I love it when I can make a title out of nothing but song titles.
Yes, the rumour is true: we're moving to Wisconsin. (The reason you haven't heard the rumour is because I'm starting it now.)
New Jersey is beautifully sunny. The friends we've made here are connected at our core.
But we just can't afford it.
Moving into our own home would cost, between first month's rent and security deposit (typically a month and a half's rent) we'd be looking at $3,500 or so to move into a place, not counting utilities, internet, etc.
And then $1,000 minimum a month for a place that was a little too small, or an apartment (hard hard hard for me.)
In Rice Lake, where my Mom lives, we can get a 2 bedroom house, single family dwelling, not condo, duplex, whatever, with a garage and basement, for $525. One month deposit. Some places want a utilities deposit, so it's about $1,400 total to move in. Yeah, utilities, etc. But internet can wait, 'cause the Rice Lake Library was our hangout for a month at a time when we've visited my Mom.
It's been a wonderful (non)winter in Jersey. Just as when we left Montreal, Albuquerque, Denver, St. Paul, and Vancouver, there are people we'll love and miss for the rest of our lives.
But it's time to go.
If you're between Philly and Madison and could bear 4 overnight guests during the 2nd week of April, please give us a shout.
If you've been considering some web work, writing a book, or getting some admin help, and just haven't gotten around to it, we'll need to earn about $1,000 in the next 3 weeks to make this trip and land on our feet without excess stress. Again, give us a shout.
And if you're in Rice Lake and have a spare bed, book case, or chair you'd be willing to let us have or use, um, yeah, that; give us a shout.