Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Miami Thing

Every once in a while, I mention moving to Florida - or to Miami - as if it's a Sure Done Deal.

I wish.

Truth be told, moving south is my dream. But I am not sure when it will become a reality. Note I did not say IF. It's a matter of when.

First, the kids have to graduate high school. So I know I won't move til they go to college (fall of 2010).

Then I have to pass the Florida Bar. Actually, I am in the process of signing up to take that this summer and will hopefully pass it.

Then I have to convince my firm to move me to Florida and open an office down there. Here's where it gets tough. The economy is in the toilet (I'm sure no one has noticed but I said it anyway). Opening a new office when law firms are laying off about 1400 people/week? Yeah not the hottest idea on management's list of things To Do.

Actually our firm has a lot of clients in Florida, southern florida in particular. I've had a few cases down here myself. So I think I have a good argument lined up for them opening an office down here. Rumor has it the firm might actually be open to the idea.

Why not just jump ship and go with another firm you ask? Well, I could probably do that. But you know what? I love my firm. Yeah it's "biglaw" which can be a tough place to work. But I think you all know how much I love BossMan. And I truly like a lot of the people I work with. They are ethical. Moral. Decent. Funny. Jokesters. Caring. I know I could do a lot worse. Perhaps I could do better. Perhaps, but I'm not willing to risk that right now. If the right opportunity came along, sure I'd listen. But I'm not actively looking.

So although I will continue to talk about When I Move To Florida, in reality, I don't know when that will be.

oh and the kids? Daughter thinks it's the greatest idea EVER. She hates hates hates the cold. In fact, she's looking exclusively at Southern colleges, a few of which are in Florida. And Son? Although he wants to go north snowboarding to college, he loves the warmth and thinks coming home for winter break in Florida would be awesome!


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I think a lot of us are reevaluating the practicality of fulfilling our dreams with this economy--but just because it may be a dream deferred doesn't mean we have to give up on our dreams entirely.

zelzee said...

I couldn't begin to count the times I wish I could just pack it up and move out of this Arctic Zone.

But......too much work........and I'm just lazy.......


Persnickety Ticker said...

I live in FL. I don't leave the house when it gets cold outside. Of course, that only happens a few days out of the year, so it is all good.

Snow? Eh...who needs it.

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Florida is great but has it's faults as well. Category 4/5

Busy Bee Suz said...

ha ha. I love Bumpkins comment.
you forgot to mention one of the best things about moving to Florida...
I hope your dream pans out for you.... fall 2010, really is not that far away.
I feel optimistic about the economy. I think this time next year, it will be much better. It has to be.......damn it.

sista #2 said...

We packed up and moved to Northern Florida.......I never looked back.

Such a different life here.

The Gulf coast is gorgeous :)

Good luck


Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

You will realize your dream because you know it's a matter of when. You will. You've said so.

J.G. said...

Add me to the list of people who will give you advice about Florida anytime.

And good luck with that bar application! When you've had any kind of a life, "Have you ever ???" can be quite the complicated question. Who knew I should have kept a record of that speeding ticket I got back in 1979?

Feisty Irish Wench said...

Well I live in Florida too, and grew up here even. If you can put up with the weird bugs, and heat waves, you'll be ok. And Bumpkin...unlike Tornado Alley, we can kind of get a warning when those pesky hurricanes are pointing at us so we can leave the place.

word verf: conedm-as in I hope the conedm doesn't break...damn, too late.

Myra said...

Florida wants you here! I've lived here most of my life and can't imagine being anywhere else! You sure have a lot of Floridian readers!

Susan said...

Hey, thanks for visiting... and by the way, my husband and I agree we're totally leaving Upstate NY when our kids are just about done with highchool. Problem is, our youngest is only 5 and in kindergarten. AAAHHHHHH. Terrible.