How many times have you moved?

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    Nov 21, 2015 2:41 AM GMT
    Whether you are young, older, love it, hate it or forced to, moving is quite stressful in most circumstances. Other than having a airline career or military career, where most people are required to move around as part of the industry or job, moving is very unsettling. Some die hard people, who are attached to their family, friends, neighbors and neighborhoods, never move at all.

    Growing up, at least in my day, most of us couldn't wait to move out of our parents or childhood home due to, of course, the many restrictions place upon us. Then later on in life, become a "boomer rang child" forced to return

    As I am a bit older, I probably have a lot more life time moves than a lot of you RJ's. Since leaving the house I grew up in as a kid at age 18, I have moved 12 times. By move I mean, your basic moving van loaded with the "stuff" you continue to acquire. For some younger movers, the amount of "stuff" maybe limited. (yes, you can include college dorm life as a move in, out).

    Somewhere around the 8th to 9th move, I injured my back lifting boxes, which is typical for 30 something that over does it. I was always a DIY mover but now, I can no longer move myself, I would have to hire movers.

    Whatever your life's circumstances, your career, your family, in todays economy, one must adjust to changing times which includes moving. So much of our lives revolve around money and attaining wealth. The days of leave it to beaver, the 30 year mortgage and pension are gone for the most part. You don't have much of a choice these days, staying put.

    Personally, I hate moving especially after I injured my back (I did back to back moves, one for me and one for a friend). Life just doesn't stay the same. I wonder if there is a correlation between the number of jobs one has had to the number of moves one has done.

    I look forward to retirement for this reason but who knows, now a days, even in retirement, life does not guarantee you one place to live out your golden years, just hope that one place is not a nursing home. And then there are those who say fuck it, buy a travel trailer as a "permanent home" and choose to live the, on the road, bohemian lifestyle.

    Moving gets much more difficult as you get older and I dread my next one. I got too comfortable the last 12 years in one place icon_sad.gif

  • Webster666

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    Nov 21, 2015 2:50 AM GMT
    I have moved 11 times, throwing away plenty of stuff, along the way...
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    Nov 21, 2015 2:53 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidI have moved 11 times, throwing away plenty of stuff, along the way...



    That's the hardest part isn't it? Getting rid of "stuff", those dreaded yard sales icon_lol.gif

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    Nov 21, 2015 3:24 AM GMT
    I never moved until I was 20, living in my family home. Then I voluntarily joined the Army. I moved 19 times during my career and afterwards, maybe more, I may have forgotten a few. I abandoned the idea of having any permanence in my life.
  • metta

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    Nov 21, 2015 3:50 AM GMT
    4. From my parent's first home, to their next home. From that home to college. From college to back to my parents home due to my father passing away and then I changed colleges to a local college. Then to my own home.

    I don't like to move around a lot. I like stability. I do think that I will move from the home I'm in now (to downsize), but I'm hoping that next move will be the last. All the costs of moving get expensive: cost of selling a home, moving expenses, remodeling/decorating the new place, etc.
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    Nov 21, 2015 4:29 AM GMT
    metta said4. From my parent's first home, to their next home. From that home to college. From college to back to my parents home due to my father passing away and then I changed colleges to a local college. Then to my own home.

    I don't like to move around a lot. I like stability. I do think that I will move from the home I'm in now (to downsize), but I'm hoping that next move will be the last. All the costs of moving get expensive: cost of selling a home, moving expenses, remodeling/decorating the new place, etc.




    Yeah, well, we all like stability in our lives, at least that is the way it used to be. I blame it on somewhere between greedy corporate america and the republican party ghosts of past, present and future. Nothing in present day life is guaranteed or stable anymore.

    At the present time in my life, I rather enjoy being completely debt free and out of the slave driver clutches. Cash Is King icon_cool.gif
  • metta

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    Nov 21, 2015 4:53 AM GMT
    I grew up with parents that told me to never rent. They said it was like throwing money away. The only time I rented was when I was at the first University I went to and the rent was tiny...tiny...tiny.....$70/month, including utilities. UCI used to have a trailer park on campus and the monthly fees were used to just pay for their utilities and pay payments on the small loan they had on building the park. So I just dragged my parents 30 foot trailer down there and I had my own living room, kitchen, full bath and bedroom. Way bigger than any dorm room that I saw. So my father past away and I moved back home and stayed with my mom longer than most would. I'm very thankful that my mom let me do that. I felt bad about leaving my mom alone. But I did eventually move and it gave me time to save money for a down payment my own home, being self employed, it required a minimum of 20% at that time.
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    Nov 21, 2015 5:06 AM GMT
    About three times total in my lifetime. I've been in the same place since 1999.
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    Nov 21, 2015 5:46 AM GMT
    For my current job, I'm at a different location every 3 to 6 months. Loving it so far! Awesome way to see the country.
  • SilverRRCloud

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    Nov 21, 2015 5:47 AM GMT
    More than a dozen times.

    If you want to have the things you have never had before, i.e., live the life you have never lived before - you have got to do the things you have never done before.

    I understood this a very long time agoicon_biggrin.gif. So, I never developed any feelings towards whatever was needed for me to get what I wanted.

    Yup. I had to/choose to move a few times.

    I had to get up at 3am on a few days to catch an early flight to work. And I often landed well past midnight on my way back home from work.

    At times, I was clocking 12-14-16 hours days, too. And at times, it meant being out there in beastly weather, too.

    The list rolls on and on...

    But, I called the shots, I was setting/agreeing to the price tags attached, and I always made sure that all the effort I had to put in paid off rich dividends.

    It is all good. Absolutely no regrets. A guy has got to do what a guy has got to do...

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    Nov 21, 2015 10:59 AM GMT
    I moved some when I was young, or more like I was jumping from place to place, now Ive been in the same house for 12+ years.
  • qd2009

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    Nov 21, 2015 11:51 AM GMT
    Orange, TX [1985-?]
    ?, TX [?-1989]
    The Woodlands, TX [1989-1992]
    La Fresneda, Asturias Spain [1992-1993]
    Soto de Llanera, Asturias, Spain [1993-1994]
    Gijón, Asturias, Spain [1994-1997]
    River Valley Rd, Singapore [1997-1999]
    Leonie Hill Rd, Singapore [1999-2000]
    Wilmington, DE [2000-2003]
    Houston, TX [2003-2007]
    Madison, WI [2007-2013]
    Heidelberg, BW, Germany [2013-2016]

    Moved 11 times in my life. Result: no close childhood friends. But: unique perspective of the world.
  • MarvinMartian

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    Nov 21, 2015 1:34 PM GMT
    We moved to the States from London in 2013 because my husband works for a London-based multinational and they decided in their imperial wisdom to assign him to the US head office in Richmond for three years. Living here is more of a culture shock than I realised. Looking forward to going home in 2016, unless they extend his servitude.
  • jeepguySD

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    Nov 21, 2015 3:44 PM GMT
    I've moved six times as an adult, but moved literally dozens of times as a child. I changed elementary schools 36 times. We moved every few months because of my father's job.
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    Nov 21, 2015 5:27 PM GMT
    Probably a dozen times or so, but the family farm was always there in the background as "home base." Every time, I thought back to college days, when everything I owned could fit in one foot-locker and one duffle bag. Then things got a little out of hand...

    LOL. I still have that foot locker. Now it's full of porn icon_lol.gif

    For part of my career (which seems to have petered out for now?) I mobilized and de-mobilized field operations to remote parts of the world. Packed and shipped everything needed to live and work for months at a time, sometimes with no outside support. That was so difficult and exhausting, sometimes it was hard to believe that once the operation was set up, it was time to start working.
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    Nov 21, 2015 5:36 PM GMT
    at least 21 times. between 5 states. seven of the moves have been my own. I'm 31. family job transfers, me moving for two different schools, plus a mother that got tired of a house after a year while i was growing up. she's been in the same house now for about 4 years, which is astonishing. i guess it is stressful - and some of my moves have been more stressful than others...but i'm mostly used to it by now.
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    Nov 21, 2015 6:19 PM GMT
    left Buffalo NY as soon as i graduated and moved to:
    Columbus OH 4yr
    Tucson AZ 10yr
    Albuquerque NM 4yr
    Denver CO 20yr
  • tazzari

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    Nov 21, 2015 6:24 PM GMT
    Once, out of Mom & Dad's to where I am now. Plus a cabin in Canada. My work as a ski tech called for a ton of travel, up to 8 months, so it was always nice to have a "nest" to come back to with all my books and CD's and stuff. I doubt I'll ever move again, partly because my friends and community are here, partly because I plan on a lot of travel - the non-business kind! - and Seattle is still a great place to base out of.

    I may buy a few acres and a simple cabin over on the "dry side" for an escape, but that's not the same as moving.
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    Nov 21, 2015 6:56 PM GMT
    I haven't moved all that much. Only a few childhood homes in the Bay Area of California. Then, living in a college dorm for a year, and my fraternity for three years.

    Then - two apartments (while I saved up for my first house). I've had six houses. I bought one house after another, upgrading each time and doing a lot of improvements on each one in order to increase my profit at selling time.

    So for my age, I've moved less than some, more than others.
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    Nov 21, 2015 6:59 PM GMT
    About 6-7 times now, I moved in about every 3-4 years, living in Orange County to Los Angeles to San Jose to San Francisco and soon now I think I'm moving soon out to Costa Mesa/Newport Beach area. icon_smile.gif

    But yeah mostly I stay in Cali, haven't lived oversea or out of state yet. Don't want to really, I'll just visit foreign countries and other states.

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    Nov 21, 2015 10:54 PM GMT
    from birth to graduation from college there were six moves. Post college there have been 11 moves. Some of those were just me getting older and able to afford bigger/nicer places, others were related to my moving for grad school. Any future moves will be career related rather than upgrading.
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    Nov 21, 2015 10:54 PM GMT
    Several times since I was born in Venezuela and then my father's work in Central and Latin America eventually coming to the States. My mother being a US citizen met my father in Venezuela and they got married -My Dad being Scottish decent he is from Barbados. So at early stage because of my Dad's work we always had 4 years on a specific country and then it was pack and moved.

    Your right ELNathB about the packing, and getting ready of stuff was always on our minds of yards sales, etc. In a sense, it mades us live in those 4 years in view that we knew we had sort of a life expectancy of 4 years and made the most in each country, since then it was like re-setting the clock and starting all over. On our holidays and vacations our Dad was the explorer so we always made the most of it, I recalled one time living in San Jose, Costa Rica my Dad wanted to travel to Panama City via the Pan America Highway, well in a 4-door blue Fiat with 3 kids including myself, it was quite the adventure. I made quite good friends, but of course those faded after I moved...with the exception of a good friend that lives in San Jose, Costa Rica and even to this day we have kept in touch.

    Once I finished high school in Miami, FL, then moved to Jacksonville, FL for college and eventually then moved to Southern California, then New Jersey, and then back to Northern California for work. You are right as I become older is becoming more difficult to just pack and move. I just want to be in one place and settle, but sometimes it depends on the job.
  • Nakedman1969

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    Nov 21, 2015 10:56 PM GMT
    I have moved about 20-30 in my lifetime. In 1980 my mom married a guy from Florida so I had to move there lived down there for 15 and half years then moved back to Indiana in 1995. Moved to different houses in between years.
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    Nov 22, 2015 4:32 AM GMT
    I'm an AF brat so I moved a lot when I was a kid. I've lived in foreign countries and all over the US. We even moved a few times after my dad retired from the AF. Then I went to school in California, moved back home, and lived in Japan for a short while. All that constant moving had its psychological effect on me. I don't really start to come out of my "shell" until a few months after meeting and hanging out with people. I guess it was my way of bracing myself for each move--why bother making friends if you'll leave them behind soon? The guy I'm currently dating told me today that he's seeing more and more of my personality come out and he's liking it. We've been seeing each other for two months now.

    I'm always envious of people that have lived in one area their whole lives. They have this connection to a place and the memories associated with that place. I have a good friend that I visit in SD once in a while and when we travel around SD he has a little story for each place.

    On another note, this year alone I've moved three times. I was in Orlando at the beginning of the year, then Seattle, now I'm back in California. Hopefully, I'm here to stay.
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    Nov 22, 2015 5:33 PM GMT
    5 times ..