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  1. #1
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    Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about my current situation. Currently I live / work in the Tampa Bay area, been doing so for the last 8-9 years. The job I currently have has enabled me to buy new boards and all the accessories I need to enjoy surfing as much as one can living inland.

    I've been able to afford gas in my Tahoe to drive 2 - 2.5hrs each way to the East Coast every weekend, and 45 minutes each way to and from the Gulf during the week / after work when there are actually waves. We take a mini-vacations and stay 3-4 days on the E. Coast about every 6-8wks, and have taken two trips to Puerto Rico in the last 6-8 months and will be doing the same thing every year or to someplace similar. So although I live inland I'm able to surf pretty frequently, just not as much as someone that lives right there.

    With that being said, i'm trying to figure out if I should be content with my current situation and just continue to make the most of things without living right on the coast or at least less than 30 minutes from it or if I should start finding a way to get closer to the water. Driving as much as I do is NOT fun, but I've been able to condition myself into thinking it's not all that bad because the end result (surfing) is always worth it, which it is. But like all things that require that much commitment, sh*t gets old and you just want to simplify things. If I lived right on the beach or less than 30 minutes from the water then I'd be able to fulfill my dream of surfing daily (conditions permitting), but it would require a complete life change I believe.

    I'm not so sure we could find jobs that pay us well enough doing what we do or something similar in a coastal area. Not only would the job situation be a challenge, but so is convincing my wife that we should move further away from our parents / family and closer to areas that get affected worse during hurricane season. I think if money / jobs weren't an issue for us I could convince her of the move, because we would still be driving distance from the family if we needed to visit. It just wouldn't be as often as we do now.

    We're getting close to being 100% debt free, and will soon be able to save some money and plan to buy a house, so this has me thinking. If we buy a house in the area we are currently in, it'll pretty much solidify what's going to happen for at least the next few years, BUT, if the right pieces were to fall into place, we could find ourselves on the beach or just over the bridge...

    What would you do? And How would you go about doing it?
    Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Jun 19, 2013 at 05:23 PM.

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    That's a tough one. Here's what I did

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    That's a tough one. Here's what I did
    I'm sure u got busy with work, but was curious what you were going to post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    I'm sure u got busy with work, but was curious what you were going to post...
    Yeah, brah. What a cliffhanger. I got confidence in Gaff that the kicker will be a firm life lesson.

    Back to the originally scheduled programming. Just wanted to second the elephant in the room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Yeah, brah. What a cliffhanger. I got confidence in Gaff that the kicker will be a firm life lesson.

    Back to the originally scheduled programming. Just wanted to second the elephant in the room.
    Upon further review, I think he left and went to the meeting to save Tresles

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Upon further review, I think he left and went to the meeting to save Tresles
    Hmmm...I think we have an idea for a new pop culture t-shirt.

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    I'm about an hour from the closest wave, and as much as I would like to live closer I have a house(that I like, w/ a fenced in yard for the pooch, which I need). As much as I would like to be closer, it's just not in the cards at the moment. I would say that if you're still renting, and thinking about buying, make the plunge and buy closer to the coast...even if that means taking a cut in pay or whatever, just buy something you'll be able to keep up with in anticipation of a lower wage. My $.02.
    Last edited by seldom seen; Jun 19, 2013 at 05:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    I'm about an hour from the closest wave, and as much as I would like to live closer I have a house(that I like, w/ a fenced in yard for the pooch, which I need). As much as I would like to be closer, it's just not in the cards at the moment. I would say that if you're still renting, and thinking about buying, make the plunge and buy closer to the coast...even if that means taking a cut in pay or whatever, just buy something you'll be able to keep up with in anticipation of a lowe wage. My $.02.
    Thanks, that's definitely what I would prefer to do. We are currently renting, this would be my 1st home purchase (renting for the past 14 years), I know once we buy that we'll be sitting put for a little while, so I don't want to make the wrong move ya know...

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    if your married, that's a tough one. if you aren't and dont have any real commitments, GO. you wont regret it. im still in school and i still live it home. i just commute to save money. convinced my mom to move two blocks from the bech. best move we have ever made in my opinion. im lucky and i appreciate it everyday that we did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 757surfer View Post
    if your married, that's a tough one. if you aren't and dont have any real commitments, GO. you wont regret it. im still in school and i still live it home. i just commute to save money. convinced my mom to move two blocks from the bech. best move we have ever made in my opinion. im lucky and i appreciate it everyday that we did it.
    Yep, newly married, No kids, 1 dog, renting a townhouse.