Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dear Jacksonville, NC

As I make my way back to you at the end of my trip to Colorado Springs I'm beginning to think that our relationship just isn't working out. I'll always like you as a friend but I'm not sure we can ever be more than that. You simply don't seem to be able to offer what I'm looking for in a permanent relationship.

Every time I travel I'm reminded of just how much you don't have to offer. Colorado Springs had the comfortable feel of a small city, like you, despite actually being much larger. And having that comfortable feel coupled with the perks of the better selection of activities and opportunities found in a larger city makes Colorado look really good when compared to you.

And then there's this.

You don't offer views like this anywhere. Oh sure there's the sunrise over the Atlantic and that is pretty great but you only get it once a day and only at a really unreasonable hour. This view on the other hand is there all day every day.

And then there were all the other little things. City layouts that actually seemed preplanned; rather yours which I think were drawn by chimps with a set of crayons 5 minutes before construction began. Tumbleweed which is awesome to watch and leaves you constantly anticipating a good old fashioned shoot out at high noon. Snow; of which I am a fan. And it doesn't hurt that not every woman my age in Colorado Springs is already married.

And this has been true of pretty much every place I have traveled outside of your confines.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is; we can still hang out but I think that's as far as it's going to go. I can't say for certain where I will end up but I'm looking for someplace more compatible with my life and where I want my life to be heading.

I wish I could tell you that it's not you it's me; but let's be honest. It's you.

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