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Filed under: Blogging — Rick Moran @ 11:43 am

Sue and I are pulling up stakes today and moving from Algonquin, IL, our home of 5 years (and my home for 15 years), and moving downstate a ways to Streator, IL - a quiet town on the Vermilion River that began 130 years ago as a coal town. Streator today is a typical small town with a mix of industry and merchants - a sleepy, Midwestern rural metropolis that caters to area farmers as well townsfolk.

We will be twice as far from Chicago as we are now which is really no big deal because my trips to the big city have been infrequent lately. It just feels like its not really in the mainstream because the area around Streator is much more agricultural than Algonquin - a village that has grown from around 7500 when I first arrived to over 30,000 today. The open spaces around Algonquin are filling up very rapidly so it will be nice to get out into the country again - the reason I moved to Algonquin all those years ago.

I have many pleasant memories of Algonquin; fishing in the early morning with the sun coming up over the bluffs; boating on the lazy, meandering Fox River. It will be something of a shock to get out on the Vermilion river which features several stretches of Class II and III rapids - not that I would try that in a thousand years. Barbecues at sunset, friends who have come and gone, and, of course, meeting and falling in love with my Zsu-Zsu - the best thing that has happened to me in my 54 years on this earth.

Everything is much cheaper in Streator which will be important in these uncertain economic times. Sue and I plan to purchase a couple of bicycles and take them to 2 nearby state parks for some scenic riding. We have a full acre and a half (note to self: find some kid who likes to mow lawns.), a big fenced in back yard, with some fruit trees - peaches, pears, and plums. The house itself is a 3-bedroom ranch with an unfinished basement that we are going to turn into a family room. Not quite a dream house but a nice, comfortable place to live.

I will not be back blogging until Sunday at the earliest and probably not until Monday. I am taking the opportunity that comes with the move to retool my computer; new keyboard and mouse, new hard drive, a better sound card, and new, very expensive, very pretty headphones. We bought new furniture, a new 50″ HDTV, a Bose sound system, and a new VCR-DVD machine - all paid for in cash, I might add.

You can imagine my stress level today. But Sue is doing her usual best to keep me relatively calm and has planned the move very well - so far anyway. I’ll let you know how everything turned out later.


  1. Congratulations on your new home! I’ll see/read you Monday.

    And thanks for your “surprise.” It is most welcome.


    Comment by Michael B. — 5/9/2008 @ 12:22 pm

  2. Good luck with the move and settling into your new place.

    Comment by Andy — 5/9/2008 @ 12:47 pm

  3. May you have the wind at your backs.

    Comment by shaun — 5/9/2008 @ 1:04 pm

  4. Congrats on the move. Two words for that yard - lawn tractor.

    Comment by steveegg — 5/9/2008 @ 1:58 pm

  5. Best of luck in the new digs..here’s hoping all goes well.

    Comment by Freedom Fighter — 5/9/2008 @ 5:55 pm

  6. I’m a progressive who generally disagrees with your political views yet grudgingly respects what you write. So have a good move…

    Comment by aworks — 5/9/2008 @ 10:49 pm

  7. Sounds like a dream come true. Best of luck.

    Comment by Increase Mather — 5/10/2008 @ 6:02 am

  8. You’re getting closer to me all the time. Keep heading south and you’ll get a taste of the real state of Illinois.

    Comment by Chris — 5/10/2008 @ 6:36 pm

  9. Good luck. Isn’t Starved Rock close to there?

    About 1/2 hour I think. Very nice place.


    Comment by Bob — 5/11/2008 @ 8:47 am

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