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Yesterday I was presented the opportunity to go to Jacksonville, Florida. Permanently. My department in Pennsylvania is closing this summer as part of a company consolidation, and my bosses feel strongly about my work to date and future with the organization that they'd really like it if rather than accepting a severance package & moving on, I move down to the Sunshine State and work at the Mothership. In all honesty, some people may re-actively be turned off by such an ask, but I'm flattered, it feels good to be recognized & wanted, especially in a time when others are not as fortunate.
Here's the deal. I don't know how I feel about Jacksonville. I've been there several times over the past few years. It's just like most cities. There are good parts of town and bad parts of town, I've been fortunate to have found many of the good in my travels. I know my family will find its way, heck, my wife navigated through cancer...and I'm sure I could probably score a house for Lilly with the swimming pool and trampoline she's always wanted.
But do you know what Jacksonville doesn't have? Coldwater streams... With real trout... What I'd consider legit Tenkara opportunities. You know how I like me some Tenkara. Yes, Jacksonville has great inshore & saltwater fishing, even fly fishing for bass, but the former is such a part of who I am...such a part of what I love, and daydream about when I'm at said job, that...I'm...well...confused.
Am I ready to trade in my T! sticker for a Salt Life sticker?
Is this what's in store for me (& the blog?)
I don't know, but I have about a month and a half to figure it all out.
I'm open to advice, suggestions, you name it, because right about now, all are welcomed.