vtmosaic t1_jd8isae wrote

I agree. I have been working remotely for years. My last job search, I was qualified and the recruiter wanted me, but the client would not hire anyone in Vermont. That was the first time that had happened. It got me thinking: is this a sign of the future?

So, I agree. Best to push at the national level.


vtmosaic t1_jblmyy1 wrote

Vermont as a state government is pretty protective of gay rights. Most communities also are very accepting. I fit the B in LGBTQ acronym, and raised my oldest child in a good sized lesbian community, but we also lived in a pretty accepting average Vermont rural community, where we raised our kids. And that was more than 25 years ago. People have grown increasingly accepting since then.

Like anyplace, there are some jerks. But I completely understand your fear in Florida. Ironically, some of my dear lesbian friends with whom I raised our kids have retired to Florida.


vtmosaic t1_j0rre6d wrote

Don't you have to wait till the sap's running? Or are you planning ahead? (Sorry, I don't know where; just being a curious smart ass.)


vtmosaic t1_ixzklgr wrote

Availability of housing might be a decider for you, at least initially.

Then it depends on what you and your family members enjoy and need. Like if someone has medical challenges, you might want to stay in the vicinity of the few hospitals we have. Specialists are concentrated around those hospitals, so it can be quite a drive to appointments if you're farther out in the country.

Entertainment and nightlife? Well, out in the country we tend to make our own (community events) and it tends to be daytime or earlier evening. But Chittenden County has more going on, since it's more urban. Ski areas have fun stuff during the season.

I'm assuming you already have work and it's remote or you wouldn't be coming. But in case you're coming for other reasons and you do need to find work, you're better in the urban areas (unless you're in the trades or agriculture, of course). Or education! We need educators all over, same for health care!

Welcome and good luck settling in!


vtmosaic t1_ivaueq6 wrote

If you live in the mountains no matter how grand or muted, you're not a flatlander and you don't act like one.

My spouse (multi generational woodchuck) and I (most of my adult life in VT) spent about 7 years living in Massachusetts and coming home to VT on weekends and holidays.

One winter day, as we turned up route 17 to cross the App Gap in our RWD sedan with all season (er, three seasons in VT) in a snow squall and realized as we got beyond Mad River ski area parking lot, we looked at at each other in horror! We were Flatlanders!

So, for what that's worth on the topic.

PS we've recovered, moved back home, and are no longer flatlanders.


vtmosaic t1_iu9apae wrote

For me, Vermont heals me. I've lived in Massachusetts (not like DC but very populous and constant traffic and some level of noise. Then I moved to St Paul MN, same. I was so sick when we finally went back home to VT.

and then I started healing. I am so much better after being home for about 7 years now. The most intense part of my illness I sat for hours watching an amazing view (they're everywhere here), watching hawks and other birds living their lives. Within two years I was ready to go back to work.

I've been hiking and kayaking and handling stressful situations without meltdowns for several years, now.

That's my story.