Sometimes I get really tired of living in the city.
I love the culture, the opportunities, the awesome lack of homophobia, and the people – and I don’t really want to give up any of those things – but, dude. I miss my jean shorts. Where I grew up, as long as you paired them with flip flops and a tank top, jean shorts = fashion-forward night out on the town!
But here… no. (I mean, it might be okay as long as you’re wearing them in an ironic way. Not really clear on that point.)
I guess I realized I was in a totally different world last fall, when a couple of my friends were talking about how to dress up for an 80’s themed party and didn’t know where to go to buy jean jackets. (“Er, two things.. 1) Sears, and 2) Let’s all take a moment to remember that jean jackets are awesome and functional and definitely good for more than just 80s nights, right?
… Right, guys?”)
So I guess I’m stuck with the city fashion for now. (Not that anyone here would call what I wear ‘fashion”, but… look, I’m wearing skinny jeans – with boots! And the boots are not cowboy boots or anything, they have zippers.
… You gotta work with me here, Metropolis.)
So Boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years and have been long-distance since I started med school here. He’s applying to pathology residencies this fall, so he’s trying to figure out where he should be applying so he can schedule audition rotations there.
Eventually, we both want to move back to the country. He’s a “build my own house, hunt my own venison, fix my own car, and do it all with the same knife“* kind of guy, but he loves theater and museums, so we’re both on the same page as far as wanting to live near a major city..
Just not… you know, in one. Or indeed, anywhere close enough that we can see neighboring houses.
But now that he’s getting ready to apply to residencies, we have to actually start looking at where we want to live for the next 6 years. And since our residencies will overlap by 2 years, we really need to shoot for a city so we both have decent chances of matching together.
It’s sort of like couples matching, but without the convenient part.
So, since it’s a pretty residency-dense area, we’ve narrowed it down to the northeast. (I know that’s a really questionable use of the phrase “narrowed down”.) And despite the fact that “residency-dense” also means “people-dense”, so I doubt there’s countryside nearby – Philadelphia is looking like the best choice.
It’s sad to put off the idea of living in the country – at least, for another 6 years – but if anyone who’s lived in Philly wants to reassure me that it’s a great city, that’d be awesome. I know next to nothing about the place, but really hope that people love it there.
If nothing else, I know it has tourists. And the tourists frequently wear jean shorts, so who knows – I might fit right in.
And in the meantime, I’m just going to be grateful that we’re both trying to match to not-so-competitive specialties. Psychiatry and pathology are a great combination for trying to couples-match when you’re 2 years apart.
(Even if it is a less-useful combination for other little doctor-ly things like, you know, actual medical emergencies.)