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    Leaving Iowa

    So I'm looking at relocating to Seattle. My wife is from a larger city, and she loves Seattle. I've been here my whole life, ISU grad, west des moines resident. Tough for me to do, but I think I'll enjoy it in Seattle too. I like to fly fish on vacations, enjoy the mountains, and other outdoor activities. There's a lot I'll miss, some I won't, and lord knows the traffic will be on a different scale. So I'm taking my IT skills and my wife's paralegal out of state, not enough that I like here to keep me here.

    Who else moved away, what'd you find out?


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    im seeing some ominous foreshadowing.


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    its setting up like a Lifetime movie.


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Hope you like rain.

    Big cities aren't all they're cracked up to be. They're nice to visit, but I always like coming back home where traffic isn't an issue at all and I can be out in the open countryside with a 5 minute drive.



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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    So I'm looking at relocating to Seattle. My wife is from a larger city, and she loves Seattle. I've been here my whole life, ISU grad, west des moines resident. Tough for me to do, but I think I'll enjoy it in Seattle too. I like to fly fish on vacations, enjoy the mountains, and other outdoor activities. There's a lot I'll miss, some I won't, and lord knows the traffic will be on a different scale. So I'm taking my IT skills and my wife's paralegal out of state, not enough that I like here to keep me here.

    Who else moved away, what'd you find out?
    Iowa State games??? ;)

    I moved to the SW burbs of Chicago after graduating from ISU and I miss ISU football and basketball games, a lot. I also miss my friends/family. I also miss the cheaper cost of living. I also miss the people of Iowa. I've found that people over here are more arrogant. Moving all the way to the West Coast will obviously be different than Chicago, because I can drive back home in about 3-4 hours. The general lifestyle will be a bigger change as well.

    I would move back to Iowa at the first chance I could. The only other place in this country that I would want to live, besides Iowa, is Colorado.

    Good Luck!


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    So I'm looking at relocating to Seattle. My wife is from a larger city, and she loves Seattle. I've been here my whole life, ISU grad, west des moines resident. Tough for me to do, but I think I'll enjoy it in Seattle too. I like to fly fish on vacations, enjoy the mountains, and other outdoor activities. There's a lot I'll miss, some I won't, and lord knows the traffic will be on a different scale. So I'm taking my IT skills and my wife's paralegal out of state, not enough that I like here to keep me here.

    Who else moved away, what'd you find out?
    -If the value of what is inside your car is less than your windows, do not lock your doors. Just had my window broken out for the 4th time in 4 different cities. Most expensive item stolen was a bag full of dirty wool socks.

    -Driving but not going anywhere stinks.

    -Hate missing ISU games.

    -Higher cost of living is annoying.

    Most everything else is great.



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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Just had to face this decision myself last month and I decided to stay in Iowa. I could have went and enjoyed the challenge of a new area, but I knew I would want to come back to Iowa in 5 years and by then I might not have had an opportunity to come back.

    My suggestion is just to get involved in something. Church group, YMCA, young professionals, Chuck fan club, etc. Its the best way to meet people and learn an area.



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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    If you don't mind some extra gloomy days, Seattle should be enjoyable. My only caution would be to be prepared for the first time you're driving down the freeway and you catch a view of Mount Rainier in the distance. The first time I saw it I almost drove off the road!!



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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    Iowa State games??? ;)

    I moved to the SW burbs of Chicago after graduating from ISU and I miss ISU football and basketball games, a lot. I also miss my friends/family. I also miss the cheaper cost of living. I also miss the people of Iowa. I've found that people over here are more arrogant. Moving all the way to the West Coast will obviously be different than Chicago, because I can drive back home in about 3-4 hours. The general lifestyle will be a bigger change as well.

    I would move back to Iowa at the first chance I could. The only other place in this country that I would want to live, besides Iowa, is Colorado.

    Good Luck!
    Colorado would probably be my first choice just because it's closer to drive home, but my family lives in SW Iowa so flying direct to Omaha isn't too bad. Will definitely miss the games. Dealing with no snow won't be so hard though, haha.

    I'm practicing the pacific northwest talk, venti, grande, tall or some such thing. ;)


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Moving away was a great thing for my wife and I, you will get to know eachother even more without your friends/family as crutches. Don't get me wrong, we miss our friends and family, just has given us time to live our lives for ourselves instead of for everyone else. We are going on 2 years away, but know we will end up back in the midwest someday. If you are up for moving outside of your comfort zone it will be fun and exciting, at least we are enjoying it. Good luck on the move!


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by CYinPA View Post
    -If the value of what is inside your car is less than your windows, do not lock your doors. Just had my window broken out for the 4th time in 4 different cities. Most expensive item stolen was a bag full of dirty wool socks.

    -Driving but not going anywhere stinks.

    -Hate missing ISU games.

    -Higher cost of living is annoying.

    Most everything else is great.
    That's probably true of my car as far as valuables, unless they swipe my air bags or something, haha.


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    That's been a problem for a long time. I moved my family to Michigan more than 37 years ago. While I was working and developing my career, I rarely missed Iowa. One or two visits per year to visit both sets of parents was enough. Now that I've retired, we miss it and it's people. We never really became Michiganians and I still have my mother there but with the grandkids here and the weather there, we can't come back....not yet anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kansascy View Post
    If you don't mind some extra gloomy days, Seattle should be enjoyable. My only caution would be to be prepared for the first time you're driving down the freeway and you catch a view of Mount Rainier in the distance. The first time I saw it I almost drove off the road!!
    Because it rarely can be seen, or because you're like omg the end of the world is nigh!


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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    That's probably true of my car as far as valuables, unless they swipe my air bags or something, haha.
    I think that airbags have something valueable in them, but dont quote me on that.



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    Re: Leaving Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by BCforISU View Post
    Moving away was a great thing for my wife and I, you will get to know eachother even more without your friends/family as crutches. Don't get me wrong, we miss our friends and family, just has given us time to live our lives for ourselves instead of for everyone else. We are going on 2 years away, but know we will end up back in the midwest someday. If you are up for moving outside of your comfort zone it will be fun and exciting, at least we are enjoying it. Good luck on the move!
    Thanks for chiming in, I can definitely see that happening and I am excited for her because she's from a big city and is really looking forward to it. I'll have some adjusting to do, but there are enough other things I love to do that I will be okay I believe. I know our labs will love it out there, fewer frozen lakes, hah.


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