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The Move From Georgia To Arizona 
10th-Oct-2009 01:24 pm
We're officially leaving Georgia the last week of November, if all goes according to the current plan. That means there is a bit more time to get everything packed properly, and some time spent with loved ones here on the East coast.

We're conserving as much money as possible right now, because savings are really going to take a hit to finance all of this - and that is scary. What that means is that I won't be able to visit Atlanta friends or go out and party here or there as has been suggested. We just cannot afford to spend any money unnecessarily that is going to have to be used getting us from A to B.

I already decided that I was going to have a blog set up to not only document the move and this drastic life change when it became a reality, and while I have no current content on it, that blog is [info - personal] brad for those interested. I'll start posting content once most of the house is packed up and the actual moving starts.

This entire situation is incredibly difficult and trying. I'm 38 years old and Georgia is all the home I've ever known or had. I'm not going to make this a pity-party, because it shouldn't be - there's a whole new life waiting for us to begin, and the journey alone is exciting.

I thank everyone who has offered us support and love, and look forward to the future when I'm able to enjoy things and not be frozen in fear.
Comments 
10th-Oct-2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck! :)

Moving house is always stressful, and the unknown is always scary. But you two can manage it. :)
10th-Oct-2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
From Georgia to Arizona? Having spent time in both places, and being a nomad for most of the last two decades, I suspect it'll be a major life upgrade.

People have been shipping out to Arizona since the 1850's for health reasons, finding it surprisingly beneficial - Old folks & respiratory patients gain an extra decade as the heat kills everything except the people.

It's a shock that's easily overlooked at first: the environment is healthy because it's mildly challenging - many are confused by feeling unwell while their friends wax tan and thin. The secret is to drink water constantly; this is where bottled water began, always keep one handy. Also, appetite will wilt under the sunlight - if you've got eating habits you want to break, here's the opportunity. Most people I knew out there ate energy bars and drank gallons of water until evening - one meal, that's kind of how it works out.

Low moisture means take better care of your skin, but high oxygenation and dry, dense air means much, much more energy - but one has to get up and active to kick it in. That means sunblock - not sunscreen, but sunblock. Just being active in that environment will eat any porous tissue, such as fat and retained water, off - make sure to get plenty of salt.

To sum up, from a Hollywood, CA (3.5 hours away, btw) expatriate point of view:

Good: Metropolitan city
Bad: it's FUCKING HOT there

Good: New light rail just opened and unites the valley
Bad: It's it's RRY RRY FUCKING HOT there

Good: Decent arts community and First Friday Art Walk
Bad: OMGHot. For, like, half the year.

Good: Good camping and mountain terrain a few hour's drive away.
Bad: Srsly. The heat.

The scenery is good, if you like rocks. Oh, and I also heard that it's hot. Best of luck, and hope it suits you - it gives many people new beginnings,
10th-Oct-2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Dang. 3.5 hours? It took us longer to get to L.A. from the Arizona border than that, and we did 100 through the desert. What were we doing wrong? LOL
10th-Oct-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
LOL - what you were doing wrong is in not relying on my memory, which is obviously faulty: I made it in about 3.5 - 4 hours, but that was on a Honda CB750; no worries about traffic, average speed of Damn Fast.

My other vehicle was a '71 VW Bus; it took a little over 6 hours to get there, except when we detoured onto old Route 66 for a little alone time... but I digress.

Most cars I'd average the two and say about 5 hours, unless you obey the traffic laws. Add another half hour for those.
10th-Oct-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Clarification: I meant that my memory was faulty. Damn wetware, anyway...
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10th-Oct-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Arizona has some nice places to visit, I live next door in New Mexico, so I've explored about half of AZ. Here's some photos of one of my favorite places in AZ, Sedona:
http://picasaweb.google.com/Paulpics7/AlternativeVisionsTripSedona#

http://picasaweb.google.com/Paulpics7/AlternativeVisionsTrip#
10th-Oct-2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Tucson is a more GLBT-friendly town, despite being less metropolitan than Phoenix. It's also a bit higher in altitude, so it's about 5 degrees less here than in Phoenix. Tucson's also less humid, traffic is less congested, and the mountains are more accessible.

That said, jobs are far more plentiful in Phoenix and there's always stuff to do. Once you understand the highway loops and the surface street grid, you probably won't get lost. Still, a good map and a sense of adventure will go far in the city that wants to be Los Angeles.

Bon voyage!
10th-Oct-2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I remember when I moved from the Midwest to the South about 10 years ago. It probably doesn't sound like much, but it was a more subtle shock than anything - mores and manners are a little different and I fit in about as well as a square in a peg hole. But I didn't realize I'd gotten somewhat used to it until I moved back to the Midwest a couple of years ago - and proceeded to then chafe at THAT.
11th-Oct-2009 01:19 am (UTC)
I'm excited for you both! I think you'll love it and come to think of Arizona as your home in no time at all. Good luck, best wishes and all the positive thoughts in the world. :)
11th-Oct-2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm rather partial to AZ, since I live here XD Which part of the state are you moving to?
11th-Oct-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Wow...I've missed a lot.

Best of luck to you on this.
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11th-Oct-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
You're going to be that much closer to me! *happy bounces* I can always use more awesome neighbors.
11th-Oct-2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
HUGS! What a big life-change for you. I'm happy for you and Damien - what a wonderful adventure. :)
14th-Oct-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS and GOOD LUCK!!! xoxoxox
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