Family Friday: Where to live

Some people are born in one place, and then they’re raised, get married, settle down, raise a family, and die within about a ten mile radius of that place where they were born. Good for them! They know the area, the habits, the weather, etc. For the rest of us, there’s a little bit of a learning curve. Making the decision to move to a new place usually means weighing the differences in that curve.

A portion of the learning curve can be as simple as retraining yourself on the names of businesses. For example: in Texas, there’s a grocery store called Kroger’s; the exact same store in Colorado is called King Sooper’s. Randall’s is Safeway, etc. That’s not too difficult.

Then there’s the weather. That’s a much bigger part of the decision making process. I think every part of the country has something, weather-wise, that makes it desirable and something that makes it undesirable. It’s up to each person to figure out whether the pro or the con of a certain area weighs heavier. Would you rather deal with hurricanes or blizzards, tornadoes or earthquakes, droughts or floods, lots of cloudy days or temperatures over 100? (Okay, earthquakes aren’t actually weather. Nature. That’s a better word.)

Sometimes, you have to deal with things you didn’t expect. I didn’t know, before we came up here, that Colorado is prone to wildfires. Lots of wildfires. Each summer we’ve been here, we’ve had to deal with several days, or weeks, of really nasty air quality from all of the smoke. We didn’t know this was something that even needed to go on the list of considerations when we were thinking about moving to Colorado.

Speaking of the unexpected: Last night, I was reading a news article about the earthquake problem that they’re having in Oklahoma. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Earthquakes? Oklahoma? Uh-uh. Living in the middle of Tornado Alley would be bad enough. You want to add a little shaking to that? No, thank you. What’s next? Locusts? Maybe a little volcanic activity? Nope, nope, nope. Thankfully, none of the earthquakes have been very high on the Richter scale. But, they’re happening. Scary.

Not that we have any plans to move anytime soon, but I think I can fairly safely say that Oklahoma’s off the list. However, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve already learned my lesson about saying “never.” 😉


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