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Parting is NOT sweet sorrow

I finished tying up all my loose ends before I make the final move out of New York.  All that’s left to do is to put the stuff in the car and hit the road next week!

I tell ya, these last few weeks on Long Island have been pretty anti-climactic for me.  There were places and stores I’ve been going to that I realized would be the last time I’d ever go there, but the reality of it refused to sink in.  I’d just shrug my shoulders and move on.  No reminiscing of the past, no feeling of excitement or sorrow.  Just the overwhelming urge to get this over with and LEAVE.

I think part of why I’ve been feeling this way is that I’ve already mentally checked out of this place a long time ago.  My mind truly was no longer on Long Island anymore, so it was just a matter of the rest of my body catching up.  Long Island was no longer my home, and it had done its best to remind me of that fact every day.  But soon it will no longer have me to kick around anymore.

I’m so grateful that I was able to hit the “reset” button for my life and be granted by God the blessing of a fresh, new start.  I hope I’ll be able to find in Colorado what has eluded me for so long here: a sense of peace and respite, deep in the mountains that will soon become my new home.  The Promised Land.

I know it won’t be perfect; people being who they are will always disappoint.  But I know it will be BETTER, far better than the life I’ve had to live here.  The prison doors have been opened, and the chains that have held me in bondage have been cast off.  It’s time to be free, to live and love again.

Finding areas that have the mildest climates

This chart has been making the rounds lately on social media, and while the data is pretty simplistic (a mean count of the number of days a year where the temps are between 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit), it’s nice to have a visual look at what places are likely to offer the mildest climates:

Pleasant Places to Live Map

The bluer the circles, the higher the frequency of pleasant weather.

I’m surprised by just how few days my area gets of pleasant weather (67-70).  That’s basically only 2 months out of the year where the temps are between 55-75.  Wow.  Note southern California, which of course enjoys nearly 6 months of pleasant weather.  I guess the label “Sunny California” really does apply.

What interests me are the barely discernible circles blanketing Idaho and Montana.  Over the course of my research on places to relocate to, I had been considering the possibility of moving to these states, but the norm of less than 3 weeks of pleasant weather for the entire YEAR now has me rethinking the wisdom of such a move.

The darker blues of the coastal regions aren’t surprising given their proximity to water, but I rule these out due to the insufferable humidity.  Plus, no mountains, and I gotsa have mountains.

That leaves the pockets of bluer circles scattered across the Rocky region, so I’m noting the ones that are specifically located in Colorado.  This gives me a pretty good idea of which regions of Colorado have the most moderate climates, especially how given they are to extreme weather.  Then there’s the area of the Appalachians that stretch from West Virginia down to Tennessee, which average around the same amount of pleasant days as downstate New York.

A lot of this pretty much affirms what I already know, but it’s also helped me narrow my focus somewhat on picking an ideal area of the country where I can feel most at home.  It looks like Colorado, or the mountain ranges spanning West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and even South Carolina would be my best bet.

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