How adventurous are you?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
How adventurous are you?
Sat, 04-03-2004 - 10:33am
Not really debate worthy but I thought this was a cool story to share! Last night at work I was talking to this couple. They mentioned visiting from Houston, and I asked what brought them up here. They said they were contemplating places they might like to move, and a few nights previous the dh looked at his wife and said *What about Alaska?* Next thing you know they are on a plane, coming up for the weekend to check it out!! They said they leave on Sunday and have to decide by then if this is where they want to move.

I just thought that was SO adventurous, and how exciting for them! They grilled me about just about everything you can think of, told me a few places they were planning to drive outside the city, etc. The husband was telling me that they had lived in Houston for 9 years and he hated it-said the humidity and heat was horrible (at least in cold weather up here, you can bundle up and still get outside!).

Anyway, made me start thinking. Would you ever do something like this? Move to a place on a bit of a whim?? I dont think I would ever leave Alaska on a ft basis, but dh and I often talk about being *snowbirds* (flying south for the winter!) and having a house someday that we'd live in 6 months out of the year. But to just pick up and MOVE? I was really amazed by this couple, what a spirit of adventure!!



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Sat, 04-03-2004 - 10:53am
I am not a natural adventurer which is why joining the Air Force was so good for me. I got to live in Japan and Turkey, places I know that I would have never even visited on my own. Also got to live in 5 different states.

There was something about moving somewhere because I was told to that make it seem less scary to me then making the decision myself. The only time in my entire life I that I really made a decision on where to live was when DH retired and we moved here. That was scary.

If I had joined the Air Force then I probably woud not have left the town I grew up in in Michigan except for a few vacations and those vacation probably would have only been to bordering states/provinces like they were when I was a kid.

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Sat, 04-03-2004 - 12:16pm
I--would--LOOOOOOVE--it!!!! that is what i thought our plan was when we got married. my dh is scared to do anything along those lines, but as we get older i do see him start to be more adventurous. we have done some things that are not the "conservative" road, and they have worked out well, ie: renting out our old house, and buying condos for the kids to live in. i would love to move to the coast, but i think it would be so cool to pick up and move to europe for a couple years simply for the experience. i love different cultures and learning about different lifestyles.

i really think this is what life is all about. hell, we're not taking any of our "stuff" with us!!

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Sat, 04-03-2004 - 12:50pm

If I didn't have kids, I would easily move on a whim.

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Sat, 04-03-2004 - 3:08pm
I wouldn't say that our moves have been completely on a whim, but we do seem to have managed to make very major moves when we had easy alternatives. We could have stayed in Vienna after getting married as dh had a good job offer there but I wanted to go to grad school so we moved to the US (midwest). After 4 years in the US, we could have stayed a couple more years as dh was offered another postdoc, but we ended up going for the postdoc in Switzerland (with a 6 week old baby in tow no less), partly for the adventure partly because dh was pretty sure he couldn't live permanently in the US. After 3 years in Switzerland, we could have stayed longer (we were planning to stay permanently in Switzerland) as dh had a job offer, but then he got a dream job offer in Sweden. So off we went to Sweden with a 3 year old along for the ride and me 5 months pregnant. At this point we plan on staying permanently in Sweden, but I have learned to never say never. What can I's been quite a ride :-).


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Sat, 04-03-2004 - 4:17pm

I take off in a heartbeat


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Mon, 04-05-2004 - 9:34am
I am the least likely regular poster on this board, I bet, to ever do such a thing.

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Mon, 04-05-2004 - 9:56am

I am right there with you. I am so not adventurous. Devin could never understand why I have no desire to go into space or fly fast airplanes.

I also hate to move and I am a homebody. My roots are deeply embedded in my town. Sometimes, I think about moving to a small town in Mississippi and start over but then, I would be surrounded by people that didn't know Devin.

Don't ask me why Mississippi-I just think it would be a cool state to live in. Fine, it is because of all the authors that from Mississippi.


"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)


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Registered: 05-28-2003
Mon, 04-05-2004 - 4:35pm
I'd go skydiving before moving on a whim!