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Moving to Pittsburgh
Have you ever heard the phrase "going out on a limb? That is just what moving to Pittsburgh felt like for me. I came here with no plan, and no safety net, and found my home waiting for me.
I was born and raised on a farm in the hills of West Virginia. The road in front of the house was a quarter mile away, and saw maybe ten trucks worth of traffic a day. I didn't want to be a farmer, a soldier, or a coal miner, but those were the careers all my role models had chosen. I knew I'd need a lot of education to do anything else. So, by the time I graduated from high school, I had read almost every nonfiction book in its one room library. My bookishness and open mind did not make me very popular, there. I desperately wanted to see more of the world.
Escape hatch
I was fortunate to have access to a computer, and the internet when I was a teenager in the early 90's. Back then, the internet was a much smaller, safer place. Almost everyone who had internet access had it through a special university program or a research lab. I made some excellent friendships that persist to this day. When I was 17, I took a couple hundred bucks and only what I could carry on my back and hopped on a Greyhound bound to stay as a guest in the homes of people I knew from the internet, couch-surfing before there was a website for it.
Culture shock
When I left home in November, it was 65 degrees and I was wearing the light jacket that was considered a winter coat where I was from. I’m not one to keep material things for sentimental reasons, so I can’t show you the actual jacket... but this one is just like it, even the same color. When I stepped off the bus in Pittsburgh, there was thick snow on the ground, something I'd only rarely seen back home. And yet, the city seemed to be running at its full pace, despite an accumulation that would have shut down my…...

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