Why Kansas City is Now Home

Most of you are probably not surprised by the news that we have decided to stay in Kansas City indefinitely. I went and put a deposit down on an apartment yesterday and hired a truck for moving. We put the RV up for sale.

There are a few reasons we have decided to do this, but the biggest is family. My second daughter moved here a few months ago and loves it. My second son has also decided to relocate here. That’s half my kids in one place. I’m working on the other two.

Another reason is the plethora of opportunity up here. I came up here with my son to work a seasonal job and make a boat load of extra money to catch up on a few things. I’ve been offered five or six jobs now, each competitive and with perks. I worked 54.5 hours in my first week. That’s fast and furious opportunity.

Then, of course, are the other perks. Free Google Fiber internet everywhere. KC is considered a tech smart city. I already told you about the brewery (free beer!), the art museum (free admittance!) and the Money Museum at the Kansas City Federal Reserve (free shredded money!).

The cost of living is cheap here and the wages are high. There are also a lot of free perks here (beer, art, money!) so you get to keep more of those high wages. The apartment I found is right by my daughter’s and offers a free Google fiber internet, free water, valet trash pick up, washer/dryer/microwave/dishwasher included, fireplace, swimming pool, full gym, dog park, fitness trail, lighted tennis courts, free DVD library, free themed breakfasts and lunch on holidays such as National Waffle Day and regular, monthly resident parties with giveaways such as televisions and free rent. Mostly free rent I’m told. I’m so cool with that, and I’m not exaggerating.

I’ll be back in Florida for a day on Nov. 12 so I can help pack up and move and I’ll try to visit as many people as I can that day. Maybe we will even try to have a party. Until then know that we haven’t made this decision lightly. It was truly a wrestle between doing something to finally get ahead financially or stay in a fiscally depressed area to be closer to people we love.

It was a tough choice, but in the end we decided Kansas City was not only our best bet, but it may be a way for us to have both options. Wages are high and flights are cheap :)

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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