Monday, December 29, 2008

Changes in the New Year

There will be some changes coming in 2009 - the biggest one will be mine and Jason's move to Maryland in March! (What an oddly-shaped state, by the way.) House hunting has yet to begin, but we will be somewhat close to DC. While being able to drive to the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone has been beneficial, living in the middle of nowhere is not sustainable. I recently had to drive nearly 500 miles to get my car repaired, the nearest airport is two and a half hours away, and the nearest Target is longer than a 70-mile drive. While I won't be happy about the increase in traffic, I am excited to be near museums, restaurants, and shopping.

Crazy stuff about Carlsbad, New Mexico that I will NOT miss:

1) Having things thrown and/or shot at my house. Besides having a truck window shot out, we have had the garage hit by paintballs, eggs, and a beer bottle. The mailbox was also hit by a baseball bat. There really is a general lack of pride in the whole community. The very day an art exhibition was installed at the local library, it was destroyed by vandals.

2) Stepping in dog poop in my own yard. I don't have a dog.

3) Having to call the police on people shooting at the speed trailer across the street.

4) Being forced to buy nearly everything at Wal-mart.

5) Not being able to eat out on the weekends. I don't know why most of the restaurants in town have decided to close on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - it seems like an odd business model.

6) The majority of the gym's equipment being broken at any given time.

7) The community being completely unconcerned with the environment. Most people drive huge, unnecessarily large trucks. Also, because there is no recycling pick-up, most people don't make the effort to take their recycling to the drop-off center. Even then, the center doesn't accept glass or tin cans. (AND, people leave weird stuff there, like the satellite dish I saw today in the aluminum bin.)

8) There simply isn't anything of good quality here. This isn't a wealthy community, and so $4.99 all-you-can-eat pizza buffets will always thrive, and any gourmet pizza restaurant will fail. Oh Indian food, how I miss you so.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. I will miss my house, since it is cozy and painted colors I like. If anyone has any insider Maryland-suburb tips (like "stay away from that road, people will totally steal your hubcaps") feel free to spill! And is this really the Rockville Library?? If it is, I'm already in heaven. (Link to Flickr set)

9 comments:

Julie said...

Congratulations on your move!

Carlsbad sounds so much worse than Socorro.:(

muchadored said...

How exciting! Congrats :) I can't wait to hear all about the new house, etc. I love hearing about peoples' moves and remodels; I live vicariously through them!

So have you settled on Rockville? Silver Spring is also very very cool, with a downtown area and Metro service.

joanne said...

once again, Congrats. Leaving Carlsbad is an important day in a persons life. I am glad that your day has come.
Dog poo in your yard that doesn't belong to your dog is not restricted to Carlsbad. When we were at GUMO, a certain ranger who shall rename nameless, but whose name rhymed with Don Quiknik, used to let his dog roam free, and 98% of the time the roamings were over into my driveway to take a dump. Mind you WE ALL HAD FENCED IN BACKYARDS!!!!!! I once bagged up the poop and flung it onto his driveway. Passive agressive? -yes, effective? -sadly, no. I complained to the supt. once too, but nothing really worked.

Also the restaurant situation in Carlsbad will never cease to amaze me. Of course none of the food was very good anyways...

Heather J. said...

how cool! you're coming to MY state!!! I live closer to Baltimore but DC is only 45 minutes away. :)

Veronica said...

Good luck with all the moving! It sounds like you're ready for all kinds of better things. I highly recommend finding someplace where you can walk almost everywhere: check addresses at http://walkscore.com/

Kristin J said...

Once again congrats. And that Library is freakin' SUPER DUPER COOL. Wow. You guys are going to be so happy. And if I were you I wouldn't even check the rear view mirror on your way out of town. . .

Susan said...

Good luck with your move. I grew up near Silver Springs so I'm partial to the area.

knittinandnoodlin said...

Wow! Good luck with the moving thing! I don't know a thing about Maryland so I don't have any advice for you there...but do try to remember where you packed your silverware! =)

Dove Knits said...

I'm glad you're moving!!!

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