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09 April 2009 @ 10:54 pm
No holiday tomorrow and semi-serious soul searching brought to you courtesy of Facebook. ;)  
The stock market, annuity & mutual fund companies, AND our clearing firm are all closed tomorrow, yet we don't have Good Friday off. :P It makes very little sense, but I guess the one good thing that I can look forward to in all of this is good traffic tomorrow (and I'm not leaving the office so I can wear jeans to work...) :) It's amazing what a small thing like casual day can do for morale in our office. :D

I've been spending entirely too much time on Facebook tonight. :P It began by me bemoaning my need to be in LA this weekend (and the weekend of the 26th) for ahem... rather Michael reasons... and it turned into a pretty serious discussion of a talk that Mark & I have been having for the last five or so years...

Which is the talk about us one day moving back to California.

Very little of my desire back then was as trivial as "the theatre is SO good there!" but it was more trying to find employment opportunities for both of us that would allow us to do what we loved doing... Mark is pretty stuck at his job here... there's really no room for advancement for him and with the economy the way it is, small companies like his suffer the most. :P In Hawaii, graphic design jobs are not that easy to come by... You can either work for a marketing firm or a printing company and even then, there aren't many of those here.

I once looked online for graphic design job opportunities for Mark when he was particularly frustrated with work and found a great deal of opportunity in the LA area. Of course, as far as my job goes, I don't think that I'd remain in the same field if we ever decided to move. I don't see myself being able to manage brokers in a place like LA... I've stayed where I am because of the people I work with,... if I ever left my job, it wouldn't be for one just like it somewhere else...

Of course, on the other side of things, my job here is a very good one... we have a home with a mortgage... our family is all here and... by and large we love it here. We're also getting older (AHEM!!) and when moving seemed like an option 5 years ago, now it seems so much harder because of the roots we've grown. But even with all of that, it hasn't stopped us from considering the possibility more than once throughout the years.

I joke about theatre and the need to be nearby all of it, but really, all the talks about this that Mark & I have ever had (serious or otherwise) have been about job opportunities and the limited-ness of the islands... all that talk on Facebook (which started as a pretty trivial thing) brought all those memories back.
 
 
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Regina Phalangethunder_pants on April 10th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I would love for you to live in the same state as me. :) I had forgotten that you lived in CA before.

But yeah, lots and lots to think about. What field would you move into if you left your current one? You really, really need to be working at a theatre. Seriously.
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on April 11th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
I would LOVE to live in the same state as you! Seriously, we have to meet up one day for Starbucks or something. Mark & I will be in Sacramento in May -- so close to you!!

And about the whole moving thing, I really have no idea what I'd do if I wasn't in the financial field. It's really all I know how to do... To be quite realistic, it would be the best opportunity I would have, having all my licenses and experience in that field... :P
Regina Phalangethunder_pants on April 11th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
ooh! When in May will you be in Sacramento? I'd love to see you - since it's SO close to here. Maybe we can work something out to when we could meet up.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
We'll be there over Memorial Day weekend for a wedding. I think we fly in late Friday night, have Saturday morning and day free, have the wedding on Saturday evening, then on Sunday we plan to drive out to Lake Tahoe and we leave on Monday. We'd love to see you!! :) Please let me know if you're free for a quick bite to eat or coffee or something. :)
Regina Phalangethunder_pants on April 11th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh! Maybe we can meet up then. I haven't been in Sac since last summer. Maybe we can plan something for early afternoon/late morning that Saturday. It's about a 2 hour drive from here. I'd love for Joe to meet Mark too since they are so alike - so hopefully Joe would go.

I really would love to see you. I want to try to make this happen. :)
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on April 11th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely!! Hope it works out and we can meet up! I would love for Mark to meet Joe too!! :)
there would never be anyone for me but you: us with jakejessnic85 on April 10th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Well, we certainly wouldn't complain about having you in the same time zone as us! :)

It really is a lot to think about and consider, though. I especially understand not wanting to be away from your families. I know that our time away at OSU was one of the hardest years of our lives, and it was mostly because we missed home so much. But sometimes risks and changes do pay off, and a move might end up being the best decision you could make. I'm not being much help here, am I? ;)

And I still think you should go looking for a job that would pay you to do nothing but watch shows (and not even have to write reviews for them)... :D

--Jess

Edited at 2009-04-10 08:48 pm (UTC)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 11th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
One of the reasons I initially moved back home to Hawaii was because my father passed away and it was just my Mom by herself... Here I call her everyday and if she doesn't answer her phone, I drive to her house (which is 15 minutes from my office) to make sure she's okay... And I've done it several times, too! I would worry too much about her if we ever decided to move...

Though homesick is something that I'm sadly not... I've lived in California for years... sometimes it feels more like I'm homesick for LA... :P

And what a perfect job it would be for someone to pay me to travel around and watch shows. :) And yes, not have to write reviews! Finally, something I'm qualified to do (I'm HIGHLY qualified to watch shows, not write reviews or anything...) ;)

Edited at 2009-04-11 06:56 am (UTC)
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on April 12th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Look at me, I moved to California from Japan, with no family member around me, and no plan for the future (except marrying my husband LOL), and 20 yrs later, I'm doing fine and happy. For the first few years I got homesick but now, this is my home. And I can Skype with my parents a few times a week, and visit them once a year.

So if there's an opportunity, I'd say seize it and make the move! I'm sure you've done "pros and cons" list and the job market may be tighter, but if pros outweighs cons, then you should be ready to move with any short notice. Good luck!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on April 13th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
I totally admire folks like you who just take a chance like you have! And I agree - the choice is totally mine (and Mark's) and it's fortunate that we have a choice!

Part of what keeps us from seriously thinking about this is being set in our ways here... Mark more than me perhaps. He doesn't deal well with change of any sort, but he also knows about the job market here and knows that he needs to think of a plan B when it comes to his company...

Thanks so much for your comment, though. I think this will be an on-going discussion between the two of us for some time...
Tony: triquetradudepower1982 on May 3rd, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
(Hi Sheri, just catching up belatedly with entries...)

First, the cons: the earthquakes (which everyone seems to be speculating will get worse -- I guess they have access to a hidden crystal ball that I haven't been able to tap into), the massive budget deficit, the ridiculous sales tax (and Villaraigosa is sneakily trying to raise it even HIGHER), and the terrible accident-creating drivers.

The pros: all the shows you love in L.A., of course; and probably a larger commercial market and job pool than in Hawaii. Although I can't speak directly to the job markets for the specific fields you and Mark might seek employment in (my desired field is highly specialized, so I won't comment on THAT here).

Another factor you and Mark should consider is the cost of flights. Do you think you'd spend more $$$, in a given year, making constant trips from Hawaii to California to see shows, or would you spend more making constant trips from California to Hawaii to visit family/friends on the islands?