Every year around this time I update my website with a entry called "Moving Time" or something like it. For the past ten years, with the exception of 2003, I've moved every year and it's usually happened around this time. Why move so often? Am I a nomad by nature? Probably. But there's also much more to it. In fact, I've changed my residence for just about every ordinary reason possible. These include: random relocation, move for work, need more space, need less space, have more money to spend, have less money to spend, to live with a girlfriend, to live near friends, to live near family, to get away from friends, to get away from family, etc, etc. Furthermore, I don't even count two additional moves where I ended up staying less than two months each. So rather than dwelling on this latest move, today I'm going to take a look at my decade-long residential history.
A few observations come to mind upon documenting all the places and all the conditions in which I've lived. Firstly, it's amazing just how stable rental prices have remained. Nearly everything else in life has gone up in price considerably in the past 10 years. The days of 89 cent gasoline are surely gone forever. So too is a $2 gallon of milk or $1 loaf of bread. Yet rental housing prices in average neighborhoods have been remarkably steady. Naturally, the housing bust and current economic recession have impacted this trend considerably. But we're not complaining. Until I own a home myself, I hope resale prices and rental prices continue to remain flat.
Secondly, I can look back at every move, except one, and recall a specific reason, hope, or necessity that motivated it. Things didn't always work out. Actually, they almost never have work out as planned. But I suppose it's having that kind of specific motivation that makes it possible to deal with the workload and get it done.
My final thought is that the worst part of moving is moving itself. Each time we move, I seemingly throw out a ton of stuff. I also try to give away as much as possible to Goodwill or to anyone who needs something that I don't. However, this only serves to limit the damage. The volume of things owned seems always to grow. But I can't complain too much. During this time my household has simultaneously expanded from a family of 1 to that of 5. Therefore, it's only natural that we have tons of stuff and it will likely stay that way for some time. That's why I made sure much of this current move would be garage to garage!
Oh yeah. The best part of our latest move is that we'll again be closer to the water and to everyday sights like this: