Virginia and New Jersey.
Virginia and New Jersey.
-= Stugein =-
A lot of love for Colorado in here...
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Birds are flying out of water
Underneath the sky
I run up to the rainbow girl
just to pass her by
I'll never have a change of heart
My swan will never sing
I have no heart the swan is gone
And now I wear the wings
Six (plus DC)
It doesn't count as living there, but I also spent a summer in Charlestown, WV when the first moon landing occured.
MD - born and raised
IL - college
TX - semester-long internship in Austin (great town BTW, I couldn't see living there long-term however)
MO - first job in St. Louis (hated the job, decent town)
MI - second job in the Detroit 'burbs (actually fell in love with the area somehow)
Currently living in IL again.
Well, let's see...
Virginia, specifically Fredericksburg (birth-17 yeard old) - Born there and lived there the first almost 18 years of my life. Love it there, and still visit quite often to see my family. But I don't know if I would want to settle down there. It has just become a congested suburb of DC at this point. Who knows though.
Tennessee (17-27) - Moved to Johnson City, Tenn. at 17 to go to college at East Tennessee State. Loved it and still do. Beautiful area and great people. Really laid back place with beautiful scenery and great weather. Got all four seasons, but never too extreme either way. I went to school there for four and a half years and worked there for over five years after I graduated. I still visit a couple of times a year. I reached a point where I just wanted to do something new, and was still living like a college student for the most part. It was time for a change.
Maryland (28-29) - This was probably the wrong change. I got a call one day for a job in Bethesda, and I figured what the hell, why not. I took the job and got a way too expensive apartment in Gaithersburg. Almost immediately, I knew it was not going to last long. The job was fine, but like LKB said, I felt like I was suffocating. Too many people, not enough space. It was frustrating sometimes because there are so many great things about the DC area, but it is so damn hard to get to them. After about a year and a half, I had enough. I walked in my bosses office and told her that I was quitting. I did not have anything to fall back on, but I was done with that chapter. I was just spending too much time in my car and my life had become so routine. And so many people are miserable in the DC area for that reason.
Back to Virginia for almost a year (30) - I moved back to the Fredericksburg area for a short time while I was looking for a job in Charlotte. After visiting the area a handful of times, I decided long before that I wanted to live in Charlotte at some point. So, I figured I was just wasting my time living somewhere where I was not happy if that was something I eventually wanted to do.
North Carolina (30-current) - I eventually got a job in Charlotte. Then about two weeks later, I got a call about a job doing the same thing I was in Maryland, just at a different firm. That worked out pretty well. After moving around a bit, I am pretty sure I am going to be here for a while. The cost of living is great and it is big enough of a city where there is always something going on, but it is still easy to get around. Big league sports, good music scene, a lot of good local bars and restaurants. It is in a good location that I can get to the beach or the mountains pretty easily, and I can get to places like Atlanta, Charleston and even the DC area with relative ease. I live about 12 miles from work, about the same distance I lived from work in Maryland. It takes me about 20-25 minutes here, where it almost always took at least an hour there. Works for me.
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