My kind of town…

Good ‘ol Blue Eyes said it best:

Each time I roam, Chicago is
Calling me home, Chicago is…

So if you haven’t caught onto all of my Chicago references and all that jazz, we are moving. To Chicago. Like, next week. For realz.

This is actually the third time we’ve entertained moving to the Windy City (over the course of 15 years, mind you). The last time, it was February 2007 (?), with -4 degree temps, and we were sitting outside a Lincoln Park realtor’s office when I said “E, why don’t you call that guy back from REI- tell him you accepted an offer and this is his last chance to hire you”. So that’s how we got to spend the last seven or so years in Seattle.

But, it’s time to move on.

Sometime next week we’ll be loading up the family truckster and driving east. The plan is to swing by Glacier National Park before all the glaciers melt (still don’t believe in global warming?), past the see-it-once-and-you’re-good Mt. Rushmore and then across endless miles of prarie ’till we hit metro Chicago. And all of this with a rambunctious 11-month old and an ornery cockatiel. Expect a couple interesting Facebook status updates along the way! We allocated a full week for the drive but if the shit hits the fan we’re prepared to drive straight though.

The last month and a half has been quite stressful, to say the least. I am done with the uncertainty and ready to move on to a new chapter in our lives. We’ve been talking about moving out of state for a long time, and for a variety of reasons, but now that it’s happening I am not sure what to make of it. Chicago is a fantastic town, is close to family and old friends, and full of awesome new opportunities for us. Regardless, moving still stings (a lot) and the thought of leaving everything we’ve built over the last ten years makes my heart ache. I will miss our friends dearly. Time, Skype, and a few summer trips back to Seattle will help immensely.

I’m learning that most Seattle folks haven’t been to Chicago, or even east of the Mississippi. So I put together a quick city comparison, which should answer many questions:

Seattle                                                Chicago (and surrounding areas)
MFG Cyclocross                                    Chicago Cross Cup
Marination Ma Kai                                Giordano’s
Epic rainy season on the trainer      Epic winter on the trainer
$700 airfare to see family                  4-hour drive to see family
Using all our PTO at Xmas                  Using our PTO for vacation
So-so “summer” weather                     “Real” summers- hot and humid
Sunbreaks                                                 Tornadoes
Solstice Festival                                     Lollapalooza
Tiger Mountain                                       Western Michigan
Full suspension                                      Hardtail
Sucky baseball team                            Sucky baseball teams
Puget Sound                                           Lake Michigan
Subarus                                                    Fords
Dansko clogs                                         High heels
“Chicago”                                               “Chicaaaaago”

 

So there you go. Stay tuned for more excitement…

 

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