We’ve got some news. You may want to sit down.

Over the past few weeks we have started telling some people but not others about some plans that we have. When some people know stuff and others don't, it starts to get tricky to talk to people about things because you're never 100% sure who knows what. So, it's time to let the cat out of the bag and put everything we know on the table so that we don't have to worry about who does or doesn't know what.

For a little while know, Chris and I have been considering a move. A big one. There are still a lot of details to sort out, but here goes… We are strongly considering moving to Fargo, North Dakota.

With that out of the way, let me start by saying, no, we don't have all the answers figured out yet. And what I plan to do with this post is to give you all the information that we do have so that everybody is on equal footing. Then, as we figure out more things, I'll write update posts to keep everybody up to speed.

I know what you are thinking, so let me get to the most important question first… “did you already register fargogeek.com????” Sadly, somebody else owns it. I've already reached out.

Q: Why Fargo?
A: My work for the past decade (almost) has been either self employment or remote work. I can do it from anywhere. There's nothing really forcing us to stay in Vegas at this time.

Q: But really, why Fargo?
A: We have friends all over the place. Friends we love dearly. But there's a pair of folks who live in Fargo that we click with so well on so many levels that it pains us to live so far away from them. So if we have the opportunity to move wherever we want, why NOT move to be near them?

Q: How likely is this to happen?
A: Right now, assuming we're able to get some things sorted out, I'd say we're probably in the 85-90% range.

Q: What's the timeline?
A: This one is up in the air. Within a year is about as close as I can nail that one down at the moment. There are a lot of things that we'll need to sort out before we can go, so probably something in the 8-12 month range is probably realistic.

Q: What about work?
A: Again, I work remotely. As long as wherever we land has internet access, I'm good to go!

Q: But you hate the cold. You do realize it gets gold in Fargo, right?
A: Yeah, I do. Trust me, if there's one thing I am not looking forward to it's the cold. But ya know what, I'll survive. I work from home, nobody says I need to leave the when it's really cold, right? RIGHT???

Q: What are your current plans?
A: First and foremost, downsize like crazy! We're already starting the process of figuring out what we need and what we don't. Over the coming weeks/months we will be putting things up for sale both online (maybe ebay, maybe a self-hosted web store, maybe craigslist, I'm open to suggestions and opinions), and we'll likely have 2 or 3 garage sales.

We will likely also trade in both our cars and get something a little bigger (the wife is dying for a Jeep). Anybody with cold-weather living experience own a Jeep? Please feel free to give me the pluses and minuses in the comments.

So that's really about it at the moment. This is all pretty fresh and new for us as well, so I'm sure there's 1000 things we haven't considered yet. But hey, life should be about adventures, right? This is definitely going to be an adventure!

19 Comments

  1. Web Designer on June 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Whatever you decide to do John I’m with you my friend! Good luck with all the prep and keep us posted. 🙂

    • John on June 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks buddy! I definitely will!

  2. lasvegascorvin on June 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Great plan John! Best of luck!

    • John on June 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks, Corvin!

  3. tapps on June 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    but the important question:

    have you found a crossfit box yet? 😛

  4. Luke Gedeon on June 3, 2016 at 4:40 am

    About that Jeep. Be careful. SUVs are the most common vehicle in the ditch on snow days. Not because they are more clumsy on ice than other vehicles (much), but because people assume that 4 wheel drive means they are safe. It helps with getting started on snow/ice but doesn’t help a bit with skidding, slowing down, not crashing, or staying out of the ditch. It doesn’t. Really.

    • John on June 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Excellent advice. Thank you, Luke!

  5. justinfoell on June 3, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Advice: if you’re going to get a wrangler, get a hard-top. The winter wind will cut through the soft top like a knife!

    Also, if you get the winter blues, come on down, we’ll only be 3.5 hours away 🙂

    • John on June 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      You know I plan on visiting you! We’ll finally make it to the MN State Fair. And the Leinenkugel brewery for the tour!!!

  6. Julie Kuehl on June 3, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Let me be the first to welcome you to Fargo! I’m having a little trouble digesting this because it NEVER happens.

    • John on June 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Well Thanks!! I’m definitely excited, and maybe a little anxious. 🙂

  7. Aaron Hockley on June 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Wow… that’ll be a big change. Go for it if it feels right. I assume you’ve also realized that all of your air travel is going to be longer and more expensive – not with Fargo in particular, but by moving from a major air hub to a small regional airport.

    • John on June 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Yeah, but oddly they do have inexpensive direct flights to Vegas, so there’s that.

  8. anon on June 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    So, @fargogeek? 🙂

    • John on June 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Somebody already has fargogeek.com. I’ve reached out… I figure fuck it, I’ll just keep VegasGeek at this point!

  9. mom on June 4, 2016 at 11:55 am

    When it comes to buying a vehicle for Fargo, you need to check with their DMV and see the requirements. Many places have cars that are optimized with the things needed for that climate. The undercarriages are sealed to prevent rust, the all year snow tires, and so on many other things. a lot of the places with that kinda weather require annual physical inspection of the car to check the rust hasn’t weakend the structure ,, basically so the kids don’t fall thru the floor and you don’t notice why its so quiet. you might wanna buy a car there.

  10. John Lynn on June 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

    What a big surprise. Although, that’s how life is. I’ve been to Fargo and really enjoyed it. Although, I wasn’t there in Winter. You might consider like we’ve done and basically become snow birds. Come back to Vegas for the winter 🙂

    Fargo has a cool little startup scene. You’ll enjoy it.

    • John on June 6, 2016 at 9:42 am

      We’ve been to Fargo a few times and have really enjoyed it as well. But just like you, we haven’t been in the dead of winter. So, I’m sure that’s going to at least bring things down a notch. We’ve talked about the Snowbird option, too. Not in a position for that currently, but you never know what’s around the corner!

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