Why Buffalo?

Moving to Upstate New York


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Personal Introductions

Let’s get the introductions out of the way, and explain my personal answer to the big question: Why Buffalo?

My name is Angel and I’m 31 years old. My girlfriend Raelin and I met on the internet, on a popular roleplaying website known as Rolepages. It's similar to Facebook, but you play a fictional character (it’s actually not as silly as it sounds).

Here's a picture of us at nearby Niagara Falls:

I lived in Richmond, Virginia, and she lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the time, so we were able to visit and become friends slowly both in real life and in our virtual ones. Things progressed for a year or so and she moved back to her hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but by then we had fallen in love.

Happiness is where you are, not where you go

On Mike Dariano

Happiness is where you are, not where you can go.

It doesn't matter from San Diego to Buffalo.

The first line is my thought, the second is from researchers. My happiness doesn't depend on living in sunny San Diego or blistery Buffalo. My daughter reminded me of this the other day when we were walking through our snow covered yard.

We were tromping around, making tracks, the white snow a canvas for our adventure. We recreated scenes from Frozen, we pretended to be mountain climbers, we were little version of Thoreau in our own Walden Woods.

This moment warmed my soul more than any hot chocolate we would drink afterwards, and it was only possible because we live in Northwest Ohio. The skeptic in me suggests that maybe we would have more great moments somewhere warmer, somewhere we spent more time outside. Researchers question this, people living in the colder Scandinavian countries are just as happy as those on the beach in Australia. The idea idea that we overemphasize things we think will make us happier in the future is called the focusing illusion. It's a case of the grass being greener in my neighbors yard, except I don't want greener grass, just some that's free of snow.

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