Monday, June 25, 2007

Two Years Too Early!

Just found out my favorite NASCAR driver is racing in Barre (Thunder Road) this week. Dang it!

Kenny, I sure hope you race there every year.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Little History Lesson

So, I have had Vermont on the brain since....well, since 1987. See, I had a magical 7 years there when I was aged 7-14. But I didn't appreciate it. At all. Even though I was a skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, skating machine, all I could think about was how glamorous places like New York were.

In 1987 I got my wish and we moved to within an hour's train ride from New York. It sucked. It sucked so hard. There was no more skiing Saturday and Sunday every weekend. There was no more skiing, period. I went to Mt. Washington a couple times after the move, but it wasn't the same as being within a two-hour drive. Swimming was at the YMCA indoor pool, not at Bartlett Falls (pictured). Skating, the same - indoors on well-groomed rinks. Boating was Long Island Sound which was full of yahoos with coolers of beer and very little common sense.

A few years ago, I realized that I could move back to Vermont any time I wanted. I'm an adult now. I have a little property and a decent skill set career-wise. Vermont has a good economy and plenty of up-and-coming small companies to work for, not to mention the myriad universities and tourism-oriented businesses.

Now I'm plunging headlong into actually making the move happen. In the next year or two, I will be doing some home improvements (mainly throwing away a ton of shit), getting my place on the market, looking for a place in VT, and looking for work up there.

This is the most scary and thrilling thing I have ever done. I want to make it happen NOW, but planning and execution are key.

Stay tuned for Step 1 in my and getting the condo ready for sale....