Have Dental Floss, Will Travel

Mapping the world, one waxy strand at a time…


It’s no secret that I love my neighborhood, and though occasionally I get bitten by a bit of wanderlust and begin to fantasize about life in New England or the Pacific Northwest, when it comes down to it, it’s hard to imagine another place that could offer what we’ve got here…  (If you don’t believe me, just ask the New York Times.)

I do not have this vanity plate on my car.

Which is why I’m perpetually recruiting.

If I can’t move to other parts of the country, I should just bring my friends from around the globe here, right?

And sometimes, I hit the jackpot.

Take yesterday, for instance.

I have these two friends from college.  He’s from Jersey and she’s from Chicago.  After we graduated, he moved out to the midwest for grad school and she headed to Africa for a Peace Corps stint.  Upon her return to the states and following a short layover in New York for her masters, she moved to the same midwest grad school, and the two reconnected.  This summer, they’re getting married, and they’ve been thinking about a move back to the East Coast.

The East Coast became the Tri-state area, which became Philadelphia, which became northwest Philly.  Yesterday, they asked me to check out a rental for them – around the corner from our house.

A fifteen-minute house tour later, and come August, I’ll have two new neighbors!

Then there was last night.

I turn 30 next week, and last night we went out to dinner with a dozen friends to celebrate.

Sitting next to me was another good friend from college – we became especially close in the weeks before graduation, when we would leave campus at midnight and wander around the area until 5:30 in the morning.  After finishing up, she headed off to peace corps in Macedonia (can peace corps be a verb?).  There, she met a boy, another Peace Corps volunteer.  When their two years were up, they decided against moving to San Fran (her hometown) or Colorado (his), and instead came to Philly.  They’re getting married in two weeks.

At dinner, we were talking honeymoons and world travels and life plans.

“Perfect,” I said, after we’d traded our planned kids names and decided that they should be best friends. “Now you just have to move to Mount Airy.”

“Exactly,” she responded

And then a minute later: “Don’t think we’re not thinking about it.”

See?  It’s working!

So those of you coming to town for the Philly Marathon, beware.  I can be very persuasive…


11 responses to “Recruiting

  1. sisrocks1996 June 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    That is awesome! My friends all live in the same area, but I still live a good 15-20 minutes from them and I hate that 😉 I don’t know I think I’d take CO or CA in a heartbeat over MO…. Snowy winters just about do me!

  2. kari w/ Running Ricig June 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

    That is seriously awesome! All of my college friends pretty much stayed in the midwest, so I never see them anymore.

    If you keep thinking about new england, i know of a great fixer-upper next door for you guys 🙂

  3. Kara June 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I can’t talk anyone into moving here. I can’t blame them, I wouldn’t want to live here either. 🙂 It’s just cows and a big Navy air station (and lots of lovely jet noise).

  4. Jill June 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    That’s AWESOME!!! So cool!
    But I do have to admit, Colorado is a pretty col place to live, too! 🙂

  5. natalie June 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    That will be so fun!! : )

  6. Cory Reese June 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Gosh, you’ve got the recruiting skillz down!

  7. Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    As a diehard Western Pennsylvanian, I am obligated to hate Eastern PA, even if you do make it sounds awesome. I’m jealous, I wish all my friends would move to Ohio.

  8. Denise June 20, 2011 at 8:07 am

    that’s so fun when friends move to the neighborhood!! mt airy is so cute, too!!

  9. Tasha @ Voracious Eats June 20, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Oooooh lucky you!!! I would love it if all of my friends would move here. How much fun that would be. Unfortunately, I don’t think Saudi Arabia is as tempting as your neck of the woods. Oh well, I’ll keep trying!

  10. Mallory June 20, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I’ve never been to Philadelphia… but now I’m sorta nervous to.

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