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    Posted: Jun/30/2009 at 6:19am
I've begun the early stages of planning this.  I'm targeting next spring/summer.  Gives me a year to save money, find work, sell my stuff, etc.

Depending on the date for bruizzapalooza, i will be coming out to CO for a week in January (Ideally, during SIA) to get some job interviews, and scope out the lay of the land.

Just wanted to voice this somewhere, and have a reference point to talk to the locals about it.

Super stoked about this, aside from having to breakup with the girlfriend.
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I'm sure Colorado thanks you for the warning.
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Wow man you have decided to come over to the dark side.  Feel free to ask any questions you have and we will try and answer them best we can.
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Yeah, figure they need time to emotionally prepare for the awesome.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2009 at 6:31am
Originally posted by BRUIZZA

Wow man you have decided to come over to the dark side.  Feel free to ask any questions you have and we will try and answer them best we can.

Yeah, it's time.  Need a change. 28 years in one city/seaboard is enough.

Not close enough for questions yet.  I'm going to target living in golden if I can find work there, seems to be a good location.  20 minutes from denver, and an hour and change from breck.  Probably the best location for quick shredding and job oppurtunities in the same spot.

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Golden is a nice little area, home to the Coors Brewery. 
 
Edit:  Definitely try to live close to work, if you can.  Commuting is to be avoided at all costs unless you have an abnormal work schedule.
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Either that or i'll just move in with bru & pep and we can shoot a reality show at the shenanigans that will commence. LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2009 at 6:46am
Originally posted by mattaleao

Either that or i'll just move in with bru & pep and we can shoot a reality show at the shenanigans that will commence. LOL


I didn't know they had a ghey porn channel that had reality shows. Maybe you are just trying to be groundbreaking?
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Originally posted by mattaleao

Either that or i'll just move in with bru & pep and we can shoot a reality show at the shenanigans that will commence. LOL


I didn't know they had a ghey porn channel that had reality shows. Maybe you are just trying to be groundbreaking?

Yeah, maybe we'll even launch a channel dedicated to "gheyness"
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2009 at 7:05am
I'll second the live close to work thing.  Golden is nice but finding a job close by can be a pain.  Downtown and the Tech Center have the lion's share of jobs in the metro.  At least the career oriented ones.  Living on the far side of the metro from the mountains will add 15-20 minutes to your drive at most.  Unless you try really hard to live in them most remote spot there.  And why would you do that?
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Nah, i'm still a city kid at heart so i'm down with living in denver if need be, I just dont want to be driving 2 hours to the mountain 3-4x a week. That's all.
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Are you really breaking up with your girl to move out there?
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I am jealous Cry
 
Bru - he has already turned to the darkside, he already rides burton Wink
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Pep works in Golden.  I used to live on the SE side of Denver and it took me ~1.5 hours to get to the mountain.  I now live on the NW side of Denver and it takes me ~1.5 hours to get to the mountain.
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I suppose 1.5 hours isn't too bad.  I drive about an hour right now.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2009 at 7:24am
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I am jealous Cry
 
Bru - he has already turned to the darkside, he already rides burton Wink

No I don't.  I sold all my burton gear after my trip to Utah.  Never again.

I do enjoy analog's outerwear though.
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Are you really breaking up with your girl to move out there?

Yeah, going to have to.  She's starting grad school and I wouldn't ask her to move anyways, that isn't fair.
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I think about doing this every year and I never do it.  Will you be moving by yourself? 
That is what always stops me along with leaving my career.  Maybe one of these days I will actually do it before I get to old.
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I think about doing this every year and I never do it.  Will you be moving by yourself? 
That is what always stops me along with leaving my career.  Maybe one of these days I will actually do it before I get to old.

Yeah, most likely.  I have a couple friends in CO springs already, plus some snowboarding contacts i've made, so that will help the transition.

The girlfriend & the Job are the hardest parts, I have a really good job.
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Good Luck to you, make sure you're not leaving yourself with a huge "What if" moment.
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I knew like 1 person when I moved to Colorado and I barely knew her.  Picking up and moving across the country to a place where I really didn't know anyone was one of the best experiences of my life.
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Originally posted by Phatman

Good Luck to you, make sure you're not leaving yourself with a huge "What if" moment.

What do you mean?
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Originally posted by BRUIZZA

I knew like 1 person when I moved to Colorado and I barely knew her.  Picking up and moving across the country to a place where I really didn't know anyone was one of the best experiences of my life.

Yeah, I feel like it will be the same for me.  I anticipate it being extremely cathartic.
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I mean leaving a good job you like, and leaving your girl, doing 1 by itself would be a huge change, then throw in that you're going to a completely different side of the country. You're taking all thats familiar in your life and tossing it aside. I'm not trying to discourage you, just saying it needs some very serious thought, because you don't want to get 5 years down the road and wonder, 'What if". 
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Originally posted by Phatman

I mean leaving a good job you like, and leaving your girl, doing 1 by itself would be a huge change, then throw in that you're going to a completely different side of the country. You're taking all thats familiar in your life and tossing it aside. I'm not trying to discourage you, just saying it needs some very serious thought, because you don't want to get 5 years down the road and wonder, 'What if". 

Well, thats why im doing it in a year, and not in 3 months :]

As far as down the line, unless something crazy happens (meet someone out there, buy a house, etc) i'm not going to stay out there for life.  I'm an east coast person by nature, and initially i only plan to go out there for 2-3 years and then i'll come back.

Of course, if I end up loving it, i'll stay.
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Like I said, not trying to discourage you. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2009 at 8:12am
Congrats on the move decision!

When I moved to CO I only knew 1 person as well and eventually found my own group of friends after time so it does get better.  I visited a month before I moved out and that was it, still living here 3 years later.

January is a good time to visit with good riding, SIA is crazy busy so not sure if you plan to attend or just want to be around at the same time. 
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Congrats on the move decision!

When I moved to CO I only knew 1 person as well and eventually found my own group of friends after time so it does get better.  I visited a month before I moved out and that was it, still living here 3 years later.

January is a good time to visit with good riding, SIA is crazy busy so not sure if you plan to attend or just want to be around at the same time. 

A little of both. Few days of crazyness, few days of responsible stuff. LOL

Yeah, the thought of the move is absolutely so much to fathom.  I'm probably just going to sell everything and drive out there with a uhaul-trailer attached to my car.
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That is one hell of a drive.  I think it was 1700 miles for pep coming from the DC area so it is going to be pushing 2000 for you.
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Its 1726, actually.
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That isn't too bad.  He did it in 2 days but if you are going to pull a trailer I would maybe take 3 days.  
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That isn't too bad.  He did it in 2 days but if you are going to pull a trailer I would maybe take 3 days.  

Yeah i'd make a weekend out of it most likely.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2009 at 10:27am
Hmm, not trying to change your decision, but seems like you're leaving your great job and breaking up with your girlfriend to move to CO to mainly snowboard. There's probably a better reason, so I'm possibly wrong. LOL
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To the great job:  Do what makes you happy in life, don't prioritize $.

To the girlfriend:  no comment
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No, I've been wanting to move for the last year.  When my buddy moved to San Diego last year I almost went with him, but I had just met current girlfriend at the time and wanted to give it a shot.

I've given it a year, and I still want a location change.  Snowboarding is making me pick colorado, but i was still going to move out west for one reason or another.
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Originally posted by mattaleao

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I am jealous Cry
 
Bru - he has already turned to the darkside, he already rides burton Wink

No I don't.  I sold all my burton gear after my trip to Utah.  Never again.

I do enjoy analog's outerwear though.
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If you have been flirting with moving for a year already might as well pick up and do it while you are still young, and before something ties you to Philly you can't get out of.
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I mean leaving a good job you like, and leaving your girl, doing 1 by itself would be a huge change, then throw in that you're going to a completely different side of the country. You're taking all thats familiar in your life and tossing it aside. I'm not trying to discourage you, just saying it needs some very serious thought, because you don't want to get 5 years down the road and wonder, 'What if". 

Well, thats why im doing it in a year, and not in 3 months :]

As far as down the line, unless something crazy happens (meet someone out there, buy a house, etc) i'm not going to stay out there for life.  I'm an east coast person by nature, and initially i only plan to go out there for 2-3 years and then i'll come back.

Of course, if I end up loving it, i'll stay.
 
I did the move from Chicago to New Zealand...that was intense not knowing a single soul down here, but I'm so glad I did it.  The most unfortunate part is that the mountain is FOUR hours away, but that'd be the same drive up to the best "mountain" in the midwest in Wisconsin.  Luckily enough that you'll still be able to the grocery store and still get Kraft Mac'n Cheese, actual baby back ribs, and portion sizes that feel fulfilling.
 
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I did the drive with a uhaul from WA and took 3 days with 2 dogs at the time.  It was rad moving and not knowing what would happen.  

I think like most of us there's always what if's.  For me, I can't imagine if I hadn't tried Colorado and what if I had stayed in Washington, my life would be completely different.  But I can say I'm damn happy I moved out and tried it.  Took the chance and can always go back if I want to.  

Jobs come and go, find something, someone, some place that makes you happy.  

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Not yet shay, our birthdays are next weekend and I've had a trip to manhattan planned for awhile, so we're going to do that and then im going to tie up some loose ends with some things, and then i'll discuss it with her at the end of july most likely.

I'm looking forward to not knowing what's going to happen.  I mean, I will likely have a job lined up before I head out, but even if I don't it could be fun to work crap jobs until I find one in my field.
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This is awesome because I plan to do the same after I finish grad school (depending on whether I get accepted Tongue).  I'll track this thread for helpful tips and such.  Man... good luck with this.  What type of job are you aiming to find?  What kind of industry/career opportunities are big in CO?
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Engineering, developing/programming, anything in the financial industry, and food service, are all pretty big out here
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IT.

I'm  a senior windows/sql server admin.  I've been browsing the tech websites and there seems to be a lot of administration jobs available in denver & golden.  I'm not too concerned, I've been in the industry for 10 years, and I have a pretty good resume so I shouldn't have too much trouble.

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Boulder/Broomfield is a huge area for that stuff too.  Just a tip.  
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I'll start job hunting in December or January.  It's tough to find places that don't want you within 2 weeks of hiring, so that will be the real challenge.
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Yeah sounds like you'll have no problem finding a job.   

Definitely having one before you move makes it easier but it's not the end of the world if you don't get one till you get out here.  I moved without a job or home and crashed for 2 weeks before getting a rental and then the job came right after.  
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Yeah sounds like you'll have no problem finding a job.   

Definitely having one before you move makes it easier but it's not the end of the world if you don't get one till you get out here.  I moved without a job or home and crashed for 2 weeks before getting a rental and then the job came right after.  

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Yeah sounds like you'll have no problem finding a job.   

Definitely having one before you move makes it easier but it's not the end of the world if you don't get one till you get out here.  I moved without a job or home and crashed for 2 weeks before getting a rental and then the job came right after.  


You sure are braver than I am.  I'd never consider moving anywhere without a job on lock first.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/01/2009 at 6:20pm
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I've begun the early stages of planning this.  I'm targeting next spring/summer.  Gives me a year to save money, find work, sell my stuff, etc.

Depending on the date for bruizzapalooza, i will be coming out to CO for a week in January (Ideally, during SIA) to get some job interviews, and scope out the lay of the land.

Just wanted to voice this somewhere, and have a reference point to talk to the locals about it.

Super stoked about this, aside from having to breakup with the girlfriend.
having been to denver 20+ times and philly the same(Including dating a girl who lived on the Main line for a while) I can safely say:
 
Denver > philly in almost every aspect.
 
Denver: - Lower cost of living
              - Cleaner
               -safer
                - Less traffic
                - More outdoor recreational activities
                - Better weather
                -generally Colorado folk are much friendlier than east coasters.
 ---Overall, denver offers a lower stress level and a better overall quality of life.
 
Philly is by no means a hell-hole, but the Liberty bell is a huge disapointment in person(its small) and every one of my friends who has moved west has said it's the best move they've ever made.
 
fyi---Trust me, there are PLENTY of women in Riverside and the Highlands downtown Denver that you'd be MORe than happy with.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/01/2009 at 8:25pm
Originally posted by mattaleao

I've begun the early stages of planning this.  I'm targeting next spring/summer.  Gives me a year to save money, find work, sell my stuff, etc.

Depending on the date for bruizzapalooza, i will be coming out to CO for a week in January (Ideally, during SIA) to get some job interviews, and scope out the lay of the land.

Just wanted to voice this somewhere, and have a reference point to talk to the locals about it.

Super stoked about this, aside from having to breakup with the girlfriend.

Yeah my only advice is dont just jump into moving to CO try to plan it well and make sure you dont have any important factors missing, such as having a job. Trust me my cousin moved to San Fran right before the economy crashed, didnt have a job and then she had to move back to Boston because no one was hiring.

im not trying to sound like an ass or anything just make sure that your not going to have to give up everything and then end up having to move back.

But if and when you move to CO your going to love it. COs full of outdoor stuff and not to mention CO has great snow. Big smile
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