Do we stay or do we go (now)? I'd been doing research on alternatives for a while now (the company's move was not actually that unexpected, but it was disappointing when it actually came to pass), but I can't say I'd really made any headway. Work permits are a big issue for anyone wanting to work in a country not their own. We had always PLANned on going to the Pacific next, but the countries we've been looking at are all experiencing some kind of turmoil. South America presents its own challenges. We're (self)-restricted to warm weather climates and English-speaking places...with jobs...they'll give to foreigners. That certainly narrows our choices down a bit.
The bad: We'll miss our friends, our beach(es), the lack of traffic and traffic lights, the views, and the pace of life here. Plus, we didn't want to go back there.
Do we go? Michael already has a pretty strong lead in Key West, Florida. They tend to get contracts on Caribbean islands, so we might even get to island hop - while on someone else's dime this time. I'm still looking to find work online (researching/writing), because that frees us to live wherever we want, whenever we want, but I may be tempted into looking a bit at politics should I end up back on my home turf. I'm not sure I can live in a state that has someone like Rick Scott running it unless I'm doing something to counter it (although he must have heard I might be coming, he stepped down today). We'll be happy to have access to a larger array of food choices, replace that darn pot lid, be able to travel more easily, go to street/art fairs/farmers markets, be closer to our families, and make new friends. The bad: There will be no more beaches nearby, there will be more traffic, it'll still be expensive, and we'll still have hurricanes (and centipedes). No, I'm not sold on it yet.
A Sail of Two Idiots since March and I couldn't have done it without my Babble fans. Cheers to all of you! Now we just need Oprah to read and endorse it. As far as future blogging (should we move) - I don't know. I'll soon be like the rest of you "normal" people - aack! We'll just have to see.
If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change. John A. Simone, Sr.