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The Impossible House

Moving across country is pretty hard. There’s a buncha stuff you have to do by feel, asking friends and guessing. And then there’s buying a house. Buying a house is rough at the best of times. Trying to buy a house 3000 miles away is… special. When I first spoke to my realtor and explained my situation (Wanting to buy a house in Portland while living in NY and oh, btw, I had to buy it before I moved and could only get out there for one weekend max before the move) and we both agreed: This would in no way work out. With the money I could afford, the needs for a house I had, and those other problems this was simply not doable. We agreed. We knew it was a fool’s errand, but we both also thought it…

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I’M LEAVING NEW YORK

On Monday, I’ll be 38. It was a while back that I realized shit needed to change. Part of that was me living in NY. I grew up here. I’ve lived here most of my life with tiny stints in other locations. I’ll always be a NY’er. But trying to make a living freelance writing and editing while living in NY is one of those things, that… well it’s doable, but rarely happily doable. You have to take a lot of gigs you despise, and even the cost of living here is sort of fucked up. So it comes down to that most important of things: Quality of life issues. With that in mind, I started to seek out a plan that would let me improve my quality of life, overall. I found I was starting to, just at the…

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