Me like I had announced plans to eject myself into space when I decided to end my eight-year stint in Washington, D.C. And decamp to Los Angeles last summer, my friends in the capital looked at.

Me like I had announced plans to eject myself into space when I decided to end my eight-year stint in Washington, D.C. And decamp to Los Angeles last summer, my friends in the capital looked at. Meanwhile, in status-conscious D.C. —where federal jobs have already been...