It feels strange to move without some kind of practical driving force; yet in looking ahead at the next decades of my life, I want to spend my time in a place I enjoy.
Data from the 2013 Census Bureau shows that 4.8 million Americans moved across state lines last year, as compared to 5.7 million in 2007 and 7.5 million in 1999—the number of people who are moving have dropped by half since the '90s. Why is that? Annie Lowery says in the Times magazine that a shift in our economy and labor market may have something to do with it—the rise of the internet has made it easier for people to access information about jobs, and there are far fewer people moving for manufacturing and service jobs because manufacturing jobs have decreased dramatically in the last two decades.
+ Portable charger to keep my phone alive during viewings, $35. + Bottles of water grabbed between viewings, $3. + Emergency granola bar to keep from fainting one day in the August heat, $1.50.
My trunk and back seat of my compact vehicle only allowed me to bring a fraction of my current possessions, so I dumped a lot of free and near-free furniture I’ve acquired over the years and any books I could get as e-books through the Los Angeles Public Library digital media borrowing program (hint: if you never turn your Kindle’s Wi-Fi on and just use the USB to transfer books onto your Kindle, you can never lose your "borrowed" books).
In the spirit of adventure and interesting job opportunities, and the fact that I’m 24, relatively unattached, and have few obligations—save for the bills which can always electronically snake behind you into any college town—I made the move last week from my hometown of Green Bay, Wis. to Auburn, Ala. I'm only now just getting my feet planted in my new home town.