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I’ve lived in Harrisburg, PA for roughly seven years now. I think that’s just about long enough.

Unfortunately, I must remain at least one more year because of reasons. That’s fine, I can deal. The truth remains that relocating for me, while mentally and emotionally easy, is logistically more complex than that. This time around in particular I want to downsize 95% of the crap I’ve accumulated. It’s a slow process, which should hopefully align with the timeframe of one year.

The thing I realised was that even though I didn’t really mean to, I put down roots here. I don’t mean familial roots. Those predate Pennsylvania and those I’ve gained by extension will always be part of my life. I’m talking about the financial commitments which make it difficult to simply pick up and go. I’m talking about the clutter in my apartment which needs to be reckoned with.

My ultimate goal is to fit everything I own into the back of my Fit. It is quite a challenge, as I would be loathe to part with my costume collection. And my DVD’s. Other than that, I’m pretty flexible, but I should probably hang on to some crockery at least.

My list of possible destinations is pretty short right now. Just yesterday I figured I would add Williamsport, PA to the list. I don’t particularly see the appeal, but my current employer has an office there. I may be able to find a job to transfer to, making the transition easier. And it’s further north, and closer to New York. Somewhere in New York would be another option. But it would need to be a place with at least some sort of LGBT organisation/presence. I wouldn’t want to be the lonely queer in Hicksville.

While New England as a whole seems all right, I’m not even particularly attracted. Not opposed, but for some reason I’m drawn west. I could try Oregon or Washington, maybe. Or Canada if Romney gets elected.

Or, if I really need to flee the death camps, there’s always Costa Rica or Spain. But we’re not there yet.

Pretend you’re trying to convince me to move to your town. What do you have to say for it?


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Sep. 12th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Philly is always nice. Full of fun people. Me being one of them.
Sep. 12th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes. *hug* I'd consider the outskirts. Not really an inner city fan anymore.
Sep. 15th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
Canada wants to warn you that Harper isn't any better than Romney. Sure, he's not "against" women's rights, but he's not "for" them either. In his free time he likes to defraud taxpayers, blockade environmental groups, and rig elections, but he has LegoHair and loves hockey and cats.

That said, my town Halifax has a super-super active LGBT community (http://www.halifaxpride.com/), and many artsy-fartsy groups too, as well as a lot of entry level, pull-your-hair-out Monday to Friday jobs. We have ocean and clean-ish air, but the aforementioned ocean in the Halifax Harbour vicinity kinda gets raw sewage pumped into it. The bus system is dependable, especially since they just had a strike so in Canadian fashion they should be happy for a few more years.

We have many independent bookshops (I think you'd love http://www.littlemysteries.com/), and are in driving distance of neato things like old British forts and wildlife preserves. We are also the second poorest province in Canada with the highest taxes. Liquor control is a legislated monopoly owned by the province, while electricity is provided by a corporation that has guarantees for its investors, which means they're both super expensive as well.

And I'd throw it all away for some mountains and a job at WalMart, but don't listen to me because I'm clearly insane.

(holy crap I remember when you moved to PA, IT'S BEEN SEVEN YEARS????)
Sep. 20th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Yep, 2005.

Canada's still on the list, but due to comparative ease, still at the bottom under the 'President Romney' panic. I would love to live in Canada for a while but there's a lot more paperwork involved in crossing borders.

Edited at 2012-09-20 01:55 am (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm I thought I commented on this! But was on my cellphone in a brick building SO...

I'm not going to try to convince you to move to my town because as much as I ADORE this area I think you'd get bored quickly - most do. Plus jobs are scarce... I will tell you we are the northernmost part of Northern California, and some even consider us an inkling of the PNW. I think you'd love Portland/Oregon area. I often think of moving there myself - if I moved from CA it'd be Oregon or WA. Lots of nature surrounding you to inspire and soothe, but if you live in a town like Portland you get all the things to do to go with it, plus Portland is so progressive &... refreshing, and the LGBT community, while I am not a part of it directly, is pretty active there too. You'd definitely not be the "lonely queer in Hicksville," hahaha.

The logistics will work themselves out with some planning ahead & creativity. God I hope Romney doesn't get elected.
Sep. 20th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Portland is on the list. I just need to research some more and maybe take a trip out there one time. The only thing about the west coast as a whole is most of my favourite bands don't go that far west. I'd miss them. :/
Sep. 18th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
Two words: Fire Island. :)
Sep. 20th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
LOL I don't know about all that.
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