Has anyone else on this forum moved away from the beach to take a job and totally regretted it? I lived at the beach for about 5 years, but couldn't find a decent job on the eastern shore in MD or DE. I took a great paying job, but it is 4 hours away......As much as I complained about all the tourist in ocean city during the summer part of me wishes I was still there. I haven't had to deal with missing the surf because there hasn't been any, but when September comes around and the surf picks up I don't know how I will be able to sit in an office, in cubicle with no windows. I never realized how lucky I was to live at the beach until I left......Anyone else feel this way?
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Thread: Moving away
Jun 19, 2008, 01:34 AM #1justsurrender Guest
Umm... I live 10 minutes from the beach in NJ, but I go to school two hours away from the closest "beach" which is the sound in Connecticut. It sucks a ton, but when I'm home I'm there all the time.
Jun 19, 2008, 02:47 AM #3Senior Member
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- Apr 2007
- Virginia Beach
I feel u man. I live steamboat springs colorado during the winter and not surfing really gets to me after a while. I do get to snowboard every day, but still it isnt surfing. Its actually so bad that im gonna surf this standing wave that breaks in this river near where i live next spring when the snow starts to melt and the rivers start to swell up. But anyways, what im trying to say is that you have to find something different, go longboarding down some hills, take up kayaking or something. Something else that can give you at least a little bit of the same rush that surfing give you. If u just sit there and think about surfing its gonna eat away at you. And if your planing on this being you career, and its far from the beach, maybe think twice. Im only in Colorado for 2 years so that i can go where ever the hell i want, and that is probably gonna be santa cruz. Surfing is somthing that once you get hooked, your in for life.
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Jun 19, 2008, 03:09 AM #4flyfish1 Guest
I assume your young. Make as much as you can now, bank it and surf when you can. when you get older you can go where you want when you want. Jobs have perks, 401k, pension and vacation. the longer your there the more vacation and bigger the investment in yourself. Breath deep and look at 5 to 10 years from now, will you be better off? Work hard, save and have fun down the line. Don't be someone who has fun now and wonders what went wrong 20 years ago and ends up chasing a social security check. just my 2 cents!
Jun 19, 2008, 04:08 AM #5
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- May 2006
- Lewes, DE
i feel your pain...
Jobs along the Delmarva coast are scarce, depending on what your field is obviously.
There is plenty of coastline out there, so while your at your current job, keep an eye on the classifieds, and see if you can find another coastal area that has a job for you. Since, most coastal towns around the Mid Atlantic are pretty far away from the bigger cities, then this limits the corporate jobs available.
Here are the areas closer to big cities:
Central NJ/Long Island - close to NYC
Its only 1 hour to NJ beaches from Philadelphia
Southern NC (Wrightsville Beach - Wilmington, NC)
Florida has plenty of options
Other than that, get a gas efficient car, so those 4 hour trips don't drain your pay checks!
Jun 19, 2008, 06:12 AM #6Junior Member
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- Jul 2007
Yea.. I lived in Texas for 4 years after living at the beach my whole life (Galveston doesn't count as a beach), and I swore I'd never move from the beach again after coming back! Now we need to go to Russia for at least a year and I know I'll be insanely depressed in September.
Why aren't women ok with living in a shack in Costa Rica? Just gotta do alot of mind surfing..
Jun 19, 2008, 11:35 AM #7justsurrender Guest
Thanks for the replies, its like a complete split decision. Work the job with the good pay and commute when i can or live at the beach and work two jobs just to get by. I am 26, and truthfully I should be looking at the future and were I will be in 5-10 years. But, I just don't know surfing definatley makes me relaxed, stress free and happy....now I can only surf on the weekends.
if you really really really love surfing you wouldn't have ever made the decision to be sitting in a cubicle with no windows four hours from the beach during a perfect september swell
I am in the same boat, I have been looking to switch jobs around here for almost a year and have not found anything worth while, so I have just expanded my search to Baltimore and Philadelphia areas, starting some what close to the beach and moving out. I agree with flyfish, also if you are making more money you will have the ability to travel more to get better surf and when you have enough money you can move back to the beach and have to worry about having a good enough job. It is depressing to think about moving away from the beach but it is necessary sometimes to get where you want in life...