Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Gotta find a way to get away... or gotta find something that makes me wanna stay?

(sorry about the Zebrahead quote. I feel like it fit. And screw off, I kind of like some of their songs)

So I wrote all of this last night, but the "internet" stopped working, so it's getting posted now.

One more day of work and a couple of tests are all that stand before me and Spring Break 2007. And it cannot get here fast enough. I love Iowa City, I really do. But I'm starting to feel ready to be done with it. I'm starting to feel like I don't really have much holding me here anymore, except family in the general Eastern Iowa area. I have friends in Washington DC, Austin, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Baltimore, and family in St. Louis, Arizona, Northern California, Oregon, and Maine. All of those places sound very appealing to me, all for different reasons. I don't know if I can really go somewhere that doesn't have some sort of a winter without feeling a little strange. Even this year here in Iowa it felt odd to me, with temperatures near 50 in December, and no real snow until the middle of January. I'm sure I'd adjust, and I could always visit the snow-laden climes. (This is where Haley will say "you're nuts, winter SUCKS.") I've always been drawn to the Pacific Northwest, I like the idea of constant rain and being near a coast. And I've enoyed every visit I've made to California, even with Bill vomiting in the bathroom at the In and Out Burger. (Note: this was not related to the food at said In and Out. The burger I had there was the second best burger I had on my trip, only behind Bob's Big Boy. I don't know if that Big Boy burger can ever be topped, it may have been the best burger of my life.)

I think any place that I move to would have to have a baseball team of some sorts, preferably MLB, but I'd be fine with a minor league team. Just as long as I can have the option to go to many games over the summer. And they'd have to have a good music scene, or at least some good venues that get a lot of acts coming through. Public transit would be a huge plus. As would a major airport nearby to be able to travel through for a relatively cheap price.

Will I be moving any time soon? Probably not. My lease isn't up until August, and I've been talking with Daren about finding places to live around here. But, it's always something that's in the back of my mind, something that I'd like to just up and do. Maybe I've just been waiting for some kind of push, something to get my up and going. That may have happened, and that may be why I've had such thoughts recently. I kind of feel like this will be my last year in Iowa City, possibly Iowa, and I don't really know how to feel about that. I'd miss the Hawkeyes, being able to go to the football games. But that's where the airport comes in, I'd have to travel to see at least one game with my dad.

Sorry if this has been kind of disjointed and random, but these are things running through my head. And my life has kind of felt random and unfocused lately. And it's 2:21 in the am. I think I'm well within my bounds. (I'm not really that bitter and jaded. I just like to act like it.)


a said...

Well if you want to stay in Iowa, Des Moines is always good. It's airport sucks though. . . that's the only thing!!! It is starting to get some great music venues and the art scene is really picking up. The downtown is really coming together and I hear the bus system is great (I've just never taken it!) Plus they have the Iowa Cubs!! and a lot of other minor league teams!

Jad said...

If you're looking for a good music scene, there's no place like Portland right now. They also have a triple A team (the Beavers) and are most likely going to get an MLB franchise (the Marlins) from what I hear.

Jad said...

Oh, and they also have a double-A team and a university team. Baseball galore, it seems.