get to where they want to be (cough cough Indiana). The first is subsidized tuition. I've been paying about $25 per credit hour for classes. Therefore full time tuition is about $300 a semester. Compare that to the $1200-1600 per semester I was paying at IUPUI and you can understand why I can afford work and go to school despite "how expensive" it is in CA. The quotes are because that line is a bunch of crap. My rent is about the same. The weather allows me to bike most places, and public transportation allows bikes. Since I can pretty well travel anywhere in the 4,200 square miles (yes, four THOUSAND) of SD county, I ditched the car long ago and cut my bills. Nevertheless, I'm still poor, but what do I care. The second educational program is "Transfer Admission Guarantee." Basically the program has students follow a specific academic path that allows them guaranteed admission into the state schools including Cal State and UC. The good news is that if all goes well I'll be transferring to UCSD in the winter of this year!

On the professional front...if you can call it that. I almost got sucked into a career in my first couple years out here. The cash was great, but the glass ceiling of the undereducated sucks rocks. Since then, I've had a couple offers to be a career man, but I've declined till I can finished school. I am however gainfully employed - with a growing sports apparel company and as a tutor at the college. I'm also fairly confident about the prospects of staying such. Now that the economy has gone to pot, I'm thinking my timing is pretty good. When I'm done with school, I should be walking into a job market that is happy to see me....that is if I go searching for employment. That brings me to my busy weeks.

I've recently met an incredible woman and it's been a whirlwind of activity. She moved in with me almost immediately, and we took on a temporary roommate to line our pockets. Now that our guest has moved on, the real work is beginning. Since Jessica is a super creative evil genius and I'm the financial equivalent of a pitbull, we've decided to incorporate under the name Reef Holdings LLC. Reef Holdings will therefore act as an umbrella company for both of our projects. We've recently filed with the secretary of state and are currently awaiting approval.

Jessica will be focusing on JessBecause - a "vintage inspired modern boutique" and I will be generating capital through any legal means - U.S. economy be dammed. More specifically, I will be focusing on starting an investment fund. Once the LLC is approved, I will need to take the series 65 test, register with the state, and being soliciting capital. In the mean time, we'll be renovating our spare bedroom into a dedicated office, registering for a tax ID number, opening banking / brokerage / vendor accounts, possibly starting another online retailer and so much more. Oh, did I mention I'll still be tutoring calc and racing bikes? Ha Ha! My hope is that I won't get spread too thin, but my school schedule will thin out over summer and fall, and I'm more than willing to drop racing, hire help.

Stay tuned!

1 Comments:

Blogger JessBecause { ! } said...

Bring on the mountain cause we are more than ready for the climb!!

One question : May I pack a string cheese or two along with some of those delicious packs of shot blocks in our backpack? You know I'm a fan of the strawberry flava-flave.

Ooh, and consider this my formal request to see way too many red balloons once we reach the peak.

PS : I'm so ridiculously proud of you!!

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