I had a few different people tell me that my last post seemed more dire than I meant it to. It’s not like I need to flee the state because I’ve committed murder or anything; my wife just got a job offer elsewhere, and it’s pretty likely she’s going to take it, but we only have the week to make the decision. Big news, potential big change, and not necessarily all good (for me, at any rate), but not dire, either.
I love being an adult; I’m constantly mystified by people who look back at their childhood with fondness and say things wistfully like “That was the best time of my life…” I didn’t like childhood and love being an adult, and I constantly sent that message out to my students in NYC, that things got better.
But that doesn’t mean being an adult doesn’t have its hiccups. While the rest of the country’s housing market was crashing and then recovering, where I lived was mostly untouched, which would be a great thing except that last year, the two big plants in my town laid off a lot of people. Right now my city has double the national rate of unemployment, and as a result, in the last year housing prices went down a fair share. As a result, if (more and more likely when) my wife and I move, we’re probably going to be taking a bath on the house. We’ll be lucky to get our investment back, and will only hopefully not have to pay out of pocket.
That alone might seem limiting, but my wife’s just not happy here. She has little faith in her institution and less in her peers. She’s had people consistently move behind her back to hurt her department to empower their own, and she’s tired of it. I’ve told her it could be like that anywhere, but the abstract and theoretical possibility of betrayal doesn’t mean much when it’s like that right here, right now.
Of course, this means I’ll have to be getting another job, after having just finally secured one 18 months ago. It is what it is; my wife’s happiness is far more important to me than anything else, so if we have to move penniless and I have to work part time again, I’ll do it.
I’m mostly putting all this “real life” stuff out there to let you know that the blog may be more spotty over the next few weeks; our aim is to get our house “list ready” by the end of the month. After that, I have a conference at which I’m presenting, too, so that will be out of the way and things will start to calm down. Until then, though, all bets are off; if I can find time to write, I will. If I can’t, I may miss updates with little or no warning. I’m sure you understand.
I don’t have much in the way of game news; I simply haven’t played that much since Monday. I’ll get back to the more “fun” stuff in the future, though, hopefully as soon as Friday. I’ve got one cooking on how modern MMOs create discomfort in old-school gamers by perilously balancing experimentation and efficiency. More on that another day.
Stubborn (and not wanted for murder)