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!