The song of the Dwarves has captured my heart, and much like Bilbo Baggins I find myself preparing to leave everything behind and embark on an adventure without so much as a pocket handkerchief.
That is to say, I am leaving my job in DC and moving back to Pittsburgh at the end of October. I don't have a job lined up yet. Not sure what I'll be doing, but I am excited at the wide array of possibilities this has opened up.
I'm moving back for a lot of reasons, the biggest of which is that I miss my family and hate DC. Aside from my liberty friends, DC people are for the most part pretty terrible. The city is a stinking cesspool, a monument to the depravity and excess of our nation's self-satisfied ruling elite who feel the need to run everyone's lives. Not to mention, it is an incredibly expensive place to live.
Beyond that, I find that the DC culture necessarily demands conformity and marching more or less in step. I can understand this, but I have always marched to the beat of my own drum and have decided that the time has come to march off the beaten path back home. Being in DC has made me appreciate that smaller and local is usually better.
I have really enjoyed my time at CKI and really value the work they are doing, as well as all of my many friends I have made while there. I am confident that I will be visiting everyone at many future KAPpy hours.
Those of you who have known me for a long time realize how radical and crazy this is for me, but I am confident that I am making the right move. As the song goes:
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.