I was in my mid-twenties when I graduated from high school. I knew I wanted to leave the Midwest, but my mom convinced me to stay. If I had decided I was going to leave, I would have been in my mid-thirties when I left. For awhile, she convinced me to stay, again, but I finally left, and I didn’t look back.
The reason I left was because I felt I had no place in the world. I was raised in a family where being a boomer was a sign of “white privilege.” I think it was a good thing I left, because I’m not sure I could have ever gotten what I wanted from the Midwest. For me, it’s been one of the most successful times of my life.
Well, I am a boomer, and I can tell you that my experience has been very positive. With that said, I do not live in the Midwest. I live in Southern California, which is where I have spent the past four years, and it has been a great experience. But I have to say that I was wrong to stay, or I would have been gone by now.
It’s almost like the Midwest is so weird, because there are so many things I never considered when I moved here. Sure, I thought it would be an epic time to finally learn how to play bridge, but I never gave a thought to the fact that there are too many other places I’ve never been to. I didn’t realize how far I had to drive to get to the local mall.
I have been making the decision to stay in Chicago for a few years now, but I keep hoping that I can find a way to make it work. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, it just doesn’t seem to be possible to find a job that is willing to move to Chicago. Maybe I should have stayed in the Midwest and not moved here in the first place. And maybe I should have gone to school. But I think I would have learned a lot about the Midwest in college.
You know what would have made it real easier to move to Illinois? If I had the money. The average cost of living here is in the $30-40k range. Thats a lot of money. And I think it would have made it even easier to buy a house that is closer. I can think of a few places that would have made moving easier, but I think there are others that I have forgotten about that I would have loved to try before I moved.
As we all know, boomer is a very difficult word. Some of us would not be as proud of it as I would. As an example, for most of us the word boomer means “someone who has been in a previous generation’s life,” which is a good thing. As an example, the boomer crossword is a puzzle that asks you to guess the name of a person (or a couple of people) you met in college.
The boomer crossword has a long history going back to the early 1900s. It began as a crossword game called the Boomer’s Crossword, but it was quickly adapted into a more serious crossword style in the 1950s and 1960s. It was not until the 1980s that it became a real crossword game. A few years ago I found a copy on eBay and it was an extremely rare crossword in that it was signed by Ken Robinson.
I’ve played this game since I was a kid. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever solved it. I found it on eBay and I was immediately interested. I love puzzles and crosswords. What I found is that there are very few people that are willing to sign the crossword in the 1980s–if any of you are out there, I’d love to see a copy of the crossword that Ken Robinson signed.
Ken Robinson is a very rare crossword signer. I checked the old Encyclopaedia Britannica and the only person I could find was Ken Robinson.