As I mentioned last time, we really love our new house. Still not fully moved in and unpacked, but getting closer. However, now we’re encountering all the things that are different from what we are used to. Not just in the house but in the environment too. Discovering all the changes.
Stores: Even though we have chain stores nearby, they are all arranged somewhat differently and carry different items from the ones at “home.” I’ve been frustrated in not being able to find familiar food and household items. But we finally discovered a favorite local chain that is pretty close to what we’re used to. Sigh of relief.
Services: One of the biggest frustrations of any move is finding new, trustworthy service people—mechanics, hairdressers, gardeners, handymen, etc. Then the biggies doctors and dentists. We’re doing pretty well on the first three. Hub’s brakes began being a little noisy and since we’re on a hill, I wanted to have them checked. The brake guy that the pool store recommended seems to be really honest and straightforward. Said the brakes were fine and that the vibration was common nowadays.
He told us about a nearby mechanic. The carpet cleaner who I picked at random did a great job and recommended a gardener. I have fine hair that’s hard to cut properly and I lucked out in finding a hairdresser who did a good job. She also had recommendations. And that’s the way it’s gone. People seem quite friendly, welcoming and willing to help.
Doctors and dentists: A very different story. We got a couple of recommendations for doctors but they aren’t accepting new patients. So now it seems to be eeny-miney-mo time. Hubs and I are not happy with the older style, a pill-for-everything, medicine. We need someone who is comfortable with complementary techniques and who will LISTEN to us. There is a great website, Healthgrades, which can provide lots of good information about docs, IF they use it. Even though we’re only an hour or so away from Silicon Valley, the physicians here don’t seem to be into online technology. It appears we’re going to have to meet with the docs one on one. That can get expensive and time consuming.
The other thing we want is a doctor affiliated with a good hospital. We’ve learned from experience that not all are equal. We’re in the suburbs of a large metropolitan area and I can only find two hospitals listed. Weird.
The upside is how friendly and helpful people are. In Silicon Valley people move so much and are so busy working that it’s hard to develop a feeling of community. Here it’s an older, more settled area with a welcoming vibe. Hope it stays that way.
What do you like about where you live? Would you recommend it to others?
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