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Old 06-25-12, 07:53 PM   #1
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Might be moving.

I have a great job offer on the table. The company is flying my family out to visit the area for 3 days, and show me around their facilities so I can get a better idea of what's expected of me. At this point it's just a formality, the formal offer is in hand and I've all but accepted. They just want to show me everything before we make the whole thing official.



Scared and excited at the same time. I've been looking to make a change for quite a while, I just didn't think it would be 600 miles away.
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Since they've ponied up the funds to fly your family for a look see at your potential new environs, the compensentory package must be halfway decent. That being said:

-Compare the COLA between current and future city.
-Research the school systems on your kids behalf.
-...other things that escape me right now.

Other than that, congrats on the job offer.
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I love moving. I'm kinda stuck now with the whole shared custody thing. New places, new people... I love it. As soon as the kids grow up, I'm off Florida... will probably avoid Ohio tho, very weird people over there.
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I love moving. I'm kinda stuck now with the whole shared custody thing. New places, new people... I love it. As soon as the kids grow up, I'm off Florida... will probably avoid Ohio tho, very weird people over there.

That's a low blow.

How long have I be promoting Rubenstories TM for you upcoming book release "Doing it on the Kitchen Table".

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Besides,you created a civilization down there in Wintergarden.

It would be like Moses leaving his flock in the middle of the Sinai desert.
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I'll go to a *real* state like... Michigan... rightful owners of the Toledo strip and uber Football players.
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Since they've ponied up the funds to fly your family for a look see at your potential new environs, the compensentory package must be halfway decent. That being said:

-Compare the COLA between current and future city.
-Research the school systems on your kids behalf.
-...other things that escape me right now.

Other than that, congrats on the job offer.
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Also consider the quality of life things that you value most. Prior to moving to SC from WI, it never occurred to me to look much much closer at the infrastructure (I value commuting and utility riding as well as rural road riding). The first two are neither safe nor feasible in SC). The SE states' infrastructure is vastly different (i.e. not bike friendly) from the midwest. It's the biggest reason I returned to the midwest, though not the only one.

Does your new home have all the recreational options you like?
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You might also want to research the historical meteorological records as well. 600 miles could put you into a different climate zone than what you're used to. Although the way the weather patterns have been the last couple of years, the archives may not mean anything anymore.
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Thanks so much for all the pointers guys. COLA is not much different between the 2 places. Housing is supposed to be the biggest increase in expense but after several days looking at comps and such I don't think there's much difference at all. I know it will be colder, but If I remember correctly, Charleston only get about 1 inch of snow per year. I can live with that.

Researching the schools was the first thing we did.

As far as cycling goes, living in Mobile Al. there's not much of a cycling community at all. It's very small tbh. I see another bike about once a week on the road and most of the roads are not friendly to us. About all I can check on that front are the bike shop web sites in the Charleston area and their calendars are full of group rides of all sorts and levels. I can only Imagine that it's a larger more active cycling community. Can't say anything for the roads, i'll find out late next week. One of the bike shops even had a century ride mapped out that goes right past where I'll be working.

My actual working location will be in Walterboro SC, but I'm trying to set up housekeeping on the edge of Summerville and try to split the distance between work and a more Urban\Suburban area so we'll still be able to do what we enjoy and keep things convenient.

There are a ton of similarities between the two so overall, I'm hoping for an easy transition.
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I love moving. I'm kinda stuck now with the whole shared custody thing. New places, new people... I love it. As soon as the kids grow up, I'm off Florida... will probably avoid FLORIDA tho, very weird blue haired people there.
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So you are moving from the dirty south to the dirty south? Nice.
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Good luck! I just moved cross country (DC to San Diego) and while it was not easy, I don't regret it one bit right now. Making good friends is not easy, but I have not been here all that long and the people are nice. Sounds like you are moving to a great place with LOTS to do.

Good luck with the decision and/or move!
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So you are moving from the dirty south to the dirty sout? Nice.
say it with my, its dirty souf.... dirty souF... or at least thats what I hear when locals said it
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say it with my, its dirty souf.... dirty souF... or at least thats what I hear when locals said it
I will have you know sir that I am a paper carrying "texican cretin" and the accent is understood by most here in Foo. And I am quite impressed by your join date, Sir. Quite impressed indeed. We do not see many of you OG's here in Foo any longer. Welcome. Can I get you a delicious bass?
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I was expecting another potential move to Montana.
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Wait until you experience our harsh 65 degree winters here and minimal rainfall.
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Sounds rough! We'll have to see just how much time I spend here because amazing skiiing is a short flight away, and I like me some white powdery goodness
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Thanks so much for all the pointers guys. COLA is not much different between the 2 places. Housing is supposed to be the biggest increase in expense but after several days looking at comps and such I don't think there's much difference at all. I know it will be colder, but If I remember correctly, Charleston only get about 1 inch of snow per year. I can live with that.

Researching the schools was the first thing we did.

As far as cycling goes, living in Mobile Al. there's not much of a cycling community at all. It's very small tbh. I see another bike about once a week on the road and most of the roads are not friendly to us. About all I can check on that front are the bike shop web sites in the Charleston area and their calendars are full of group rides of all sorts and levels. I can only Imagine that it's a larger more active cycling community. Can't say anything for the roads, i'll find out late next week. One of the bike shops even had a century ride mapped out that goes right past where I'll be working.

My actual working location will be in Walterboro SC, but I'm trying to set up housekeeping on the edge of Summerville and try to split the distance between work and a more Urban\Suburban area so we'll still be able to do what we enjoy and keep things convenient.

There are a ton of similarities between the two so overall, I'm hoping for an easy transition.
Snow? In Charleston? Ha, that's a good one.

Actually, I heard that Charleston is a considerably more bike-friendly locale than where I was, Greenville, SC.
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Good luck with the move, I'm making a major move (~1000 miles) in the next 6 months or so. Have to go on a house hunting trip in a couple months.
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I lived in Richmond, Va for a year working. Nice place but not for biking. Charleston sounds like a great place. I'd rather be there than anywhere from Louisiana to Georgia.
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I love moving. I'm kinda stuck now with the whole shared custody thing. New places, new people... I love it. As soon as the kids grow up, I'm off Florida... will probably avoid Ohio tho, very weird people over there.
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