A few months ago I talked about my Chicago Plan, which, due to many factors, is on hold. However, two Fridays ago, while Harley was out sick, I received the following phone call:
Annie: Hello, this is Annie speaking, may I help you?
Dr. F: Hi, Annie, this is Dr. F from [former place of work], and I am calling to let you know that we have a position coming open. What is your current work situation?
Annie: Well, I currently have a job in New York, but I would consider moving.
Dr. F: Ok, it is doing [dream job] in [former place of work], I'll email you when the official job posting goes up, but we'd like you to apply.
Annie: Alright, thanks so much. (air punch)
So, [redacted location] is very close to my parents and my (newly-engaged, hooray!) brother. It is cheaper, the job is amazing, I could go to grad school and procure for myself some saleable skills.
The cons? CJ is in New York. There is not so much young, Orthodox Jewish life in [redacted location], ONE kosher restaurant that is accessible without a car, and ONE Orthodox shul located near very expensive real estate. Additionally, as I am shomer shabbat, it becomes difficult to maintain a long-distance relationship. My elder brother did the [redacted location] to New York thing, as his fiancee was in school here (I just like saying fiancee), but they aren't shomer shabbat, so they could travel on Friday afternoon after work, making visitation easier.
I blame this predicament entirely on Orthodox Judaism. Reasons:
1) I need saleable skills so that I can make over $100k a year to: pay for Jewish Day school, save for retirement, save for college for my children, be able to live near a shul (always expensive), afford kosher food
2)The aforementioned difficulty of travelling between places if you are Shabbat observant.
3)One of CJ's problems with relocating to [redacted location] is the lack of Jewish life/kosher food.
Basically, Orthodox Judaism=LAME.
Update: Apparently art does immitate life, in both Gilmore Girls, and 30 Rock, the (female) lead has to contend with the issue of taking a significant other into account when making job-related location decisions.
Update again: A friend just told me that a group of people in [redacted location] are trying to start a "darkhei-type" minyan.