First...finish what I'm doing now...probably last through April...maybe through later in the year.
Second...go somewhere else.
- My eldest boy and wife are very dark skinned. Somewhere where people don't notice race (much) and are basically friendly on race issues is probably the top issue.
- My wife needs sun. Lots. Overcast for weeks at a time is unacceptable.
- We Homeschool/Unschool. We need a place where this is both legal/wrangleable and where there is a community, especially of young teen boys, with somewhat less concern for little'n community yet.
- My youngest kid's mood is notably affected by time playing outside, and more is better. Farm-like living is GREAT for him. In addition, he gets horrid heat-rashes, having inherited skin conditions from his father. We need a temperate climate, neither too hot nor too cold all year round. Austin probably caps the warm side of the equation. Average January temperatures below 30 are also bad, but not a strict disqualifier.
- My real life skills allow me to make between 40-70K working 1 week every 3-4.3 weeks (4.3 weeks = 1 month), but the 1 week a month would be on the road, away from family. I want time to work on 2-3 other activities, so I don't want some other job. And I don't want my wife to have to work (especially while I'm on the road), living on that salary. Cost of living matters. Activities:
- Book. This blog is warmup for my writing skills so as to be able to write a business book on the general preference towards cyclical processes over linear ones. Working title options:
- Virtuous Circles.
- Wrecked: A linear system's failure to coordinate (Horrid puns FTW)
- Math education software. As indicated by all my education posts...I care a lot about education, and I have decent enterprise Java-fu. Indeed I have been writing software sporadically over the last year to improve math education. Just last weekend I found (a) a partner/sales/marketing/business guy who can get it sold/used if it's good. And also, I found the path that makes it a money-making proposition. I need lots of time here. This, btw, is why I'm reading about startups.
- My wife and I have never had real time alone. We don't much trust babysitters, have a highly idiosyncratic childrearing philosophy, and have moved too many times. What we'd like to do is live near people (my parents) that we trust to let the kids visit for several hours or several days. They're on the CA coast.
- We're moderately spoiled by both Austin and Chicago. Cultural activities abound. We would, ceteris paribus, prefer there to be cultural options nearby (decent gymnastics, swimming classes, theatre), and none of our kids are dull...college classes for all of them in the next 3-4 years are a factor.
- Both my wife and I have started to look at doctoral programs. Me in decision science...her (more seriously) at psychology. Nearby universities are nice.
- We're all tired of moving a lot, so we'd like someplace to settle for a while (15 years +)
UPDATE: more here