Posted by: GeekHiker | December 22, 2008

Don’t Want To Be “That” Guy

On more than one occasion, it’s been suggested that maybe it’s time that I move to a different town. That maybe I’d be happier outside of LA. As I’m getting ready to hit the road in a couple of days, I hear those suggestions in my head as well right now.

Don’t worry. This isn’t going to be a long, rambling post about all that.

Thing is that every time I consider moving, I have this intangible feeling in the back of my head. Not quite a concern, not quite a fear, I really have no idea how to describe it.

Then I saw this a couple of weeks ago in The Onion, of all places, and I think it kinda sums it up.

Simply put, I don’t wanna be this guy:
Onion Article

Although maybe I, like The Onion, am to snarky to become him…



  1. when i try to read this post it says “this photo is currently unavailable” is that part of the joke and i just don’t get it? or is the photo you linked to really unavailable? merry christmas gh!

  2. I know what you mean, my dear.

    I’ve thought about moving – to Seattle, San Francisco, Charleston, even Portland (ME) MANY, MANY times.

    Yet, there’s always that fear somewhere in the back of my brain.

    Maybe once I finish my certification program, I should finally make good on it, because I certainly need a change of scenery.

  3. I don’t see anything either and I tried going to The Onion but I don’t know what I am looking for… 😀

  4. There is a problem with the picture but if you click on the blank picture it will take you to GH’s Flickr page where you can see it.

    I think I understand what you’re going through GH. I thought, once I moved, I’d transform myself into this new, better person. It hasn’t happened yet but it’s only been six months. Having said this, I still think a change of venue is called for. L.A. just has the wrong atmosphere.

  5. i think everyone is that guy. i dream of the west coast, of falling off the grid in cambodia, of getting lost in spain. actually, if i was still in public libraries i’d be more likely to make a move. but i love working in a school and it’s so hard to give up the best job i’ve ever had.
    think about why you’re still in l.a. and if that’s enough to kep you there.

  6. Yes, because geographical changes make the world of difference. I hate it when people say things like that (and I love The Onion because they always nail the ridiculous right on), like the whole cange of scenery thing becuase dude, just take a vacation. Because problems follow along very, very quickly…..still and all, this made me chuckle out loud and I don’t know how I missed it in My issue!

  7. Okay fine maybe you shouldn’t move. But there’s still nothing wrong with shaking things up if you’re stuck in a rut.

  8. Once when I was really unhappy, I picked up and moved. Just up and moved. It was good in some ways but absolutely disastrous in most. BUT as a process, I learned what I could run from, what I couldn’t, and most of all, I was able to figure out what I wanted by finding out just why I wanted to move back. It was an invaluable experience. I moved back to NYC six months later and I don’t regret moving away or moving back.

  9. I’ve made several major (cross-country and international) moves in my life and while I learned a lot about myself, there are things I have never been able to leave behind. My thoughts, for one, always seem to come with me. The greatest thing about moving though is that you force yourself to be more social, to talk to strangers, to try new things. I have learned that it takes a good couple of years to really feel at home in a new city though. And I have always moved for school or work which gave me a focus I might not otherwise have had. Having said all that, if you’re feeling restless, go. Just do it. If you don’t do it now, when you have no commitments, responsibilities, dependents or other obligations, you may never have this chance again.

  10. awww, changing surroundings can help sometimes … but again, not sure what it’d really do for you. maybe you’d go out more to try to meet new people in a new place? though honestly, i feel like changing cities for a fresh life and just maybe fate will dictate you meeting someone sounds like something straight out of the movies 🙂 Nothing you can’t do in LA.

    but in the end, it’s something you have to want to do. If you don’t want to, then doing it to fulfill a “be social” or to “try something new” or to check off something else on the list of “should’s” just seems contrived, I think. The right thing will feel right at the right time …

  11. *clears throat* may your days be merryyyyy and briiiiiiiiiiiiiiight and may all your Christmases be whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiite.

    Felices Pascuas!!! 😀

  12. Not that I’d ever sway you, but Austin has some good hiking (…I think)

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