Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Where Would You Live?
Well, I know where I wouldn't go.
Not Florida. Not Louisiana. Not Mississippi. I do not want to be hot and sticky all the time.
Not Arizona. I realize it's a dry heat, but it's still hot. Not interested.
I've always wanted to visit San Antonio, and I think there are some aspects of Texas I would enjoy, but the heat would not be one of them.
Before I'd decide, I think I would check out the political, social, and economic situation of the state as well. (A few years ago, this probably wouldn't have been an issue.)
So not California.
Definitely not a major city, like Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, or New York. Though San Francisco is beautiful, I understand, I don't think so.
My answer to my friend was "Probably out west, like Montana, Wyoming, or Colorado." I traveled out west as a teen in the summers of 1984 and 1985, and I loved the mountains.
Honestly though, I love where I'm at. I love having four seasons. I love the variety. I enjoy breezy Springs, crisp Autumns, and white Christmases. I like warm Summers (though not hot). The idea that Santa might have to deliver in shorts and a tank top loses something for me.
Here I don't have to deal with hurricanes or forest fires. Tornadoes, yes; but they're hit and miss. The occasional blizzard, yes; but if you're prepared, there's a certain fun in waiting them out. The power-crippling ice storm a couple years ago: not so fun. There are down sides to every place. There are here in northern Indiana, but for me the pluses far outweigh the minuses.