Before you read about it in the newspaper, I'd like to announce that the home office, (and the writer), of "Things I've Noticed" are moving to somewhere in the Minneapolis metro area. I know it's hard to believe that after almost 14 years of this car guy living in the Motor City, I'll actually be leaving. Even though it will be nice to remain in the great Midwest, I'll also have to accept that I'll be moving further from my family in the Cleveland area. It was a tough decision, but I felt as though it was time to make a move in my career. I have to get more out of my University of Michigan MBA and all those years of experience that I've managed to string together. I'll be doing product management work for a smaller company whose name I won't mention. I'm excited to be going to a new town that's in better shape economically, but it's sad leaving the Detroit area which I have grown to love. It's depressing how hard our local economy has been hit. Let's all just buy cars from the Big Three and help turn this town around. Anyway, I've heard that Minneapolis is a fun town with some beautiful areas (and lots of blonds which isn't a bad thing). I don't mind snow, but the extreme cold will take a bit of getting used to. I will be buying a nice warm coat as soon as I get there. I heard there's no sales tax on clothes there.
In addition to leaving the aspects of the Detroit area that I like, (such as areas like Birmingham, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Ann Arbor, great ethnic food in the suburbs, being in the heart of the auto industry), I'll also be leaving friends, coworkers, and soccer and volleyball teammates that I've played with for years. It's all starting to sink in. I don't really know anybody in Minneapolis, but some of my friends have already introduced me to people there. It will be time to get used to new roads, new grocery stores, local culture, drivers, news broadcasts, and new friends. It seems like a big deal to me because I haven't moved much in my lifetime, but to others, it's no big deal. Anyway, if any of my subscribers are from Minneapolis, drop me a line.
Now it's time to get to looking for apartments on line. Prime candidates for apartment locations are St. Louis Park, and Hopkins.