I’ve decided I’m going to be shipping out of Boston   2 comments


This is not a decision I make lightly. After all, Boston is the only home I’ve ever known. Like I said in one of my posts a while back, I have been seriously thinking of moving out of Boston for several years now. More so given the rising housing costs and gentrification going on in the Boston area specifically. There’s also the fact September 8 will make it 3 years since I became Unemployed. I have been looking for work all this time or rather looking for someone willing to hire me. I’ve been doing odd jobs, volunteer work and taking vocational classes to learn new trade skills while still job hunting for those who are wondering. Just trying to keep my skills sharp while developing new ones.

As for where I would want to move, I would prefer to stay in Eastern Massachusetts for now. I am looking at southeasten Massachusetts and specifically New Bedford, Taunton, Dartmouth and Fall River. The cost of living is the lowest in the state down there for one. Second, it would push me to get my driver’s license. I’m not entirely sure if I mentioned this on my blog before but I actually do have a Learner’s Permit. I got it two years ago but outside 2 hours of Driver’s Ed, I’ve never driven a car before. “What the hell?!”, I know. My Learner’s Permit will expire on my birthday, which sucks but as of right now renewing it will have to wait until after I get a passport.

I do plan to eventually move out of state. Hopefully before I turn 40. After I move to Southeastern MA I am looking at Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota specifically. Why? The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater lakes in the world. As in, you can drink from them. It would make the most sense to be near large bodies of water but far enough away from the ocean to not have to worry about coastal flooding as is the case over here on the US East Coast. Boston has been pretty lucky up to now but experts agree it’s a matter of when, not if. The weather’s also not as different as what I’m used to over here in Boston. I wouldn’t have to worry about earthquakes (Southern California), tornadoes (Central Plains, Southeast and Southwest) or brush fires (Southwest). Ideally, I could buy some land to live off of. I would be open to Nebraska, Missouri or Kanasas as a backup option though.

Also ideally–and I know this would take a lot of planning and money–I would move out of the US. I do have a short list of destination countries I am looking at personally:

  • The Philippines: I spent an entire blog post talking about it. I do see a lot of potential…and opportunities I could make use of if I were to move to The Philippines. I am also very interested in learning Tagalog personally.
  • Canada: There has already been a steady exodus of Americans moving to Canada since Trump took office. Given I plan to move close to the Canadian boarder, it makes the most sense to seek Canadian citizenship at that time. I actually do have an uncle who lives outside Toronto so that would certainly help.
  • Kenya: Like The Philippines, it has a lot of potential and more so when certain key problems are taken care of. It is one of the few sub-Saharan countries with political stability. The biggest problem in Kenya is how remote most in the country live. Many of these remote population areas lack clean water sources and paved roads. Non-profits and faith-based programs have been doing what they can but it’s clear that more can and should be done within the country. I believe I can help with that. I am also very interested in learning Swahili and Xhosa.
  • South Africa: It is the most developed Sub-Saharan nation on the African continent. Refugees displaced by civil war and political unrest in nearby nations travel there where they stay in refugee camps co-managed by UNICEF and the UN until they can be relocated. It is one of the youngest democracies in the world (as of 1994) but has been thriving. Yes, political corruption is a problem but the country IS stable.
  • Australia: I do think I could make it work if need be. It would clearly be a one-way trip. Like Canada, I wouldn’t need to learn a new language either.
  • Japan: Like The Philippines, I do see a lot of potential in moving to Japan. I’m looking at living in a rural area personally. Hokkaido feels like a good place for what I might be looking for. Japan’s got a very rigid immigration process that is the envy of some in Europe and the US and that is something to consider.
  • China: The balance of power on the world stage has clearly shifted in China’s favor. It is also no longer the same country it was 30 years ago in many regards. The world is looking to China, not the US for leadership on the world stage. That should tell you something. It certainly helps China is offering a free ride to foreign exchange students. More and more colleges around the world are offering Mandarin and Chinese History so…yeah.

 

…This is just my short list.

All of them are politically stable as well–for now, anyway. I wouldn’t consider anywhere in Europe or South America personally. Way too much political instability on both continents. I’m sure it’s surprising to a lot of people to know I would seriously consider moving to China. Well, I would. It’s not as hostile to Christianity as it was in years’ past and they are always looking for non-Asian foreigners. I didn’t number that list but I am personally leaning heavily toward Kenya, The Philippines and Canada.

As for why I would want to leave the US. My biggest reasons are human rights-related. Trump being the current president is irrelevant to my reasons as I have felt this way since the mid-2000s. That said, I am most concerned by the fact this country has embraced its slow, gradual transformation into a police state in recent decades. The one thing America has always consistently excelled at is mass incarceration so…yeah. America is a society does not believe in second chances. A criminal record means you forfeit the right to vote in most places. Many people won’t hire you. Many people won’t rent you an apartment. If you were in prison for a long time, your family might be dead and gone when you get out. This country’s “pride” in having the largest military budget in the world–bigger than the next 12 countries combined–should tell you something.

I am also concerned by the current adminstration’s efforts to defund everything and make life harder for people just trying to survive. I don’t just mean the cuts to government programs but making as hard for people to leave as it is for people to come here. Did you know it takes MONTHS to be approved for a passport in the US? It also costs a lot of money compared to most of the world. $120 on average but if you pay $170, they can take 2 months off the filing process. Why does a passport cost so much and take so long compared to the rest of the world? It makes no sense. My friends in The Philippines, South Africa and the UK can get theirs in a much shorter amount of time and for far less in comparison.

Another concern I have is my current unemployment status. It’s not from a lack of trying that I am still job hunting 3 years later. It’s like I’ve been saying to folks over the last 8 months: Finding a job is the easy part. The hard part is finding someone willing to actually hire you. I agree with everyone who’s told me there is no reason I should still be unemployed after three years. Yet I still am. Do I want to work? Of course. Am I actively doing things toward that goal? Yes I am. Last year, I started taking vocational classes and job training courses being offered for free by various organizations. I also volunteer my time. I am doing both so I can at least update my resume. I already know one of the first questions I’ll be asked is “What have you been doing since you became Unemployed?”. So, I’m making sure I have a few things I can point to on paper.

I do feel I will have much better economic prospects in all seven of those countries and in some cases, I will be trained and paid while training. We don’t do that in the US anymore and haven’t for decades. Even in entry-level job positions. In the US, you’re expected to be experienced and know everything when you come in. The catch 22 many college students have been finding out in the last 20 years is even after putting themselves in debt with 4 to 8 years of college, that doesn’t guarantee employment. Even if you have the skills, companies don’t want to pay you what you’re really worth because it’s not cost-effective to them. So, they turn to cheap labor instead.

Most importantly, I know I will have an easier time buying land to live on in most of those seven countries. The current US Government is openly hostile to immigrants but what I am more concerned about that not enough people are paying attention to is the US is also enacting measures to restrict the movement of US Citizens both within the country and internationally. Europe and Canada are getting beyond annoyed with the US government’s double standard on the topic of international travel so…yeah. The US is demanding exemptions and immunity from the international community but won’t do its own allies the same courtesy unless something is given in exchange.

The complete and utter abandonment of compassion and the disregard for human decency…I’m done. Kenya, Canada and The Philippines are my top 3 choices of countries I’d want to move to. I tell you this: Even after I move out of Boston, I will still be planning to move out of the country. That will be the ultimate goal. America is a Police State. There are so many distractions and traps looking to ensare everyone in America. I’m talking about the immorality promoted and glorified online as well as in Music, Movies, TV Shows, Video Games and even on the News.

America lost its moral authority for good during the 1960s and didn’t even know it. It’s fixated on hypocrisy. The only things it can and is interested in offering to the world now are war, violence, captivity, destabilization, materialism, greed, exploitation and sexual gratification. Nothing else. How can a country that many of its people calls a “Christian Nation” be like that? That’s a whole other topic I will cover on two of my other blogs eventually. I don’t want to digress further here.

For the things I want to do with my life, it’s time for me to look beyond Boston. That much I have realized and more so since I haven’t actually left Massachusetts in almost 10 years now.

 

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2 responses to “I’ve decided I’m going to be shipping out of Boston

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  1. Pingback: Struggle of Boston – Out with the Old, in with the New

    • I actually don’t have a dream to move out of Boston. I dream of living on my own as soon as possible for very personal reasons I won’t get into detail here. If you’d like to know, feel free to email me: btboston1@gmail.com.

      That said, I find it hard to believe I’m the first person you’ve come across who has talked about being pushed out of Boston due to Gentrification. That isn’t the exactly why I am leaving personally but it is the reality for most who leave. The cost of living has been rising in the US but wages haven’t been rising with them. Businesses both large and small have both been resisting calls for a $15 minimum wage with some of the reasons understandable for most small businesses.

      In Boston specifically, Mayor Walsh is a populist and a career politicians who is clearly out of touch with the needs of ALL Bostonians. He STILL won’t join the growing number of citywide voices calling for Rent Control to be brought back at the state level. The mayor’s thinking with rubber stamping all these new housing units is basically a roundabout way of creating the supply bigger than the demand. The obvious problem with that is those who need housing now can’t wait the 2 to 5 years in most cases for the new apartments to be completed.

      On that note.

      I myself am currently on a waiting list for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) that is “8+ years” according to the letter I received. A friend of mine was on one for almost 12 years and was forced to move to Florida last year because he has a young daughter and can’t afford to wait any longer for something to open up. That’s just speaking for those who are just trying public housing. Without it, it is IMPOSSIBLE to hold an apartment without roomates. THAT’S the disconnect the mayor has with everyone looking for somewhere to live in Boston. He has some messed up priorities. He’s focused on developing the Seaport District for those with deep pockets and forget everyone else. Folks forget he was a state rep before he became the mayor of Boston so…yeah. He traded a cut in pay for policy making in short.

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