High Boston-area rents are the main deterrent to moving
Future 5 would break that requirement by moving
Every summer, Anne and I vacation in the beautiful, sophisticated, liberal arts college town of
A few short miles from Williamstown lies the depressed mill town of
Laughably cheap rents and real estate are a corollary of
A sales counter located on
Objectively speaking…if OTC sales are beside the point, as in Future 2, then moving CC to a low-cost environment is the logical choice. We are already serious about living part of the year near Williamstown.
The drawbacks are personal:
- I’ve lived in
for 20 years. I have friends here. There’s a lot to like about the town. Although I don't go into the city often, I'm accustomed to having Boston nearby. I am rooted. I don’t want to move away entirely. Braintree
- I lived in a low-rent backwater (
) once before for several years. It was boring and depressing – possibly the low point of my adult life. In too many ways, Elmira, N.Y. reminds me of North Adams . And even Williamstown is probably too small and isolated to satisfy me year-round. It could easily become stifling in the winter. Elmira
- I’m married. She could move out west with me, but she doesn’t want to any more than I do. Neither of us wants to have a commuter marriage again, so I’m not going to move without her (besides, I’ve grown accustomed to her).
- Our Williamstown house is supposed to be a summer getaway that we can rent out when we’re not there, and that Anne can use as a base for her classes and seminars. It loses those qualities if I’m living out there permanently.
- Wherever CC ends up, I’ll be tied to it full time – even more so than I am already. With no employees, I don’t get any days off. I could theoretically make it nomadic and truck my merchandise from
to Williamstown and back again once a year, if we were really living out there for months at a time. But that would be a difficult and expensive logistic to perform every year…particularly as my business, and my inventory, keep growing. Braintree is even more seasonal than most of the Berkshires. AFAIK, its paltry summer tourist trade depends entirely on MassMoCA, and disappears the rest of the year. Even my extremely modest OTC sales expectations might not pan out. There’s got to be a good reason that most of their storefronts are deserted. I can easily imagine going days between customers during the winter. North Adams
If I were 25 years old again, I might consider this an adventure. But I’ll be 50 in a couple of months. I don’t want to uproot. I’ve lived here for over 20 years, which is longer than I ever lived anywhere else. This is my home. Despite all the sense that it makes, I don’t think
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