We were blessed to make it through Hurricane Katrina unscathed and Hurricane Rita wasn't anything more than a little windstorm. Still, it's disconcerting to pack up your kids and pets and leave home not knowing whether you'll have a house to return to. We were very fortunate this year (and last, with Hurricane Ivan). Dear Hubby is ready to throw in the towel and head elsewhere. Where, you ask? Any place that doesn't have any major disasters. Does such a place even exist?
He thought New Mexico sounded pretty good. Hurricanes don't make it that far, lots of land is still available, it doesn't appear to be on the Tornado Belt. But the word "volcano" in the name of one of its national parks gives me pause.
Next, he suggested Maine or Vermont. Hey, I love autumn folliage and snow. But did you know that there are earthquakes in Maine? I didn't. The state apparently isn't on a fault line, but still.... Then again, I look at the real estate listings and see a "charming cottage built in 1700" (in my price range nonetheless!) so the earthquakes can't be that bad if they haven't ripped apart a 300-yr old house, can they? The problem is the parts of the country with the jobs have a million other people so housing is expensive. Find a place with a little space between you and your neighbor and it's a given that there aren't any decent jobs available. Go figure.
Anyway, I think he's just indulging in a little harmless fantasy. And if the fantasy includes me, all the better. At least he's not fantasizing about moving to New Mexico with Jessica Alba or Pamela Anderson, right?