Originally Posted by warholic
Welcome to SMB land. Can you ahare with us why you are heading to New Mexico, and what part of the state you'er headed to?
Thanks, and I'd be happy to share. Prepare to be bored.
I quit my crappy job in Dec 2011. Since then, I've been doing freelance work in the marketing industry and really enjoy it. The company that my wife worked for has been trying to sell itself for the last couple years, and this past Fall they finally succeeded. As a result, my wife became "redundant". (Ain't that a boost for one's ego?) But that was a Good Thing. Don't mourn for us!
We both have lived near DC for decades. I can telework from anywhere, and other than our grown daughter, plus my sister & her family, there is not much to keep us here. Weather stinks, prices are high, and the traffic is oh-so-wonderful.
We are taking the opportunity as a time for a life change. Been planning it for a couple years. We will come back to visit family, obviously.
We fell in love with the Southwest in general, having been to AZ, then ABQ for the Balloon Festival in 2010, and UT during the last few years. (I became rather jealous of all those jacked-up Land Cruisers, Lexus LX's and Jeeps that we saw in Moab.) I also lived in NM and NV as a kid, and loved it.
We decided that NM is where we want to be. Since we are photographers, the entire region is camera heaven. We figured that with the right equipment (among those is an SMB) we could use ABQ as a home base and photograph a lot of stuff. If all goes according to plan, we are aiming for a time frame of late summer 2013.
We like Placitas, north ABQ, and Santa Fe areas. At least, that's where we'll be looking to charge the SMB's batteries between photo excursions.
Which begs the question: How many SMB'ers are around Albuquerque/Santa Fe?