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My ex is planning on moving to Utah, in June, with our kids in tow. This isn't a case of her trying to shake me off; on the contrary she would like for me to try to make the move at the same time so our two boys (3 & 10) have both parents with them as a constant.  Of course, I have to make this trip on my own dime, put my place in Arkansas up for sale, put down deposits on my own place and my own utilities, take some (but not all) of my furniture and belongings with me (as well as the kids' beds and belongings that are at my house), and get myself, my vehicle, my four cats and my lovable but derpy dog from western Arkansas to Lehi, Utah.

This move benefits all of us; the ex is accepting a transfer through her job, but educational opportunities and resources for the boys will be vastly better than they what we'd find in our area, as will job opportunities for me, a tech/creative guy currently stuck in an industrial/manufacturing heavy area with very limited job opportunities.  Lehi and the surrounding areas (including Provo and Salt Lake City) is home to offices of such companies as Adobe, Microsoft, and of course Ancestry.com, so despite the sheer terror of a close-your-eyes-and-jump move like this, the opportunity is here for me to find more lucrative work in my chosen field, and to better support and spend time with my kids as a result.  (I am already putting in applications in Lehi and its immediate vicinity; I plan to hit the ground with a job waiting for me.)

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Anyone who knows me knows that my kids are pretty much why I keep drawing breath.  Although we're all no longer intact as a traditional family, the grown-ups involved have decided that, whatever disagreements we have among ourselves, it's really all about the kids at this point: the kids still having both parents, the kids have more opportunities, and our own duty to provide society with two productive, motivated, creative, bright minds who are ready to take on all challenges.  In the end, look at things from my perspective - you're not helping me, you're helping them by helping their dad to stay with them wherever they go.

And for that help, whatever help you're able to pitch in, you'll have both their gratitude and mine, more than you'll ever know.

About me:  I'm Earl Green, creator and curator of theLogBook.com , one of the oldest sci-fi/space exploration history/classic video game/general-geek-interest sites on the web.  I research, write, host and produce its three podcasts, theLogBook.com's Escape Pod , Select Game: Expanded Memories of the Odyssey2 , and Don't Give This Tape To Earl .  I've also written four books which expand greatly upon content I originated on the site: VWORP!1 and VWORP!2 (ongoing guides to the BBC's Doctor Who), WARP!1 (a similarly arranged first volume of an ongoing guide to Star Trek), and a popular book of memoirs and random writings, Fatherhood, Fandom, and Fading Out.  I also produced, roughly ten years ago, a series of documentary DVDs on the early history of the video game industry (now long out of print).


Much as I'd love to say all these things pay the bills, they don't.  I just love writing and publishing and getting to go to conventions and hawk my wares when I can afford to do so.  (I'm a past exhibitor in good standing at GlitchCon, Konsplosion, ComiCon-Way, and the Oklahoma Video Game Expo.)
Professionally, I've been a TV writer/editor/producer specializing in news and entertainment promo spots, a voice-over artist, an IT specialist, and, currently, a graphic designer.  My favorite creations, however, are my two sons, who I try to raise with compassion, common sense, humor, and the same sense of wonder with which I examine the universe around us.

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings, as always.
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We're here! Now what?

So far, so...well...okay? Last Monday when the boys and the kitties and I left Arkansas, I had to leave the house in Arkansas in an unfinished (read that as "not ready to show") state, so obviously it hasn't sold yet. The entire trip thus far - hotel stays, gas, food, you name it - has taken nearly every cent of my final Arkansas paycheck, the respectable take from the epic "moving out" yard sale, and you fine GoFundMe folks. We arrived in Lehi, Utah late Wednesday night and have been taking up a room in the pet-friendly Days Inn just off of I-15. Me...the boys...a dog...five cats...two droids...and no questions asked.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, we left Arkansas much later (as in weeks later) than expected, so while I had a few "drop in and see us" interview offers in my back pocket, the length of time it took for us to actually hit the road meant that those jobs were filled in my absence (which is to be expected). So it's as if my job search has started from scratch... from a hotel room... where I'm also looking after the boys. The room has been costing $109 a night, and the staff has been very patient with my daily "no, actually, we're not checking out until tomorrow" visit to the office, as well as my constantly dragging 75 pounds of half-Rottweiler through the lobby several times a day for walkies... but suffice to say, we have to find a place soon, even if it's an apartment that's somewhat cramped.

Getting an apartment *or* staying in the hotel is going to take money I don't have yet. It's kind of scary to be $109 away from homelessness at any given point - and that assumes no eating or burning up gas by driving around. Needless to say, sleeping at night isn't coming easy to me right now. Whether it's the slapdash yard sale or the interminable delays in actually hitting the road...you know, I'm pretty sure this is almost a textbook case of how not to cross-country move.

Stay tuned...hopefully I am able to land a gig quickly, get the Little Green Men and their entourage of four-legged friends moved into some new digs ASAP, and bring this blood-pressure-spiking exercise in moving the wrong way to a close.
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Hello all,

A huge thanks to everyone who has donated so far. Things are progressing at an almost scary clip; I've started laying the paper trail to sell my place in Alma, and am taking a long, hard look at everything inside the house to figure out what will come with me, and what will be sold. (Spoiler: a LOT of stuff will be sold - I'll probably start sitting on the dock of eBay very soon to raise some additional $$$ toward the move, deposits on a place and utilities, etc. etc.)

The boys are experiencing some perfectly natural trepidation, E especially. In the age of social media and Facetime, as a member of a generation that has never grown up hearing about long distance phone calls, I'm not sure he knows how good he has it now compared to kids who have had to move in generations past. Hopefully he can start to see this as a Big Adventure - his mom sent the above picture this morning to try to stoke his enthusiasm.

I'm seeing it as a smorgasbord. It used to be that maybe one or two job openings aimed right at my skill set(s) would appear in the Fort Smith area every six months. Even northwest Arkansas seems to be slowing down in that regard. Between Salt Lake City, Provo and Lehi...Monster and Indeed throw 20+ new openings to apply for daily, most of them offering money just unheard of in Arkansas. Yes, I know the cost of living, gas, and so on will be higher. With four months or so between now and officially pulling up stakes and leaving, you'd have to be deliberately trying not to be employed.

More updates to come soon. In my heart, I'm ready to load up the porgwagon with kitties, kids, and a derpy dog. In my head, I know there's a lot that's gotta happen between now and then.

Thank you very much. This is going to be quite an adventure.
Those would appear to be some mountains
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