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31 October 09

In the end Evergreen, Colorado won my heart. I've signed a six month lease for a furnished home there and will be moving on December 1st. It's a wonderful way to end the year and a perfect place to start the new one. I have a lot of work to do in the next month as I finish packing and make arrangements for the move. Once I get there, I'll have to start looking for a job and then eventually a house to call my own. But tonight, I just want to savor my happiness at the completion of one journey as I look forward to the beginning of another.

31 October 09

In the end Evergreen, Colorado won my heart. I've signed a six month lease for a furnished home there and will be moving on December 1st. It's a wonderful way to end the year and a perfect place to start the new one. I have a lot of work to do in the next month as I finish packing and make arrangements for the move. Once I get there, I'll have to start looking for a job and then eventually a house to call my own. But tonight, I just want to savor my happiness at the completion of one journey as I look forward to the beginning of another.

31 October 09

In the end Evergreen, Colorado won my heart. I've signed a six month lease for a furnished home there and will be moving on December 1st. It's a wonderful way to end the year and a perfect place to start the new one. I have a lot of work to do in the next month as I finish packing and make arrangements for the move. Once I get there, I'll have to start looking for a job and then eventually a house to call my own. But tonight, I just want to savor my happiness at the completion of one journey as I look forward to the beginning of another.

Gratitude

The day after my last post I received a call from the property manager of the house in Evergreen. Everything has worked out, I've signed the lease and I'll be moving to Evergreen, Colorado on December 1st!

I am extremely thankful to the property manager who worked so hard to get the deal done, to the owners who made it possible and who will allow me to enjoy their beautiful home for the next six months, to my mother for her prayers (to God for answering) and to my friends and family who have patiently listened to an endless loop of my worries and doubts and second-guessing.

So, after a year of documenting this journey over at Every Day Do One Thing, searching and vacililating, it's finally time to move. Of course this is really just the beginning of a new journey which will entail finding a new job in Colorado and then buying my first house. I'll continue to document all of it here and on Every Day, I hope you'll continue to follow along.

And thank you for travelin…

Waiting for Godot

We've been back from Colorado for two weeks. The great news: we've decided that this is where we want to move. Mom managed the high altitudes of Evergreen and Colorado Springs with aplomb, in fact I was the one who woke throughout the night at two hour intervals as a result of the altitude change mixed with anxiety about the house hunt.

In all, we had a wonderful time. The weather was sunny, dry and mild. (And we were assured by the realtors that this was just what to expect for winter, which of course quite ironic now given the three feet of snow that has blanketed the region.)

Our search for a furnished six month rental was difficult since most homes are rented unfurnished. We did find a couple very promising prospects, however, we unable to find just the right one that would meet our price target as well as requirements for a mainfloor bedroom and easy access.

As a result, the last two weeks have been incredibly stressful as from one day to the next a house that we think wou…

29 October 09

Mom and I had a wonderful trip to Evergreen and Colorado Springs. I was surprised at how well Mom fared in the higher altitudes of Colorado. Three years ago when we visited Evergreen she was overcome by the effects of being 7500 feet above sea level after just the second day and spent the rest of the visit in her hotel room, unable to join us as we toured the area. This year, she was amazing. She was there for every house tour, every car trip up and down the mountains as we searched for our home away from home.

We found a couple great prospects and are now just waiting for the right one to come through. We also met some wonderful people through the homes we stayed in via VRBO.com. Our experience with both homes was incredibly positive and I would recommend them as an alternative to hotels for extended stays, especially for families.

So that's where we are.....waiting. Satisfied that we've chosen the right place for us, but anxious that we haven't found the right house. We…

29 October 09

Mom and I had a wonderful trip to Evergreen and Colorado Springs. I was surprised at how well Mom fared in the higher altitudes of Colorado. Three years ago when we visited Evergreen she was overcome by the effects of being 7500 feet above sea level after just the second day and spent the rest of the visit in her hotel room, unable to join us as we toured the area. This year, she was amazing. She was there for every house tour, every car trip up and down the mountains as we searched for our home away from home.

We found a couple great prospects and are now just waiting for the right one to come through. We also met some wonderful people through the homes we stayed in via VRBO.com. Our experience with both homes was incredibly positive and I would recommend them as an alternative to hotels for extended stays, especially for families.

So that's where we are.....waiting. Satisfied that we've chosen the right place for us, but anxious that we haven't found the right house. We…

29 October 09

Mom and I had a wonderful trip to Evergreen and Colorado Springs. I was surprised at how well Mom fared in the higher altitudes of Colorado. Three years ago when we visited Evergreen she was overcome by the effects of being 7500 feet above sea level after just the second day and spent the rest of the visit in her hotel room, unable to join us as we toured the area. This year, she was amazing. She was there for every house tour, every car trip up and down the mountains as we searched for our home away from home.

We found a couple great prospects and are now just waiting for the right one to come through. We also met some wonderful people through the homes we stayed in via VRBO.com. Our experience with both homes was incredibly positive and I would recommend them as an alternative to hotels for extended stays, especially for families.

So that's where we are.....waiting. Satisfied that we've chosen the right place for us, but anxious that we haven't found the right house. We…

Go to Your Destiny

When I was younger I relished change. A move cross-country was contemplated and accomplished at a drop of the hat. Advance planning? Job in place? Housing arranged? Why take the fun out of the adventure.


After I graduated from the University of Michigan and decided I wanted to fulfill my dream of living in New York and working on Wall Street, I packed my peacock blue Hartman luggage, booked a room at the YMCA on Lexington Ave. and flew to my destiny. When I arrived that evening, I had $300 in my pocket, I was wearing white linen pants, a gold silk shirt, and with one phone call to a friend who was attending graduate school at Columbia, I was on the next subway to 112th Street and Broadway...home of Columbia University campus and Harlem. That evening I spent hours drinking vermouth soaked-gin martinis and listening as my friend gathered the courage to spill the beans that he was gay, a revelation perhaps only to himself, as those of us who were his friends had suspected for years and d…

12 October 09

Tomorrow I'm heading out to Colorado for a five day investigative trip. I will spend three days in Evergreen, which is where I spent the month of September last year...a rather glorious month of writing every day and watch election news commentary every evening. Toward the end of the week, I'll head down to Colorado Springs for two days to look at rentals there as well as to drive around the city and get a feel for the area. I haven't been to 'CoS' in years and really don't remember it. In both Evergreen and Colorado Springs, I will be staying in houses that are prospects for rentals which will give me the opporutnity to 'test drive' each place to see how it feels.

By the way, one travel tip I'd love to pass on: if you have an extended trip, check out http://www.vrbo.com/, often you can rent an entire beautifully decorated house for the price of a hotel room. So instead of being stuck in a small room and eating every meal at some fast-food chain, yo…

12 October 09

Tomorrow I'm heading out to Colorado for a five day investigative trip. I will spend three days in Evergreen, which is where I spent the month of September last year...a rather glorious month of writing every day and watch election news commentary every evening. Toward the end of the week, I'll head down to Colorado Springs for two days to look at rentals there as well as to drive around the city and get a feel for the area. I haven't been to 'CoS' in years and really don't remember it. In both Evergreen and Colorado Springs, I will be staying in houses that are prospects for rentals which will give me the opporutnity to 'test drive' each place to see how it feels.

By the way, one travel tip I'd love to pass on: if you have an extended trip, check out http://www.vrbo.com/, often you can rent an entire beautifully decorated house for the price of a hotel room. So instead of being stuck in a small room and eating every meal at some fast-food chain, yo…

12 October 09

Tomorrow I'm heading out to Colorado for a five day investigative trip. I will spend three days in Evergreen, which is where I spent the month of September last year...a rather glorious month of writing every day and watch election news commentary every evening. Toward the end of the week, I'll head down to Colorado Springs for two days to look at rentals there as well as to drive around the city and get a feel for the area. I haven't been to 'CoS' in years and really don't remember it. In both Evergreen and Colorado Springs, I will be staying in houses that are prospects for rentals which will give me the opporutnity to 'test drive' each place to see how it feels.

By the way, one travel tip I'd love to pass on: if you have an extended trip, check out http://www.vrbo.com/, often you can rent an entire beautifully decorated house for the price of a hotel room. So instead of being stuck in a small room and eating every meal at some fast-food chain, yo…