November 18th, 2007

ARASHI: Sho and Aiba - Laugh

One Down, Fifty One to Go


At the end of this year, we are planning on leaving our teeny bizarre fishing village in Alaska for somewhere that might be a bit more permanent. At this particular moment in time, we have no freaking idea where to go.

So, Im throwing myself to the wolves my flist.

In no particular order, here are the issues:

Im from the South, and am, in fact, Southern at heart. I wanna go home. It doesnt have to be to Georgia, but somewhere in the South.
Ultimately, North Carolina is my happy place.
I dont like the cold (and yes, i KNOW im living in Alaska. Shush.), and I dont want to deal with alot of snow and DRIVING IN IT, because the Southern kicks in when it starts snowing while Im driving, and thats a bad bad thing.
There isnt really anywhere else I want to live, but I can handle just about anywhere..although with some places, its only going to be as long as I know it isnt permanent.
I like milder weather, humidity doesnt bother me. I like trees and green and hills.

Brandus is from Colorado. He is an only child, and his dad has terminal cancer and is only expected to live another 6 months or so.
If we move to GA, his parents will FLIP OUT. Im fairly certain this is because they are convinced that my family is standing on the other side of the state border, holding brainwashing materials and straight jackets. And we would never leave the state ever again. Or something.
Brandus likes the coast, mountains, cool weather, low humidity.

We wont have time to go to ANYPLACE before we actually move there - which means we can throw a dart at a map and pick a place and have just as good of a shot liking where we go as if we pick a place we've heard of but never been.
Moving close to a family member or someone we know would help this - help picking out an apartment, finding a job, etc
Both my sisters are very eager to have us move close to them - Melisa in Chicago, and Natalie near DC.
Neither of us have much interest in any place our families currently live.

We dont want a city. We want something smaller.
I want someplace a little "different." Someplace a little liberal and crunchy. Not scary liberal and hippie, just a little funky.
I would really really really like to be within a short plane ride home (GA) - preferably within driving distance - 6 hours or so.
I dont want to teach - I really want a job in assistive techology. But if i have to teach for a year, or find someother job, i will.
brandus teaches elementary grades - he likes 4th and 5th grades, and loves science

Brandus has a legitimate concern about picking up and moving somewhere we've never been, just to find we hate it.
He has suggested we stay in Alaska - NOT in the village, but closer to a real city, for a year, to give us a chance to travel places and see them and do interviews and stuff. It will be less expensive to travel and see places from there than it would be from here.

I see his point, but moving is going to be expensive no matter what. Im worried that if we stay in alaska another year, we'll end up spending the money to move TWICE, which we dont (and wont) have. plus, a year from now, we'll be right back here throwing darts at a map. not exactly helpful.

BUT, if we stay, there's a good chance that i could get an assistive tech position with ATLA, the AK assistive tech place. which would get my foot in the door and get me some experience. if i cant get that position, i wont be able to teach, because i havent taken the required classes to keep my license - which i COULD take this summer, if i forced myself.

Places we've considered, for various reasons:

St Simons Island, GA
Cheyenne, WY
Asheville, NC
Homer, Alaska
Carrboro, NC

So, flist, HELP US. suggest places. let me know if you live close to someplace that fits all this mess - or even some of it. share thoughts about places suggested or problems in our thinking. point and laugh. mock us publicly BUT FOR JOSS' SAKE, HELP US.