I might be moving, again. Chicago, this time.
I like my little abode here in Austin, though, and I like Austin generally. So, in order to sort it out, I will do pros and cons!
Pros of moving to Chicago:
- Closer to actual friends. I know people in Chicago. I have friends from high school, college, even from my stint with AmeriCorps. Turns out people need friends. Something about the social animal syndrome…
Instant friends! I have two friends in Austin and see them so rarely they are kinda like mythical creatures. Kind of a bummer.
- Closer to family. A train ride to see my brother, a bus ride to see my parents. Zoom.
- People are taller in the midwest. I will be less of a freak.
- People are fatter in the midwest, making me look thinner by comparison. :) Vain!
- Chicago has far better public transportation than Austin. I will be less annoyed by riding the el than I am by riding the packed busses with gross people who trim their nose hair in front of me.
- Chicago has really nice summers. Sitting by the lake, enjoying the sunshine, etc.
- Rent is cheaper, amazingly. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps because Austin is steadily growing at a rapid rate, and Chicago has less of an influx.
- Culturally, Chicago is pretty stellar. Good museums, good amount of diversity, etc etc.
Cons of moving to Chicago:
- It’s fucking cold in Chicago. Like, really really cold. I moved away from the midwest eight years ago because I do not like being cold.
- I’ll have to move all my shit. Again. I counted, the other day, and in the last 18 months I’ve moved seven times. That is a lot of times for a year and a half. The last time I moved, I figured it would be the last for a bit, so I actually bought things. Which just means I have more shit to move.
- Chicago is dangerous. It’s a big ass city, and has it’s own big ass problems. I’ll feel less safe in Chicago than I did in Mexico City, which I find funny. Overall the danger factor isn’t that big of a con, which just means I’m grasping at straws…
So besides the shitty weather and the inconvenience…I really have no reason not to move.