Los Angeles travel assignment... - page 3

by NurseVirgo

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I am getting ready to start/ accept an assignment in the Los Angeles area, around Calabasas and looking for housing...Does anyone have any suggestions or tips? Also if there are any other travelers in the L.A. area that would... Read More


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    Quote from mclennan
    I'm not being rude, I'm being realistic.

    I am addressing both you and NurseVirgo. (And I repeat, my PM box is NOT full). I gave a lot of info in my response to help both of you and you still post questions that sound like you're very inexperienced at this.

    There's nothing wrong with inexperience, but anyone - especially a traveling nurse, this day and age - should know how to use Craigslist and Google Maps. And should know what anyone means by the term "non-diverse."

    I basically spelled out, step by step, how to start looking for a decent place on CL (a room rental in an upscale home in the Valley) and you STILL asked for more info about it. Come on. Ask more specific questions, not just a request for "more info."

    I was more supportive and gave more info than anyone else did in response to your questions. Sorry I expect a traveling nurse (from whatever period of time) to know some BASICS. Come on guys, get with the program, everyone uses Craigslist and Google Maps, you shouldn't need to be instructed how. I'm happy to address Los Angeles-specific issues but I'm a little surprised you both act like you need such obvious things explained.
    Lol! I wish I could've been a bit more like this every time someone in nursing school ran to me to explain how to do every.single.freaking.assignment.
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    I worked in West Hills and lived in Woodland Hills just a year ago. There are great rental options there and it is just down the freeway from Calabasas. I loved that area, the Valley is a great place and not nearly as busy as LA proper or Santa Monica but close enough that you can enjoy all the culture and fun that they have to offer. I rented a house for 1400 a month that included a washing machine and a garage. It was a two bedroom and I loved it! I used craigslist and never found westside rentals to be real helpful. As long as you are mildly skeptical from the beginning you won't get taken advantage of. Look around and be picky and you will find exactly what works for you. Hope you have a blast out there, it's a ton of fun and I definitely miss it!
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    I'll call the shots as I see them:

    "If you're smart enough to be a nurse you should not need direction like this. And if you have traveled before you should also be MUCH more resourceful than this." = Rude. There's a way to say things in person, and there's a way to say things online. If a person talks to another person in real life (not online) my take would be that to talk this way is to be a bully. There are respectful ways to convey your thoughts and those two sentences lack respect.

    As for Craigslist. I'm not a traveler but I've moved about a lot. My base is NH where I own two houses but there is little work here. My last job was in Boston and like LA Boston is expensive, maybe not as much so but close. I wrote a housing wanted ad and explained that I was a nurse and found a room in a lovely house owned by a Tufts University Librarian.

    Though I didn't like the idea of renting a room, the huge monthly rents at the cheapest apartment made that a good deal since it was about 1/2 or less of what I'd pay for even the smallest apartment. The house is lovely, I had the upstairs pretty much by myself with a study/den and she had a wonderful kitchen. And most important, it took me only 7 minutes to get to work in the morning--in Boston that is a rarity and worth a lot on its own. Sure a person needs to be careful anyplace, not just in LA or Boston but it was easy enough to check that she worked for Tufts. I've found other places on Craigslist also in the past. Yes, one has to sift through some crap sometimes but as previously stated traveling nurses are a "cut above," and many who rent know this. One of my places is a triplex so I'm a landlord and I know this...
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    Quote from mclennan
    I'm not being rude, I'm being realistic.

    I am addressing both you and NurseVirgo. (And I repeat, my PM box is NOT full). I gave a lot of info in my response to help both of you and you still post questions that sound like you're very inexperienced at this.

    There's nothing wrong with inexperience, but anyone - especially a traveling nurse, this day and age - should know how to use Craigslist and Google Maps. And should know what anyone means by the term "non-diverse."

    I basically spelled out, step by step, how to start looking for a decent place on CL (a room rental in an upscale home in the Valley) and you STILL asked for more info about it. Come on. Ask more specific questions, not just a request for "more info."

    I was more supportive and gave more info than anyone else did in response to your questions. Sorry I expect a traveling nurse (from whatever period of time) to know some BASICS. Come on guys, get with the program, everyone uses Craigslist and Google Maps, you shouldn't need to be instructed how. I'm happy to address Los Angeles-specific issues but I'm a little surprised you both act like you need such obvious things explained.
    The tone of your post was rather off-putting and does come across as rude. Just sayin'
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    I think she meant a lot of white people when she said non diverse.

    I usually take company housing. I hate extended stays. I say use Craigslist if you're not into taking company housing. I recommend staying near your job to avoid traffic and going into LA to explore on your off days. Calabasas and I think it's woodland hills are nice areas. It's more suburban. I haven't lived in that area so I'm not much help.

    I'm in Pasadena now. I have traveled in LA a few times. My favorite places to live were marina del Rey & the miracle mile area. But definitely don't do that. You need to live close to work. If you ever want to grab lunch or do something in LA let me know. I'm here till June.

    Good luck.
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    Quote from mclennan
    My box is not full.

    I shouldn't need to say much more about the Valley being "non-diverse." What more explanation do you need than that?



    If you're smart enough to be a nurse you should not need direction like this. And if you have traveled before you should also be MUCH more resourceful than this. LA isn't any different from any other American city except, it is BIGGER.

    Why so snarky? Was that really necessary?


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