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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, January 30, 2006

What a choice.

Wisconsin or Mississippi. Milwaukee or Gulf Port. (Did I spell Milwaukee right?)

Which would YOU choose?

I'm a Philly girl now! I'm no southern belle. I think I'd do better up north.

It may come down to choosing - as a job opportunity seems to be presenting itself to Grizzly Papa. Maybe it WON'T come down to choosing and I'll stay here snug and safe in my little rowhouse. Everything all the same. Grizzly Mama HATES getting used to a new grocery store.


Blogger Anna said...

Grocery store, doctor, dentist, it's all such a chore! Luckily for me, husband's boss said even if the company moves to Columbus, he could stay here and work from home until the girls have graduated (4 1/2 more years.)

Then it's a nice little house in the middle of nowhere for the two of us! ;)

31 January, 2006 00:22  
Blogger "Alice" said...

Oh! Oh!! Gulfport! Choose it! Choose it!! If only for the experience of living somewhere different.

"Summertime, when the living is easy...."

31 January, 2006 04:05  
Blogger "Alice" said...

when = where


31 January, 2006 04:06  
Blogger Alan_McDonald said...


I've lived in Milwaukee and knew someone from Gulfport. My guess is that you will be happier with the other citizens in Gulfport, but it must be really uncomfortable in the summer. The closest I've been was Jackson in August, and it was way too hot and humid.

Milwaukee will remind you more of Philly, and you'll get two (count 'em - 2!) Democratic US Senators. Anyway, I guess the real question is how much do you like German food?

31 January, 2006 10:50  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Sounds like two extremes (from way out here), which has better gun-laws? ;-) Wisconsin is pretty Liberal-leaning, but there's a big lake on which to go sailing. The best thing about having 2 Democrat Senators is being able to vote against 'em...not that it helps much, not yet here anyhow.

31 January, 2006 12:26  
Blogger skye said...

Milwaukee = lake effect snow

Gulfport = no snow whatsoever

31 January, 2006 13:12  
Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

Actually, Milwaukee does not get much snow at all, and no lake effect (unless the wind is blowing from the east, which rarely happens). It did get down to -20 (-70 wind chill) once when I lived there. No hurricanes though.

On the other hand, Wisconsin's two Democratic senators voted against confirming Samuel Alito.

31 January, 2006 13:51  
Blogger Kate said...

I'd say Milwaukee, WI for the selection of cheese (it's a weakeness for me) and I'd say Gulfport, MS for the sweet tea and sun.
I do like the idea though of voting against the Dems though... ;)

31 January, 2006 16:40  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I hate it when Kmart or the grocery store remodels. I really LOATHE moving!
One word of advice: HURRICANES!

31 January, 2006 17:11  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

You could not pay me enough to live where it's hot. The bugs are huge and the air is oppressive. No way.

31 January, 2006 18:14  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Philly in the summertime kills me - I can't imagine being even further south.

Cheese. Big lake. 4 seasons. I can deal with it. And I L*O*V*E snow! (even though it seems Milwakee doesn't get much...) And I can't STAND humidity!

Both states are very favorable with homeschooling laws. I can live with both state's gun laws but would probably prefer MS in that area. Isn't it WI that's fighting for a concealed carry law now?

WI is the big 'D' is it? Well - that's why they need some more 'R's up there. :-D If I recall correctly WI came in republican early in the presidential poll counting - it was a surprise. Then the dems squeaked by and I'll have to look it up but I believe there were some irregularities with several precincts in WI.

My husband and I BOTH work the polls - so we'd have our eagle eyes on.

Perhaps it won't come down to making the choice. I appreciate everyone's input - thanks!

31 January, 2006 23:06  
Blogger Steve Donohue said...

I must at this point make an impassioned plea for Milwaukee.

First, you'll be living just off Lake Michigan, which makes for a quite pleasant destination in the Summer. Second, it's far less homogenous in a lot of ways (you know I'm not one to chat up diversity, but there's a quiet little satisfaction in knowing that there's more than one mexican restaurant you can order from. Pro-choice, after all.

I wouldn't think too much about the politics of the situation, but if you must, remember that Wisconsin is a battleground state.

Weather- if you like seasons, choose Milwaukee. I personally like my winters cold and my summers warm.

Plus (big plus, IMO) you'll be just an hour and a half away from Chicago. Which means that the girls can have their first real pizza and hot dogs.

01 February, 2006 23:50  
Blogger Alison said...

I don't know, I have a special heart for the Midwest! I say Wisconsin...

01 February, 2006 23:54  
Blogger Alison said...

Plus all that stuff Steve said. Guess he beat me to the biggest point. HOT DOGS AND PIZZA! Oh it is so beautiful up here.

01 February, 2006 23:55  
Blogger The Sparky said...

“What made Milwaukee famous made a looser out of me”! These were the lyrics that Rod Stuart had in a song back in the 1970s. I not sure, but was he singing about the all the Bars in that state? Or a type of whisky? Anyway whereever you go in the states I’m sure you, Paddy and family will do well. I’d go for warm all year climate if possible, it’s cold enough to freeze brass monkey's balls here in London at the moment coldest winter in years. Plus all those wet politicians!

02 February, 2006 13:26  
Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

“What made Milwaukee famous" was beer.

02 February, 2006 15:39  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Thanks for that Alan.

02 February, 2006 17:00  
Blogger DagneyT said...

Gulf Port! Hey, Darlin', I'm down here at Port Aransas, TX, and I double darn guarentee you: You will love the Gulf! Also, you will love the south. I grew up in SoCal and swore I'd never set foot in the south...BOY, was I WRONG!

Finally got my writer-blocked lazy self to finish that blog regarding home schooling. You got credit and linked!

02 February, 2006 18:43  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I was thinking that being so close to Chicago would be a plus for me.

Thanks from me too, Alan.

Dagney - great entry and thanks for linking and also for getting the word about homeschooling out. The gulf coast is beautiful - I just don't think I could handle the summers!

Well - Grizzly Papa got another job offer right here in Philly but the relocation offer is still alive. It would definitely depend on pay/benes/relocation allowance.

02 February, 2006 22:45  
Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

relocation allowance?

Do companies still provide that? Two downsizings ago, when my employer was bought out by a Minnesota firm, they said "We have some jobs in St. Paul if you want to move yourself 1,000 miles and apply as a new employee." And that was ten years ago!

03 February, 2006 11:10  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Yes there is still such a thing, Alan. Really!

03 February, 2006 12:34  
Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

Well, then, good for you, GM, and that balding Troll of yours! Anyway, hope you don't have to move after all.

03 February, 2006 12:38  

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