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Old 10-09-08, 05:37 PM   #1
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i want to move...

yea. i am sooo freakin' tired of this place (NC). i'm starting a new life with this seperation (and most likely divorce) and i want to live in a new place. i want to move but it won't be possible until next year, after my kiddo graduates from high school and gets into college or the military. i'm thinking about the NE area right now but that's not written in stone. my best girlfriend lives up that way, i talk to quite a few of the foosters/people up that way and it's just totally different than where i'm at now.

so, i know some of you guys have made moves such as this...is there something i can be doing now? how do i go about making this really happen next year??? i need to find a job and a place to stay that would, hopefully, allow me to commute to work.
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whatever you do, don't come to Toronto or any of it's surrounding cities.
seriously, we're like the armpit of Canada.
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ok. i'll keep that in mind.
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Just do it. I'm moving west next year, after school. I need a place that doesn't hold some crappy history for me...

Make a plan. "By this date, I want to move." Start working towards that. Look around for places that sound interesting and have some jobs in your field. Treat that date as something that cannot be changed. Look into putting the house on the market or, if you rent, tell your landlord you'll be leaving on that date. Have that plan and just work on it
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whatever you do, don't come to Toronto or any of it's surrounding cities.
seriously, we're like the armpit of Canada.
What, you want to move also?

Anywho, if you really like to bicycle - consider Colorado or maybe Utah if you can stand the quirkiness there. Both have fabulous weather and superb outdoorsy stuff to do.
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If you like bike commuting the valley sure sucks. But the good news is I have spoke with many bike lovers who hold Portland in high regard.
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Just do it. I'm moving west next year, after school. I need a place that doesn't hold some crappy history for me...

Make a plan. "By this date, I want to move." Start working towards that. Look around for places that sound interesting and have some jobs in your field. Treat that date as something that cannot be changed. Look into putting the house on the market or, if you rent, tell your landlord you'll be leaving on that date. Have that plan and just work on it
well, the house has to be sold, which could be hard to do next year...just depends on how this economy works out...

picking a date for all that to happen and treating as something that can't change is sorta like my IM next november....it's gonna be done...ok, that's a start.
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If you like bike commuting the valley sure sucks. But the good news is I have spoke with many bike lovers who hold Portland in high regard.
dunno about the bike commuting as i only get to do it once in a while around here. and then, it's on 2 lane country roads with no shoulders.
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it's not bad to come visit toronto for a ton of bike riding, but getting a job in Toronto is a bit hard.
decent paying job is even harder.

If you go, to let's say, calgary, even the lowly jobs pay better.
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Hard to believe anyone could be sick of living in Clayton.....LoL. Sorry...couldn't resist.
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oh hell Gary. i'm SO sick of living here. i'd love to move to WNC but the job market for engineers doesn't seem that great. and, i just want to leave NC period. i need a new state.

civil engineering, working in hydraulics/hydrology for the DOT for the past 8yrs. i'd take about any kind of civil engineering job though - doesn't have to be the same as what i've been doing, but that might be a little easier to find another job.
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it's not bad to come visit toronto for a ton of bike riding, but getting a job in Toronto is a bit hard.
decent paying job is even harder.

If you go, to let's say, calgary, even the lowly jobs pay better.
Have you noticed all of those new job ads from Saskatchewan? Doesn't it snow for 10 months and then mosquitoes take over for the last 2 months?

Yeah, TO has some nice bike riding! If I was going to move I'd consider a year round bike climate. I wonder what it's like in Arizona?
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Have you noticed all of those new job ads from Saskatchewan? Doesn't it snow for 10 months and then mosquitoes take over for the last 2 months?

Yeah, TO has some nice bike riding! If I was going to move I'd consider a year round bike climate. I wonder what it's like in Arizona?
And yet another example of misleading half-truths about Saskatchewan. They only have snow for 9 1/2 months!
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Wp, my brother and I are your nextdoor neighbors in TN, and we want to move as well. Our best bet will likely be somewhere in the NorthEast, very possibly Maine. We're very, very tired of the South.
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well, i dont think i want to go as far as Maine. i'm really thinking about the tri-state area - NY, NJ, CT. and, yep, i'm very tired of the South too.
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is there something i can be doing now? how do i go about making this really happen next year???
Save your pennies! That's about the only advice I can give. My move went pretty smoothly, but I also had someone to live initially with when I came down here. I think finding a job and somewhere to live would be your biggest obstacles.

Oh, and if you can't sell your house--rent it out! That's what I had to do, otherwise I would be $10k in the hole.
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Bike commuting here is very doable- you will have to deal with traffic, and locking up on the street will require the best lock money can buy (and a cheap nasty looking commuter bike). But you can take take bike on trains (not buses) and the situation with lanes, etc is improving slowly but surely...

I commute from the outer boroughs (more power to you if you can afford to live in Manhattan) and that adds up to a 7 mile+ ride each way....slow going with lots of lights, etc but there's a bridge to climb each way, so you get a little hill climb in daily Plenty of clubs and racing nearby.

Can't speak to your job situ but I am sure there could be things for you here.

Portland was pretty heavenly the one time we visited.... just not sure about all that cloud/rain
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Come to NYC.



I wish I could recommend a place, though I can tell you that New Jersey has a lot of beautiful cycling areas!
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Tri state is quite expensive. Take a look around Harrisburg or Baltimore. Both PA and MD are looking at a bunch of state/federal projects. The cost of living is a bit less insane both places compared to tri-state. Winter is variable - some almost no snow, others we get hit fairly hard. If you land something in Central PA, you'd have lots of cycling opportunities, and commuting that isn't near as bad as a large city. Besides, you'd be able to go on group rides with RoadToNowhere. She's pretty amazing (as you also are no doubt).

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well, i might have someone to live with until i was able to find a place...that just depends on how things go... i guess the house could be rented out, though it is in both of our names right now....

don't really want to live in NYC - just too many people and probably way too expensive!! i looked this evening and found quite a few engineering jobs in NY in Westchester Co. but, that's for right now...no telling what will be open next year...
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that's true about cost. If you are in a position to buy something here you won't have to worry about your home holding its value. But getting in is tough.

Also - my ride in is pretty short. Some folks who live in the Bronx or Brooklyn would have a much farther commute to Manhattan...with all the riding you do i am sure you could handle it - and there's always the subway, so you could do a partial bike commute too.

I should add that Crassic and I and others often think long and hard about getting the heck out of here - and going someplace like NC!!

I guess we all need a change sometimes....but Yeah, PA is nice - so is MA or CT or upstate NY.
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PM me WP... I'll fill you in on New England. I've lived in ME, RI, MA (for a very short time) and CT. FWIW... I moved out of NE because the job market is not so great.
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well, i might have someone to live with until i was able to find a place...that just depends on how things go... i guess the house could be rented out, though it is in both of our names right now....

don't really want to live in NYC - just too many people and probably way too expensive!! i looked this evening and found quite a few engineering jobs in NY in Westchester Co. but, that's for right now...no telling what will be open next year...
It gets fairly quiet and laid back once you get north of the city....so def. consider it....it's kind of nice to be outside the mayhem, but close enough to visit for fun when you fell like it (I lived on Long Island for years)
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