So, I am 99.9% certain that a move to Oregon will be possible within the later of the coming months. In the interest of intelligent planning, however, I have expanded my search parameters to include other viable possibilities, as well. Freedom is actually pretty sweet! ^_^
1. Portland, Oregon
Not only do I already (still, whoops!) have the plates for my car, but I know it better than I do most other places. Some of my best friends live there, making it the primary candidate. That and the fact that it is the most beautiful state I have lived in, bar none.
2. Chicago, Illinois
It would be nice to see my family again, obviously, and rooming with my cousin could be friggin awesome. Shed's Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Chicago Museum of Art, the Chicago Symphony, PLUS hang time with my Uncle Michael, the "tortured" artist! Tempting in many ways, just not very realistic. Still, I do love me some Connie's Pizza and Vincenzo's Italian Ices...and the view from the Sears Tower is amazing...if not also terrifying! (But my shell...that's what needs to be broken, methinks!)
3. Muskegon, Michigan
Who could forget the time-honored option of running back home with your tail between your legs? Financially, this would be a toss-up: no rent for awhile, but also no jobs. It would also be a great home-point for traveling, but I can't imagine I would enjoy heading back to Ski-Town when returning from an awesome journey to Elswyr...
4. Anywhere, Maine
I only have two reasons for the inclusion of this option, and the other one is that I have always wanted to go there even since I learned that I lived there from ages 2 to 4. The first reason knows why. ^_^
5. New York, New York
Terrifying, but a TRUE trial by fire. If you can make it in New York, you can make it ANYWHERE. Thing is, I would most likely be chewed-up and spit out as a shell of a human being when all was said and done.
6. Anchorage, Alaska
More of a childhood fantasy of escapism...back in the days when I wanted to run away from people and live in a place that was cold and lonely. This is not really a serious consideration at present, but it's nice to know that I have the option, should I so choose!
7. Amarillo, Texas
Cheap, friendly, a decent amount of things to do and you can actually feel like you're doing something right by putting on the Gustaberg music whilst you drive! :) Also, Meli and Lorelei are here, and they've really been my best friends through all of this, even through some of the most intense relationship craziness I have known in such a short amount of time.
I am sure there are more, and I will end up in Portland regardless.
Still, it's kind of nice, you know? I have OPTIONS!