American author Horace Greely was attributed for writing the phrase in the title of this post. As it turns out that a fellow in 1851 penned the phrase “go west young man” years before Greely. At any rate, it did spawn a migration to the west settling in California and all points in between. It was like the famous Chicago Burlington & Quincy slogan of “Everywhere West”.
I have been in the Golden State since 1963 and like many I have seen it transform from a largely agricultural economy with great prosperity and possibilities for people who wanted to work to one that has shifted away from agriculture to high tech with more people than jobs. The cost of being here has shot to the moon. Real Estate is now untouchable in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other places. I left Silicon Valley to the foothills seven years ago to find a place to retire. Now, the progression of taxes and home building has made my current location less desirable. Before coming to the foothills of the Sierra, I tried home ownership in Hawaii. That is off the hook in terms of expensive. Try to find a hobby shop within 2400 miles of the islands.
So, I have decided to ignore the advice of going west. Besides it no longer applies since I am an old man now days. “Going Southeast Old Man” might better describe the direction. I start looking around in Nevada, Arizona and even Texas. In this day and age you can visit places using applications like Zillow and Realtor.com. Arizona became my choice after researching various aspects of the living environment. Texas was my emotional choice since I have lots of friends there and pioneer spirit of the old wild west was still alive. The weather was a bit of a downer however. A.T. Kott reminded me that Texans hate the sight of another damn Yankee towing a Uhaul. I used to do business in Waco, Greenville, Plano, Austin and a few other places. The heat and humidity was tough in the summers.
Well, the house is on the market and the layout is being torn out of the garage. We are committed to the process of relocation. Not sure when we will load up the moving van but hopefully sooner than later. We have been in the current hope for seven years which is just long enough to collect more junk than you can manage. Anyone who has moved understands what I am talking about.
The scraping process is painful to do. Lots of plans have to be reset for a new space and time. I was able to give nearly all of the layout material to Ron Souza who is building his On3 railroad. Lumber would be expensive to move since commercial movers based their costs on weight. I am salvaging a portion of the layout (20′ or so). Most of my built models will be packed and moved in a rental minivan. My wife will drive our car and I will drive the minivan. The thought of fragile models bouncing down the road in a 53′ moving van is something I don’t want to consider.
The blog is not ending but will cover other topics while the relocation takes place. I might even get a few construction projects done until the new layout space is finished.