I Did the Unthinkable
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**