8.29.2009

Hiding in the Bunker

SC is having one of its unwelcome two-day hot snaps (yesterday: 97, apparently), so I opted to spend the afternoon hiding in the bunker and watching Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job working on my dissertation.

This, the weather and the dissertation, makes me think about places B and I would be willing to move to if a job materialized. Let's see...
  • Nowhere too hot.
  • Nowhere too far from the ocean or at least some enormous body of water.
  • Nowhere in the deep south.
  • Nowhere too cold.
  • Nowhere so BFE that we were the only blue-state types in the county.
  • B would need some serious convincing to consider the eastern seaboard.
  • Nowhere with tornadoes or hurricanes as a regular weather phenomenon.
This narrows it down to, let's see, about seventy or eighty square miles of the United States, collectively. So we just need a tenure-track job in modern European history, preferably focused on intellectual history and/or French history, preferably with a heavy teaching focus, to open up somewhere in those areas.

P.S. This is why we have the "screw it, let's go to plan B" backup.

9 comments:

ransom said...

I'm so completely torn between the ideas that the sucktastic weather here at least has the potential benefit of drawing you guys back, and the slim chance that when an institution figures out how rad you are that it'll be the start of some sort of "rad colony" some place where bicycles/motorcycles/working on cars/waking up aren't uncomfortable or impossible nine months of the year...

Austin Rich said...

There's a very easy way for those kinds of jobs to suddenly "open up." Just say the word, and wire $15000 to my bank account, and suddenly, there will be all sorts of "openings."

Just sayin'.

kungfuramone said...

At last, Cody finds his calling as a hired killer.

And Ransom, this is how we know that you were born in Cali but live in Oregon and me the other way around: our respective definitions of sucktastic weather.

Austin Rich said...

It's less of a calling, and more of a desperate need for cold, hard, cash.

That, and to give meaning to my existential existence.

Dolce Vita said...

Ah, the list. Mine was short: no to Deep South and to Southern California. Two job offers: Ga and SoCal. So, it's good you've identified the places the job offers will come from. (My outlook has become extremely jaded; see you at the AHA.)

Leah said...

Ah yes, we have also had this conversation! We're planning on the AHA too, or I should say Bob is, and I am hoping to tag along.

Chrissy said...

It sounds like you need to return to PDX - we have all of those things!

noncoupable said...

Vancouver? I've heard BC is nice...

noncoupable said...

And yes, I realize that this would mean a citizenship change eventually, but you'd get much better healthcare, something that's not (yet) on your list but should be.