Thursday, October 04, 2007

Considering Carpetbaggery

[Update: Southward-bound Heo departs Microburg in a few days to search for temporary housing in the Major Metropolitan area. Hilarity is almost certain to ensue, as I have already had my heart blessed via telephone, and I understand heart blessings are generally not a good sign. Also, while I am no longer Catholic, I do have a compulsive need to finish the prayer when someone says "Lord, have mercy." Sometimes, I even break into song right after that. But by then I'm off auto-pilot and just being a smart-ass.]

Hey, all! I realize I have once again, very rudely gone AWOL on you. I would have been poor company, I assure you.

Anyway, just this evening I was offered a job ( not CC teaching) on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line. I'm eskeered of the other side of the Mason-Dixon line much in the same way I was eskeered of the other side of the Hudson before I came to Microburg. ( People talk funny over there, and pray funny over there, there be the dragons, those outside the NY metropolitan area seem to think all native New Yorkers are carrying automatic weaponry and Hashish at all times, that sort of thing.) But, the job seems challenging and useful, and if the money is enough for me to be a responsible citizen while being a responsible worker ( and I think it will be), I may be living elsewhere super soon.

The funny thing is that I've been going through my things this past week and throwing away everything that doesn't past the Budapest test. That is to say, if my perfect dream job were to present itself, and I was preparing to move to Budapest to do dream work and spend off-hours drinking among the Magyars and exploring Saint Stephen's, would I be so attached to thing X that I would fly it over with me?

When I answer yes, I keep it. When I answer no, and it isn't furniture, it goes away.

Now, I wouldn't call prospective new suburb of major metropolis (Major metropolis! Yay!) Budapest, but if this job comes through, it'll be a serious move.


Bardiac said...

Sounds great in many ways!

I, too, find certain areas scary to think about, but they always seem to turn out okay when I get there and get going. I hope things work out!

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Ancrene Wiseass said...


I may have to use that Budapest test to clear out some closet space, and I'm not even moving!

heu mihi said...

Hey, that's great! Congratulations!

meg said...

Yeah, congratulations! Don't be too eskeered of the other side of the Mason-Dixon line -- most of the differences are just sources of entertainment.

Karma said...

We's esceery down here, but mostly don't bite. Good luck!

medieval woman said...

I'm south of the Masey-Dixie too! My peeps are from here originally, so everything makes a bit more sense to me than someone brand new, but it's nice (if a little hot at times)....

coooooome jooooiiiin uuuuuus, Luuuuuuuke!

HeoCwaeth said...

Thanks for the well-wishes, everybody. I am taking the job.

Dr. Virago said...

Congratulations, Heo! And I'm sure you'll adapt, especially since you're outside a major Metropole.

I didn't know if I'd adapt to the industrial midwest (as opposed to the agricultural midwest, where I grew up), but I did!