Re: Turning down high paying job. Am I crazy?
I like parts of LA, which is a weird thing for a San Franciscan to say. But I like the parts that everyone knows -- Westwood, Santa Monica, etc... The deserty sprawl of LA is my least favorite part of the state and maybe the US (it vies with Texas). You couldn't pay me enough to live there.
And the unemployment is BAD. If you're wife doesn't get a job and you're looking at a 7% higher cost of living -- the raise is wiped out. I don't know what you're wife does but I think you should envision her not getting a job for year and then make your decision.
Also, if you move to California, don't say "Cali". Nobody from California says that.
The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle