Howdy folks - My wife had to relocate to Dubuque Iowa to tend to some family issues. Upon researching housing options out there, she has found many sweet deals out there. Sooo.... Using her sweet charm and great attitude, She has convinced me to pack up the station wagon and move west.. Actually it was the savings on taxes, car insurance, mortgage,etc that did it.... Well anyway, I will be heading out there to live. I have been out there for about a total of 20 times. All of them for family functions, none for pleasure:cry: . I have a few questions. Is there anyone from that area that i can network with from " The Gauge" ? Are there any good hobby shops out there? I will not be joining her for awhile yet, about another 6 - 8 months because I need to finish a project that I am working on. Here comes the boring stuff - lol After the job is done, I will be getting a spinal cord stimulator implanted. Once this is done, I need to apply for permanent disability from work.. I will no longer be able to work in the Electrical Industry once the installation is complete. So I have some time to figure out my options yet. So should I stock up at my LHS or wait till I get to Iowa? Thanx again to all my fellow "Gaugers". BTW - Im coming from NJ ( all my life ) - cultural shock or what ???