Announcement: we’re moving

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.

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57 Responses to Announcement: we’re moving

  1. Roger Schonfeld says:

    Warmest congratulations to you and your family Bryan. I will be interested to hear more about the move itself and your experience with the transition. Selfishly, I hope it will mean the chance to see you in person more frequently! With all my best wishes – Roger

  2. Tim says:

    Congratulations! Maybe I’ll see you when we visit D.C.

  3. Valerie Bock says:

    Congrats! It sounds like the beginning of a brilliant new chapter!

  4. Linda says:

    Great, I will be traveling in that area this spring. Hope to meet you in person.

  5. Congratulations! And you will soon enjoy a wider variety of food while you are amused by mid-Atlanticers’ panic at the sight of a 1/2″ of snow.

    • Bryan Alexander says:

      Good point about the food.
      I’m already gobsmacked by the sheer number of groceries within a few minutes’ drive.

  6. PF Anderson says:

    Who knows? Maybe someday you’ll be able to move back. I have the feeling that this is your true home of the heart, even if life and work require other journeys and explorations.

  7. Ellen Moody says:

    Congratulations. At long last. I gather you will actually be in Virginia (not DC itself). Nothern Virginia is not a small area, so whereabouts?

    Far be it from me to say this place is a back-water of any kind but (just to tease) you might not be aware that today, terrorized by the cold and some icy-rain and snow yesterday, much of this area’s schools and many institutions shut down. Not enough localities will pay to make the roads safe to drive even under the “catastrophic” event of a mild snow and ice event and cold.

    There Vermont does have us beat.

    Ellen

  8. It must have been a difficult decision. Vermont will be the poorer for your absence.

  9. Vivian Forssman says:

    Bryan, I will miss your axe weilding photos and metaphors. Good luck in the move and the transition into a very different community.
    Vivian

    • Bryan Alexander says:

      Thank you, Vivian. I will bring the axes and figure out how to use them.
      (A sentence which looks more ominous on the screen than it did in my mind)

  10. Sally Brett says:

    All best wishes for a successful move; change is challenging, as you well know. You’ve somewhat inverted the usual journey (urban career to rural retirement) but so like you to reflect the future. You know where we are in NoVA, so don’t be a stranger, as they say!

  11. Caleb Clark says:

    We’ll miss you! (I did EdTech for Marlboro College for the last 10yrs and live in Brattleboro, VT). We live right in town, which is very walkable and convenient, but we have been constantly torn about homesteading 5 miles out or so on some woods! And jobs are few and far between here.

  12. Bryan,
    You are a truly brave futurist. Yes, please keep blogging on this topic as it is one of the few that I understand!
    What a hero journey you are on!
    Love from Sandy and Peter in Eugene, Oregon

  13. Jessamyn says:

    Congrats on the decision. DC is amazing in so many cool ways. Will miss having you nearby even if we rarely saw each other.

  14. Jo Ellen Parker says:

    Bryan — I’m going to be in DC area several days per week for the next few years! How happy I would be to see you more often.

  15. Michael Gavin says:

    Let me know where you are landing, and I may be able to assist with further integration into the George Mason University community (of scholars and other) and other Northern Virginia stuff.
    Michael

  16. Ooh, Bryan! How exciting! All the best! And don’t forget the ironing board…I have lost three ironing boards in moves. Where DO they go?

  17. Tim Owens says:

    We’ll get your Reclaim Video membership card printed in short order!

  18. Personally, I’m excited to have you closer. Perhaps we’ll see each other slightly more often. I’m in the area quite often. It’s a very quick train ride.

    Congrats! What an exciting transition.

  19. Joe Essid says:

    Welcome to Ol’ Virginny. Yes, we panic at the least amount of snow. But it will be amusing. You’ll also find ethnic food in every strip-mall of NoVA that is world-class.

  20. Tomás says:

    What a big change! I’ll miss homesteading vicariously through your posts but I’m sure this new stage in the adventure of life will bring you much to share as well. Best wishes to the both of you on the move!

  21. Merri Beth Lavagnino says:

    Best wishes to you – we once lived in Burlington to work at the University of Vermont and we enjoyed our time there, learning how to ski, playing in snow, wearing silk long underwear (top AND bottom) 24 hours a day for at least three months straight, and wondering why our condo complex even had a pool when the only day you could use it was July 4. I had some employees who were rural, with no electricity and no Internet… surely you could retire back there one day and resume your beloved lifestyle! For now you can go back for visits!

  22. I second the welcome to Virginia! The nice thing about New England is that you can still visit…but winter is much much shorter down here!

  23. Winslow says:

    Darn. And Yea! We’ll miss you here in the 802, but absolutely understand. It’s going to continue to be a great adventure, eh? We wish you the best…

  24. Joshua Kim says:

    Bryan…while we will miss you Up North – this sounds like a great move for you, your family, and your students. Congratulations on this next big chapter.

  25. Roxann Riskin says:

    Bryan,
    I guess you won’t exactly be missing all the snow predicted for year ;)! I believe your kind heart and friendships made, over the years, warmed up countless Vermontarians! ( I’m not sure if this is correct). Surely, when that blizzard snow arrives next year and unexpectedly melts the snow quickly away, it will most likely mean that you’d been warmly thinking of your friends up there and maybe sometimes those of us who adore you like me here in Connecticut.
    Come to think of it, you really aren’t that far away from Connecticut after-all!
    Wishing you Safe Travels and Blessings for a Wonderful new Beginning !
    Roxann

  26. Bryan Alexander says:

    Thank you all for the kind words. They mean a lot.

  27. Vernon Smith says:

    Bryan,

    I moved my family to Virginia a year and a half ago from California and we love it. You will love high speed internet that is reliable as well as the beauty of Virginia, and its close by neighbors Maryland and West Virginia.

    Best wishes!

  28. Carl Rosenfield says:

    Congratulations!

    I hope the change brings you peace of mind and happiness!

  29. Heidi McGregor says:

    Cheers to the next chapter (and congrats on selling the place)! All the best for you, Ceredwyn, and the cat!

  30. Steve Terry says:

    Congrats. Bryan on the move! You will need a pair of shorts for the warm summers in the DC area! Cheers!

  31. Geoff Gevalt says:

    Bryan,

    I don’t think Ripton will be the same without you. And, a part of me wonders how you will survive without all of Vermont’s creature discomforts. I will miss you, though we’ve not seen each other in a few months. And I want to take this moment to thank you for all the advice and help you’ve given me over the years (in my last life; a new one is underway as you may know) and, on occasion, to the kids I worked with. Please stay in touch. Drop me an email when you think of it to let me know where you’ll be living. I do plan to be in the area in the not too distant future and hope that I will be coming down on a regularly irregular basis should my proposal bear fruit.

    Be well, friend. I will continue to connect with you here and elsewhere. My best to your family.

    gg

    • Bryan Alexander says:

      You’re very kind, Geoff. I suspect some of Vermont will heave a sigh of relief when I go, and others won’t notice.

      Thank you for the kind words. You’ve always been a delight to bounce ideas around with. Do visit us.

  32. Mary says:

    Sorry to hear that you are leaving our beautiful Ripton, and lovely Pearl Lee Road. 🙁
    Will miss seeing you drive by and your smart presence in the community.
    May the DC area gain Ripton’s loss.

    Enjoy your new life and adventures.
    Will look forward to hearing all about them in future blogs.
    All the best to you and Ceredwyn!

    your former neighbor

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