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May 6th, 2011
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The Word
We're off to where the rabbit goes in stories never told.

Albuquerque!

Brian has been accepted to the University of New Mexico for a post-doc with a three-year fellowship. Yay!

Anyone who knows our recent moving history will be unsurprised to hear we are both looking forward to being in the same place for at least three years. The program starts Sept 1 and we expect to move out there in late July or early August.

It will be hard to move away from the wonderful support network of friends and family we have been so lucky to have here in Ann Arbor, but we know a couple people in Albuquerque and will be driving distance from other friends and family in Arizona. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of my brother's family for a few years (they live in Vail/Tuscon), and being close to them will also help motivate my parents and my sister to come out for visits, we hope (that is our fiendish plan, anyway).

Brian went out to New Mexico for the first half of this week for interviews and to choose a research mentor. He came back with a lot of positive things to say and clear excitement about the people he's going to work with, which was really nice to hear.

I've been to the Southwest a number of times, but never lived there, so advice about how to make the transition would be welcome.

And, yes, I promise to dress Rosie up as a cowgirl and send back pictures of her in the mountains. And then I'll dress her up as a physicist and do likewise, because that's just how we roll.

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From:ckd
Date:May 6th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck with the move, and may all three of you enjoy and thrive in your new place.

I know there's enough of a fan base there for Bubonicon (including a couple people I know), so I doubt you'll have any trouble building up a set of local friends once you're there.

(Also, since I didn't say so earlier: it was great to see you and Rosie last weekend.)
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From:netmouse
Date:May 6th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
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hey, it was good to see you too!

If there are any fen you particularly recommend we get in touch with, please let me know. That's definitely one extended network I intend to tap into.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 6th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Transition

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Yeah, I've gotten rid of more stuff each of the three times I moved in the last 2 years, but we're already talking about more stuff to get rid of. The tricky part is some of that stuff is buried in storage in sealed boxes. to save hassle, it might be worth getting rid of some of it on the unpacking end instead of here, despite the cost of moving it. I must ponder that very seriously.

There are definitely things I've missed that are in storage, but having lived without a lot of stuff that's been there for the past year, it's easier to imagine just doing without it.

Hopefully Brian will finish his project of ripping all our CDs to hard drive so we can let those go before we move...
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From:sarahmichigan
Date:May 6th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
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I like Albuquerque - I hope you do too. My brother, sister-in-law and nephew all went to U of NM and I think the campus is lovely.
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From:asyatka
Date:May 6th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Good luck! I don't know much about NM, but I am sure you will like it there. Good luck with the move, travelling with the little one can be ... interesting.
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From:jadesfire55
Date:May 6th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Wow, congrats to Brian! And good luck to you both with the move and adjusting to a new home base.
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From:apostle_of_eris
Date:May 6th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Yes, NM fandom is excellent.
Yes, Bubonicon is excellent.
(& as for the CDs, {whisper}torrent!!{/whisper})
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From:jeffreyab
Date:May 6th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I think you might enjoy going to Sante Fe or Portales for SF events too.
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From:parsleigh
Date:May 6th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a great opportunity. We will be in Albuquerque for Bubonicon in August. Steve is GOH. THis is the weekend after worldcon so maybe we'll get to see you there.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 7th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
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Yes! Brian noticed that earlier today and we are looking forward to it!
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From:gerisullivan
Date:May 7th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
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I look forward to the cowgirl and physicist photos, and to your Great American Southwest Adventures.

Many, many congratulations to Brian. It will be weird to have you so far away, but knowing you're there will help make my own world smaller and New Mexico closer.

As for people in the area, George R.R. Martin and Parris McBride are in Santa Fe. That looks to be 60-65 miles away. I think Melinda Snodgrass is, too.

Last I knew, Gordon Garb was still in California, but I think he's still a Bubonicon regular, and you'll like anyone he points you at.

I think Vardebob (Bob Vardeman) is still in Albuquerque. Our paths haven't crossed more than once or maybe twice over the years, but he's been firmly tagged as a genial good guy in my brain since I first heard about him from fredcritter 25+ years ago.

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From:sueij
Date:May 7th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
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Oh, congrats on the official word!

Who will I pass my little girl clothes to? You must keep posting pictures so we can watch Rosie grow up!
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From:netmouse
Date:May 7th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
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I will definitely keep posting pictures!

(and I'm sure there are lots of deserving local girls, but Rosie would be delighted to keep getting hand-me downs by mail if you are so inclined (or in person when we come to visit). As you saw the other day, we love purple on her, and any type of green also goes really well with her strawberry blond hair. I guess, really, anything on the spectrum from yellow through orange to bright red also seems to look good on her. Blue pulls out the color of her eyes, but she looks better in turquoise and light blue than in the navy and royal blue that I tend to favor)
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From:scottij
Date:May 7th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! Enjoy the beauty of New Mexico!
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From:netmouse
Date:May 7th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Did you guys find the large metal bar Sue said was missing in the crib she dropped off the other day?
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From:bryanalexander
Date:May 9th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations, and good luck with the move!
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From:netmouse
Date:July 14th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! We've picked a house to rent now, and our application is approved, so I'm relaxing considerably though we still have to arrange for the move itself.

We'll be in the Nob Hill neighborhood, East of UNM campus. How funny to be in an area with the same name as part of Ann Arbor!


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