I'm going to cut right to the chase here; I don't want to leave New York. More specifically, I don't want to leave my apartment. Not in a Brian Wilson kind of way, but in a...well, let me show you:
This is the view from my private roofdeck. I took this picture.
I mean really, how could anyone be expected to give this up? I live here with my very handsome boyfriend J and our [number redacted] kitties, and we're very happy with life in general. We love New York and how it indulges night owls like us with endless late-night dining options, how we don't have to own a car, and how we really can have absolutely anything delivered whenever we want. We recently had a little party where mint juleps were the drink of choice, and when we ran out of ice and mint I called the grocery store and asked them to deliver 4 bags of ice and 5 bunches of mint, and they totally did it in, like, 10 minutes.
But I'm neither naive nor delusional enough to think that I can restrict my job search to just the metro area. I'm entering what's probably one of the toughest job markets in recent years, and I need to cast a broad net. How broad, though, is the question. Common sense would dictate that I apply to absolutely every position that even remotely fits my interests, but am I allowed even a smidgen of location bias? For example, can I rule out the deep south? The rural west? How much of a geography snob do I get to be? (I am seriously interested in your answer to this question.)
And there's also the matter of J; It's not fair for me to demand he move and find a job just anywhere, and I don't want us to live in different places. I have friends who've taken faculty jobs that required them to live a plane ride away from their significant others for 2-3 years, which kind of blows my mind. Those positions were only temporary, and eventually they all ended up together 4-ever, but I still don't think I could do it. In the end, I suppose these are things we'll worry about when they are actual, tangible issues (as in, after I'm invited for interviews, not before I've even sent out my CV), and decisions we'll make together. And there ARE faculty openings in NYC, so it's not completely out of the question that I'll get to stare at that ridiculous view a while longer.