My wife and I are moving, as of February 2019. Our new home will be in Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. area.
Some of you have followed the saga of our house selling, which I won’t reprise here. For now I can just say we have a closing date in a couple of weeks; immediately following that meeting, Ceredwyn and I will hit the road.
This is an enormous change for us. My family has been homesteading in a very rural Vermont location since 2004. We’ve heated with firewood, obtained our water from a well, made maple syrup from our trees, raised many animals and plants, helped build a rural internet network, and had to drive a distance to take care of mail, trash, and recycling. We’ve actively participated in town governance and my wife became a star EMT. The house has no visible neighbors, being immersed in a mountainside forest. Winter lasts about six months of the year.
Moving to an urban-suburban area that’s the capital of the world’s superpower is…. quite the contrast.
To be honest, I’m a bit daunted by the prospect. Having actual broadband and cell phone access should change our lives in a variety of ways. Gaining ready access to two (2) major airports, extensive rail service, a panoply of services and stores, and a large, diverse population: it’s a different world. The transition may be a shock and/or delight. As a futurist my immediate environment will provide all kinds of fodder for analysis.
Professionally, some things will change, while others will not. My new book is still on schedule, irrespective of my ZIP code. Since my digital work lives online, it doesn’t matter where I am, and all of the digital projects will simply keep going… except for the major change of actually having broadband, which should increase my multimedia output. Our consulting business is almost completely independent of geography, but we do have to handle some backend transition of changing addresses, taxes, etc.
I travel extensively in this work, and will keep on doing so, so having better access to better transportation infrastructure means my trips will tend to be less expensive and shorter in duration. That will be good news for my clients as well as my sanity. Speaking of travel, it will be much easier to work with certain clients in the DC area, including Georgetown, where I will be teaching part time.
We will miss Vermont terribly. As we prepare we are trying to remember every single thing we can: the trees, the bears, the people, the sound of a single icicle dropping into a snowbank. I am taking photos to add to the hundreds I’ve published to Flickr so far.
We are very, very excited about the move. For now, we’re hip-deep in the thousand inherent problems: packing the last relics of our lives, since 95%+ is already in storage; figuring out new tax policies; planning where to put stuff in the new house; negotiating with the home buyer; endless paperwork; etc. Taking care of all of that is hugely stressful. On top of that is uprooting ourselves from a home of nearly two decades. But it’s a good move, a forward motion. Progress.
I might blog further about the move, if folks are interested.