That aside, I must say that this has been a great step we've taken in our lives. We had been looking to get out of California for years and had been mainly focusing on the South, Georgia, Tennessee, North or South Carolina. Maybe even Virginia. I was very close in the running for a great position in Pennsylvania, which I obviously didn't get, but we never really thought about Indiana. We still ask ourselves if we can believe we live here.
I had some concerns about things like the weather and how would I deal with snow. Serious snow, that is, but I must say that it really has been pretty wonderful. Indiana is a much more family friendly place. The employment seems to be really booming as all of my adult kids, and even my 17 year old, have secured jobs pretty quickly. The cost of living is really great too. Gas is at least 20-40 cents a gallon less, food and other things are generally less expensive and housing...well, it's just ridiculous how much more you get for your house dollar. The home we have, with the 1/4 acre lot and huge swimming pool would cost at least twice as much as we paid and if it were in So Cal. It would be the same floor-plan as every 5th house in the subdivision and they would ALL have that same "Southwestern" cookie cutter stucco and tile roof.
Do you get the sense that I'm glad I left?