James: “I want culture shock.”
Brian: “There’s a job in Minnesota I can apply to.”
James: “Where’s Minnesota?”
Brian: “It’s Canada-lite.”
James: “I can dig it.”
er, at least the conversation when something like that.
Brian, my boyfriend and the human-love of my life, finished his graduate degree back home in southern Louisiana. I had lived no more than an hour away from the Lafayette, LA, area for my entire life (29 years). I wanted something DIFFERENT. everyone talks about how great Louisiana is, how wonderful the south is, et cetera, et cetera. well, I had no clue about what the hell they were talking, because I never knew anything different. so I was honest when he asked where he should look for a job: anywhere that was different from here.
he applied to a few different places all over the country. a company in Minnesota picked him up. he works as a mathematician for a company that creates video casino games. I’m not at liberty to say much more than that. but yeah, it’s kind of a cool job to admit having. 🙂
we had les than two weeks to pack everything up and relocate our entire lives over 2000 miles away (thanks to the COUNTLESS people who helped!). my last day of work at my favourite job ever (I was a librarian at South Louisiana Community College) was July 29th or so. it was two-day drive. my father (a professional freight driver) and my mother (pseudo-professional packer-and-mover, lol) join the ride with Brian, my 20-pound cat Zero, and me, along with a full-sized truck and a large cargo van full of so much shit.
August 1, 2015 — we officially lived in Minnesota.
What the Fuck Is This Place??
it’s been five months that we’ve been here. and Brian did a good job — there had been some fucking culture shock up in this bitch!
between the strange accents, the ground changing vertically, the crappy food (sorry, MN — I’m from Cajun country!), the bizarre words they use for things, the weather dropping balls of ice from the sky, the apartments thinking they are hotels, the existence of actual sidewalks, the bike-friendly atmosphere, and wide variety of seasonal sports — well, I’m in a whole new land! and I love it.
using the category “Minnesota Maddness“, I plan to start reporting my adventures and discoveries — both good and bad –, in my blog.
for those who are not interested in reading about my other struggles and interests, feel free to follow only the aforementioned category. seriously, I won’t be offended. I don’t read half the shit I write, so why would I expect anyone else to? 😉
so yeah. may the temperatures ever be in my favour.