Monday, May 07, 2007

Mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for 'the good land'

I’m slaving away over a job application for a position in, of all places, Milwaukee, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Do I want to move back to Milwaukee? No. Of all the places I’ve lived, Milwaukee is by far the lamest. And other than my parents, there is nothing for me there. I have all of two friends from high school that I sort of still talk to (ie - we email each other about once a month), but other than that I don’t really know anyone there anymore. And there is definitely not as much to do in Milwaukee as there is in Juneau, or even DC for that matter. But this job sounds pretty cool, and it pays more than I am making in DC right now. And making more money where the cost of living is a lot lower would be awesome. I would be able to afford a place of my own downtown, which could be cool. I wouldn’t need a second job, which I technically don’t need in DC either, but it definitely makes the fun things more affordable. I could get experience in a city I am familiar with and stick around until I've put in enough time to move out west and actual be able to afford it. On the other hand, I would have to break my lease here and I don’t know if I could do that to my roommates.

I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to just be satisfied in a job. My job right now is dull, but it’s not bad. I work with good people. And it’s not like the work is at all difficult. It’s weird, it’s like I hit a wall at some point and I get restless and I have to move on. I know I can handle more responsibility in a job, but why can’t I just be patient where I’m at? Eventually I’ll be given a chance to move up the ladder here. I think part of the reason I want out right now is because of how expensive this city is. Once you’ve been to all the museums, there’s a ton of cool shit to do but it’s expensive as hell. So being around cool shit, but not being able to afford to do any of it, well, it gets old real fast. Plus the summers here suck. I hate the heat. I mean, for Pete’s sake, I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Alaska. I am a cold weather gal. Living in a drained swamp is not something that I am willing or able to do forever. Plus, politics get boring. So, I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now and even though I have met some really cool people here, I think it’s about that time to start looking for something new, whether this job in Milwaukee pans out or not.

I believe Tom Petty put it best:

“It's time to move on, time to get going

What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing

But under my feet, baby, grass is growing

It's time to move on, it's time to get going”

10 comments:

tfg said...

I'm the same way with jobs--I've had 4 different jobs in the last 5 years and wasn't fired from any of them. I actually looked at Milwaukee, before taking my latest job, until I realized how cold it gets in the winter.

moondog said...

nothing to do in milwaukee?!?!?!? it's almost festival season dammit!! in two weeks there'll be something going on every damn weekend until october! and you can still get in to summerfest for free, what more can you ask for? :)

The [Cherry] Ride said...

It sounds like you've mad up your mind. And if that's true, it is hard to remain satisfied with where you are. And I hear ya about the DC summers - man, they're brutal. And smelly. Brutal and smelly - two words that should not describe summertime.

becca said...

you are a dirty rotten liar! you were just telling me the other day that you dont mind snow, but you dont like it! You arent a cold weahter girl at heart. You cant see me, but I am turning up my nose at you.

Kadonkadonk said...

Okay Becca, there is a BIG difference between the 20-some inches of snow that Milwaukee has been getting and the 100+ inches Vermont/New Hampshire get! And I never said I like SNOW. Just cold temps. So now I am turning my nose up at you too! You New England Mass-hole!

becca said...

only midwestern wimpity wimps dont like the snow. What, the mass of white soft puffy stuff scare you? Oh no! It if fun to play in and pretty to look at! Lo-HO-ser.

Kadonkadonk said...

HA! Your sentence doesn't even make sense!

We'll see how well you hold up when you come to visit me here in July. I am going to take lots of pictures and post them on here.

Scary Monster said...

After reading the title of this post, Me has decided that me not worthy.
Either way it be sounding like the wild geese are calling and it always be a good thing to follow them. Life be an adventure! Live it and don't worry about roommates.

5 of 9er said...

I'm down with Milwaukee... although I say that without ever living there. There is always Chicago.

chuckdaddy2000 said...

How about Milwaukie, Oregon? There's a whole lot to do there