Well looks like we're moving. For me the major deciding factors, in more or less order of importance, are:
- The idyllic setting here and much wild-ness and ready opportunity for outdoor adventure and commune on Vancouver Island
- The huge appeal of being covered by a first-world health insurance system.
- As best I can tell, by and large, Canadians don't admire and aspire to ignorance, belligerence, and arrogance--in other words, they're civilized, mostly.
- The much more sensible lifestyle (compared to a city/suburb) we can adopt here while still being able easily to enjoy city fun in nearby Vancouver. (I see this part as a welcome return to the lifestyle I enjoyed when I lived in Frederick, Maryland in the 1980s: Baltimore and D.C. were close, but not too close, while Frederick offered a charming downtown, parks and services within an easy walk, and a small-town atmosphere.)
- The climate is much milder than Minnesota's, something I think will become more important, even for cold-loving me, as we get old(er).
- My penchant for prudent adventure and shaking things up periodically.