I've been working at this restaurant in Oakland for 6 days. I still really like it. Unfortunately, there isn't an insurance option. But, there are other benefits that are really cool.
I wish I was already set up in the bay area. Spending four days a week in Oakland and the rest of the week in Sacramento is already getting hard. My friends that I'm nice enough to let me stay while I'm working don't go to sleep that early. Sleeping in their living room is making it easier for me to become less of a light sleeper. Getting up at 530am is kicking my ass.
It's a good thing for me that it is only a part-time job, at least for right now. I'll have the chance to pick up hours doing prep or working the bar.
I'm not getting nearly as much sleep as I would like to be. So I'm looking forward to the day when I'll have enough money to find a room. I think I should have enough money for a security deposit and first month's rent (and possibly last), which will probably be between $1,000 and $2,100 for a room around $700 a month, in six weeks to two months. I wish I could afford an apartment by myself...that's not going to happen for a while.