I was leaning toward going to grad school and my coworker emailed me telling me that some 1 bedroom condos in his building just went for $265,000 whereas we negotiated $195,000. Needless to say he was unhappy at the prospect of not getting an extra $50,000.
Not only can I not afford $265,000 I think it's insane to pay that much.
I think the home ownership path has just closed to me, and I should now dedicate all of my energy toward the grad school leapfrogging into a professorship path.
However tonight I'm going to be sad because even though I'd love to leave LA, there was something appealing about the stability of having a place of my own.
It's off to the more stressful and probably more rewarding path. The first source of stress is hoping I can get past the first hurdle of getting accepted.
In addition to MIT, other groups doing wearable computing/ubiquitous computing include University of Oregon and UC San Diego. There's at least one other group but I don't remember where it was.
Leaving LA will be scary though.