Visiting many places for years for work and pleasure (I've longed for a better place since 1994), researching, and narrowing it to 3 major categories with over 70 items weighted in importance, I have indeed landed!
The Rest of the Story
A few friends encouraged me to find a great place to start over. I kept an open mind, so I had no idea where I was going. Yet, any would have worked. Where did you think I was going to move? I'm quite curious on that!
My move came down to being wanted and needed, a place with the ability to evolve, one I can afford (without a boom town's inflation), a place that knows their natural place can inform the built place to be even better, and living accommodations that turn me on. And of course, climate, but 2 of 5 places that made the cut prove that's not as crucial - I've made the mistake of putting that too high before.
The places I considered, in alphabetical order, were:
|5. Tucson AZ - I have no work experience there. This town gets its stunning setting via the garden as much as or more than anywhere I've been; all my peers and competitors get it, too. Like the best of Abq without some of the worst, as the Old Pueblo is oh-so easy on the eyes - especially desert eyes, like Scott Calhoun once said.|
Crossed out below are other places I liked, in alphabetical order - two require a new language, others may have required a career change or they showed themselves to be impractical -
Some realized why I survived Albuquerque since 1992, seeing that I got it while embracing its good. And how I made it there in spite of not being wanted by the overall culture who does not get it, no matter how "connected" they are perceived to be. But it was time!
I will miss being closer to the people in each place I didn't move. But I can always visit, though some more than others.
I'll try to keep the Desert Edge alive, possibly adding posts that apply more here than on my new blog. There's much in past posts too, so keep searching or viewing past posts.
Please join me on my new blog, as I try out my new place, to see if it has what it takes to become my home - here!