I think there’s a big, very subtle difference between people who live here year-round, who may go back up north now and then to visit the grand-kids or whatever, and those who actually live up north and, essentially vacation down here for three, four, or six months.
It always lurks in the back of their minds that they’ve got to return north, probably to actually work. To the place where they have to think and worry about, property taxes (far and away more than similar taxes down here), co-pays for health care, other insurance costs, fighting traffic on highways and city streets, real rush-hours, and on and on. In short, all the reasons everyone wants to come down here.
Anyway, we spent the past four months hanging out with Denis and Vivien. Doing the pool thing most afternoons, going out to eat at our favorite joints, gossiping about other folks (nobody really does that here, I’m just sayin’), talking about how everything breaks or falls apart here, and not just because the Chinese make a lot of cheap crap, which they do, but because the environment here is intrinsically hard on everything.
|Vivien, Denis, and Molly - Ready to Go|
|Vivien and Molly On Board|
Once in a while, emails and FaceBook intrude from up north, people begin looking forward to your return, so you might be able to take a shift or two for them, or can they assign a new task to you, or what do you want to do about this problem (that you didn’t even know existed, but by their question, you realize it’s going to hit you right between the eyes as soon as you step off the plane).
|Denis Riding Shotgun|
And we, who stay here year-round become aware of the change in the cadence of the daily life. Not so much for us, as it pretty much stays the same, but for our friends who are destined to make the long treks back north.
It begins so subtly. Sometimes, you’re not even aware of it, till one day, it clicks in your brain, Oh, that’s why they mentioned thus and so. They’re beginning to think about heading back north.Here they are, about as stressed as you wanna be. Leaving the idillic life behind for the Great North.
|And, They're Off!|
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