New York State of Mind
And not just New York, but suburbs of New York, upstate New York or no where near New York.
Welcome to the winter of our geographical discontent.
We leave Paris in six weeks
We don't know where we'll be living after that
Back to Montclair, NJ?
Pros: friends, proximity to New York, familiar school system, fab restaurants
Cons: buying an overpriced house in a deflationary death spiral, renting an overpriced piece of crap with a bad kitchen
Pros: mom and dad, mom as babysitter, reasonably close to New York for client meetings, incredible housing prices, great schools
Cons: clawed my way out once, mediocre shopping, no whole foods (!), the occasional shirtless guy in a truck
Random cities. Not limited to but including: Portland, Seattle, Boston
Pros: urban living without the ridiculous NYC price tag (which let's face it, even if you are doing well, this economy warrants frugality)
Cons: No friends, no family, no real reason other than half-baked fantasies about what it's like to live there
What say you?
Can you help us declare a winner in the proverbial ping-pong game we've been playing for weeks? Make a sound argument? Or should we trade it all in for a fifty-acre farm, a tractor and a pantry full of canned peaches?
Note: The photo above is from an art gallery in our neighborhood. Each time I pass by, it mocks my "back and forthing."