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Looking for a little guidance
« on: June 02, 2009, 10:47:08 pm »

Hi guys. My fiance and I are planning on moving sometime in a years time (after the wedding). We currently live in Florida, and are looking for a reset button for our lives. A chance to completely get away and start all over. I came across the FSP while in college with the Libertarian club, and came back recently thinking why not. I want to get active in politics, but let's just say that my family has a reputation down here locally and it's hard to be an individual. Not to mention the job market down here isn't exactly booming.

- I'm 23, she is 24, and we are looking to have kids soon. I have a B.S. in Biomedical sciences (technically a chemistry degree, but really more biology) as well as a B.A. in German. I'm also a Nationally Registered EMT with experience in EMS. I'm looking to start a career in just about anything. I would like to find a nice job with a good salary (30k is good where I'm from, not sure what's good up there) that has potential to make a career of. I'd like to find something where I can use my degrees and/or my experience. I've also got political campaigning experience. Also wouldn't mind going to grad school if tuition reimbursement is provided.

- We need a place to call home. I was eying the seacoast region, maybe Brentwood or somewhere else in Rockingham. I live near the beach currently so it would be familiar. From what I've researched on Keene I don't think that's a good fit for me, nor is Manchester/Nashua proper. My ideal place is a reasonable house on an acre or so of land. I'm sick of the heat but don't want to go arctic. If I have to live in a manufactured home for a while to get established then fine.

Basically I want a place where I can live my life, invite friends over to go shooting or whatever, and not really be bothered. The politics down here (being such a political battleground) is horrible on the national, state and local levels to the point where it's exhausting. Especially so since I work for the government (gasp! I know). Sadly there's not a lot of private EMS work out there. I did the carnival-kazoo protest stuff (to quote Max) throughout college with the LP until we had a falling out over the importance of the title "Libertarian" and other petty stuff. I was tired of being told I had no principles because I was willing to compromise to create a net positive political movement. I'd rather not slam my head against a wall shouting "freedom" if it's not going anywhere. I don't want to lose as a Libertarian and then claim my self-righteousness because I'm now sitting at home with principles.

But enough of my ranting. I want to be quietly involved in politics, see some nature, work within the system, stay out of jail, stay off the front page, make some babies and just live life. She's a bit more brash (she's making friends and enemies at work with her socialism rants whereas I just tell people I voted Ron Paul so they leave me alone ;)) but overall wants to settle down as well. She grew up in the rural parts of Florida (horses and all) so she's got the experience edge there.

So here is my plea: I need some help getting things in order. Probably the hardest thing is going to be explaining to our families why we are leaving. We've both had significant deaths recently in our families, and don't want to be the straw that breaks the family apart. We've been together 8 years (yes, I know. It's a long story) and been through a lot of stuff together down here. Just really wanting to reboot and start our lives together. Anyone else had this issue?

Secondly, are there any good career counselors up there that would be willing to work over email or phone with me? I work the graveyard shift now (another thing I hate down here - too hot for me to work days) and have a hard time readjusting to normal business hours. I guess I could go to one down here, but might as well look up there too. I really have no idea what I want to do with my life career-wise, except that maybe one day getting back involved with government.

Third, any suggestions for going from a suburban Florida life to a more rural NH life? I'm used to city life, although I suppose being close to Boston that won't really change too much.

I'm a very adaptable person - I can fit myself into any situation with relative ease. Unfortunately that means I have a hard time figuring out what situation I want to find myself in. I'm sort of stuck on where I can afford (house and commute) to live until I find a job, and I can't find a job until I know where to look and what I'm looking for.

Thanks guys! I can't get off work for Porcfest, but we will be making a fact-finding (and sightseeing) trip up there later this year.
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Re: Looking for a little guidance
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 11:14:23 pm »

Welcome!  It looks like you'll fit in well around here.  There is a large and growing network of freedom lovers in the state with which you could easily get involved with politically and socially.  You will find that government jobs are not plentiful in New Hampshire.  Many jobs that would be paid in other states are done by volunteers in New Hampshire.  I can tell you that the job market is better in New Hampshire than the national job picture, but that's not saying a whole lot. 

The best way to deal with the job situation is to save up enough to live on for a few months and then look for a job once you're in state.  Do as much research as you can on the jobs you're interested in.  Also, get a PO Box at the UPS store (they'll read your mail to you over the phone so you can check your mail from FL) and a NH phone number and apply to jobs.  Line up interviews for when you move.

As far as family, only you really know that.  My wife's and my family didn't really believe we were going to do it 'til we told them we were moving in 3 weeks.  They were supportive when we explained our reasons.  When we moved, neither of us had a job, but that has fallen into place very nicely for both of us.  We don't regret our move at all.  We love it here, though we've been a bit too busy to get to know our new friends as well as we'd like.

Btw, one of the free staters who got elected to the NH House of Represenatives is an EMT (or something similar...I always mess up the title).
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Re: Looking for a little guidance
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2009, 11:36:28 pm »

Hey Ad, I've read your post and I think I get the jist of it. The seacoast region could be good for y'all but I would also recommend the northern Concord area. That way you can stealthily get involved in the politics (albeit democratic, like me) and your wife's socialism rants (if you can help her see a little liberty in her life) could be a great addition here, though I can understand the need to be by a beach. You can live in a sub-division or in a more rural area, depending on what you find - though, I'd look into porcmanor.com for rentals until you have saved enough money to do what you want. My landlord here is super-cool and I have the master bedroom w/ bathroom, skylight and 2 closets.

I, myself, was involved in the Mich LP until I realized that it was a dead-end, so involving oneself in one of the major parties is the way to go - especially democratic here, but you can still push GOP/RLC meetings if you like.

No worries on working for the gov, though some would say so. The way it stands, we need pro-liberty people involved in gov positions to spread the word to their compadres - especially in highly democratic Concord. Don't get me wrong about Concord, I still open carry w/o any incident. Plus, we have plenty of nature. You can't go a half-mile 'round here w/o seeing a river, stream, pond or lake - and that goes for most of the state. Mountains are also an added benefit.

As far as telling your prominent family, I'd say that you're following a dream for liberty in your lifetime. If that isn't sufficient, mention that the standard of living is higher up here - we have no state income or general sales taxes + we have more looser gun, car insurance and helmet laws. Still not good enough, say that you love the scenery - which is something that no one can deny. Or, if it fits, the whole liberty personnel comraderie (hopefully I spelled it right) thing. Conversely, you can just say that you want a fresh start for your family. **I'm sure someone will come along and post the accolades that NH has received lately in regards to certain state rankings.

On a side note, my family was quite old school, prominent and well known as commercial property owners in my former town. Sometimes you just have to accept the fact and say that liberty is more important to you than prestige, otherwise you may not be as happy as you intend to be. If your family is prosperous and such, I doubt they'll write you outta the will or anything. If nothing else, have them come visit you up here and show them the state and they will understand where you're coming from.

As far as jobs, it might be a good idea to be semi-flexible regarding your major, but identify the top 5 industries that you would accept and I'll keep a look-out for ya. Moving into severe rural life may get you less phone/internet signal, if you're ok with that.

Let me know us know when you're planning on coming up here and we'll plug you into the social atmosphere for Porcs in addition to showing you around. Good Luck on your decision!
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Re: Looking for a little guidance
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 06:53:38 am »

welcome.

THere should be lots of EMT type jobs.
You can certainly get involved in local politics whereever you go.  Liberty activists are always looking for help.  (Handing out flyers, going door to door, etc etc ----the more ground we can cover)

Check out this group of liberty lovers on the SeaCoast:

http://www.meetup.com/nhseacoastliberty/
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Re: Looking for a little guidance
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009, 08:09:58 am »

Save as much money as possible for the move and actually visit NH as soon as you can for a reconnaissance trip.

And don't burn burn bridges in FL because you might need a place to escape winter.  ;D 
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 02:55:54 pm »

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. We are looking to plan a visit, but our work schedules keep us busy and we don't get a lot of PTO (work at the same place), so it's going to be a while before we can plan a trip. I hope to have some interviews lined up by then, if only for temporary work. We have some money saved up that we were looking to use as a down payment on a place, so worst comes to worse we can just live off of that - but I don't want to move up there without a plan.

I'll keep you all posted on when we are going to visit. Probably 4 months or so.
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2009, 02:29:16 pm »

It sounds like you're a good fit for the Seacoast. You'll find a lot of folks welcoming you there. :)

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Probably the hardest thing is going to be explaining to our families why we are leaving. We've both had significant deaths recently in our families, and don't want to be the straw that breaks the family apart.

I'll be blunt here... If your family can't tolerate you having an opinion and acting on it, it's likely already damaged too much to remain stable without intervention. I don't mean that as a bad on either you or your family, they are what they are. But moving out of state to live your dream isn't that big of a deal at all and if things that small can crush families then there are other foundational issues that you simply can NOT hold yourself responsible for.

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Just really wanting to reboot and start our lives together. Anyone else had this issue?

That's kinda been the story of my life. :)

If you're interested in getting into politics, check out the NHLA.

Good luck while you plan out the move.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2009, 04:20:10 am »

It sounds like you're a good fit for the Seacoast. You'll find a lot of folks welcoming you there. :)

I'll be blunt here... If your family can't tolerate you having an opinion and acting on it, it's likely already damaged too much to remain stable without intervention. I don't mean that as a bad on either you or your family, they are what they are. But moving out of state to live your dream isn't that big of a deal at all and if things that small can crush families then there are other foundational issues that you simply can NOT hold yourself responsible for.

I appreciate the reply, but with three deaths in the family within a short amount of time, and with another one likely within 6 months, that can be enough to rock any foundation. The loss of us might just be the last straw. Maybe not, but it's not something I want to simply run away from in a time of need.

I'll check out the NHLA though. The lease expires in May. We've got that long to get things planned.
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2009, 06:58:13 am »

the system here will welcome you with open arms

it will be cold everywhere in nh compared to what you are used to

if you like the beach that narrows down the choices quite nicely
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