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Old 05-21-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Moving -- Goodbye DC, hellooo Socorro!

And not a moment too soon! I am sick of the city life -- particularly this city -- and I am absolutely thrilled to be getting a job transfer out to a small town in the Southwest. So hey all! How's it going in your beautiful, ADV-worthy part of the world?

About us: my soon-to-be wife (Violagal on here) and I both ride. I just got the HP2 about 8 months ago, in part as a promise to myself that I'd move to someplace where I could use it properly. My lovely fiancee rides an F650. We'll be looking for a pair of light bikes once we're out there.

I'm an astrophysics postdoc at the Naval Research Lab here in DC, but I work on an experiment being built near the VLA -- hence my angle for requesting the transfer. My own desire to live in NM aside, I've no doubt that I'll be more productive near the site rather than having to fly back and forth. Which also makes me happy, as I really enjoy my job.

My fiancee is going to ... well, we're not sure. That's part of my motivation for this introduction. She is a very talented woman, but she doesn't have a job lined up yet. She's worked as a pastry chef, she's an accomplished seamstress, and she's currently a full-time astronomy teacher and planetarium director at a public HS here in VA. She also has a physics PhD, so we're looking for research jobs too, although that's not her preference right now. So if any of you know of pastry chef / sewing / teaching gigs in Socorro, please PM me.

And while I'm asking favors, if anyone knows of a house for rent in Socorro, that would be a great help too. We're working the usual channels (craigslist, realty companies, NM Tech links, NRAO links), but hey, why not work the ADV link too? We'll be there in a week and a half to look for 2-3 BR houses for rent. There aren't a lot, it seems....

We'll be moving in at the start of July, although we won't be settled for a while after that. We're getting married in PA (near both our families) on June 27, then packing a U-haul and moving all our stuff except the bikes. Then we fly back to DC, hop on the bikes, take a month-long honeymoon tour around Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador, and then conclude it with the long ride back to NM. Then we collapse and sleep for a week or so, I figure.

Looking forward to meeting and riding with you folks!
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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You're going to be close to some good offroad riding. Do a search for Monticello ride threads in Rockies.





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Old 05-21-2009, 07:21 PM   #3
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look up grizzzly...awesome rider and friend. He knows the area really well.

Welcome to NM.

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Old 05-21-2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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I know a guy with a real estate company in Socorro who does a lot of rental management work. I know you're working that angle already, but PM me if you want another name.
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:43 AM   #5
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There are so many good rides around Suckoro that it isn't even funny. The problem is, that's about the only thing Suckoro has going for it!!

I've done a bunch of work at New Mexico Tech and enjoy working there.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:02 AM   #6
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Stay in DC, there's no good riding around here.







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Old 05-22-2009, 08:18 AM   #7
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There are so many good rides around Suckoro that it isn't even funny. The problem is, that's about the only thing Suckoro has going for it!!
Awww c'mon...don't forget the green chili cheeseburgers at the Owl Bar!
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:23 AM   #8
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Good riding and they have a brewpub, can't be all bad
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:27 AM   #9
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Welcome! You're going to be in for a bit of culture shock coming from DC and the East Coast. Things move slower here, that's why they call it the land of mañana.

But
mañana doesn't necessarily mean "tomorrow". It could be "soon", "next week", or "whenever I get around to it".

Oh, and one other question you'll need to know the answer to: "Red, or Green"?


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Old 05-22-2009, 08:32 AM   #10
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Thanks all. Hell yeah, the riding will be a wee improvement. I'm looking forward to that. The chili burgers are great too. Haven't made it to the Owl Bar yet, but I've had plenty during food runs to Magdalena (though the family diner there closed -- very sad) while working at the VLA.

Yep, I haven't met anyone yet at NM Tech or the VLA operations center who I didn't enjoy meeting. Seems like a decent set of people who decide to make their home in that part of the world.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:34 AM   #11
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"Red, or Green"?
Which is hotter today?

If they're about the same -- green.


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Old 05-22-2009, 09:49 AM   #12
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Which is hotter today?

If they're about the same -- green.


You'll always pick green at first. The longer you live here you'll start to get red more.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:58 AM   #13
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Take forest road 52 (right by the entrance to the VLA) south and enjoy the Gile wilderness from the back of a bike. It doesn't get much better. Welcome to NM
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:22 PM   #14
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I'm still green. Always have always will be.

On a rare occasion I go with a little Christmas action.

Welcome to NM!
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:35 PM   #15
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Welcome

Welcome - I could always use more balloon crew when not riding...

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