For One, Too.

The last few days I’ve been sharing my decisions, thought process, and reasons why I’m moving on from the City of Roses. Today, I’d like to share where I’m going and why I chose such a destination.

If you’d like to catch up on the previous installments:

A shift in direction

Planning to pack my bags

Now that you’re caught up, you’ve now probably figured out that my choices came down from many wistful ideas down to a pair of finalists: Columbus or Pittsburgh.


To choose between these two great states/cities was surprisingly difficult. I wavered for a few weeks, distanced myself from the decision, picked it back up again, still no closer to a decision. Then, I realized that I could vacillate between the two for ever.

What they have in common and why they were in the running: Both have vibrant communities, are in proximity to a multitude of places I may want to travel/explore, have great infrastructure, job opportunities, I have existing friends in each, Gay communities, (yes, they do.), great cost of living options vs. Portland, and opportunities to grow and experience new things. Both cities have rivers running through their downtown areas (reminding me very much of Portland.)

Given all those, you can see the reasons why they were equally matched. That’s what made it so hard. I wanted to go to a place that was new enough to make a new adventure in, but also I feared being too isolated, too alone, even though some of the distance is exactly what I was craving when I started this endeavor.

Ultimately, what really made the decision easy is that I’ve already visited one of the cities and spent some time in it, had a great time exploring the city, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was the “right” choice for me, here and now.


So, in the very near future, off I go to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Yes, I will be a sports fan in exile. I will still proudly show off my Seattle spirit.

Here are a couple other reasons why:

I suppose, as I write this, it’s fitting that All Fired Up by Pat Benatar is playing on my computer. Can I am, All Fired Up, sometimes you just have to believe that you’re making the right decision, have faith in yourself, and go big.

All fired up (now I believe there comes a time)
All fired up (when everything just falls in line)
All fired up (we live an’ learn from our mistakes)
All fired up, fired up, fired up (the deepest cuts are healed by faith)
Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live an’ learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith

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