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Brain drain hits home; or, looking for the right attraction

January 21, 2010 - LLee Janssen
We've reported quite a bit over the years in the Sun-Gazette on the issue of brain drain, the phenomena of our young people leaving the area for opportunities elsewhere.

It's hit home, this time I fear, for real.

No, I don't fear it. I've been bracing for it for years as one or the other would move in or out of the house, in or out of the community, in or out of the state.

Now it's gone much farther ... one only as far as State College; the other may as well be on the other side of the world. Though he's done a much better job of calling home from Portland, Ore., than he did from, say, Boston, North Carolina or New York, where a lovely young woman broke his heart and sent him running West.

"Relax, Mom," Portland told me. "I'll be on tour and you'll still see me all the time."

Translation: He's playing in New York on March 3.

He's also promised to stop home for a few days before flying to the next stop on the world itinerary.

Still, visits one way or the other won't be as frequent. He has to live his life, and I must let go. Release the little birdie; let him fly away far ... sometimes life is just nuts!

It's one thing when youngsters move out of the house. It's another when they move beyond a day's drive.

I can live with State College; I've got a plan for Portland. I'm looking for the right young woman, late 20s, secure in herself, dedicated to her own line of work and committed to living locally, to introduce to Portland in March.

Anybody knowing of that person, just give me a call.


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