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    If You Like Dreamland (Utopia)

    One of my all-time favorite TV shows is an Australian series called “Utopia” (in the US: “Dreamland” on Netflix).  It’s a comedy centered around a government infrastructure planning and development office (the Nation Building Authority), and the frustrations of bureaucracy and incompetent colleagues.  Even if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I promise you the scenarios and characters are spot on, and the humor is quick, deadpan, hilarious. I am making my way through the recommendations, and here’s my breakdown so far. Love: The Thick of It (IMDB) The Hollowmen (IMDB) 2008, TV series by Working Dog The Games (IMDB) 1998-2000, TV series The Office (both UK and…

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    Why I am Moving to Cleveland

    My wife and I are planning a family move in 2018, relocating from Denver to Cleveland.  There’s no one thing that’s pushing or pulling us, really.  Many things aligned to make this a good time to consider a move.  She went to college at Case Western Reserve University, so she has some familiarity with the city.  She’s always had good things to say about it.  Until recently though, I had the typical outsider attitude: “Rust Belt city? Why would I be interested in that?”  We weren’t planning a move from Denver, and even if we were — I wasn’t interested in any Midwest city. A musician friend from Denver moved…

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    Why I Am Leaving Denver

    My wife and I are planning a family move in 2018, relocating from Denver to Cleveland.  There’s no one thing that’s pushing or pulling us, really.  Many things aligned to make this a good time to consider a move. There’s lot of great stuff happening in Denver, and it’s a neat place to be.  When I talk to people in other parts of the country, they often say “Oh, you’re lucky! I’d love to live out there.”  Intentionally giving it up seems odd.  Since people have been asking, I decided to provide some more detail why I’m ready to leave Denver.  (Why Cleveland? See here.) It’s Expensive It’s not San…