you sound like a real fun guy...lol
why? because I like to keep to myself, mind my own business and don't run with the herd like a friggin' lemming? I'm mid-40s, married for nearly 20 years and have a couple of kids. I don't need a ton of nightlife. If there are some stadiums in driving distance, I'm plenty happy enough. I'm not out hitting the bars 3 nights a week looking for my turn with the doorknobs at the local meat market.
Anyway, if you really need a job, do you have a choice?
Choice about where I will live? Hell yeah I do.
The job I do covers an area...before I was laid off it was anywhere from Philadelphia (2.5hrs from home) to Baltimore (1hr) to DC (2-2.5hrs depending on time of day). On occasion I'd also go out towards Pittsburgh (about 3-3.5hrs drive). As long as I can get to the edges of my area within 4hrs I can live where I like. That's not to say that I want to live 4hrs away from those "edges" but I have no problem living within 90 minutes of them. That's close enough to not be frustrating and far enough away not to be bothered by crush of humanity that comes from living in a big town.
I have zero interest in living in a town where it takes 20 minutes to go a couple miles to a grocery store.
Anyway...I've gotten some good suggestions in this thread and if a job offer ever happens I'll look into it more closely. Hell, I'm not sure my family would even move down right away. My oldest son is a senior and it would be nicer if he could finish out his last year at the high school he's attended from the start (especially as I doubt there would be any tuition reimbursement). It would probably be easier for me to find a room to rent or maybe a small apt until the school year was over. I don't really know. It's a lot to think about...in this profession I've moved 6 or 7 times in 20 years. I kinda thought I was done with the moving experience. I like where I live a lot and really don't have any desire to relocate....but I have a family to take care of so I'm willing to move to where the work is. I won't be happy to leave here.