These two lanes, they'll take us anywhere...

So, I've decided to blog on GuG regarding my upcoming move.  It's a big move, 335 miles, give or take.  In some ways, I may as well be moving to a different planet.  I can't wait.

This is an exerpt from Wikipedia, concerning the demographics of where I currently live:
As of the census of 2000, there were 220,568 people, 120,482 households, and 65,175 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,809.5/km² (9,865.5/mi²). There were 122,838 housing units at an average density of 1,353.5/km² (3,505.2/mi²).

This is the same wiki section, for the town I'll be moving to:
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,270 people, 861 households, and 625 families residing in the town. The population density was 58.6 people per square mile (22.6/km²). There were 1,134 housing units at an average density of 29.3/sq mi (11.3/km²).

Look at the differences, both in size, and in population density.  I can't quite wrap my brain around them yet, they're so different.  There are less people living in the town I'll be moving to than there were students in my high school the year I graduated.  I'm moving from an area where nearly 10,000 people are crammed into a square mile, to less than 60 in that same space.  I'm incapable of even imagining that level of quiet.  For my entire life, the background hum of neighbor's television sets, traffic, sirens, people walking past, just, the sounds of life in general have been a constant.  

I wonder what silence will sound like?  Even my camping experiences don't include silence.  As a child, my family went camping a lot.  Every summer, we'd take at least 4 or 5 trips to a campground in to Pocono Mountains of PA.  The campground was about half a mile from Interstate Route 80.  Even if my mother wasn't snoring loud enough to hear from 2 sites over, there was always the dull drone of the highway off in the distance.  In my adult years, camping has solely consisted of Pagan festivals.  There's no such thing as silence when 300+ hippie like characters are gathered in one place, especially when a good number of them have djembes and didgeredoos.  

Every so often, little things hit me.  I won't be able to have authentic Mexican, Columbian, Cuban, Portuguese, or Jamaican delivered whenever I feel like it.  Heck, if I'm lucky, I might be able to get pizza and Chinese delivered, that's probably about it.  Wow, that's going to take some getting used to.  Wait, what do you mean there's not a 24 hour diner for over a hundred miles???  But, what if I want a Taylor Ham, egg and cheese on a bagel on my way home from the bar?  No Taylor Ham???  No good bagels???  Crap, what am I supposed to eat when I've got a belly full of beer?  And without a 24 hour diner, where on earth am I supposed to eat it?

So far, we've only got the barest sketch of a plan, and we're filling in the blanks as we go.  One of my best friends already lives there, and has a small house on 4 acres.  Thing is, she has a large family.  Since she remarried, it's now her, her husband, 4 full time children, and 1 for half of every week.  They're (for obvious reasons) currently looking for a larger house.  Once they find something, Boyfriend and I will take over the house they currently own, rent it from them.  She's figuring they'll find something by the middle of the summer or so.  In the meantime, Boyfriend and I will take a vacation out there in late May, scope out the job market, and interview local alpaca breeders.  Ultimately, my friend and I want to start a ranch, breed alpacas, spin yarn, dye it with all natural ingredients, and sell it for exorbitant prices to niche markets via the internet.  All in time, for now, I'm just eager to get there.  I need the change, the challenge, the fresh start.

   

   

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It's true that environmental noise and sleep disturbance go hand in hand. What really bothers me is that environmental noise can deeply impact sleep in a negative way, leading to terrible sleep disturbances that can harm one's health and one's quality of life which exactly what I am experiencing right now. I am very much sensitive to the slightest noise in the house and I could no longer get back to sleep. I am having tired eyes and getting sick most of the time. I am tempted to take some sleeping pills or get myself drunk but I know these two are just temporary solutions that may have side effects.

My friend has 2 sons, her oldest turned 6 a few days after Christmas, her little guy turns 5 today.  (Oh, snap, gotta make a phone call, that's TODAY!) So, they've got a few years before they're "useful", but they're already telling all their little kindergarten and pre-school friends that when they get bigger, they're going to work summers on AuntC's farm.  Your boys are older, they can train them, lol.

 

"How do you know I'm mad?" asked Alice.
"You must be", said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here"

I wouldn't even consider it if I couldn't have internet!  But, I'm chatting with my friend who lives there on AIM right now, so, I'm guessing that's not going to be a problem. Wink

You can send your sons up, it'll be like summer camp, they can shovel the dung! 

 

"How do you know I'm mad?" asked Alice.
"You must be", said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here"

I can't wait to start a garden!   But, not matter how awesome my tomatoes and green beans grow, I'll miss my Spanish food, I know it.  

Wave at strangers?  Wow, only hookers do that around here, haha!

I do think I look forward to the quiet the most, though.  Right now it's cold, the windows are all closed, and I can still hear the engines and radios from the cars stopped at the light, The TV downstairs, all sorts of buzzzzzz going on around me.  It'll be different, that's for sure.

 

"How do you know I'm mad?" asked Alice.
"You must be", said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here"

I really do miss the quiet and the silence.

Sitting here right now, I hear the cars driving by, I can hear neighbors, (there goes a motorcycle), and our dogs in the backyard barking at the bicycle riders riding past our house on their way up to the mountain, who talk so loud to hear each other because of the traffic noise. Don't they know that I can hear their conversation in my living room? They are definitely louder than the car traffic.

It is so beautiful here today the windows are all open and hubby has the tv turned up very loud just so we can hear it.

We moved here to a city. We exchanged country living for noise. For now. We used to live 20 miles away from town and I quickly became used to stockpiling and making sure I had everything I needed for one week or two.

We also did a lot of gardening and it was so much fun and so yummy. That is the one thing that we insisted on being able to do here. And we do.

Are you considering gardening? I can't wait to see you come back and blog after you have lived the 'quiet' life for 6 months. I wonder if you will miss all those food places.

The one thing thing I/we never liked about living in the country was not being able to have a pizza delivered.

Oh LadyC, you have just made me so envious and rarely do I envy anyone. You will be driving and everyone you pass in your car will wave at you and you will wave back. I haven't seen that in almost 11 years.

 

 

If I was standing on a fish, I'd slip and fall......

LOL...yes,  I would -- the payoff being peace, quiet, and tranquility...no nosy/stuck-up neighbors, no homeowner's associations, etc.  Wink

ew ew youd be a pooper scooper on purpose? ew ew!

 

Send pictures~! hehehe 

I absolutely would...had plenty of practice when I was younger!  I did the opposite...grew up in one of those small towns in the middle of nowhere and then moved to the "big city".  Now I wish I could go back and I can't!  Cry

Sure, we need farmhands anyway.  want to shovel dung?  lol Wink

 

"How do you know I'm mad?" asked Alice.
"You must be", said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here"

Congrats and Good Luck on your move....can I go with you??  Wink

Thank you!  She's from this area, and has been out there for several years now, so I'm hoping that some of the roots she's already started to establish can make mine easier as well.   

 

"How do you know I'm mad?" asked Alice.
"You must be", said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here"

It is good that you have a friend already living there. Many years ago, I moved to a new place that was very different than where I moved from. A buddy of mine already lived there and it made the transition much smoother for me. Good luck!

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