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Labor Day is always one of those slightly bittersweet holidays. It's nice to have the day off, but this day marks the end of summer, even if not quite according to the pattern of solstices and equinoxes.

And this year, I get to spend it moving additional boxes from my old apartment to my new one. At least I've managed to arrange things so that I won't be locked into a lease that prevents me from leaving Cleveland when a job offer comes through that will let me. I'd have stayed in the old place until then, but between the rent being high enough that it wasn't letting me save up the kind of money I'd like to and the facts that A) the landlord was being a complete jackass about fixing things and B) the otherwise perfectly nice girls upstairs had a thoroughly nasty habit of dropping their cigarette butts all over the front yard and front steps that both units shared, it was time to move to other digs. So now I'm a couple of miles down the road, in a transitional neighborhood sandwiched between the Battery Park condos and the Gordon Square Arts district. Got a nifty little wine bar a couple of blocks away with free wi-fi, a pool table and a nice patio. There's another friendly little pub between here and there, also with a patio. If I want to go see something at Cleveland Public Theater, I can walk there too. Downtown Cleveland is a less than ten-minute drive away if I use the Shoreway. Edgewater Park is within walking distance as well, and Whiskey Island Marina isn't much farther if I want to go see whatever band is playing at the Sunset Grille there (sorry, but I still don't like its new name, the Cropicana... no, that's not a typo) though I'd probably drive if I'm going there because of the weird little road you have to follow to reach it.

Home sweet home for probably no more than four or five months, if that long. Now if I can just get the internet connection sorted so I don't have to keep going out to places with wi-fi in order to get online...
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But it's all good this time. Not making a road trip this weekend, but that's because I just got some time-sensitive work altering mundane clothing and SCA garb for a couple of people. So I'll be sewing all weekend, but hey, it's extra money. Never a bad thing!
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Everybody has the 'Cleveland crud' lately. That lovely upper-respiratory gunk that develops in mid-winter from a combination of cold outdoor air, dry indoor air, and whatever combination of germs may be floating around is a royal pain in the arse.

It's only early February but I'm ready for spring already, despite knowing it will probably fail to arrive for nearly three more months.

I really need to get the hell out of this part of the country. I like having four discrete seasons, but does the longest one have to also be the one I like least?

I know where I'm going, though, and I have since around Christmas. Well, not precisely as in what city, but I know what state. Maryland. I'm going back to college again as soon as I can, and there's a school that's part of their state university system but offers its degree programs online. I have a friend whose mother was a math instructor there at one point, so the school comes highly recommended. I can take classes without the class schedule interfering with a normal full-time day job, and finish my degree without the usual scheduling hassles I'd get trying to do it in a bricks-and-mortar environment. The fact that they're part of the state university system means that while I could theoretically study from anywhere, my tuition will be far less if I'm a Maryland resident.

So that's where I'll move to. Oh, sure, I'll have to live there a year before the tuition break kicks in, but that's okay. I'll be better off in many ways than I am in Cleveland, and I'm getting tired of this town anyway. Going someplace new appeals to my sense of adventure at this point. I know a few people in Maryland, mainly in Rockville and Baltimore. My friend Jeanne used to live in Baltimore, too, although she's back in Cleveland now. The near-DC area appeals because of a couple of old college friends who live there, though it's pricey; on the other hand, Baltimore appeals too, based on things Jeanne and the others have said, and the fact that I have some friends currently living there as well. All I know is that as long as I'm in a good-sized city (or the 'burbs of a big one) and have a good job and a decent place to live, the rest is gravy.

So that's another decision to make as circumstances allow. The list keeps accumulating, but I'll get it all sorted out. Go, me.

Holidaze

Dec. 19th, 2010 06:49 pm
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I swear, if I see one more holiday commercial, I will scream. Seriously, does anybody's house really look like that at the holidays? Really? Three Christmas trees, and you aren't picking pine needles out of every nook and cranny of your home -- and possibly your person -- for the rest of the year?

I don't really have anything against the holidays. I worked retail at the mall during Christmas season in my college days, and after enough of that, you'd expect me to never want to look at another gold-edged red bow or piece of tinsel again. But I was a hopeless sucker for holiday decorations when I was a kid, and it never really went away. Not even twelve-hour Saturday shifts filled with Muzak-mangled carols could beat it out of me. (Really, there probably should be a telethon for people who can say that.) Even changing my religion (I no longer identify as Christian and haven't for about seventeen years... yes, that vibration you feel is my mother spinning in her grave at 78 rpm) didn't make it go completely away.

But the commercials have gotten even cornier since I was in college, and I swear there are more of them. Well, to be fair, there are more channels for them to be on, too. After all, I started college... *counts*... *grimaces*... well, a long freakin' time ago.

The holiday season, like wintertime in Cleveland, often seems to go on forever. At least the holidays end by New Years day, though. Winter will end sometime around the first of May, most likely. But Christmas-oriented commercials showed up right around Halloween this year, even ahead of the snow. Is it just me, or did they used to wait at least a little bit longer?

Whatever. With any luck, this will be the last winter I spend in this town, and maybe the last Christmas season here too. Nothing against Cleveland, but just like the commercials, there's a decided paucity of substance here anymore. Rip off the wrapping paper and the boxes are empty. The economy certainly doesn't help, and I'm ready for a change. Stay tuned for 2011 to be an interesting ride.

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