Logistics of the Unknown
We deal with “what ifs” — the hypothetical situations we all must face when uncertain as to what might happen but for which we want to prepare nonetheless — on a regular basis in our daily lives. Some are minor things, like not knowing what we might want to cook for dinner during the week when grocery shopping, and others are major, such as not knowing where we might land a job after graduating from college/university. Trying to run logistics for long-term planning when the results are still hidden from us becomes an interesting game that is part conjecture, part divination. With some clever planning, attention to detail, and some careful navigation one can usually have a solid plan in place. What happens, though, when the possibilities and variables involved can lead to multiple solution sets that are all equally valid? If you’re like Mrs. AP and I, you start planning for them all! Here’s our load ahead:
While my current Day Job continues to roll on, my side job as an IT consultant is ramping up into a very solid set of work next week and likely every week or every other week thereafter for a few months. Tied into that is a still valid promise from my POCs at the company that I will be picked up full time, pending some back-end hurdles being cleared. Once this full-time hiring occurs, we are looking at the possibility of one of the following scenarios:
- Staying in the Tampa / St. Petersburg, FL area and looking for a larger, more appropriate home for us here.
- Moving to Orlando, FL and finding an appropriate house and school zone there.
- Moving to New York, NY or the surrounding area, wherein an affordable home of appropriate size will be more difficult to find.
- Moving to the San Francisco Bay area, where finding an affordable home of appropriate size will also be somewhat difficult to find.
- Moving to Denver, CO or the surrounding area, where again affordability becomes an issue, further complicated by the fact that Mrs. AP has never lived anywhere that has a daily high temperature drop below 40 degrees for more than 5 days out of the year.
- Moving to the Dallas / Fort Worth metropolitan area, where house is much more affordable, but also means a return to an area I left in 2002 with a vow never to return.
As dutiful parents and partially OCD geeks, we are beginning the process of examining all the areas to best be prepared for what we may face in terms of housing prices, sizes, good schools for the kids, and entertainment for us. That last bit becomes rather interesting, since we’re not exactly… vanilla… in our interests. Oddly enough, staying where we are may provide the best options on that last count.
Who’d have thought?
Stay SINful, friends.