I Did the Unthinkable

I moved.

For the past 6 months or so I have been commuting to Hammond, LA to go to school at SLU. At first the commute was not that bad because I was able to schedule all of my classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. The hour long drive twice a week was not all that bad. I was driving in a direction and time of the day when traffic was not that bad.

Then I started going to class 5 days a week and I started watching the price of gasoline approach $3. The entire game of commuting was starting to wear me down. Isn’t the reason most people are sticking around New Orleans because they work in the city? Well, not the only reason, but who would want to stick around the craziness of the city just to commute away from it everyday. Well, I thought I was crazy enough to keep doing it.

Then a couple of weeks ago an offer was made to me for a place I could rent for less then what it was costing me to drive everyday. I hesitated for a moment, but it was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. Two weeks ago when I moved up here and spent my first night, I think I actually shed a tear. I was doing the unimaginable. I was leaving New Orleans. I haven’t gone far, and I have been back in the city every weekend since I moved, but the fact is I am not there anymore.

At first I thought that I would have to stop writing for New Orleans Metblog since I am no longer technically living in the city, but after talking it over with Jack – The Big Guy In Charge, it looks like I will continue writing, giving everybody the perspective from up here.

Oh, and on another note, I apologize for the lack of writing lately. The move came suddenly and I have been dealing with all of what moving entails for the past few weeks. I promise I will do better now that I am settled in and my future here at New Orleans MetBlog is settled.

**posting from Hammond**

7 Comments so far

  1. bobby (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    Could be worse places to be. I went to SLU and live d in Hammond. Hammond has better places to eat (and drink) that many major cities I’ve been to. :-) Heck — I live in Atlanta…it has good seafood places…but you have to look for ’em.


  2. luckydog (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    Paul,

    Try to move back when you have graduated!

    That will be the big plus you can give your city.

    I can not imagine commuting 5 days a week to Hammond – so the choice was foregone as explained by you.

    good luck with it all.


  3. Craig (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    It’ll be good to get the Northshore perspective. Glad you’re back writing again.


  4. Scott (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    Metroblogging Hammond ? No, stop him before he implodes !


  5. Laurie (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:11 pm

    Traitor!!

    Com’n from me that doesn’t mean much

    I don’t live there either.

    Don’t stop blogging though.

    :D

    Laurie


  6. Paul Murphy (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    I do feel a bit like a traitor. But I promise to come back!


  7. Craig (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

    We spent a bit of time in Hammond today, visiting a would-be client downtown. Looks like they’re in, so we’ll likely be back soon.

    We were impressed with the town. Looks like a nice place.



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