August 23, 2005

The Relo Class

I’ve read a few stories recently about all these families who move across the country every year or two. They are called the “Relo Class” according to the New York Times. The Times did a nice multimedia piece on the relo class. They focused on Alpharetta, Georgia, outside of Atlanta. It is about an hour north of where we will be living.

Now that I’m in the throes of my first nationwide move, I can’t imagine doing this regularly. My goal today was to find new renters/car insurance and new phone/DSL service. I feel like I spent half the day on the phone, on hold, listening to terrible music, only to be told that I had to call a different number and wade through the automated system one more time. Argh!

I had never really thought about all the services that I’m linked into here, like banking. I need to find a new bank or credit union and then set-up all my auto pay stuff to go to the new bank instead of the old. It feels like so much more work than just changing my address.

And to think, we will probably be doing another big move within the next five years. And maybe another one after that. It seems if you are career minded 30 somethings, this is what you must do.

It seems hard enough to plan the services and relocation needs for two people. I can’t imagine a transient lifestyle with children.

1 Comment

  1. what a great article by the NYT – we know 2 people who live in Alpharetta and from what I hear it’s all about Keeping Up with the Jones’. It’s stressful enough to be the “relo class” and keep moving your family, but then having to deal with the personalities of “I want that!” … ugh. I couldn’t do it … as I drive away in my fuel efficient Honda Civic.

    Comment by rosie — August 25, 2005 @ 8:22 am

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