Where Should I Live After the Trip?
I have no idea where I’m going to be living after the road trip (speaking of which, several updates on the other blog since last time I mentioned it). A couple months to decide, o’ course, but figure it’d at least be worthwhile to have some criteria set up:
- Rents < $1,000 for a place with a 2-car garage and something like a yard.
- Close enough to the mountains that getting a season’s pass for skiing makes sense.
- Close to good hiking.
- Close to a real karting track.
- In the vicinity of an adult baseball league I can join.
- Close to current friends/family.
- Not crushingly urban (e.g., New York).
- Not crushingly rural (e.g., Twin Falls).
- Not crushingly suburban (e.g., Mission Viejo).
- Not crushingly pretentious (e.g., Laguna Beach).
- Predominately sunny (not necessarily warm, just sunny).
- Smart, reasonably compatible prevailing personality.
- Should be non-imaginary.
It might be tough to find a place that meets all those criteria. Here are the places that could be considered front-runners, along with the areas where they may not measure up (listed alphabetically):
- Kauai: Not much skiing, karting, or baseball; can’t get a place with a garage for under $1,000 (but it’s still a cheaper rental market than SoCal); might get really sick of it after three weeks.
- Reno: No family and only one friend (whom I haven’t talked to for a few years); could be too redneckish; possibly imaginary.
- San Diego: Couldn’t possibly get a 2BR w/ garage for less than $1K without living somewhere where I’d get shot daily (although it’s really not much more expensive than Seattle-Tacoma); no skiing and karting is tricky; not as sunny as non-Cals think; could be pretentious or trashy, depending on the neighborhood.
- Seattle-Tacoma Area: Not very sunny; don’t really have any friends that live there (that I’ve talked to in the last 20 years at least); would have to get deep into the sticks in order to find a 2BR place with a garage under $1,000/month.
- Tahoe: No friends or family; could be too pretentious or too rural — really; not close to karting or baseball; no idea on personalities.
- Some Random Place: I got at least a couple months to figure it out.
Or if some municipality wanted to pay me cash considerations in exchange for positive blog mentions, I’d be up for that probably.