"Little boxes on the hillside,
"And the people in the houses
--Malvina Reynolds, "Little Boxes (Ticky Tacky)"
After almost 200 job applications over the last four years, some 30 conference interviews, numerous phone interviews, and 12 campus interviews, I finally landed a tenure-track job at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
We have recently made a trip to Kirksville to look for a place to live next year. Being a historian and with Cheryl's work in museums, we tend to appreciate older houses with some character. Searching for such a place in Kirksville is difficult because all of the older houses with some character were allegedly blown away by a tornado in 1899.
What we did find was a 1958 3-bedroom split level with hardwood floors. The house has good vibes and it's only half a mile to school. It has a large fenced in backyard, which will make Koosa happy and will keep Cheryl busy with gardening. (No, those aren't our dogs.)
Being an academic means moving a lot. If you are interested, you can check out some other places where we have lived: