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February 05, 2006

It's Time To Go...

...Just Don't Know Where

So, I am requesting the advice of the diverse readers I still have left.

I'm looking to get the hell out of Yuma very soonish...April 1st is my goal.

I may or may not be able to transfer with my job. The idea is to be in the midwest or east coast. My dad, stepmom and 8 year old sis just moved to Kentucky and my mom, stepdad and almost 18 year old sis live in South Carolina.

So the idea is to be semi close....but have to call first close.

I've been looking at Atlanta. I've been fascinated with moving to a city for a while. I never have. Pretty much everywhere I have lived was on or near a military base or was supported by a university.

So back to Atlanta...I have visited a few times thanks to Morrigan. And I just liked it.

I also fell in love with Chicago when I visited last summer. Now, I was only there a week and it was in the summer. But I took a day tour, saw some of the sites, met some of the people, and just fell in love with the atmosphere, the buildings, etc. Now, if I could handle it in the winter is the question! The farthest north I have ever lined is Sterling, VA (near DC), and I was 13...I don't remember how I handled the snow.

I've looked into a few cities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Really, the deciding factor is going to be where I can find a good job.

But I'm open for suggestions, honest thoughts, and personal stories about some of these places....whatever you want.

It's not the end of the world, and as I've been told, you can live anywhere for a year (although that person has never been to Yuma!) The longest I have ever lived somewhere is 2 years....I'm looking to break that record!

Posted by Sissy at February 5, 2006 12:58 PM | TrackBack

Did you not just move from South Carolina?
I don't know where to tell you exactly to move, but I think a big city might be interesting enough to keep you there for more than 2 years!

Posted by: Susan at February 5, 2006 05:54 PM

I vote Chicago! I vote Chicago!!!!

But then again, I'm a selfish bitch....I want you near by. ;-)

And I so know what you mean about"breaking that record". I have. I'm in a place I love and don't plan on leaving. Period. I want THAT for you.

But it would be especially nice if it were CHICAGO!!!!!

Posted by: Tammi at February 6, 2006 09:07 AM

Pittsburgh, PA is nice :)

Posted by: oddybobo at February 6, 2006 10:49 AM

Noooooooo, not Atlanta. Not unless you want horrid commutes every day. And I mean horrid.

Try Nashville -- great city -- big but not too big -- relatively light traffic -- affordable housing in several commuting areas.

Posted by: TWM at February 6, 2006 11:19 AM

It depends -- are you taking people with? ;)

Sounds like you're happy with the big city. Why not go for it and head to NYC? Of course, most of the crazy lunatics from the Bad Example group will want you in the Midwest (see Tammi above). Then again, if you like freedom, New Hampshire is a great place (but you can forget the big city there).


I suggest Nome, Alaska. Just because you haven't lived anywhere near there yet.

Posted by: Ogre at February 7, 2006 07:03 AM

Don't do the cold. Stay South. TWM may have it right. Knoxville, Nashville, cities like that. Stay away from S. FL. It sucks wet socks down here.

Posted by: Bou at February 7, 2006 07:06 AM

Girl, you cannot stay put, can you? Don't do Chicago, trust me. The wind off the lake is fierce. Nashville is really nice. So is Kansas City, if you are in the right areas.

Posted by: Aoife at February 7, 2006 08:25 AM

How many times have I told you....RV!!!

Posted by: spurs at February 7, 2006 05:28 PM

I agree with Bou--go south. Stay away from snow, cold, and wind.

Posted by: PrimoDonna at February 7, 2006 07:44 PM

How about Jersey? BWAHAHAHAHA!!! It's freezin' ass cold in the winter (except this past month), hot as the tropics in the summer, traffic up the ying yang, housing and insurance are the most expensive in the country, we "toowalk" funny, and it's full of Tony Soprano guys and Vulgarians like me.

Lots of good Italian restaurants though.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at February 9, 2006 03:47 AM

If you have never lived in a big city (ie NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, etc) it might be a bit too much of a change.

You may want to try a smaller big city (ie Nashville, Memphis, etc) to see how you like a "big" city.

Right there in NC, SC, KY, TN boarder areas are some nice smaller big cities and that way you get to be near (few hour drives at the most) from everyone you want to be near.

Posted by: Machelle at February 9, 2006 01:02 PM

Ok, We don't know each other, but of all the cities mentioned, I have spent time in each of them except Yuma and Jersey, and I still would have to choose St.Louis. The folks I met there seem to have the right balance of work and Play.

Plenty of culture, Plenty of Work opportunities, enough of a city life, without the drags of Atlanta/Houston traffic. Strong Italian, Irish, Greek, communities and the food that abounds with them.

I'd move back there in a minute, but the wife won't do snow..period.

My 2 cents


Posted by: P'cola Titan at February 11, 2006 02:18 PM

While I'd love to have you in the immediate area, I do agree that the ATL traffic is a pain in the butt. I'm looking for a new job so I may be moving, too. Definitely let me know if there's anything I can do to help you with the job search, the move and all that jazz!

Posted by: zonker at February 12, 2006 03:35 PM