Can't wait to move to Michigan - page 2

by CarolineRn | 2,312 Views | 13 Comments

I cannot wait to move up north to Michigan!!! This may come as a surprise, but I live in "beautiful, sunny Florida." I've lived here almost thirty years. Now I know the following may seem offensive to some, but this is coming... Read More


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    hey everyone! Well, so far St Joes AND U if M has called me back! I'm really excited-- I hope it doesnt take too long for my RN endorsment to go through. Both hospitals want me to come up and and look around their units. I'll know more next week once my husband's financial ducks are all in a row.
    And there are other depts at the "U" that are looking over my resume, according to the Nurse recruiter I spoke with. At this point, the unit in the U that wants me is willing to give me that hours that I want too. An impossibilty here in FL. Here, those with senority get their choice of shifts first. And I guess there's not as much of a shortage in FL as in MI, because I know of people here who have a hard time finding a job (can you believe it!?) All I did was forward a resume online to the MI hospitals I wanted to work for, and they contacted me before the end of the week! (before the end of the hour in the case of St Joe's!)
    I really think Michigan is going to be a great fit for my family-- the schools are better, the pay is better, and the people are better!
    Thanks to all of you who have responded, and best of luck to everyone else who is going to be relocating. Maybe some of us will get to work together!
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    Kris, my husband's grandfather (90 years old) has lived there his whole life, and my husband used to spend all his summers up in Alpena. We were just there last week, drove up US 23 along Lake Huron-- OMG, it was soooooo beautiful! I fell in love with E. Tawas-- and all points north. We didn't go across to Rogers' City, but I would venture a guess that it's probably beautiful also. I'm pretty excited about the prospect of driving up that way in the Fall, I'm sure to fall in love with the area all over again. On our trip back, we stopped in gaylord-- long story-- but that place was so nice, DH and I found ourselves sitting at a Elias' Bros Big boy, sipping steaming hot soup from a cup, looking out over a beautiful snowy afternoon, and all I could think was "I wanna LIVE here!" It must be so nice to have a change of seasons like that. I know FL seems ideal to many people, and I guess I can kind of understand why some people would be attracted to the idea of living here, but I'm not one of them anymore. I'm starting a savings for a couple of snowmobiles too--For that day in the not too distant future when we are free to move way upstate! My hair will look like $hit, but at least I'll be having fun!!!
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    Quote from CarolineRn
    Kris, my husband's grandfather (90 years old) has lived there his whole life, and my husband used to spend all his summers up in Alpena. We were just there last week, drove up US 23 along Lake Huron-- OMG, it was soooooo beautiful! I fell in love with E. Tawas-- and all points north. We didn't go across to Rogers' City, but I would venture a guess that it's probably beautiful also. I'm pretty excited about the prospect of driving up that way in the Fall, I'm sure to fall in love with the area all over again. On our trip back, we stopped in gaylord-- long story-- but that place was so nice, DH and I found ourselves sitting at a Elias' Bros Big boy, sipping steaming hot soup from a cup, looking out over a beautiful snowy afternoon, and all I could think was "I wanna LIVE here!" It must be so nice to have a change of seasons like that. I know FL seems ideal to many people, and I guess I can kind of understand why some people would be attracted to the idea of living here, but I'm not one of them anymore. I'm starting a savings for a couple of snowmobiles too--For that day in the not too distant future when we are free to move way upstate! My hair will look like $hit, but at least I'll be having fun!!!
    Michigan has been our dream residence for years. My wife is from there and we have talked about moving there for years. She has a real secure job with lots of benifits, and i love the security.
    She is half way thru a bachlors degree. Told her that i would go to nursing school as it pays well and also has good benifits. I dont know much about rn programs. I know the schools there are better than nm.(wow it has just started to snow, i love it)

    In writing this, iam weighing some pros and cons.

    1st im not the sharpest saw in the shed. Which makes getting into school here easier than Mi.

    2nd I could get an associates nursing degree while kathy finishes her education.

    3rd How to transfer skills and knowledge from her to there?

    4th money is not everything, we helping raising two grandchildren. and wipe thier hinnies is do able(recon i could do it for an adult) Then there is this vomit thing, uk! chain reaction!

    Another thought comes to mind. Do some institutions help pay for ed? Assuming that i
    have either taken training in short term 36 week class for example or gone for an associates.
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    Quote from CarolineRn
    I cannot wait to move up north to Michigan!!!
    This may come as a surprise, but I live in "beautiful, sunny Florida." I've lived here almost thirty years.
    Now I know the following may seem offensive to some, but this is coming from an almost native who has even raised her children in the sunshine state. Take it from someone who's grown up and raised her kids here...
    Florida SUCKS!
    Forget what you've heard about retirees and this being an "old persons" state. FL is now peopled with everyone who hates the cold-- and that's a considerable amount of people.
    We have people from all over the world here now, and most of them are *not* retirees. They bring with them their driving skills (Oh--My--GAWD) and their reluctance and /or dislike for the neighborly hospitality I grew up with. (when FL was still small-time)
    They bring with them the attitude that nothing in FL can ever compare to their way of living "Up North."
    They bring with them the notion that people from the south are all "Slower" and that Floridians are so backwards and in needing of northern help that we don't know what the hell a "pop" is. (You may find one or two, but dont count on laughing too much)
    The thing that those people looking to move to FL need to know is that nowadays about 95% of the people they will encounter in this state are from other states, and when I grew up here-- making forts in the woods that held palmetto brush and palms but now hold high-rises and apartment complexes, most people were natives. But now, don't expect small-town values for your kids. And don't expect any form of southern hopsitality from your probable New York City/LA intoverted neighbors.
    This state (FL) has changed so much, and has developed so much, that I cannot wait to return to the state in which I was born.
    I know that the whole "fast-paced" life exists everywhere these days, but I suspect that in MIchigan, I'll deal with people who have a certain way of life in which I can quickly adapt to-- not a mismash of people who all bring their own way of life and expect everyone else to adapt to, or else ostrasize them.

    I guess this post is kind of my swan-sing to Florida--- the once beautiful place where I grew up, because despite what anyone tells you, living here sucks. Fl is now a "Great place to visit, but I wouldn't wanna live there" state.
    The traffic here alone makes one nuts. I would much rather drive 15 miles in the snow and ice than drive 15 minutes of stop and go inner city traffic with a "Q-tip" (Come visit, you'll know whar I mean) leading the way any day. Plus, during season a drive that normally takes 5 mins is increased to 15. NO LIE! I live it. The roads are simply not equipped.
    Screw it all. I'll vacation in Fl, but at least in MI, I know my neighbors (for the most part) have common sense, compassion, and still know their neighb ors.
    Where I am now, I could be screaming in pain and nobody would respond. That's how neighborly people here in FL are.

    But man, FL used to be so nice.

    I have lived in Michigan over 30 years. One of my friends moved down to Fla. about 4 years ago. She absolutely hates it. She wants to come back home to Michigan. With the reports on the news as of late, Florida has become quite the lawless state these days. If you want country life in Michigan live in a rural area. I live outside of Detroit and we have similar problems here that you are describing there. It is also very diverse in cultures and people. Good luck, let us know how it all turns out for you.


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