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101 things to do to prepare for the move
« on: August 04, 2003, 01:40:27 pm »

Since the vote is only a few weeks away, and many FSPers will start getting ready to move long before the Project reaches 20,000, I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread listing things to do to prepare for the move.

I will start it off with a few of my ideas, and ask everyone else to add theirs.  Hopefully, we can get to "101 things to do to prepare for the move."  Just keep numbering them from where I leave off.

1.  If you're not already, get out of debt.  Cut back on discretionary spending, and pay off high interest rate credit cards and loans.

2.  Start a separate savings fund for the move.  Estimate how much the move will cost, then add another thousand dollars to that for incidental expenses.  Figure out how much you can set aside each month, and start doing it.

3.  Subscribe to a local paper in the Free State (or read one regularly online.)  This will give you an idea of what's going on in your future home, and help with job ideas.

4.  If necessary, transition to a more portable career.  Some skills are in demand everywhere -- sales, accounting, nursing, teaching, writing, managing, etc.  If there's something you've always wanted to do, now would be a good time to start training for it.

5.  Join a Toastmaster club where you live now.  This will help improve your public speaking skills for political and career goals, and you can transfer to a new club in the Free State when you move, to meet new friends.  See http://www.toastmasters.org to find a club.

6.  As Joe has been pleading for the past year or so, visit your local city council meeting regularly and see how things get done.  Many of the same issues and objections will arise in the Free State.

7.  Volunteer for a political campaign of a viable candidate in the next election, to learn first-hand how things get done on the campaign trail.

Any other ideas?  Start numbering at number 8, and keep it going.  

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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2003, 02:51:49 pm »

8. Study the history and culture of the selected state. Read biography, fiction, anything related to come to know the area better.

9. Start/continue compiling statistics on the state at many levels. Create a snapshot of the state at selection which can help us decide where to locate as well as judge the effects of our announcement and any efforts as we go along.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2003, 07:19:45 pm »

10. If you will be seeking employment in the Free State, start researching companies that would be a good fit for you and begin networking to see if you can establish some direct contacts with people associated with these companies.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2003, 07:21:53 pm »

11. Keep promoting the FSP to everyone you know. Though the state may be selected, we don't reach our ultimate membership goal until we have 20,000 members.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2003, 08:54:29 pm »

12.  Learn to make a good beef chowder so you can ease into the beef culture of Wyoming, or the chowder culture of New Hampshire.  Seriously, stay healthy if the upcoming move is stressing--eat healthy and excercise.

13.  Check local yard sales for gaudy lawn ornaments that you may finally be permitted to display in your front yard in the free state!  Seriously, have a yard sale if you are a pack rat with a house full of crap.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2003, 12:18:05 pm »

14 Consider buying one or more enclosed trailer(s) to transport your "stuff" and to store it when you arrive. Saves renting storage space and you can sell the trailer when you no longer need it.

15 Consider buying a vehicle capable of easily and comfortably pulling the trailer.

16. Consider buying a "fifth wheel" trailer and truck, suitable for traveling and living. Better than a motor home because trailer can be parked and truck used for errands.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2003, 12:57:46 pm »

17.  If you won't be moving for a few years, start planning to take your annual vacations in the Free State.  If you visit a different area each time, it would help you decide where you want to end up.  It would also make the goal of moving more tangible, and more likely to be followed through on.  Hopefully there will be an annual Freedom Fest in the chosen state every year, kind of like the Escape to NH, or the Great Western Conference, only 10 times bigger.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2003, 09:54:18 pm »

18. Start lightening your load. Look at everything you own, and get rid of the things you no longer need.

Give the items to charity, to a friend in need, sell them on eBay, etc.  Mark your refrigerator, washer/dryer, and other large items to be sold at that massive garage sale you will hold right before you move.

It is usually cheaper to replace items in your new location, then hire someone to move them (especially cross-country!).

--LadyLee (who learned this the hard & expensive way)
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2003, 03:38:09 pm »

19.  Go to the main web page for the state government of the selected state, and familiarize yourself with the way their government is organized, their state constitution, elections requirements, etc.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2003, 06:19:02 pm »

 8) 20. Familarize yourself with U.S.C. 18 Section 926a for the lawful transport of ones firearms interstate. We do not need our supporters to become convicted felons as they cross State lines with their firearms.

21. Get a non-resident concealed carry permit from the chosen Free State, if offered. Then switch to a resident permit once one is residing in the Free State.



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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2003, 10:26:29 am »

22.  Thicken your skin.  Seriously.  You won't be an effective political activist if your feelings get hurt  or you allow yourself to lash out in anger every time someone disagrees with you, misinterprets you, questions your motives, insults you, ignores you, or flatout lies about you.  Do whatever it takes to learn how to detach from your emotions (at appropriate times, of course).  Here are some suggestions:  

  • buy a self-hypnosis CD
  • take up meditation
  • read a book on the subject
  • team up with a fellow Porcupine for mutual moral support / bitchfests / venting sessions
  • anything else that works!

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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2003, 11:16:13 am »

Generally agree with the personal preperation for the move.  One criticism,  We are talking about changing how things get done where the move is made.  Getting into "how it is done locally" is exactly what we want to eliminate.  More BS at the new location with different faces is not what is needed.  
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2003, 03:03:34 pm »

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Getting into "how it is done locally" is exactly what we want to eliminate.

Well, it's not that cut and dried.

In some cases we will be taking a critical look at how the locals do things. We will be bringing useful perspective along with us, to judge such things. Some things we will want to change.

In other cases, we want to become more native than the natives. We want to relate to the people, and we need to discover how to enjoy our adopted state, the right way. Too many states (esp in the west) have sufferred from mindless "homogenization" (or "Californication") of immigrants who lacked common sense and decency.

23. There was a thread Dada started a while back about reading material to improve oneself, I think. Maybe he can find it. I think we need to do some reading, not only about the culture of the state (thank you, Cathleen) but also how to better handle ourselves in dealing with others. I suggested in that thread Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends & Influence People", a true classic and even pretty interesting to read.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2003, 10:47:47 pm »

24. We need to support ourselves economically. As a techie, I have struggled recently. If 5,000 of the 20,000 FSP are techies, that can be great or awful. Critical mass, plus some good business plans. I've got some plans if anyone is interested.

Reading materials: Think and Grow Rich, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, various NLP publications.

25. While we will want to fit in, we'll also want to find each other. What social circles do we move in? Unlike the Mormons, the state we move will already have a culture. Obviously, many of us are internet-savvy. We need to sharpen our sales/marketing/social skills.

Reading materials: any religious organizational material, Amway/Melaleuca material.

26. Recruit, recruit, recruit! I am currently a high scholl sub teacher. It may be an awesome recruiting ground. Remember to recruit females! Woodstock got 300,000 largely by word-of-mouth. Surely this is as big as Woodstock.

27. Investigate the Rotary, Elks, etc. Find out if there is an organization that fits your and/or FSP style. And communicate what you learn, always!

28. Get acquainted with a school board, city council, etc. Find out about Robert's Rulkes of Order. What are the legal and/or practical limits to power at the local level? How can we break up the school system and not annoy too many people?

29. If you know any foreigners, tell them about the Free State. While some will be horrified, many others will pay extremely close attention. Imagine what 10,000 FSP foreign immigrants per year could do. Say, including 1,500 Hong Kong businessfolk, 200 Scottish engineers, etc. Of course, if we get 2,000 Saudis, 3,000 Afghanis, 4,000 Iraqis and 5,000 Palestinians, we might get increased federal scrutiny.
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Re:101 things to do to prepare for the move
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2003, 10:38:57 am »

30.  Look into buying an SUV.  I am an environmentalist and I hate SUVs, but most of the candidate states have long, arduous winters that require a 4x4.  BTW, this means don't buy one of those new SUVs that you wouldn't even take camping, stick to the old school - Ford Explorer, Chevy Blazer, a pickup truck, whatever.  A good alternative for people who hate SUVs (such as myself), look into and push for hybrid brands, and investigate Subaru Outbacks.

31. Look into establishing a local FSP group in the free state, or joining an existing one (yes, I'm going to push for centralized organization, even in innocent boards just as this one)  ;D
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