Yesterday, Janice and I picked up the keys to our new apartment. The previous evening, more boxes were delivered for our move, and we enjoyed a Valentine’s Day dinner at Acropolis, our favorite Greek restaurant in Needham, Mass.
As we continue packing and trying to sell excess items — with breaks for the annual Westminster dog show — here’s a quick look back at the places I’ve lived.
Childhood in New York City
–1968 to 1970: Lower West Side of Manhattan
–1970 to 1978: Kingsbridge Heights, the Bronx
I have hazy but fond memories of growing up in New York. The cosmopolitan mix of cultures and cuisines, including immigrants like my parents, made me who I am. I also recall the eventual spread of urban blight as pleasant parks filled with refuse and noisy gangs, especially around the summer of 1977.
Adolescence in Westchester County
–1978 to 1986: Dunwoodie, Yonkers; Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains
Although my brother spent more of his formative years here than I did, I recall hours spent biking around, hanging out with other kids on Westerly Street, and discovering my lifelong hobbies with high school friends. Most of the people I knew then were of Irish, Italian, or Central European descent. My “Vanished Lands” fantasy campaign setting and “Vortex” space opera date back to this period.
College in Upstate New York, post-grad year back downstate
–1986 to 1990: State University of New York at Binghamton
–1990 to 1991: NYPIRG at Queens College-CUNY; Yonkers
Not only did I meet Janice and other friends during this exciting period, but my most rewarding (if least paying) job was teaching urban studies as a community organizer in Flushing. I recall walking through rain, my then-lightning metabolism helping digest dining hall fare, and late-night conversations about life, the universe, and everything.
Grad school, first adult jobs, and marriage around Washington, D.C.
–1991 to 1992: Arlington, Virginia; the George Washington University
–1992 to 1999: Park Towers in Falls Church, Virginia; BNA
The Clinton years were prosperous. After getting my master’s in international affairs, I spent a few years working my way up from being a file clerk to a copy editor. Our apartment was small, but we were within walking distance of restaurants, Metro rail, and comic book and game shops. Several college friends and my family also moved south.
–1999 to 2000: Somerville
–2000 to 2003: Windsor Gardens, Norwood; CW/IDG
–2003 to 2012: Bobsled Drive and Dale Street, Needham Heights
–2012: Windsor Village, Waltham; TT
Janice and I first visited Boston during our honeymoon in November 1995. We liked the compact, historic neighborhoods and then-plentiful bookshops, and the information technology boom later provided both of us jobs. While I’ve gone through career and health ups and downs since then, we like living back in the U.S. Northeast, and we hope to continue exploring New England!
One thought on “Relocation reflections”
For those who are renting, additional moves (with the additional time and expense of packing and transporting your possessions) are always a possibility. Buildings can be renovated or torn down. The rent can be sharply increased within applicable legal limits (if any). Of course, homeowners have to worry about broken appliances, yardwork, and costly home repairs. Both owning and renting have their plusses and minusses.
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